• Community Health Needs Assessment Will Call On Residents for Input

Published on July 12, 2019

Community Health Needs Assessment Will Call On Residents for Input

Findings will help identify population health concerns in Santa Barbara County

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Cottage Health and community partners are collaborating to improve the well-being of Santa Barbara County residents. To better understand the needs and strengths of the entire community, and the many diverse groups within it, the collaborative is asking residents who receive the survey phone call to participate in a Community Health Needs Assessment.

The assessment will include 2,500 telephone surveys, with calls to randomly selected cell and landlines. All responses will be confidential, and information collected will not be connected to names or phone numbers.

These calls will be coming from survey experts at the Evaluation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, from phone number (412) 624-4444, and will take place across Santa Barbara County through October. For those randomly selected to participate, the survey can be completed via phone or online. Survey participants will receive a $5 gift card.

In addition, the collaborative has been gathering feedback during a listening tour to hear from individuals and organizations regarding health-related needs in the community. The listening tour includes online surveys, group discussions, phone interviews, and visits to various community-based organizations.

The Community Health Needs Assessment collaborative includes the following partners:

  • Cottage Health
  • Lompoc Valley Medical Center
  • Planned Parenthood California Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
  • Santa Barbara Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • University of California, Santa Barbara

Findings will help Cottage Health and community partners recognize the scope of population health concerns.

Results will be available by the end of the year. As a nonprofit organization, Cottage Health is required by California and federal laws to conduct a health needs assessment every three years; the last survey was completed in 2016.

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