Office of Diversity and Equity
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.
- Free Behavioral Health Community Education - Information about Mental Health First Aid, Parent Project and the Health Ambassador Programs.
- Measure A Funded Programs Report January 2015
- Chinese Chinese Outreach Pilot Program Progress Report June-December 2014
- Stigma Free San Mateo County
- Office of Diversity and Equity Logic Models: Roadmaps for a Strategic Approach
- 2010-2013 Cultural Competence Plan
- Check out ODE's digitial stories and photovoice projects in their Storytelling Series
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.
- 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
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
- Training and Facilitation
- Strategic Planning
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, Director, Office of Diversity and Equity, at (650) 573-2714 or JAfrica@smcgov.org.
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.
|Mental Health First Aid||Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals from the community how to help someone in emotional distress.|
|Youth Mental Health First Aid||Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course is an 8-hour public education training program designed for any adult working with or assisting young people, ages 12-24. The course focuses on how to help a young person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.|
|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|
- 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.
- BHRS Cultural Competence Plan: Technical Assistance Workshop, December 2013, presented by Jei Africa, PsyD, CATC
- Culture and Difference: Working in Partnership with Individuals, Families and Communities - June 2012. Melanie Marie Tervalon, MD, MPH
- Cultural Humility in the Era of Cultural Competence: Addressing Health and Health Care Disparities - March 2011. Melanie Marie Tervalon, MD, MPH, (article on Cultural Humility)
- Military Culture 101: Relevance to Behavioral Health and Recovery Services - February/March 2011
- 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.
- Storytelling Series
- Working with the Arab and Arab American Community: A culturally relevant, sensitive, and competent approach
- Cultural Humility Training of Trainers - 10 individuals participated in a 5 week training/mentorship in December 2014 to increase capacity to provide Cultural Humility trainings.
- Cultural Competence Mental Health Summit XVI - 2009
- Cultural Competence Mental Health summit (small "s") Encore Presentations- March 25, 2010
- Building Collaborations Among Community Members to Address the Needs of the Filipino Community
- Confronting Cultural Disparities Among African American Males and Identifying Those Barriers to Promote Positive Clinical Outcomes
- San Mateo County Pacific Islander Initiative: Working Beyond Silos to Improve Cultural Competency and Promote Health Equity
- Kaiser Permanente Presentation - April 2010
Cultural Considerations: Working with the Filipino Community
- Human Services Agency Immigration Presentation - March 2010
Worldview and Experience: Tools to Better Serve our Immigrant Communities
- Philippine Nurses Association - May 2009
We Cannot Do it Alone: Advocacy and Partnership in Addressing Health Disparities
- Caminar Presentation - May 2009
Towards Better Quality of Care: Applying Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility to our Daily Work
- Grand Rounds Presentation - March 2009
What's Love Got to Do with It? Exploring Multicultural Issues in Domestic Violence
- Cultural Competency Self-Assessment Checklist
- California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions: Center for Multicultural Development
- California Department of Public Health: Office of Health Equity
- Georgetown University: National Center for Cultural Competence
- Institute of Medicine
- Bay Area Regional Health Inequalities Initiative
- US Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Minority Health
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 documentary depicting the social, political and cultural difficulties surrounding homosexual fatherhood.
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.
A compelling documentary about the life experiences of four homosexual men facing adversity.
An exploratory film series about how racial and socioeconomic inequities, such as in housing, education, employment, and power, can lead to negative health outcomes.
|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.|