The Novato-based has granted $2 million to health clinics and nonprofit health care agencies that provide services for Marin County residents who have little or no health insurance, the foundation announced Monday.
The grant is the second phase of a five-year, $10 million grant from the foundation's Sutter Health Access to Care Fund. It will provide $500,000 for dental care for uninsured patients, $450,000 for behavioral health services for adult and pediatric
Grant money is available for day care services for older adults, breast cancer screenings, adolescent health services and inoculations.
Dental care, behavioral health care and immunization services that receive part of the previous year's $2 million grant also will get funding this year.
Clinical services that include breast cancer screenings, diagnostic services and case management for uninsured patients are receiving money in the second phase of the grant, said Marin Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Thomas Peters.
"This round of grants is addressing many areas of critical need," Peters said. "By supporting this range of care, we are helping people avoid falling through the health care safety net.
"In addition, the clinical care provided by many of these services helps improve the quality of health and life for all residents of Marin," Peters said.
Marin County generally has a high health ranking among counties, but many of its residents still live precariously when it comes to their health and their access to appropriate care, Peters said.
The Marin Community Foundation was established in 1986 with the assets of Leonard and Beryl H. Buck, long-time Marin residents who established a charitable trust specifically for the benefit of improving the local community.
Today the foundation — one of the largest community foundations in the world — has assets of approximately $1 billion held in nearly 400 funds established by individuals, families, nonprofit groups, businesses and others. Grants from those funds support efforts in Marin and around the world.
The mission of the Marin Community Foundation is “to encourage and apply philanthropic contributions in order to help improve the human condition, embrace diversity, promote a humane and democratic society, and enhance the community's quality of life now and for future generations,” according to its website.