Cottage Health and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, along with several other community organizations, are partnering 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 to participate in a Community Health Needs Assessment.

The assessment includes a County-wide Community Survey of more than 2,000 households. Community members will be randomly selected to participate and will receive an invitation to take the survey through a letter in the mail, text message, e-mail, or phone call.

Invitations to take the countywide survey will come through mid-October from experts at the Evaluation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. For those selected to participate, the survey can be completed online or by phone.

All community members who do not receive a survey invitation in the mail or by text message, e-mail, or phone can take the County-wide Community Survey at by Friday, Oct. 14.

Survey participants will receive a $5 gift card in appreciation for their time. All responses will be confidential and will not be connected to names, addresses or phone numbers. No personal financial information will be collected for this needs assessment.

The Community Health Needs Assessment collaborative includes the following partners:

Community Health Care Centers of the Central Coast
Cottage Health
Dignity Health
Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization
Lompoc Valley Medical Center
Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
Planned Parenthood California Central Coast
Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
Tribal Health
University of California, Santa Barbara

Findings will help community partners recognize the scope of population health concerns. Results will be available by the end of the year at