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Health Equity Initiatives: Diversity and Equity Council


Diversity and Equity Council

Hosted by The Office of Diversity and Equity

5/1 – Race and Coronavirus Townhall (Video & Slides) 

Powerpoint Slides


The Diversity and Equity Council (DEC) is a guiding body that works to embrace diversity, eliminate health disparities and advance equity in San Mateo County. We coordinate, inform, support, advocate and consult with Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and its communities.

The Diversity and Equity Council started as the Cultural Competence Committee over ten years ago. The first meeting was held in a tiny room at Hillcrest. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to discuss cultural competence in our work through networking, training (sponsoring or hosting), facilitation, film viewings and just getting together.

The Diversity and Equity Council is committed to supporting community advocates throughout the County. It provides

  •  a space for collaboration and guidance for the Health Equity Initiatives 
  • a forum for cultural competence questions from community-based organizations
  • a hub of information and resources for community members committed to advancing equitable behavioral health care.

Based on a white paper written by Arab and Arab American residents of San Mateo County, the DEC is currently working to support equitable behavioral health services for community members that identify as Arab and/or speak Arabic.

If you are passionate about diversity, cultural competence and equity issues, contact the Diversity and Equity Council co-chairs, Narges Dillon and Briana Evans.

The DEC meets the first Friday of every month from 11:00am to 12:30pm at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (1330 S. El Camino Real Suite 100, San Mateo. 

Diversity and Equity Council and Health Equity Initiatives Meeting Schedule

General information


Every year, the DEC sets out to develop goals and activities for the upcoming year to fit into the framework to:

  • Increase the capacity of mental health and substance abuse services to serve populations in need.

  • Shift the paradigm to incorporate cultural competence and cultural humility at the city, county, and state levels.

Take a look at the last three years including the most recent plan for 2016-2017!

2014 Strategic Plan
2015 Strategic Plan
2016 Strategic Plan