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 the 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.
  • Use of data to determine outcome.

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 the 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 the Health Equity Initiatives Manager, Jei Africa at (650) 573-2714, JAfrica@smcgov.org

The Fish:
The Fish
Learn more about ODE's framework for addressing health inequities.

ODE Brochure

Download the ODE brochure

Ongoing Trainings

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)

The 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 trainings, please complete the Provider Application.

Mental Health First Aid The Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals from the community how to help someone in emotional distress.
Parent Project A 11-week parent education and support group for parents, grandparents and adult caregivers. Your life and the way you raise your children will change!
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 Trainings

Projects

Presentations

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.

 

Straightlaced

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.

Straightlaced

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.