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Office of Diversity & Equity


Office of Diversity and Equity

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 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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Values
  • 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
  • Consultation
  • Training and Facilitation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Coordination

Free Community Education Courses and Programs:

Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Parent Project®
Health Ambassador Programs
Be the One Campaign
Office Of Diversity and Equity Internship Program

For more information including how to get involved, please contact:

Jei Africa, Director
Office of Diversity and Equity
(650) 573-2714

ODE Planning, Outcome Reports, Evaluation


  • April 2014 ODE Report An overview of the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Work on eliminating disparities
  • Brochure Office of Diversity and Equity overview

Ongoing Training

Title Description
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.

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.

Parent Project

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.

Past Training



More 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.