SANTA BARBARA — Cottage Health and community partners are asking residents who receive a survey phone call to participate in a community health needs assessment, offidals said Friday.
The survey is being conducted “to better understand the needs and strengths of the entire community, and the many diverse groups within it,” Cottage Health spokeswoman Maria Zate said in a news release.
Findings will help Cottage Health and community partners recognize the scope of population health concerns.
The assessment will include 2,500 telephone surveys, with calls to randomly selected cellphones and landlines. All responses will be confidential, and information collected will not be connected to names or phone numbers. Calls will begin the week of July 15 and continue through September.
In addition, later this summer the collaborative will gather feedback during a listening tour to hear from individuals 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 assessment collaborative includes Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, and UCSB.