Think Outside the Hospital
Partnerships Enhance Our Impact
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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 10% 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.
Population Health…What Does it Do?
Population Health is designed to improve the health outcomes of our communities by keeping people healthy and helping them prevent unnecessary illness and more expensive health care.
In a nutshell, Population Health helps 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.
Community Health in Action
Whether a community member, the leader of an organization serving a specific population or a provider who is delivering care on the front lines, there are many ways for you to engage in population health efforts.
Cottage Health annually provides more than $140 million of services for the benefit of those who need it most. To determine where to focus our efforts, we perform a tri-annual community health needs assessment to better understand health needs in our community. In the 2016 assessment, this included focus groups and interviews as part of a community-wide Listening Tour.
By connecting with Santa Barbara County residents and leaders to identify and prioritize health needs, we can create programs and adopt approaches to best serve our community. These programs and plans are outlined in our implementation strategy.
Collaborating for Healthier Communities
With more than 500 health and health-related nonprofits and government agencies, Santa Barbara County has a passionate league of community leaders working every day to improve the health outcomes of local residents.
Based on feedback received from a community-wide Listening Tour, Population Health committed to developing resources that help align organizations toward shared goals and outcomes. These new tools and resources support a vision of a healthy community by equipping local organizations and agencies as they assess community needs, strengthen programs, adopt promising practices, and work in closer alignment with other organizations to achieve common goals.
The Learning Lab provides resources and tools to help facilitate a collaborative, population health approach.
We know that improving the health of our community will take the work of many, and we believe that supporting one of our greatest existing resources, our community-based organizations, is critical to that success.
The Cottage Health Evaluation Toolkit supports community programs and collaborations in working toward a population health approach.
The Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide for understanding your program’s impact, how you define success, and ways to measure it.