Director Dr. Lorie Judson portrait

Lorie H. Judson, Ph.D., RN, NP
Executive Director

Welcome to the Chin Family Institute for Nursing

The Chin Family Institute for Nursing (CFIN) at California State University, Los Angeles, serves as a center for nursing excellence, emphasizing caring for diverse, underserved urban populations. It was created in 2016 with a philanthropic gift from Drs. William and Patricia Chin, the Institute’s mission is the advancement of nursing education, advocacy, leadership, and action.

Events Wrap-Up

Nurse Practitioners culmination

Family Nurse Practitioners Celebrate the Culmination of their 8-Month Residency

Eight Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) and their family members gathered at Union Bank Plaza in Los Angeles recently to celebrate the culmination of the 8-month residency program created in partnership between the Chin Family Institute for Nursing (CFIN) and the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC).

The residency allowed these newly licensed FNPs to hone their skills for the care of patients with complex healthcare needs across their lifespans. They worked with preceptors at four federally qualified health care (FQHC) clinics:  Kedren Community Health Center, Chinatown Service Center, Via Care Community Health Center, and Universal Community Health Center.

The residents participated in didactic sessions through faculty engaged by CFIN and worked with preceptors at the CCALAC member clinics. Many of the residents will now stay on as full practitioners at the clinic they were assigned, providing a much-needed pipeline for the care of underserved populations in East Los Angeles.



In the time of COVID-19, Chin Institute places nurses in at-risk communities

Chin Institute nursing student

On her first shift in the field in her new job, Cal State LA nursing graduate Sarah Francisco found herself swept up in the COVID-19 crisis, helping vaccinate patients in South Los Angeles as the virus surged toward a catastrophic peak.

"Having the opportunity to dive in and assist with vaccinating the most vulnerable populations in the community, and seeing their excitement and relief, was very memorable," she recalled of her eventful welcome to Kedren Community Health Center in January.

Read more about Sarah Francisco