Asmaa Deiranieh currently works for the UC San Diego Center for Community Health as a Health Equity & Youth Engagement Manager. Asmaa leads the Youth Advisory Council program planning, coordination, and facilitation of YAC meetings throughout the year. Working directly with the youth, Asmaa supports youth-led projects that emphasize improving access to healthy foods, beverages, and physical activity in a community setting. Asmaa will be taking this experience and leading the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition’s emerging Youth Leader’s Council. Asmaa also works on the Advancing Health Literacy program to develop strategies to address disparities that are seen in racial and ethnic minority communities as a result of COVID-19.

Asmaa holds a BS in Public Health from the University of California, San Diego and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health. During her time at UC San Diego, Asmaa continuously pursued opportunities that allowed her to utilize her skills and passion for wellness to support and give back to various communities. She served as a Peer Mentor where she offered guidance and care for first generation college students in their transition with their first year of college as well as an Orientation Leader where she facilitated new students’ transition to UC San Diego by providing support and maintaining an open, helpful attitude. Asmaa also volunteered for the Counseling and Psychological services for several years as a Wellness Peer Educator where she delivered psycho-educational workshops to educate fellow students about mental health and wellness, reduce stigma and spread awareness of mental health services.

Prior to working at the Center for Community Health, Asmaa had several years’ experience working with San Diego youth. Asmaa provided health promotional services to youth at the Preuss School and also served as a volunteer Youth Leader for marginalized youth. With her passion for community wellness and inspiring social change, Asmaa is dedicated to implementing the perspectives of young people in discussions and decision-making processes.

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