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The Healthy Marin Partnership is proud to participate in collaborative efforts that address key needs identified in the 2005 Community Needs Assessment.
Play Fair

Play Fair is a collaboration of youth and community organizations that, in 2004, joined resources to replace two beer companies as sponsors of the Marin County Fair. This unique community sponsorship model made history in 2006 when the Marin County Board of Supervisors took the remarkable step of banning all alcohol sponsorships and advertising at the Marin County Fair. Also in 2006, Play Fair expanded its mission focused solely on alcohol-control to “engaging communities by reducing youth overexposure to the marketing and promotion practices of the alcohol, tobacco, and fast food industries. The Play Fair partnership is made up of a wide-variety of public and private partners all concerned with the health and safety of young people. The partnership has grown to eleven organizations and includes: Bay Area Community Resources, Center Point, Inc., First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission, Healthy Marin Partnership, Huckleberry Youth Programs, Marin County Health and Human Services, Marin Community Foundation, Marin County Office of Education, Marin County Board of Supervisors, the Marin Institute, and the Youth Leadership Institute.
School Law Enforcement Partnership

The Marin County School/Law Enforcement Partnership is a collaboration representing Education, Law Enforcement, Probation, Health and Human Services, Community-Based Agencies, the District Attorney’s Office and the PTA. The goal of the collaboration is to encourage and support a countywide effort to keep Marin schools and communities as safe and healthy environments for all students and families. In the past three years the Marin County School/Law Enforcement Partnership has promoted and provided programs and activities designed to support safe and drug free schools and communities for all Marin County students and their families.
2-1-1 Universal Telephone Line

United Way of the Bay Area has received the necessary authorization to launch 2-1-1 phone service in Marin County. The 24-hour multilingual hotline will connect people in need with health and human services, community resources and volunteer opportunities. Expected to begin in the Fall of 2006, 2-1-1 will provide automatic social service referrals from drug treatment programs to job trainings and will, in times of disaster, be mobile as a public communications channel, alleviating non-emergency calls to 9-1-1. Launched in San Francisco in March 2006, United Way plans to establish services throughout the Bay Area including Napa, San Mateo, Solano, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Healthy Teens Marin

Healthy Teens Marin is dedicated to improving the health and safety of Marin County teenagers. This effort includes public and private community organizations, students, parents, and educators working together toward the goals of increasing awareness of significant health risks to adolescents, sharing information and resources, and developing new ways of listening to and educating the youth of our country to make healthy behavior choices as they approach adulthood. Healthy Teens Marin is a partnership of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, the Marin County Office of Education, Marin County Sheriff and Probation Departments, Marin County Public Defender's Office, Marin County District Attorney's Office and the Healthy Marin Partnership. Healthy Teens Marin has, for 12 years, sponsored two free events for parents and teens:
  • Parent University is a FREE day of workshops for parents of teens, offering workshops on topics such as alcohol and drug use among teens, teen internet use, anger and stress management, raising boys, gangs, navigating the teen scene, parent/teen communication, parenting strong-willed teens and many more. All workshops are designed to help parents of teens meet today’s challenges and will be led by experts who have extensive experience and success with teens.
  • Peer Summit provides an opportunity for middle school students to attend a FREE day of workshops on topics such as social justice, sexual harassment awareness, drug and alcohol use and abuse, teen health, anti-bullying and respect for all. Peer Summit attendees will have an opportunity to learn how they, as individuals and young leaders can be informed, engaged and work to change the world with local agencies on-hand to provide information about their services, resources and campaigns. Peer Summit is held on the Kentfield Campus of College of Marin, and is open to all middle schools throughout Marin County.
Marin County Physical Activity Nutrition Wellness Collaborative

The Marin County Physical Activity Nutrition Wellness Collaborative is working with local schools and communities to design and plan programs to educate children and families (particularly families with limited income) how to eat healthy and be more physically active. Funded by a grant from the California Nutrition Network – California Department of Health Services, the campaign is being led by the County of Marin Department of Health & Human Services, Children’s Health Services. Working with a task force of nutritionists and other public and private agency partners dedicated to improving children’s health, the Collaborative goals are to increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition and physical activity, help reduce the risk of serious chronic disease, and help provide resources and tools to assist communities in making a difference.
Novato Youth Wellness Collaborative

The Novato Youth Wellness Collaborative came together for the purpose of building a seamless system of services among nonprofit youth service providers, Novato Unified School District, City of Novato, and the Marin Dept. of Health and Human Services. This collaborative is an alliance of agencies and public entities formed in 2002 to provide support services to underserved youth with various needs. In October 2006 the collaborative opened the Novato Youth Wellness Clinic, which provides no-cost reproductive, mental health and substance abuse services to youth, aged 12-19. Other collaborative members include the Novato Youth Center, Huckleberry Youth Programs, Planned Parenthood, Bay Area Community Resources, Youth Leadership Institute, Marin Community Foundation and more.
Children’s Health Initiative Coalition

The Children’s Health Initiative began in 1995 when the leaders of Marin County hospitals, the Marin Healthcare District Board, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, the United Way and the North Bay Council spearheaded the first community focused insurance enrollment and outreach effort in Marin with the introduction of Healthy Families. This effort led to a collaborative, which has since grown to include many other organizations including the Marin Community Clinic, Novato Human Needs, Canal Community Alliance and others and continues to be the core of Marin’s long-standing community based outreach and enrollment effort.
In October 2003, Marin expanded beyond its outreach collaborative to develop its first policy level body dedicated to the larger Children’s Health Initiative (CHI.) The County of Marin Board of Supervisors authorized convening a high-level `Working Group’ to make recommendations about how to proceed with the CHI. The CHI has a long-term goal of comprehensive coverage for all children. The CHI Coordinating Committee, is chaired by a member of the Marin County Board of Supervisors and includes the Superintendent of Schools, and representatives of the Healthy Marin Partnership, Marin Community Foundation, Marin County Health and Human Services, Marin Community Clinic, the County Administrator, First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission, the Coastal Health Alliance, and the Latino Council of Marin.
Canal Community Gardens & Trails Collaborative

The Canal Community Gardens & Trails Collaborative is working to establish a cohesive system of trails and community gardens in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood. Collaborative partners, including Canal Alliance, City of San Rafael, Safe Routes to School, College of Marin, Trust for Public Land, National Park Service – Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance, are working to increase access to healthy foods, encourage physical activity, foster community connectivity and pride in a culturally sensitive manner, and provide an atmosphere that encourages an environment of healthy lifestyles and community well being.