Centers & Institutes

The College includes several off-campus research and training centers which serve as catalysts to bring together the resources of the College (faculty, graduate and undergraduate students) and community professionals, agencies and organizations to improve the health and welfare of communities located within Central California.

The Central California Center for Health and Human Services (CCCHHS) supports:



Established in 2002, the CVHPI facilitates regional research, leadership training and graduate education programs to address emerging health policy issues that influence the health status of people living in Central California.




The CCPHC provides leadership for a regional health agenda that addresses the social determinants of health in the San Joaquin Valley.




The CCCI's mission is to promote research, policies and practices that support the well-being of children and families, using a regional children's agenda as the guiding framework.




The CCIHA acts as a catalyst for regional change to enhance the quality of life, physical, social, emotional and economic well-being of elderly residents in the Central California region.




The CCCEN addresses the critical nursing shortage on a permanent basis with a well-thought-out action plan. The center, which began in 2006, takes a regionally and comprehensively-focused approach, working in partnership with healthcare providers to develop the kinds of nursing specialists, leaders and educators needed to serve our diverse region.




In its simplest form, Collaborative Leadership is about helping group members and leaders to better facilitate team processes to achieve greater outcomes. Collaborative leadership requires the active recognition that one profession cannot solely address the needs of a client, patient, or community. 


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The Central California Social Welfare Evaluation, Research and Training (SWERT) Center supports:

The mission of the CCTA is to enhance the ability of staff in public social services and child welfare agencies to protect children and to prevent placement whenever possible.

Through the Academy, child welfare workers will have greater access to current and state-of-the-art child welfare practices, thereby leading to more competent workers in the field.


The SFPT Project was established in 1993 through a cooperative effort between the then School of Health and Human Services and the Fresno County Department of Social  Services. The purpose of the Project is to provide training and support to  licensed foster parents of Fresno County. The Project was established to assist  foster parents with the myriad of issues and the complexities presented when it is necessary to place children in out of home care.


The CCASSC operates as an agency-university partnership that promotes and provides training to public human services administrators. 


The Claims Integrity Unit (CIU) is a team of specialists that provide technical assistance, training, quality assurance and evaluation for county programs utilizing Title IV-B, Title IV-E pre-placement prevention and Title IXX funds for children at risk of abuse or neglect.


The Central California Adult Protective Services Training Academy builds on the foundation established by the Child and Policy Institute of California (CFPIC) and the Bay Area Academy (BAA).

Goals include

Educating the region’s county Adult Protective Services (APS)  workers and partners on APS program standards and developing core, fundamental training in APS geared towards new and relatively new APS workers to ensure best practices and adherence to various requirements and mandates.


These Centers also provide support services and infrastructure for interdisciplinary and discipline-specific research and evaluation projects involving faculty and students of the College of Health and Human Services. Each of these Center programs provides opportunities for leveraging of institutional resources, interdisciplinary faculty involvement and regional community engagement which further enhance the university's capacity to respond to high priority health and human service needs of residents in the Central Valley.