Office of Diversity and Equity

ODE Logo The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) is the hub for information and resources on addressing health disparities. More than ever, we believe that creating better health outcomes and opportunities for our clients means we must make a much stronger connection to broader social justice and equity efforts.

The beginnings of the ODE can be traced from the beginnings of the Diversity and Equity Council (formerly Cultural Competence Council/Committee), when a few staff members informally met at lunchtime to discuss diversity issues in their clinical case work. Currently the ODE provides oversight to the Diversity and Equity Council and Health Equity Initiatives.

Changing our focus to addressing health disparities

A health disparity occurs when a certain population suffers from worse health and receives lower-quality health care than other populations.

Health disparities can be closely linked with social or economic disadvantages that affect groups of people who have experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, cognitive, sensory, or physical disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

Our Values

  • Cultural competence and cultural humility
  • Shared and multicultural leadership
  • Building bridges and sustainability of partnerships
  • Forward and out-of-the-box thinking
  • Advocacy and community capacity
  • Using data to determine outcomes


Office of Diversity and Equity Report   ODE Brochure The Fish

April 2014 ODE Report: An overview of the Office of Diversity and Equity's Work on eliminating disparities

  Brochure: Office of
Diversity and Equity overview
The Fish: ODE's framework for addressing health inequities

How we can support you

  • Consultation
  • Training and Facilitation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Coordination

Are you a new Health System staff member? Learn how to get involved in Health Equity Initiatives!

If you are a consumer and would like to get involved or for more information about the Office of Diversity and Equity, please contact Jei Africa, Health Equity Initiatives Director, at (650) 573-2714 or

Ongoing Training

Title Description

Working Effectively with Interpreters

This state-mandated training is aimed at providing staff and county contractors who have any direct contact with clients/consumers (i.e. clinicians, MDs, administrative support, etc. ) with knowledge and skills to develop competency in working with interpreters.

California Brief Multicultural Competence Scale Series (CBMCS)

CBMCS training is designed for County mental health managers, administrators, direct service providers, clinicians, case managers, contractors, administrative and support staff, and community partners who are interested in building their multicultural competence skills. To attend this training, you must commit to four 8-hour sessions. If you are interested in applying for future CBMCS training, please complete the Provider Application.

Mental Health First Aid Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals from the community how to help someone in emotional distress.
Parent Project An 11-week parent education and support group for parents, grandparents and adult caregivers. It will change your life and the way you raise your children!
Another Kind of Valor Another Kind of Valor is a powerful DVD learning system designed to address the needs of those who assist emotionally damaged veterans returning to civilian life. Sign up for facilitator training - anyone can train to be a facilitator!

Past Training



More Resources

Cultural Competence

Health Disparities

Available Films

Title Description  

A Girl Like Me

A true story about the life of Gwen Araujo, born Edward Araujo, a teenager who fought with patience and courage to be accepted for who she was.

A Girl Like Me

Daddy and Papa

A documentary depicting the social, political and cultural difficulties surrounding homosexual fatherhood.

Daddy and Papa

RACE: The Power of an Illusion

A 3-part series that examines and dismantles common myths and misconceptions about race.



From the voices and perspectives of ethnically and sexually diverse teens, Straightlaced is a documentary that addresses American ideals and issues surrounding gender and sexuality.


True Colors

A compelling documentary about the life experiences of four homosexual men facing adversity.


Unnatural Causes

An exploratory film series about how racial and socioeconomic inequities, such as in housing, education, employment, and power, can lead to negative health outcomes.

Unnatural Causes
Another Kind of Valor A DVD/CD Learning System that begins to share insights about the struggles that lie ahead for all involved. By presenting a series of nine carefully crafted 25- to 45-minute docudrama video vignettes that probe the veteran's experiences - pre-war, battleground, and post deployment - it attempts to reveal clues about when and how an individual exposure to powerful trauma that alters life has forced a departure from our society's agreed upon concept of reality and what is acceptable.