Who We Are
Although they have built strong communities, like other vulnerable populations living in low-income communities, refugees bear a heavier burden when it comes to chronic disease and financial insecurity.
The Refugee Health Unit works to help refugees overcome these health inequalities and preserve the amal they brought with them to San Diego. By deploying evidence-based health practices and translational research, our program aims to achieve health equity by focusing on all aspects of the social determinants of health.
The mission of our unit is to protect, promote and improve the physical, mental and financial well-being of the refugee population in San Diego County. Through collaboration with refugee-led organizations and agencies, we provide ongoing support by identifying and responding to emerging issues in refugee populations.
Our vision is to reverse existing social and health disparities among the refugee community in San Diego.
This is done through evidence-based, culturally sensitive health education; partnerships that promote physical, emotional, and financial wellness; and particiatory research to better understand and share with stakeholders the barriers to health and socio-economic wellbeing in the refugee community and how to overcome them.
We engage community residents, youth, and other community stakeholders in a collaborative process to address health disparities at multiple levels. Out partners include United Women’s East Africa Support Team, The AjA Project, Leah’s Pantry, African Workforce Coalition, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, the YMCA of San Diego County, and the Southern Sudanese Community of San Diego.
The Refugee Health Unit is an initiative of UC San Diego’s Center for Community Health, which promotes health and equity through partnerships with the US Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.