Community Benefit

Community Benefit

As a not-for-profit, independent district hospital, MarinHealth Medical Center is fully committed to serving the healthcare needs of the surrounding community. In addition to being the county’s only full-service acute care facility, we give extensive charitable resources to benefit the community through access to care, education, prevention and support programs, and more.

2021 Community Benefit

Community benefit services promote health and healing and focus on addressing the identified unmet health needs of the community. For a program or service to be considered a community benefit it must: improve access to health care; or enhance the health of the community; or advance medical or health care knowledge; or reduce the burden of government or other nonprofit community efforts.

In 2021, MarinHealth Medical Center provided community benefit activities and programs within its service area. MarinHealth provided more than $973,000 in financial assistance (charity care) costs where no reimbursement is received and $46.4 million in Medi-Cal and other programmatic shortfalls, which is the difference between what the hospital is reimbursed for care to beneficiaries and the actual cost of providing that care. During 2021, MarinHealth Medical Center made more than $78.6 million in community benefit contributions. Of that, $76.7 million (97%) of the total community benefit contribution helped to improve access to care, increase healthy eating and active living, reduce homelessness, address mental health and substance use, and reduce violence and prevent injuries. The remainder was allocated for community building, community benefit operations, and health professions education.

MarinHealth Medical Center partners with community-based organizations to increase the number of individuals who receive primary health care and other health-related services that help them manage chronic conditions, access mental health care services, and transition to stable housing to maintain their health and wellness.

In 2021, MarinHealth provided grant funding to 19 local community partners in Marin County through our Community Grants Program. Supported community partners and highlights of their work are listed below.


  • 248 uninsured individuals received 368 needed surgical and/or diagnostic services, restoring their quality of life and ability to return to work.
  • 186 West Marin seniors received case management services, home delivered meals and frequent contact via phone, Facetime and Zoom to reduce isolation and fear.
  • 77 homeless individuals received medical respite, resulting in 945 avoidable hospital days.
  • 929 unduplicated individuals received dental care services.
  • 10,000 Latino immigrants received culturally appropriate public health information on the pandemic.
  • 25,885 medically tailored, nutritious meals were delivered to individuals and families in need.
  • Trained peer support specialists, available for those who needed to talk, in English and Spanish, received over 4,500 calls.
  • 17,015 individuals were assisted with health insurance enrollment.
  • 66,518 medical and behavioral health telehealth services were provided.
  • 1,255 older adults, children and families remained housed through financial assistance for eviction prevention.
  • 1,180 homeless individuals were provided with medical, mental health, and alcohol/drug treatment services.
  • 5,000 individuals and families were provided support services to prevent and address substance use, mental health, isolation, sexual health and trauma in West Marin.
  • Over 1,000 youth, adults and seniors received comprehensive 1:1 therapy services.

2021 Grant Recipients

Buckelew Programs
Buckelew helps people with behavioral health challenges lead healthier, more independent lives. Funding supported bilingual and culturally sensitive psychotherapeutic services for individuals and families, including undocumented individuals.

Canal Alliance
Canal Alliance exists to break the generational cycle of poverty for Latino immigrants and their families by lifting barriers to their success. Funding supported COVID-19 Response and Care program, a culturally appropriate public health initiative developed to meet the specific needs of the Latino immigrant community in the Canal neighborhood.

Ceres Community Project
Ceres provides organic, medically tailored, free or low-cost, nutrient dense meals for those facing a serious illness. Empowering teens as volunteer gardeners and chefs, they are mentored to learn about growing, cooking and eating healthy foods and about their power to make a difference.

Community Action Marin
The Enterprise Recovery Center serves adults with serious mental illness who are disenfranchised and often reluctant to seek help and services. They provide individual and group activities that are structured and lead to an individualized program of recovery using mental health peers.

Community Institute for Psychotherapy (CIP)
CIP provides quality, low-cost mental health services to individuals and families who don’t have the resources to pay full fees for professional help. Funding provided timely and comprehensive mental health care for vulnerable families who are ineligible for county services and cannot otherwise afford care.

Homeward Bound of Marin: Marin County Homeless Shelters
Homeward Bound provides homeless support programs, including emergency shelter, supportive housing, and job training. Funding supported medical respite services for people exiting acute hospital care without stable housing.

Huckleberry Youth Programs
Huckleberry strengthens families and empowers young people with services that promote safety in times of crisis, physical and emotional health and well-being, social justice in communities facing inequality, and educational success. Funds supported the Teen Health Program, providing youth and families with prevention education, screenings, assessments and brief interventions as well as counseling for mental health and substance use and misuse.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS)
At JFCS, helping people successfully meet life’s challenges is part of an enduring tradition. Among the many services they offer is counseling for individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Funds supported Behavioral Options to Optimize Senior Transitions (BOOST), providing early identification and screening for depression, anxiety, and trauma with evidence-based interventions.

Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL)
MCIL provides services and advocacy for seniors and people with disabilities. Funding supported medical benefits counseling, referrals to services, and education and enrollment services for the CalFresh Expansion program.

Marin City Community Development Corporation Empowerment Clubhouse
The Empowerment Clubhouse is a recovery-oriented, strengths-based community mental health organization serving individuals recovering from mental illness and associated psychosocial stressors. Group and individual activities are structured and lead to an individualized program of recovery. Funds supported the Transitional Employment Program.

Marin Community Clinics (MCC)
MCC, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, provides comprehensive health services to uninsured and underinsured individuals. Funding supported medical, behavioral health, nutrition and lactation support via telehealth as well as enrollment services for health insurance and CalFresh.

North Marin Community Services (NMCS)
NMCS empowers youth, adults and families to achieve wellbeing, growth and success. Funding supported the Emergency Assistance, Prevention, Stabilization and Support program. This initiative provides eviction prevention through rental assistance, security deposits, utility bill payment and negotiating payment plans, as well as support services to prevent homelessness and increase housing security.

Operation Access Marin County
Operation Access provides free surgical, diagnostic and specialty care surgical procedures to uninsured community members, restoring their quality of life and the ability to return to work.

Petaluma Health Cenber d.b.a. Costal Healthcare Alliance (CHA)
CHA, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, provides comprehensive primary care, mental health and oral health for West Marin County. Funding supported preventative and restorative dental services.

Ritter Center: Health, Home and Community
Ritter Center, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, provides comprehensive care for homeless individuals or those living in overcrowded conditions. Funding supported developing quality improvement projects to enhance care.

RotaCare Bay Area: Free Medical Clinics
RotaCare is a volunteer alliance of medical professionals, organizations and community members dedicated to providing free, quality primary healthcare services to uninsured families and individuals with limited ability to pay for medical care. Funds supported acute medical care and initial doses of medications.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center
San Geronimo Valley Community Center fosters healthy communities within the San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio by providing an inclusive, diverse, and dynamic center for locally based human services, arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and community building. Funds supported the West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth, that provides comprehensive support services to prevent and address substance use and misuse, mental health, isolation, sexual health and trauma.

Spahr Center
The Spahr Center is devoted to serving, supporting and empowering Marin’s LGBTQ+ community and everyone in the county living with and affected by HIV. Funds supported strategic planning for a LGBTQ+ specialty health clinic that services transgender people.

West Marin Senior Services (WMSS)
Seniors are a federally designated medically underserved population in West Marin. WMSS provides case management, home delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation assistance and visiting programs for seniors.

To learn more about our community partners, and how you can get involved, please visit their websites.

Annual Community Benefit Report

MarinHealth's 2021 community benefit report and plan can be accessed, here.

Grant Program

MarinHealth partners with and supports community organizations and health agencies committed to building innovative strategies that serve the needs of Marin County residents through our Community Benefit Grant Program. Learn more about our Community Benefit Grant Program.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

In 2022, MarinHealth completed a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and 2023-2025 Implementation Strategy. Both documents were approved by the Board of Directors on October 3, 2022.

The 2019 CHNA and 2020-2022 Implementation Strategy were approved by the Board of Directors on September 3, 2019.

To request a hard copy of the documents or if you would like to share any feedback/comments please email us.