The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) Health Ambassador Program (HAP) was created in recognition of the important role that every day people serve in effectively reaching out to others. The idea actually grew from parent graduates of the Parent Project®; parents requested more ways to get involved, build on the skills they had learned and give back to their community. Health Ambassadors have the opportunity to:

  • Teach youth and adult courses in your community.
  • Assist in identifying needs in your community and helping to make a change.
  • Share your thoughts with the County of San Mateo about wellness in your community.
  • Work with other dedicated individuals.
  • Participate in various volunteer opportunities.

“It [HAP] helps decrease stigma… we have more individuals feeling comfortable and safe asking for help. It also helps community members learn about services offered through the San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services and know what’s available for themselves or their families and friends.  It’s the idea of people helping people,” says Maria Lorente-Foresti, HAP Coordinator.

Enjoy this short video clip and visit ODE’s Community Education webpage to learn more about the Health Ambassador Program and other Community Education programs.

Once a week I am sharing BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) prevention programs through a series of short video clips created by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Check out our previous blog posts and come back next week for the final Special Feature #6 – Stigma Free San Mateo County!

One comment

  • Doris,

    I am interested in your Ambassador Program. I have taken the First Aid for Mental Health, serve on two BHRS committees, participate on panels with SOS (Stamp Out Stigma) and STS (Seeing Through Stigma, Heart & Soul) and also an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. I would enjoy exploring your program.