Why Health Equity?

Disparities in health may be influenced by many different factors such as

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socio-economic status
  • Geography
  • Incarceration
  • Physical disabilities

San Diego is a diverse region with a multitude of varied experiences available to students

  • One of the busiest international land border crossing in the world
  • Spans the U.S./Mexico border from urban to rural areas
  • More refugees resettle in San Diego than any other metropolitan area in Southern California
  • San Diego County is home to more Native American reservations (18) than any other county in the U.S. One-third of households are non-English speaking
UC San Diego School of Medicine (SOM) faculty have a strong tradition of community/university partnerships across these areas.