Health Equity Initiatives
In 2007, the Mental Health Services Act provided funding to continue and support staff efforts to address racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities within Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. These Initiatives were created to focus on health disparities in access and quality of care for underserved, unserved and inappropriately served cultural and ethnic communities and identify the workforce development needs of staff of these communities.
Each Initiative plans and implements activities in collaboration with other county staff, community partners, consumers/clients/family members and community stakeholders. Activities include educational resources (translated in different languages); facilitated training on culturally-responsive practices, workshops and support groups; and community outreach.
Learn about the Heath Equity Initiatives’ impact over the past decade in Health Equity Initiatives: A Ten-Year Review
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 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.
We care about the emotional and physical health of all Chinese individuals, families, and children living in San Mateo County. When people work together, they can make a big difference to improve the overall health of our community. The Chinese Health Initiative was created in 2007 as a way to join people together who are interested in working to improve the health and well being of our Chinese community.
Mindful of Our Community’s Health
The mission of the Filipino Mental Health Initiative is to improve the well-being of Filipinos in San Mateo County by reducing the stigma of mental health, increasing access to services, and further empowering the community through outreach and engagement. We strive to connect individuals to appropriate health, mental health and social services, and ensure culturally appropriate services through provider collaboration.
We strive to eliminate stigma, oppression, racism and poverty
The Latino Collaborative promotes holistic practices designed to build safe, strong, resilient families in San Mateo County. We work to increase access to stigma-free services and treatment involving mind, spirit and body to all San Mateo County residents, regardless of insurance eligibility. We believe that services that integrate Latino heritage, culture, spirituality and family values will nurture and strengthen the health of Latino individuals and families.
The Native and Indigenous Peoples Initiative (NIPI) was created to bring about a comprehensive revival of the Native American community in San Mateo County through awareness, health education, and outreach which honors culturally appropriate traditional Native healing practices.
The Spirituality Initiative works to build opportunities for clients/consumers, family members, providers and community members to collaboratively explore, increase awareness of, and support spirituality and its relationship to health and well-being, especially for those with or at risk of co-occurring alcohol/drug addiction and mental health challenges.
Vision and Values
The Health System fully embraces and integrates spirituality when working with individuals, families and communities to facilitate wellness and recovery.