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Office of Diversity & Equity

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The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE)



New Community Resource

Dealing with Community Stress Card
2017 Post-Election Resources, One-Pager
Resources for Our Immigrant Communities

Community Education for Youth and Adults

ODE offers community education classes for youth and adults.  All classes are free with some offering meals and childcare at no additional cost to you.


Health Equity Initiatives
Stigma and Suicide Prevention

BHRS Three-Year Cultural Competence Plan

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About Us

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 ODE can be traced back to a few staff members, formerly known as the Cultural Competence Council, that met at lunchtime to discuss diversity issues in their clinical work.  To better explain the work of ODE, the Fish framework was developed to represent the goal of addressing health disparities, health inequities, and stigma in mental health and substance use. 


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

ODE Brochure
Roadmaps for a Strategic Approach

Meet Our Staff


Jei Africa

(650) 573-2714

Doris Estremera

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Manager
(650) 573-2889

Erica Britton

Workforce Education Training (WET) Coordinator
(650) 372-6153

Nancy Chen

Mental Health Program Specialist
Community Educations Programs
(650) 573-5092

Briana Evans

Senior Community Health Planner
Community Outreach and Engagement
(650) 372-6138

Emmy Naranjo-Cabatic

Office Specialist
Workforce Education Training (WET) Administration
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Coordination

Sylvia Tang

Community Health Planner
Stigma Discrimination Reduction
Suicide Prevention
Evaluation Support
(650) 578-7165

Colin Hart

Community Health Planner
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Support
(650) 573-5062

Frances Lobos

Program Coordinator
Parent Project®
(650) 372-3272

Natalie Andrade

Program Coordinator
Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid
(650) 372-8548

Mai Le

Community Program Specialist
Lived Experience Academy
Cultural Stipend Program
Internship Program Support
(650) 372-6155

Siavash Zohoori

Community Program Specialist
Digital Storytelling, Photovoice
(650) 372-3214

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Ongoing Cultural Competence Trainings


Title Description Next Training
Working Effectively with Interpreters

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:30PM – 4:00PM
Working Effectively with Interpreters: Refresher Course Using the principles that were learned in the in-person training, this course is a convenient online refresher course that is aimed at refreshing staff and county contractors with knowledge and skills to develop competency in working with interpreters. Ongoing
Building Bridges to Diversity and Inclusion: Cultural Humility for Clinical and Non-Clinical Staff Cultural humility offers one approach to engage with the ever-changing dynamics of cultural and difference, power and privilege, as we go through our day-to-day work.  This collaborative and interactive training will provide attendees with an opportunity to engage and explore these concepts as we all continue to work towards fostering inclusion in the workplace.  TBD


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New Community Resources
Cultural Competence
Health Disparities
Available Films
Title Description  

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.

True Colors

A compelling documentary about the life experiences of four homosexual men facing adversity.

Unnatural Causes

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.