About RIMI

Long Beach, California, is situated in Los Angeles County on the coast of California, south of the City of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to Orange County. One of the largest geographic counties in the U.S., with a population of nearly 10 million, Los Angeles County has a larger population than 42 U.S. States. The City of Long Beach, with an estimated population of over 470,000 has been called the most diverse city in the United States.

Founded in 1949, CSULB is the largest campus in the California State University system and is one of the largest public universities in the nation. CSULB is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), but it also serves many other students from health disparity populations, and no racial/ethnic group is a majority on our campus. The University was recently recognized for its engagement of minority students. A 2008 special report by Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked CSULB seventh and fourth in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees, and mathematics and statistics graduate degrees to minority students respectively.

Among the goals of the CSULB RIMI project is to create a Center for Health Equity Research that will promote and act as the hub of minority health and health disparities research and training efforts at CSULB. Another goal for the project includes providing mentorship, training and research experience for graduate students to increase interest and readiness for doctoral-level research in health equity and minority health topics. Special efforts are made to recruit students from underrepresented groups for these positions. For faculty, mentorship, training and funding support is provided to increase their research experience in health equity and minority health topics. Finally, an administrative staffing complement and consultant experts are available through our RIMI Project to assist researchers with budget development, data collection, management and analysis. More information about specific components of the RIMI Project can be found by selecting a topic of interest from the noted menu of options on this website, or by contacting Carol Canjura (acanjura@csulb.edu).