Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Nilufar Kayhani (2022)

Afghan Clinic: A Health Initiative by and for Afghans

Afghans comprise one of the largest forcibly displaced groups worldwide. Research affirms that forced migration has adverse effects on health, yet, there is little research about the health outcomes of Afghan people in America. From the few studies that attempted to characterize the health of Afghan immigrants in the U.S., we know that Afghans suffer from lower health knowledge, psychological disorders, and discrimination, which exacerbate the stressors related to integration. Thus, there is a need for health resources that can meet the needs of this current population.

Afghan Clinic is a community-led initiative by and for Afghans. We are a team of Afghan students and health professionals who are dedicated to promoting the agency and wellbeing of Afghan people. We are committed to creating health education videos that are culturally tailored and language concordant for the Afghan community.

Follow her project at https://www.afghanclinic.com/

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Nilufar Kayhani graduated with her bachelors in public health from UC Berkeley in May 2022. She is the child of Afghan refugees and is committed to resolving health inequities among refugee patients. Motivated to address the health needs she witnessed, Nilufar decided to pursue a career in public health. Since transferring to Berkeley in 2020, she has initiated multiple community-based participatory research projects with historically marginalized populations. Nilufar is passionate about health equity and ensuring immigrant communities have access to the resources they need.

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