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Centers and Institutes


The College includes several off-campus research and training centers which serve as catalysts in bringing 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 is deeply committed to, and engaged with, the people of our region. Since it's inception in 1996, the center continues to be one of the most active research units at Fresno State - and is home to a variety of community-serving institutes and programs, including: 

Central Valley Health Policy Institute

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.



Central California Children's Institute 

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.



Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing 

The CCCEN takes a regionally and comprehensively-focused approach, working in partnership with health care providers to develop nursing specialists, leaders and educators needed to service our diverse region. 


Central California Sports Sciences Institute 

 Through community awareness and education, as well as collaborative research, the CCSSI is helping those in the field focus on enhancing performance of athletes while maintaining a safe atmosphere.  


Social Welfare Evaluation, Research and Training Center

The center, also known as SWERT, studies the human condition, social issues and the delivery of human services in Central California, in order to improve the quality of life for the region's residents. 

SWERT also supports: 


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.

To learn more about our centers, contact Donna DeRoo at or 559.228.2150.