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African American Community Initiative

Overview

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 Lee Harrison and Delicia ‘Dee’ Pennix at AACIInitiative@gmail.com for more information. 

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

AACI Brochure

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2017 AACI Black History Month Fair

Past Events

AACI Black History Month Event 2022

 A virtual event on February 26th celebrating African American wellness, resiliency, and cultural strengths. Presentations about Covid-19 and the impact on the African American Community, a presentation about Healing Centered Engagement, plus a cultural performance Art presentation, trivia games, community resources, support, and raffle prizes.

General information

Upcoming AACI Events

2/11/23 – AACI Presents: A Black History Month Celebration

Please join San Mateo County’s African American Community Initiative (AACI) for their 2023 Black History Month Celebration. The event is on Saturday, February 11th, 2023 from 10am to 2pm. In-person location is at Cooley Landing Center (2100 Bay Rd, East Palo Alto, CA 94303).

This event will be hybrid with an in-person limited capacity of 75 people. Registration is first come first serve, and you don’t want to miss out!

Scheduled presentations and activities include Black Mental Health, COVID-19 and Health Care in the Black Community, raffle prizes, live musical performances and poetry.

RSVP for the event here.

If you are interested to volunteer for set up, clean up, ushering, door monitoring, etc, please email dpennix@smcgov.org.

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