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Improving Community Health

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The goal of this Community Grant area is to promote health equity in Marin County.

Because of social, economic, and political inequities that exist in Marin, low-income residents and people of color are more likely to struggle with poor health than their higher-income/white counterparts. MCF is committed to addressing these inequities by ensuring access to health services and supporting upstream efforts to change environments that impact health outcomes. The Foundation works from the premise that individuals with access to quality, affordable, and culturally appropriate health services are more likely to lead healthier lives. We also recognize that health starts long before one needs medical care. Health is impacted by the social and environmental context in which we live, work, learn, and play. To that end, we support systemic change efforts that increase opportunities for individuals and families to make choices that allow them to live long, healthy lives, regardless of their income, education, and/or ethnic/racial background.

Note: The term “health equity” is used by the Marin Community Foundation as a way to describe the absence of significant differences in health and well-being among different groups based on socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, gender, and/or immigration status.

A logic model for this strategy has been developed that further explains the approaches, activities, and desired impact of this goal area.

Under this goal, MCF supports projects that are aligned with the strategy and approaches described below.

Grants, Results, and More

Click here to learn about grants made under this goal area, along with results, an impact story, and background about this issue.


Strategy: Improve the health of underserved residents 

Approach A: Provide health insurance for children

Approach B: Strengthen the delivery of health services

Approach C: Address the social determinants of health


This strategy is open by invitation only and will not use an open competitive grants process.

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Program Director, Health & Aging

Program Director, Health & Aging

Shirin Vakharia

Program Director, Health & Aging


"The more I work with the MCF, the more impressed I am by the Foundation's professionalism, commitment to mission, and dedication to donor charitable intentions. MCF is an exceptional resource to our charitable community and provides much needed stewardship of donor assets. I am always very pleased to be able to refer clients to them."

Julia Sze, CFA
Managing Director, Sonen Capital, LLC, member of MCF's Investment Committee, and a donor since 2006