Center Overview

Vision

We strive to improve health, educational, and social equity among the Latino communities with whom we work and serve.

Mission

We improve, promote, and advocate for the health, culture, and well-being of diverse Latino/Hispanic communities.

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2005 Center Opening
The CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training was established by Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis in 2005 to support and create diverse community health initiatives that increase access to culturally and linguistically relevant health education, prevention, screening, and treatment. Initial funding for the Center came through an earmark supported by the Congressional Hispanic Health Task Force spearheaded by former Congresswoman and U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. Our mission is to improve, promote, and advocate for the health and well-being of diverse Latino/Hispanic communities. While we have grown considerably since our official founding, our work continues to improve health, educational, and social equity among the Latino communities with whom we work and serve. Grants funded through myriad governmental agencies and gifts from private donors support our efforts in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, obesity prevention, youth empowerment, nutrition education, perinatal and maternal child health, and Latino educational success. Our programs capacitate communities by training undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with leading multi-disciplinary academics to positively create culturally relevant strategies that improve the health access of Latinos in the United States. We also work actively with UNIDOS US to rigorously evaluate its community health outreach programs; these include collaborative efforts with local community-based organizations and promotores de salud (community health workers). We strive to ensure that each of our programs has a sustainable and tangible outcome in the community and that our work promotes positive change in Latino health status and access.