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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

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

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

ODE Brochure
Roadmaps for a Strategic Approach