H2OLA

Overview

The Hispanic Health Opportunity Learning Alliance (H2OLA) is an effort led by the Center in collaboration with CSULB’s Colleges of Natural Sciences & Math and Health & Human Services, with support from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Graduate Mentor Fellows are trained to support first generation college-educated Latino undergraduate students to enhance readiness for graduate or professional-level degrees. Graduate mentors also help undergraduate students to find research opportunities that address health disparities. In support of the H2OLA efforts, The Center also hosts the annual CSULB Latino Health Equity conference.

Latino Health Equity Conference

The Latino Health Equity Conference at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) aims to raise awareness and engage CSULB faculty, staff, students, and the larger community in health equity research focused on Latinos – our nation’s largest and fastest-growing minority population. Please visit the official Latino Health Equity Conference website.

Leadership & Staff

  • Mara Bird, PhD
  • Principal Investigator
  • mara.bird@csulb.edu
  • Eric Marinez, PhD
  • Principal Investigator
  • eric.marinez@csulb.edu
  • Dustin Thoman, PhD
  • Research Evaluator
  • dustin.thoman@csulb.edu
  • Angel Torres, MS
  • Project Coordinator
  • angel.torres@csulb.edu

Graduate Mentor Fellows

2014-2015

  • Vanessa Cervantes
  • Vanessa Cervantes
  • Janett Padilla
  • Janett Padilla
  • Bryant Salinas
  • Bryant Salinas
  • Erick Castillo
  • Erick Castillo
  • Angelina Majeno
  • Angelina Majeno
  • Priscilla Bravo
  • Priscilla Bravo
  • Jazmin Martinez
  • Jazmin Martinez
  • Ariel Halstead
  • Ariel Halstead

2013-2014

  • George Lacuesta
  • George Lacuesta
  • Eugenia Maravilla
  • Eugenia Maravilla
  • Erika Escobar
  • Erika Escobar
  • Priscilla Bravo
  • Priscilla Bravo
  • Thomas Mota
  • Thomas Mota
  • Kaylee Rivera
  • Kaylee Rivera
  • Vanessa Cervantes
  • Vanessa Cervantes
  • Melynda Jaramillo
  • Melynda Jaramillo

Components

Mentoring & Networking

  1. Improvement in academics through tutoring
  2. Links with other students and faculty
  3. Links to campus resources
  4. Sense of belonging through mentors and cohort

Training

  1. Interviewing skills, complete resume, curriculum vitae, and cover letter
  2. IRB Certification
  3. Quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
  4. Database management skills

Seminars

  1. Knowledgeable in Healthy People 2020 objectives
  2. Exposure and awareness of health disparities affecting the Latino community

Conference

  1. Practice in abstract and poster development
  2. Experience in public speaking and poster presentation
  3. Networking opportunities

This grant and the Latino Health Equity Conference is made possible with funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: Grant # IR25MD006851-01.

Opportunities

Undergrad Mentee Opportunities

Mentee Description: 

As a first generation-educated Latino undergraduate student, mentees will be assigned to a graduate mentor fellow in order to develop a mutual partnership to enhance their readiness for graduate or professional level degrees and research opportunities addressing health disparities.

Mentee Benefits: 

  • 10 hrs/week of one-on-one mentoring & tutoring for undergraduate courses specific to major
  • Monthly health disparities research seminars and training
  • Support for abstract submission and graduate admissions
  • Participation in annual CSULB “Latino Health Equity” conference
  • Semester stipend (contingent on active participation)

download H2OLA Mentee application is available for download or at the Foundation Building 125, or by emailing Angel Torres at: angel.torres@csulb.edu