The Health Equity 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.
The PRIDE Initiative which leads the planning for the SMC PRIDE Celebration is the Health Equity Initiative for the LGBTQ+ Community. The LGBTQ+ Community is as diverse as the Universe, we come from all communities and our lives touch upon all kinds of different matters of Health Equity. This is an opportunity to meet the Co-Chairs of the HEI’s that intersect with our respective Communities and areas of Health and find out how we can participate in important events and issues related to Health, Diversity and Equity.
Health Equity Initiative Co-chairs (San Mateo County, Office of Diversity and Equity)