Research, Innovation, Student Engagement

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Welcome to the San Diego State University Imperial Valley RISE Center. We are dedicated to Research, Innovation, & Student Engagement. Our mission is to build community-academic partnerships to identify and launch lasting solutions to the rural border health disparities that plague this region.

Contact Us

[email protected]

In Partnership With:


El Centro Regional Medical Center

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program

Dr. Hoyt

Helina Hoyt PhD, RN, PHN

SDSU Imperial Valley Nursing Program Coordinator
RISE Co-Founder & Co-Director

"Our goal here is to build futures and save lives."

Dr. Gates

Michael Gates PhD, RN

SDSU School of Nursing Associate Director
SDSU School of Nursing Associate Professor
RISE Co-Founder & Co-Director

"The SDSU Imperial Valley Rise Center will connect, collaborate and work with community stakeholders with academic researchers to facilitate data driven change."
Dr. Carlson

Beverly Carlson PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, FAHA

SDSU School of Nursing Associate Professor
SDSU School of Nursing Graduate Advisor
RISE Co-Founder & Co-Director

"Involving students in the RISE Center’s process of creating solutions helps sustain the work by teaching the future leaders of the community."

We look forward to hearing from you!

With fewer than a thousand students, SDSU-IV provides a uniquely intimate educational experience.

SDSU Imperial Valley
720 Heber Avenue
Calexico, CA 92231

Welcome to SDSU Imperial Valley

Small classes with convenient accessibility to a dedicated faculty and staff.