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High School Health Academies

 UC San Diego Health’s High School Health Academies provide outreach to high school students in historically underserved communities in the southern and southeastern regions of San Diego County. We provide funding, tours, in-class speakers, and clinical internships to students who are interested in pursing a medical career. We currently work with students at San Ysidro High School, Chula Vista High School, Abraham Lincoln High School (southeastern San Diego), and San Diego High School.  

 Our goals include facilitating access to:

  • Essential health care services
  • Education and workforce development
  • Community outreach, research and partnerships
Other major goals include increasing public awareness of health issues, promoting diversity in the health care workforce and advancing higher education through student and family involvement.

Award for Excellence

UC San Diego Health's community outreach efforts earned the GIA Award for Excellence from the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2013. This top national award recognizes excellence in facilitating comprehensive programs to serve community members. 

Let's Work Together

We need community participation to succeed. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with community members and organizations and appreciate your cooperation as we continue our outreach efforts. 

If you are interested in partnering with us  or would like to know more about our program, please contact David Mier, Assistant Director of Community Strategy and Advocacy at or 858-249-0436.


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