Health Indicator Profiles of Santa Barbara County

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The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment selected health indicators for deeper analysis of the health and well-being needs of the community.

Selection of Health Indicators

These indicators were selected based on the following factors:

Using leading health indicators is important because these indicators have been identified through collaborations of national experts and have known public health interventions that have been shown to be successful in the population.

In addition, we used the County Health Rankings model to select health factors proven to provide a comprehensive view of the health of a community. One’s health is determined by much more than having access to a doctor, and the County Health Rankings model estimates what portion of one’s health comes from which factors.

Health Indicator Profiles

We developed twelve health indicator profiles for in-depth analysis of each of these indicators. Within each profile, we have included data tables and graphs that display the relationships between the indicator and other important health factors, including health outcomes, health behaviors, social and economic factors, and clinical care.

  1. Insurance Status, Cost as Barrier to Care, and Primary Care Provider
  2. Obesity
  3. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience
  4. Alcohol Use
  5. Depression, Anxiety, and Other Mental Health Disorders
  6. Diabetes
  7. Food Insecurity
  8. Housing Insecurity
  9. Overall Good Health
  10. Physical Inactivity
  11. Poor Mental Health Days and Serious Mental Illness
  12. Smoking (Cigarettes and Vaping)

Follow this link to learn more about the methods for health indicator profile analysis.


This 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment webinar provides an overview of key findings and how to learn more about these data.


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