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About Us

General information

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. 

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.

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

ODE Brochure
Roadmaps for a Strategic Approach

Meet Our Staff

 

Jei Africa

He/ Him/ His
Director
(650) 573-2714

Doris Estremera

She/ Her/ Hers
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Manager
(650) 573-2889

Erica Britton

She/ Her/ Hers
Workforce Education Training (WET) Coordinator
(650) 372-6153

Nancy Chen

She/ Her/ Hers
Mental Health Program Specialist
Community Educations Programs
(650) 573-5092

Briana Evans

She/ Her/ Hers
Senior Community Health Planner
Community Outreach and Engagement
(650) 372-6138

Sylvia Tang

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

Colin Hart

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

Frances Lobos

She/ Her/ Hers
Program Coordinator
Parent Project®
(650) 372-3272

Natalie Andrade

She/ Her/ Hers
Program Coordinator
Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid
(650) 372-8548

Siavash Zohoori

He/ Him/ His
Community Program Specialist
Digital Storytelling, Photovoice
(650) 372-3214

Hillary Chu

She/ Her/ Hers
Community Health Planner
650-372-6157

Kristie Lui

She/ Her/ Hers
Community Program Specialist I
650- 573- 5037

Annette Pahkchian

She/Her/ Hers, They/ Them/ Theirs
Community Program Specialist II 
LGBTQ+ Outreach Worker
650- 372- 6156

Daniel Naha- Veevalu

He/ Him/ His
Community Program Specialist II
PI Outreach Worker

 

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