Rahwa Weldeselase currently works with the UC San Diego Center for Community Health as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Refugee Health Unit. She was born and raised in San Diego, California but her family originates from Eritrea who came to the United States as former refugees.

Rahwa completed her Bachelors of Science in Public Health at San Diego State University. There, she was heavily involved in Students 4 Public Health. This organization is dedicated to preventing, promoting, and protecting the health of students of San Diego State University, as well as the community at large through volunteering and community outreach.

Rahwa is very interested in serving her community as well as serving other underserved populations. While enrolled as a full-time student she worked as a Peer Advocate for Being Alive San Diego, which is a non-profit organization that offers free services to those who have been or are affected by HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. She also volunteers with Healing Hearts Across Borders, which is a non-profit organization that provides free medical services to various neighborhoods in Tijuana, Mexico.

Rahwa is excited to continue her involvement with underserved populations and plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Public Health.

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