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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health

Mission: Our mission is to provide innovative health and wellness services to all, with the goal of African American health equity.

Results: Primary medical care is measured by: Consistent increases in indicators for blood pressure and cardiovascular health; patients of appropriate age have cervical or colorectal cancer screenings; patients manage pain and stress with healthy behaviors rather than addictive substances (as identified through regular toxicology screens). Youth programs focus on long-term improvement in behaviors and learning. Since 2015, teachers report 92% better behavior at school and 84% increased academic performance. Parents and guardians report 95% improved behaviors at home. Our Marin Family Birth Center opened in August 2016 with the goal of decreasing maternal health disparities, where African American women or their babies are nearly 4 times more likely (than White or Latina moms) to die as a result of childbirth.

Target demographics: people get well through innovative health and wellness services to all, with the goal of African American health equity.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 13,816 patient visits to our medical, dental and mental health practitioners

Geographic areas served: Bayview Hunters Point (SF), Marin City, San Rafael

Programs: primary care (medical, dental and behavioral health) maternal care and natural birth center services, recovery services, health and nutrition education, and preventative behavioral health and leadership programs for teen boys (The Defenders), teen girls (Girl Power). Your donation supports these critical programs to make people well: • Youth behavioral health • Nutrition education • Chronic disease management • Park Prescription walks in the surrounding open space • Free workshops on pain or stress management • A social enterprise that teaches entrepreneurism to Black teens (defenderspaper.org) • Midwifery care to impact maternal health disparities for low-income moms (marinbirth.org) • The month-long summer Quality of Life Road Trip, that takes our most at-risk teens across the U.S. to meet leaders in education, community and business.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ricardo M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Marin City Health-Wellness Center (MCHWC) took 6 years of strickly grassroots activism -- no money and bureaucratic resistence at every turn of the road. Our grassroots group of volunteers, name ISOJI (e-so-gee) initiated a communications process that crossed all jurisdctions (government, social services, service providers, consultants), did the surveys, site visits, convene the meetings, sought the technical advisors, mobilized political support, started the fundraising process, recruited the doctors, garnered community support and support from the local government... We are now preparing to open a dental clinic, assist in insuring mental health services are available, and more. All this as we petition the federal goverment of FQHC (Federal Qualified Health Center) status. Our objectives is to become a self-sufficient entity, prevention-focused and very visibly advocate to be known as a wellness community. We are a social-justice work-in-progress.