Staff Report

A collaborative of Cottage Health and various community partners is asking residents who receive a survey phone call to participate in a Community Health Needs Assessment that is designed to improve the well-being of Santa Barbara County residents.

The survey will attempt to help the collaborative better understand the needs and strengths of the entire community and the many diverse groups within it.

The assessment will include 2,500 phone 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 across Santa Barbara County started the week of July 15 and will take place through September.

In addition, later this summer the collaborative will gather feedback during a listening tour to hear from people and organizations regarding health-related needs in the community. The listening tour will include 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, and UCSB.

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 at 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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