We Live and Work in the Communities We Serve
We provide health coverage for one in four residents of Santa Barbara County, and one in five residents of San Luis Obispo County, making us the largest insurer in the area. CenCal Health partners with many local community-based organizations and non-profit agencies to better serve our membership, and coordinate care. We have been in the community for over 35 years and we are proud to be innovative in our approach of working together to find local solutions to national healthcare problems.
It’s our mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve, for both members and non-members.
In addition to serving our members, we work with over 1,500 physicians, hospitals and other providers. We contribute support to our communities by providing educational information, outreach and resources at health fairs, and sponsor events held by other community-based and not-for-profit organizations in order to further their work in our members’ communities. Our staff and executives participate on community boards, councils, collaboratives and committees, representing issues on access to healthcare, children and Senior issues, behavioral health, Latino health, individuals with developmental disabilities, homelessness and more.
Our communities are able to stay informed about CenCal Health, our current health initiatives, our governance, and other important issues through our annual Community Report, quarterly e-newsletter (Communité News), press releases and community meetings such as the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County Care Coordination Coalition meetings.
We participate in over 250 community activities, meetings and events each year.
We believe in what we do because we do it for our neighbors.
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Testimonials - Community-Based Organizations
Here are members of our community and their testimonials which summarize their experiences, in their own words. We would love to add your testimonial to our growing list. We are always striving to serve our community. We rate our success on your happiness. If you have a story you might like to share with us, please email us.
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"I am pleased to announce our Recuperative Care Program which started with CenCal Health's support in August, 2016. This program helps the less fortunate in our community who need a place to recuperate during the day." -Grace, Deputy Director, Community Action Partnership, San Luis Obispo County Watch video on the Recuperative Care Program
“We utilize CenCal Health for all of our clients, helping them with medical, and behavioral health providers, and to make sure all our clients get the help they need. I really appreciate all the assistance I receive from CenCal Health!” -Mary Lou, Case Manager, Prado Day Center, San Luis Obispo
"Most of our children, probably 85 to 90%, have CenCal Health, and we are very grateful that they are able to receive the services that they are normally not able to receive during the Summer or even during the school year. We are also grateful every year that we are able to have CenCal Health help us, because otherwise, this camp would not be happening." -Dee Anne Barker, Speech & Language Pathologist M.A., & Director of Camp Mariposas, Santa Barbara Watch Video
"CenCal Health has been helpful to us for years in reaching out to kids and families that have asthma that are on their plan. We get lots of kids at our camp that way, and we appreciate that." -Margaret Weiss, Health Education Director, Sansum Clinic, & Camp Wheez Watch Video
“I am so proud to have CenCal Health in my district. They do an extraordinary job of making sure everyone has access to health care. Having served on their board and now in congress, I now know, for sure, what an extraordinary organization and how lucky we are to have CenCal Health in our community.” -U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal
Supporting Speech Therapy Camp - Camp Mariposas, Santa Barbara from CenCal Health on Vimeo.