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Spring 2015 News

Lights, camera, fashion! CSULB’s Campus Couture saves a student a slot in LA Fashion Week

With more than 800 people in attendance, Jacyln Mach had all eyes on her as she won “Best Collection” at the 27th annual Campus Couture. The fashion department’s student-run fashion show took place on Friday at California State University, Long Beach’s Carpenter Center.

“I’ve been preparing for a long time,” Mach, a senior fashion design major at CSULB, said. “When I thought about my collection, the first thing I thought about was using my fashion as communication and designing with a purpose; that was important to me.” Simplistic yet edgy, Mach’s “Armored” collection won her a spot in the Art Hearts Fashion show during Los Angeles Fashion Week in October. Her pieces were inspired by the hatred of seeing those close to here in pain as well as the embodiment of the quote, “In weakness, you are made strong.”... Read More

CSULB Recreation and leisure students receive internship opportunities with the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine facilities.

There are about 190 CSULB students majoring in recreation and leisure studies, each of whom is required to log at least 400 hours of internship experience in order to graduate. “We are definitely not guaranteed an internship, so when I got accepted into mine it was like a huge weight lifted from my shoulders,” Joanna Montoya, a senior recreation and leisure studies major said. Montoya said that the 1,000 hours she had spent working for the city helped her feel prepared for her internship, and that she had developed the connections she needed to secure her position through working with other professional organizations. Her chosen internship is going to be a semester of 40 hour work..Read More

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Achieving Health Equity through Science, Community, and Collaboration

There have been great strides in improving the health of the U.S. population as a whole in the past several decades.  Yet, for many segments of the U.S. population, rates of obesity, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the same now as they were ten years ago.  Not surprisingly, disparities in disease rates are inextricably tied to social disadvantage, discrimination, exclusion, and geographic segregation.  The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) recognizes that progress can only be made when disease is Health Equitystudied and understood within the social and structural contexts in which it occurs. Under the leadership of its new Director, Dr. Laura D’Anna, CHER conducts social and behavioral research and evaluation on health-related issues in partnership with community-based organizations throughout Long Beach to further its mission of “promoting health equity through science, community and collaboration.” 

At CHER, junior faculty and students receive mentorship to conduct health disparities research.  Most notably, CHER received a Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) grant from the National Institution on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to foster the next generation of leaders in public health research.  Over the last 5 years, 21 CSULB faculty and 20 graduate students participated as Research Faculty Fellows and Health Scholars, respectively, and published a total of 23 peer-reviewed papers.  As RIMI comes to a close, CHER continues to mentor students by serving as an internship site for both undergraduate and graduate programs at CSULB.  Interns at CHER gain hands-on experience with proposal writing, data collection, and data analysis.  As the lead on the evaluation of Building Healthy Communities Long Beach (BHCLB), a 10-year initiative funded by The California Endowment, CHER also provides its interns with opportunities to be involved in an innovative developmental evaluation approach that uses local, state, and national level data.  Preliminary results of the evaluation were presented at the 142nd annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting in New Orleans in November 2014. 

CHER continually seeks motivated students looking for experience in research and evaluation.  For internship opportunities, contact Carol Canjura at 562-985-2179 or