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Health Equity Initiatives


Health Equity Initiatives

In 2007, the Mental Health Services Act provided funding to continue and support staff efforts to address racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities within Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. These Initiatives were created to focus on health disparities in access and quality of care for underserved, unserved and inappropriately served cultural and ethnic communities and identify the workforce development needs of staff of these communities.

Each Initiative plans and implements activities in collaboration with other county staff, community partners, consumers/clients/family members and community stakeholders. Activities include educational resources (translated in different languages); facilitated training on culturally-responsive practices, workshops and support groups; and community outreach.

All who are passionate about embracing diversity and advancing equity are welcome to participate. Click Here for more information.


Chinese Health Initiative (CHI)

We care about the emotional and physical health of all Chinese individuals, families, and children living in San Mateo County. When people work together, they can make a big difference to improve the overall health of our community. The Chinese Health Initiative was created in 2007 as a way to join people together who are interested in working to improve the health and well being of our Chinese community.


Filipino Mental Health Initiative

Mindful of Our Community’s Health

The mission of the Filipino Mental Health Initiative is to improve the well-being of Filipinos in San Mateo County by reducing the stigma of mental health, increasing access to services, and further empowering the community through outreach and engagement. We strive to connect individuals to appropriate health, mental health and social services, and ensure culturally appropriate services through provider collaboration.


Latino Collaborative

We strive to eliminate stigma, oppression, racism and poverty

The Latino Collaborative promotes holistic practices designed to build safe, strong, resilient families in San Mateo County. We work to increase access to stigma-free services and treatment involving mind, spirit and body to all San Mateo County residents, regardless of insurance eligibility. We believe that services that integrate Latino heritage, culture, spirituality and family values will nurture and strengthen the health of Latino individuals and families.


Native American Initiative

NAI Mission

The Native American Initiate was created to bring about a comprehensive revival of the Native American community in San Mateo County through awareness, health education, and outreach which honors culturally appropriate traditional Native healing practices.


Spirituality Initiative

The Spirituality Initiative works to build opportunities for clients/consumers, family members, providers and community members to collaboratively explore, increase awareness of, and support spirituality and its relationship to health and well-being, especially for those with or at risk of co-occurring alcohol/drug addiction and mental health challenges.

Vision and Values

The Health System fully embraces and integrates spirituality when working with individuals, families and communities to facilitate wellness and recovery.