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Population Health

Population Health

Cottage Health - Population Health

Think Outside the Hospital

For more than a century, we’ve been on a mission to provide Santa Barbara County -- and all its diverse communities -- with compassionate health care and uncompromising quality. Government ratings now place our patient care among the top 2% of hospitals nationwide.

So, what’s next? What else can we do to make our population healthier? How can we extend our reach to those who may be underserved by traditional health care providers?

To answer those questions, we took a step back and started with this simple fact: Lifelong health begins outside the hospital.

That’s why Cottage Health created a Population Health program.

Partnerships Enhance Our Impact

Whether you work on the front lines of health, are involved in the community, or are a local citizen concerned about your personal health and the health of our region, we want to hear what you have to say. Email:

Population Health…What Will it Do?

Population Health is a new initiative from Cottage Health. It’s designed to improve the health outcomes of all our communities by keeping people healthy and helping them prevent unnecessary illness and more expensive health care.

In a nutshell, Population Health will help people before they have a health emergency, so that they stay healthier overall, and less likely to need hospitalization.

Population Health identifies the needs, differences and opportunities for improvement within a specific population or demographic and collaborates with other local nonprofits to help more of our neighbors live long, healthy and productive lives.

Well Beyond Our Walls

Population Health partners with schools, government agencies, community organizations, faith-based organizations and employers throughout Santa Barbara County so we can work together to identify needs and develop the most effective programs to improve health and wellness.

Together, we can accomplish more and create a healthier community for all who live here. And we envision the benefits lasting for generations.

Listen, Learn and Launch

Population Health in Santa Barbara

Population Health in Santa Barbara

Learn about the struggles facing populations on the west side of Santa Barbara and the implications that they have on public health.

Take the Tour

Here’s how Population Health works: We start by listening -- to those who work on the front lines of health, and to our community partners who have insight into the health needs of specific areas in our communities. We conduct listening tours and talk with individuals and families through schools, nonprofits and telephone surveys.

The data we collect will lead us to identify and prioritize the most important health concerns in the most specific areas, partner with the most appropriate nonprofit that shares our vision, and implement the plan that will have the most impact.

Community Health Needs Survey

Currently, Cottage Health is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to better understand the population health needs and strengths of the community that we are honored to serve.

Follow this link to learn more about Cottage Health's Community Needs Assessment (CHNA)

Contact Population Health

We want to hear from you -- our community! Whether you work on the front lines of health, are involved in the community, or are a local citizen concerned about your personal health and the health of our region, we want to hear what you have to say.

E-mail the Population Health team at:, or to be added to our mailing list please fill out this brief form - Population Health Mailing List Form

Meet Our Team

Population Health Staff

  • Elizabeth Majestic, Vice President for Population Health
  • Madeleine Frey, Director of Population Health, Evaluation
  • Monica Ray, Population Health Associate
  • Maureen Graham, Senior Administrative Assistant

Cottage Health Board of Directors Population Health Task Force

The primary role of the Task Force on Population Health is to support the development of the Population Health Plan and report to the Cottage Health Board on key strategic issues.

  • Dorothy Largay, PhD, Chair
  • P. Steven Ainsley
  • Steven Barkley, MD
  • Jon Clark
  • Gregory Faulkner

Listening Tour in the News

Media and Public Relations Contact

Maria Zate, Manager of Public Relations

Phone: 805-879-8986


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