Healing Starts in the Heart


Since the stigmas associated with mental health care often begin early, we work with teenagers and their families to raise awareness, conduct patient-centered research, and encourage young people to begin conversations in their communities.

We bring a special focus on the unique experiences of people of color. As a result, we are able to engage with communities on a deeper, culturally-relevant level by conducting research and providing clinical support.

Welcome to AAKOMA and thanks for joining our community!

Our Goal

All too often, Americans view mental health as a privilege for the wealthy and feel unwelcomed by or disconnected from traditional providers. At the AAKOMA Project, we are working to change that perception. We believe that everyone — regardless of background, income, or identity — deserves optimal mental health.

How do WE define optimal mental health?

We define optimal mental health as

  1. Recognizing mental health challenges when they arise
  2. Understanding where to go for help
  3. Supporting friends and loved ones to seek help

Who We Are


Dr. Alfiee

Operations Manager

Tracey Deavers

Dai’toine Austin
Operations Assistant

Dai’toine Austin


Morgann Noble


Alexandra Torres

HR Recruiter

Adenia Bradley

Our Partners

AAKOMA leverages critical partnerships, collaborations and supports to move our work forward. Some of our recent partners, collaborators and supporters include:

  • Pivotal Ventures
  • Community Foundation of Northern VA
  • Harry’s Shave Club/Flamingo
  • Innovation Health
  • U.S. Congressional Black Caucus
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Usher’s New Look Foundation
  • AcademyHealth
  • Alliance for Health Policy
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church
  • Taylor Strategy
  • Hemera Foundation
  • NAMI
  • SoPhE
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In the News

The Starbucks Foundation + Partners Support AAKOMA Project

The Starbucks Foundation + Partners Support AAKOMA Project

The AAKOMA Project received a grant from The Starbucks Foundation as part of the organization’s $1.5 million contribution shared across more than 400 nonprofits working to promote racial equity and create more inclusive communities. AAKOMA Project founder Dr. Alfiee...

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AAKOMA Project, Inc.
1100 N. Glebe Road Suite 1010 Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 486-3382

Hours: By Appointment

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