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The Defenders

A program of Marin City Health & Wellness Center www.marincityclinic.org

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Transcript of The Defenders

Goals &
Accomplishments

Focus
Results
Portrait of Marin:
Social Determinants of Health
Partner to Expand & Replicate
Factors for Success
Unique Program Impact
The Defenders: Changing Teen Mental Health
Youth Empowerment program sponsored by health care provider
Participation requirement is healthy interaction with others in group
Health-Focused
Healthy Behaviors
Self-Sustaining
Entrepreneur training raises program funds, teaches work skills
Continuum of Intervention
K-12 school collaboration to link academic success &mental health
Marin's Life Expectancy
In Ross, residents live to 88 years average
Marin City average = 77.4 years
10th percentile
Marin's African American Residents
2.6% of
Marin
County
30% live in
San Quentin
50% live in
Marin City
Marin City Median Income
Income
is the primary indicator of life expectancy
+ a constant source of
family stress
38% of County Average Income
$12,600 below
Marin Co. avg
Recommendations for improved community health:
1. Reduce inequality.
2. Improve neighborhood conditions.
3. Improve access to healthy foods.
Role models
for boys

95% lack
father figure
Voluntary &
Cooperative

Must apply &
participate actively
Partner with Schools


K-8 in Sausalito Marin City;
9-12 in Tam Union HSD
1. Extend age.


2. Integrate programs.

3. Addiction intervention.


4. Support families.


5. Replicate and expand.
Engage from age 11 to 18 across southern Marin County.
Inter-generational mental healthcare, therapy, groups.
Leverage MCHWC HRSA opioid funding.
MCHWC's Defenders, Girl Power, Mental Health, Road Trip). Others in Marin?
Low-income teen boys living in
poverty & public housing
Preventative
behavioral health
Case management supports
teachers & counselors
Building resilience
in youth
Mentor model
shows
boys how to become men
Entrepreneurism teaches
work skills
& money management
Participants
become role models
themselves
In 6 months, The Defenders Paper Company is funding 33% of their program budget.
Teachers report behavior in school improved 92%.
Academic performance improved by 84%.
Guardians report 95% improved behaviors at home.
Grow from 50 middle school boys to TUHSD and SFUSD.
A Portrait of Marin (2012); U.S. Census Marin Co. Quick Facts (2013); Marin City: Historic African-American Enclave at Risk (UC Berkeley, 2012)
"The world over, health follows what is known as a social gradient: people of higher socieconomic status ... have better health"
Marin City residents earn
62% less
than the average annual income in Marin County
Median
Household
Income:
$90,839 Marin Co.
$34,457 Marin City
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