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Mohammad Sediq Hazratzai MD, MPH is Director of SEHAT Initiative (SI), a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI), established in response to humanitarian and healthcare needs of refugees. SI focus is to improve the health and well-being of refugees in California and throughout the United States. Founded by medical and public health experts from within the refugee community, it serves as a crucial bridge between refugees and their wider medical and social environment. SI projects are implemented in close collaboration with refugees, community-based organizations, research, and academic institutions.

Dr.Sediq is a career public health professional and researcher with extensive experience focused on refugee and immigrant health. As a visiting professor at the University of California Davis, Dr. Sediq teaches refugee health and comparative health systems. Dr. Sediq is also a credentialed Principal Investigator with the Public Health Institute (PHI) and an affiliate with University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Institute for Global Health Sciences.

Dr. Sediq has worked with nonprofits, IOM (UN Migration Agency), and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health in projects focused on the most vulnerable populations – refugees, migrants, Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), and HIV high-risk groups. Dr.Sediq is a board member with Upwardly Global a leading nonprofit that helps immigrant, refugee and asylee professionals rebuild their careers in the United States. Dr. Sediq speaks English, Dari/Farsi and Pashtu fluently and is an active community member in the Greater Sacramento region helping diverse refugee groups. Dr. Sediq is a trainer with PHI’s Lotus Project focused on child trauma and a research associate with PHI’s HIPUP program. Dr.Sediq is big fan of nature and national parks. If he is not in his home office, he spends most of his time with his two children.

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