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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 virtually every second Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For virtual location, check our schedule here

Contact Lee Harrison and Delicia ‘Dee’ Pennix at for more information. 

The African American Community Initiative is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63).

AACI Brochure

2017 AACI Black History Month Fair

Past Events

AACI & VorSMC Juneteenth Celebration 2023

6/16/23- The African American Community Initiative (AACI) and Voices of Recovery San Mateo County (VORSMC) are proud to co-host our second Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 16, 2023.

The theme of this year’s Celebration is: Discovering-Recovering Our Roots:  The Continued Journey of Black Struggle

The event will be held in-person and streamed via Facebook Live and Zoom.