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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 Black History Month Event 2023

2/11/23 – AACI Presents: A Black History Month Celebration
The event was on Saturday, February 11th, 2023 from 10am to 2pm. In-person location was at Cooley Landing Center (2100 Bay Rd, East Palo Alto, CA 94303). This event was hybrid with an in-person limited capacity of 75 people.

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