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 trainings on culturally-responsive practices, workshops and support groups; and community outreach.
All who are passionate about embracing diversity and advancing equity are welcome to participate. Learn more...
African American Community Initiative
Chinese Health Initiative
Filipino Mental Health Initiative
Native American Initiative
Pacific Islander Initiative
Health Equity Initiatives Internship Program The internship program is designed to provide work opportunities and practical learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students.
Katherine (Kathy) is a student at UC Berkeley majoring in American Studies, with a minor in Education. During her internship, Kathy was trained to facilitate community discussions on the Stigma DVD film. She also compiled and analyzed data from the Anti-Stigma Initiative and Photovoice Project.
Cassandra (Cassie) graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with a degree in Psychology. Prior to her internship, Cassie served as a Public Policy Intern with the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. As an intern, Cassie was certified as an instructor in Mental Health First Aid. She also supported Mental Health First Aid courses and coordinated the teaching and evaluation of the class in the County.
Omar Aljundi (2011)
Omar graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Health Education. Prior to his time at San Francisco State, Omar served in the U.S. Navy as a Surgical Technician for five years. During his time as an intern, Omar supported the Photovoice Project and helped coordinate a Photovoice exhibit at Sequoia High School in partnership with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center.
Mitchell Xiong (2011)
Mitchell graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Health Education. As an intern, Mitchell supported a number of the Health Equity Initiatives, and developed and presented a Brown Bag Lecture on Hmong Culture and Health.
Tori Nelson (2010)
Tori graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Sociology and Psychology. As an intern, she continued development on the Office of Diversity and Equity website. Tori also worked closely with the Health Equity Initiatives, and researched cultural competence outcomes and measures.
Rosette K. Diaz (2009)
Rosette graduated from UC Berkeley. While an intern, she was involved with the PRIDE Initiative and played an active role in planning and organizing the November 2009 Cultural Competence Mental Health Summit XVI. Rosette was also an intern with Health Policy and Planning.
Mariam Kandil (2008)
Mariam graduated from MIT with a degree in Cognitive Sciences and is currently attending Santa Clara University as a graduate student in Counseling Psychology. While an intern, she helped to co-facilitate a family focus group with the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs, and helped develop the Cultural Competency Self-Assessment Checklist.
Cultural Competency Self-Assessment
Cultural Competency Self-Assessment Checklist