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.

2023 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 2023, MarinHealth Medical Center provided community benefit activities and programs within its service area. MarinHealth provided more than $734,559 in financial assistance (charity care) costs where no reimbursement is received and $45.9 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 2023, MarinHealth Medical Center made more than $79 million in community benefit contributions. Of that, $76 million (96.2%) 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 2023, 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.


  • 198 uninsured individuals received 238 needed surgical and/or diagnostic services, restoring their quality of life and ability to return to work.
  • 223 West Marin seniors received core services aimed at successful aging, including case management services, home delivered meals and frequent contact via phone, Facetime and Zoom.
  • 105 unhoused individuals received medical respite, resulting in 498 avoidable hospital days.
  • 17,944 individuals were provided preventive dental care services.
  • 110 individuals received services through a new delivery model, co-locating multiple service providers in one easy-to-access site.
  • Over 50,000 medically tailored, nutritious meals were delivered to individuals and families in need.
  • Over 1,135 youth, adults and seniors received comprehensive 1:1 therapy services.
  • 1,185 persons experiencing homelessness were provided medical care, mental health, alcohol or drug treatment services in a clinical setting.
  • Over 250 drug prescriptions were filled for persons who could not afford their medications.
  • 576 individuals participated in Spanish speaking mental health support groups.
  • 2,125 individuals received harm reduction services including syringe exchange, Narcan distribution and wellness kits.
  • 3,844 LGBTQ+ and HIV+ individuals received health care, food pantry access, health care benefits counseling, support group services, and mental health support.
  • Over 2,400 youth received support services to prevent and address substance use, mental health, isolation, sexual health and trauma.
  • 3,035 at risk individuals received community health education and referrals to safety net system supports, including benefits, job placement, rent supplements, eating disorders, home safety evaluations, financial assistance, food resources, legal advice, and housing resources.
  • Over 5,000 adults received substance use and/or behavioral health services in a clinical setting.
  • 1,530 seniors, youth and families received healthy eating and active living programing, including cooking and nutrition classes, hikes, senior strolls, workshops, gardening classes, after school sports, enrichment classes, intergenerational events, and a wellness library.

2023 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.

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.

Community Action Marin
At Community Action Marin, we break down the barriers that get in the way of anyone in our community being able to support themselves, and each other. Bilingual and bicultural staff support equity and well-being for all. Funds supported Accessible Family Services through Pop-up Events. The goal is to create and improve linkages to services and create equity and wellbeing for all by co-locating multiple service providers. The Southern Marin Co-Location Partnership, integrates services into the existing operations of the community. This breaks down geographical barriers and encourages greater collaboration among service providers. Six referral partners include CAM, Marin Health and Human Services, Career Point Marin, Center for Domestic Peace, and the YMCA.

Community Institute for Psychotherapy
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 who lacked 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
At JFCS, helping people successfully meet life’s challenges is part of our enduring tradition. Among the many services we 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.

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. Funds supported free afterschool cooking and nutrition classes for kids, ages 11 to 18.

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI Marin County
NAMI Marin County is an organization of families, friends, and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, we provide advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental health conditions in Marin County can build better lives. Funds supported Spanish speaking Family Support Groups. This evidence-based program offers information on medications, intervention options, how to communicate and support those with mental illness, identifying available resources, how to navigate the system, and self-care methods.

North Marin Community Services
NMCS 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.

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.

Ritter Center: Health, Home and Community
Ritter Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides comprehensive care for people experiencing homelessness 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 primary health care 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
To foster 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 Comprehensive Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) program, which serves the community throughout a lifetime and promotes healthy reintegration post COVID-19. Programs include outdoor activities, social-emotional learning, support groups, intergenerational get-togethers, and Spanish speaking groups.

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 Healthy Programs and Direct Services for the LGBTQ+ and HIV+ communities, including HIV care and management, health benefits advocacy, medicine access, substance use harm reduction, mental health counseling and peer support, and a nutritious food pantry.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County
At St. Vincent de Paul, we believe poverty hurts everyone. We believe everyone needs food, housing, dignity and a chance for a better life – no one can do it alone. Funds 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 those experiencing homelessness or those facing imminent threat of homelessness as well as housing, health care, legal services, and financial assistance.

West Marin Senior Services
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 promote successful aging.

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.