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Why Health Equity Matters

Disparities in Health

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

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

Diverse Region

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.