Who We Are

The Refugee Health Unit works to help refugees overcome 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.

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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.

Get in Touch

Amina Sheik-Mohamed, MPH | Director

Email: asheikmohamed@ucsd.edu

Phone: (619) 681-0641


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