Marin Community Foundation Awards First Round of Sutter Health Access to Care Fund Grants

The in Novato, California, has announced three grants totaling $1.25 million through its Sutter Health Access to Care Fund to help Marin County residents with limited or no health insurance gain access to primary medical care.

The first round of grants awarded through the fund — a partnership between the foundation and the network of doctors and hospitals in Northern California — included $500,000 to the to triple the number of adult patient visits per year at its two dental facilities in San Rafael and Novato and $250,000 to help provide, in partnership with the , vaccinations for at least 1,250 adults over the next year at licensed community health clinics.

In addition, the foundation awarded $500,000 to help vulnerable Marin residents access services, including behavioral health counseling and substance abuse treatment through referrals from primary care physicians at community clinics. The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services will coordinate the services provided under this integrated approach and will establish protocols for the delivery of care.

"Everyone in the Sutter Health family is thrilled about this first round of grants," said Martin Brotman, president of Sutter Health West Bay Region. "The foundation, in close consultation with the county health department, worked quickly and collaboratively to identify these urgent medical needs. We are confident that the network of community-based health clinics will now be able to offer even more comprehensive treatment to the patients they serve."

"." Marin Community Foundation Press Release 03/31/2010.