Office of Diversity & Equity
The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) is the hub for information and resources on addressing health disparities. More than ever, we believe that creating better health outcomes and opportunities for our clients means we must make a much stronger connection to broader social justice and equity efforts.
The beginnings of the ODE can be traced from the beginnings of The Diversity and Equity Council (formerly Cultural Competence Council/Committee), when a few staff members informally met at lunchtime to discuss diversity issues in their clinical case work. Currently, ODE provides oversight to the Diversity and Equity Council and the Health Equity Initiatives.
ODE is dedicated to addressing health disparities, health inequities, and stigma in the areas of mental health and substance use, and supporting wellness and recovery among underserved, unserved, and inappropriately served communities in San Mateo County.
- Cultural competence and cultural humility
- Shared and multicultural leadership
- Building bridges and sustainability of partnerships
- Forward and out-of-the-box thinking
- Advocacy and community capacity
- Using data to determine outcomes
How we can support you
- Training and Facilitation
- Strategic Planning
Free Community Education Courses and Programs:
For more information including how to get involved, please contact:
Jei Africa, Director
Office of Diversity and Equity
ODE Planning, Outcome Reports, Evaluation
- ODE’s framework for addressing health inequities
- Roadmaps for a Strategic Approach
- - July 2015
- - June 2014-April 2015
- - January 2016-July 2016
- An overview of the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Work on eliminating disparities
- Office of Diversity and Equity overview
This state-mandated training is aimed at providing staff and county contractors who have any direct contact with clients/consumers (i.e. clinicians, MDs, administrative support, etc. ) with knowledge and skills to develop competency in working with interpreters.
|Mental Health First Aid||
Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals from the community how to help someone in emotional distress.
|Youth Mental Health First Aid||
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course is an 8-hour public education training program designed for any adult working with or assisting young people, ages 12-24. The course focuses on how to help a young person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.
A 12-week parent education and support group for parents, grandparents and adult caregivers. It will change your life and the way you raise your children.
- (CBMCS), CBMCS training is designed for County mental health managers, administrators, direct service providers, clinicians, case managers, contractors, administrative and support staff, and community partners who are interested in building their multicultural competence skills.
- , December 2013, presented by Jei Africa, PsyD, CATC
- - June 2012. Melanie Marie Tervalon, MD, MPH
- - March 2011. Melanie Marie Tervalon, MD, MPH, (article on Cultural Humility)
- - February/March 2011
- , Another Kind of Valor is a powerful DVD learning system designed to address the needs of those who assist emotionally damaged veterans returning to civilian life.
- Storytelling Series
- – January 2015
- Cultural Humility Training of Trainers – 10 individuals participated in a 5 week training/mentorship in December 2014 to increase capacity to provide Cultural Humility trainings.
- – 2009
- – March 25, 2010
- Kaiser Permanente Presentation – April 2010
- Human Services Agency Immigration Presentation – March 2010
- Philippine Nurses Association – May 2009
- Caminar Presentation – May 2009
- Grand Rounds Presentation – March 2009
- What’s Love Got to Do with It? Exploring Multicultural Issues in Domestic Violence
- California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions: Center for Multicultural Development
- California Department of Public Health: Office of Health Equity
- Georgetown University: National Center for Cultural Competence
- Bay Area Regional Health Inequalities Initiative
- US Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Minority Health
A Girl Like Me
A true story about the life of Gwen Araujo, born Edward Araujo, a teenager who fought with patience and courage to be accepted for who she was.
|Daddy and Papa||
A documentary depicting the social, political and cultural difficulties surrounding homosexual fatherhood.
|RACE: The Power of an Illusion||
A 3-part series that examines and dismantles common myths and misconceptions about race.
From the voices and perspectives of ethnically and sexually diverse teens, Straightlaced is a documentary that addresses American ideals and issues surrounding gender and sexuality.
A compelling documentary about the life experiences of four homosexual men facing adversity.
An exploratory film series about how racial and socioeconomic inequities, such as in housing, education, employment, and power, can lead to negative health outcomes.
|Another Kind of Valor||
A DVD/CD Learning System that begins to share insights about the struggles that lie ahead for all involved. By presenting a series of nine carefully crafted 25- to 45-minute docudrama video vignettes that probe the veteran’s experiences – pre-war, battleground, and post deployment – it attempts to reveal clues about when and how an individual exposure to powerful trauma that alters life has forced a departure from our society’s agreed upon concept of reality and what is acceptable.