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.

2022 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 2022, MarinHealth Medical Center provided community benefit activities and programs within its service area. MarinHealth provided more than $1,169,000 in financial assistance (charity care) costs where no reimbursement is received and $51.6 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 2022, MarinHealth Medical Center made more than $79.2 million in community benefit contributions. Of that, $76.5 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 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 2022, MarinHealth provided grant funding to 20 local community partners in Marin County through our Community Grants Program. Supported community partners and highlights of their work are listed below.


  • 240 uninsured individuals received 313 needed surgical and/or diagnostic services, restoring their quality of life and ability to return to work.
  • 195 West Marin seniors received core services aimed at successful aging including case management services, home delivered meals and frequent contact either virtually or by phone.
  • 72 individuals experiencing homelessness received medical respite, resulting in 355 avoidable hospital days.
  • 22,248 individuals were provided preventive and restorative dental care services.
  • 219 precariously housed or unsheltered individuals were provided immediate basic needs and supports including tents, sleeping bags, bagged lunches, hygiene kids and short-term motel stays.
  • Nearly 30,000 medically tailored, nutritious meals were delivered to individuals and families in need.
  • Approximately 180,000 meals were provided to persons experiencing homelessness or those facing an imminent threat of homelessness.
  • Over 1,300 youth, adults and seniors received comprehensive 1:1 therapy services.
  • 1,355 individuals who were homeless were provided medical, mental health, and alcohol/drug treatment services in a clinical setting.
  • Over 230 drug prescriptions were filled.
  • Over 6,200 youth received support services to prevent and address substance use, mental health, isolation, sexual health and trauma.
  • Over 4,600 at risk individuals received community health education and referrals to safety net system supports including benefits, workforce support, rent supplements, eating disorders, home safety evaluations, financial assistance, food resources, legal advice, and housing resources.
  • Over 4,700 adults received substance use and/or behavioral health services in a clinical setting.
  • 1,740 seniors, youth and families received healthy eating and active living programming including cooking and nutrition classes, meal preparation, and active outdoor activities.

2022 Grant Recipients

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

Ceres Community Project
Ceres provides organic, medically tailored meals for those facing a serious illness with free or low-cost nutrient dense meals. 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. Funding provided healing meals.

Community Action Marin
Community Action Marin breaks down the barriers that get in the way of anyone in the community being able to support themselves, and each other. Bilingual and bicultural staff support equity and well-being for all. Funding supported empowering precariously housed and unsheltered individuals and families program with bundled client-centered services. The program’s target population is displaced individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness for less than 30 days, older adults, and people with mental health issues who lack access to secure shelters and sanitation areas, including those in campers and cars.

Community Institute for Psychotherapy (CIP)
Community Institute for Psychotherapy 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. Funding 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.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS)
Jewish Family and Children’s Services offers counseling for individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Funding supported Behavioral Options to Optimize Senior Transitions (BOOST), providing early identification and screening for depression, anxiety, and trauma with evidence-based interventions.

Kids Cooking for Life
Kids Cooking for Life empowers Marin County kids and teens with nutritional knowledge and cooking skills for their lifelong health and wellbeing. Funding supported free afterschool cooking and nutrition classes for kids, ages 10 to 18.

Marin Center for Independent Living
Marin Center for Independent Living provides services and advocacy for seniors and people with disabilities. Funding supported medical benefits counseling and access to care as core services to uninsured and underinsured individuals.

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. Funding supported the Transitional Employment Program.

Marin Community Clinics
Marin Community Clinics, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides comprehensive health services to uninsured and underinsured individuals. Funding supported medical, dental, substance use and behavioral health services.

North Marin Community Services
North Marin Community Services empowers youth, adults and families to achieve wellbeing, growth and success. Funding supported the Road to Resilience for Novato Youth Teen Clinic. The trauma-informed coordinated service delivery model increases access to behavioral health, focusing on low-income youth of color, ages 12 to 25, in North Marin. Funding served youth through screenings, brief intervention and referrals to treatment coupled with intensive case management and integrated behavioral health services.

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. Funding provided uninsured individuals with needed surgical and/or diagnostic services, restoring their quality of life and ability to return to work.

Petaluma Health Center dba Coastal Health Alliance
Coastal Health Alliance, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides comprehensive primary care, mental health and oral health for West Marin County. Funding supported preventive and restorative dental services.

Ritter Center: Health, Home and Community
Ritter Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides comprehensive care for unhoused individuals or those living in overcrowded conditions. Funding supported developing quality improvement initiatives 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. Funding supported acute medical care and access to 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. Funding supported the Comprehensive Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) program, outdoor youth activities, social-emotional learning, garden programs for youth and seniors, and senior activities including strolls and community groups.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County
St. Vincent de Paul believes poverty hurts everyone and that everyone needs food, housing, dignity and a chance for a better life – no one can do it alone. Funding supported the Free Dining Room: Gateway to Health & Safety Net Services. This is the only free dining room available in Marin every day of the year. Free meals are provided to persons who are unhoused or those facing imminent threat of homelessness as well as housing, healthcare, legal services and financial assistance.

The 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. Funding supported a Friendly Visitor program aimed at LGBTQ+ seniors living in residential care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.

West Marin Senior Services
Seniors are a federally designated medically underserved population in West Marin. West Marin Senior Services provides case management, home delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation assistance and visiting programs for seniors to promote successful aging. Funding provided seniors with core supportive services aimed at successful aging including case management, home delivered meals, and visiting services.

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

Annual Community Benefit Report

  • MarinHealth's 2022 community benefit report and plan can be accessed, here.
  • 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.