History of Healthy Marin Partnership

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HISTORY OF
HEALTHY MARIN PARTNERSHIP

In 1995, the Healthy Marin Partnership was formed in response to Senate Bill 697, a 1994 legislative mandate that required not-for-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment every three years. Each assessment guides community planning for the three years that follow.

Marin County chooses collaborative community assessment process. Leaders from the hospitals, office of education and county health and human services, along with other key stakeholders, joined forces in 1995 to produce the first community assessment.

1996 Community Needs Assessment: When the 1996 report was introduced, community leaders agreed that there were two key areas of unmet needs in Marin County: Access to healthcare, and youth wellness. Representatives from key organizations convened a task force named Children’s Health Insurance Access Committee (CHIAC) to address the issue of access to healthcare in Marin. Emphasizing prevention, Healthy Teens Marin was formed to work collaboratively on issues around youth wellness, creating and hosting Peer Summit and Parent University, which efforts continue and are entering their 15th years.

1999 Community Needs Assessment: [1999 Needs Assessment] The 1999 report was published in collaboration with the North Bay Council, and recommended a continuing focus on access to healthcare and youth wellness, while convening new collaboratives to tackle issues related to immunizations and asthma.

2008 Community Needs Assessment and Plan: [2008 Needs Assessment Report] The 2008 Marin County Community Needs Assessment and Plan will be released in January 2008 and will again focus on tobacco use, alcohol abuse, healthy eating and active living (each non-genetic indicators of chronic disease and illness), reviewing accomplishments in those areas and considering future recommendations as community partners continue working to change the environment in which individual choices are made.

2011 Community Needs Assessment and Plan WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, WORK, LEARN AND PLAY INFLUENCES HEALTH
Healthy Marin Partnership has utilized the 2011 Community Needs Assessment as an opportunity to more closely examine community conditions that foster ill-health, telling a story about the effects that location, education, income, age, gender, race and spiritual practices have on individual health. As a collective, we value the concept that everyone in Marin should have the opportunity to live a long, healthy life regardless of income, education, address or ethnic background. Focusing attention “upstream” on policies and practices Access to Healthcare social equity, community conditions and access to resources as key determinants of health. Accordingly, our overarching focus for the 2011 needs assessment is on community factors, and on the influence public policy and organizational practices have on the health and well-being of Marin residents, with a particular emphasis on and communities at risk.