NOVATO -- The Marin Community Foundation announced today that it distributed $2 million in grants from the Sutter Health Access to Care Fund to Marin County community health centers and non-profit health care agencies that serve residents with little or no health insurance.
The latest round of grants from the Sutter fund will go toward an array of services, including dental care, day-care services for older adults, breast cancer screenings, adolescent health services, obstetric care, inoculations and behavioral health services, according to the foundation.
Additionally, the grants will pay for insurance premiums that enable uninsured children to receive primary and preventative health services, according to the foundation, which also said the recent grants were the second installment of the five-year, $10 million fund from Sutter Health.
Several programs and organizations that received funds in 2010 will receive continued support, the foundation said, "because of their significant clinical impact."
But some services are also new in the latest round of grants, said Thomas Peters, foundation president and chief executive officer. Among the new services are the breast cancer screenings, diagnostic services and case management for uninsured patients.
"It's critically important that uninsured women and men in Marin receive proper and thorough diagnostic services," Mr. Peters said. "Early detection and treatment are vital and especially appropriate given the high levels of importance and concern this disease has in Marin."
Marin Community Clinics will provide obstetric services to uninsured pregnant women with a $250,000 grant.
"By providing these obstetric services, our clinics will serve patients who already know us and feel welcomed," said John Shen, executive director of Marin Community Clinics. "There is tremendous value in providing comprehensive services to expectant mothers."
Mr. Peters said the latest round of grants "is addressing many areas of critical need. By supporting this range of care, we are helping people avoid falling through the health care safety net."
Although Marin County is often considered among the healthiest counties in the state, the need for safety net services is still vital, Mr. Peters said.
"We know that many residents continue to live precariously when it comes to their health and their ability to access appropriate care," he said.
The remaining grants include:
-- $500,000 toward dental care for the uninsured;
-- $450,000 toward behavioral health services;
-- $250,000 toward outpatient health insurance for children;
-- $125,000 toward nursing, rehabilitative and social services for seniors and adults with disabilities;
-- $150,000 toward immunizations for seniors and other vulnerable populations;
-- $100,000 toward breast cancer screenings and clinical case management;
-- $175,000 toward health education and services for teens.
"We are very gratified that our goals for this fund are being met," said Martin Brotman, president of Sutter Health's West Bay Region. "Everyone is working together to identify needs, deliver services, and measure the results."