The vision of Community Health and Prevention Services is “healthy people in healthy communities.” This vision is achieved by addressing the underlying community factors that impact health, such as ensuring safe places to live, work, and play, access to health care services, healthy foods, and the community resources needed to maintain well-being and quality of life.
Community Health and Prevention is committed to working in partnership with the community to build on and learn from the strengths and diversity that exist in order to promote policy and environmental change to prevent and reduce chronic diseases.
Community Health and Prevention embraces strategies that are community-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate, client centered, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the community.
The following programs are included in Community Health and Prevention Services:
Marin County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) works towards eliminating childhood lead poisoning by raising awareness of lead poisoning among residents and child caregivers, working with healthcare providers to increase screening and early detection of elevated blood lead levels, and advocating for lead-safe environment for the children of Marin. CLPPP also provides comprehensive case management services for lead-poisoned children. For further information, contact Christine Stipp, at 473-6891
Research tells us that the social conditions of our lives (e.g. employment, housing, and education) impact health more than genetics, behavior, or even medical care. Family Support is an approach to addressing these concerns, which also recognizes that family is the most fundamental influence in the lives and outcomes of children, and families are strong when they are supported by safe and thriving neighborhoods.
The Family Support Initiative is supported by the Family Support Steering Committee, a group of over 15 leaders in Marin, and is guided by the Family Support Blueprint. This group works to:
Create linkages between family support stakeholders
Build political will in support of families in Marin
Respond to priorities identified by families and service providers
The Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Program (MCAH) develops prevention
and early intervention strategies to promote the health of the women, infants,
children, and adolescents of Marin County with a special focus on low-income
populations. MCAH program staff is involved in outreach, advocacy, policy development,
assessment, and program planning to increase access to family-centered, culturally-competent
systems of health services.
Parent Partnership Project is a volunteer home visiting program which provides services to low income pregnant women who are at risk for post partum depression. It is a collaborative project between the MCAH program and Family Service Agency. Community volunteers are trained and supervised by licensed staff and provide home visiting support from the second or third trimester of pregnancy until the baby’s first birthday. For more information contact Lael Lambert at 473-6887 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on family planning services, prenatal care, supplemental nutrition programs (WIC), dental services, pediatric services, and free and low-cost health insurance programs for children and pregnant women, please call: (415) 473-4300.
The Nutrition Wellness Programcreates public health infrastructure for a healthy and active lifestyle in low-income communities in Marin. Program staff also coordinate the countywide Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative, which brings community partners together to create community conditions so all Marin residents have the opportunity for healthy eating and active living.
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is a supplemental food and nutrition program for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children under age five who have a nutritional risk.
The goal of the program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the health of participants during critical times of growth and development. To meet this goal, WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, medical care referrals, and specific supplemental nutritious foods which are high in protein and/or iron.