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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 Lee Harrison and Pamela Ward at for more information. 

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

AACI Brochure

General information

Upcoming AACI Events

AACI Black History Month Event 2022

 A virtual event on February 26th from 10 am to 12pm. A celebration of 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.

Register here