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African American Community Initiative


African American Community Initiative (AACI)

Hosted by The Office of Diversity and Equity

The Mission

The mission of the African American Community Initiative is to become a known resource for African American Community members facing challenges with finding and utilizing mental health services, while addressing inequalities faced by African Americans in our county.  Our vision is to build a community driven support system for reducing mental health and substance use treatment disparities, and the stigma of mental illness.  

Be a part of the solution!

Join the African American Community Initiative as we work to increase awareness of mental health and substance use issues and promote wellness and recovery .We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meeting.  We meet every second Tuesday of the month at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 1300 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Contact Chyvonne Washington or Desirae Miller for more information

The African American Community Initiative is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

AACI Brochure

2017 AACI Black History Month Fair

Past Events

Healthy Minds Make for a Healthy Community

While behavioral health issues effect people of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds, African Americans are more likely to experience certain factors that lead to these issues, and less likely to seek or receive treatment. In recent years, 12% of people in treatment for substance use disorders identified as African American, compared to 3% of the total San Mateo County population.

General information

Upcoming AACI Events

A Call To Remember – 10/15/19

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of more than 20 Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. Please join the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services’ African American Community Initiative (AACI) of San Mateo County’s commemoration of this historical moment. On October 15th, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Ravenswood Family Health Clinic, 1846 Bay Road (Across the Street), East Palo Alto, CA 94306; we will take time out to observe and discuss historical information and view a portion of Dr. Khalid White’s award winning documentary Black Fatherhood in celebration of our triumphs. This is a free event for all and light refreshments will be provided.



The African American Community Initiative has established a partnership with the African American Community Health Advisory Council (AACHAC). Since 1995 the African-American Community Health Advisory Committee has been working with businesses, corporations, community-based organizations, health educators and the faith community to create an awareness of the major health concerns affecting African-Americans and to actively seek and promote a more healthful lifestyle.