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CSUF Hosts Feb. 5 Town Hall Forum on Building a Healthier Community

Community members interested in partnering with Cal State Fullerton researchers to address health issues are encouraged to attend a town hall forum Friday, Feb. 5, on campus.

The 8:30 a.m.-noon forum, hosted by the university’s Health Promotion Research Institute, will take place in the Titan Student Union.

“We welcome community and faculty members to attend this forum,” said C. Jessie Jones, institute co-director and professor of health science. “The purpose is to address health concerns through research and by developing health promotion programs for all citizens of Orange County.”

Faculty members and community groups already working together will discuss their projects at the forum, said Jones. Among the joint efforts: optimizing physical and cognitive function among people with chronic pain; identifying the needs of autistic children; increasing awareness of cancer care; promoting tolerance through bullying prevention and anger management; and promoting physical fitness for children in urban areas.

The institute has formed partnerships with more than 40 community groups, hospitals, social service agencies and UC Irvine, and the need for such collaborations is growing, according to Jones.

The institute was created as a result of a $224,097 UniHealth Foundation grant. Its mission is to enable public health research, promotion, education, policy and advocacy in the community, to engage community partners and to facilitate research-based public health services. The institute serves as the umbrella organization for the College of Health and Human Development’s Center for Cancer Disparities Research, Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center, Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention and the Center for Successful Aging. For more information on the institute, visit

To reserve a seat and obtain free parking passes for the second annual forum, register online at, call 657-278-7763, or e-mail to

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