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Through Feb. 27 — American Heart Association Flags to Fly on State Street in Santa Barbara

Through Feb. 27 — American Heart Association Flags to Fly on State Street in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA – In recognition of February as National Heart Month, the Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara will showcase symbolic red flags representing the American Heart Association (AHA), bearing the iconic heart and torch emblem. This will be the third year of participation for the American Heart Association. The AHA flags will fly up and...
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Mental Wellness Center Welcomes Two New Board Members

Mental Wellness Center Welcomes Two New Board Members

SANTA BARBARA — The Mental Wellness Center is proud to announce the appointments of Ned Emerson and Vickie Gonzales to its Board of Directors. Ned Emerson brings over four decades of business and sales experience to the Mental Wellness Center’s board. He served as the co-owner of Shoreline Sportswear for more than 25 years...
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8 Ways to Make Resolutions Stick in 2017: Santa Barbara Family YMCA offers tips to make lasting change

8 Ways to Make Resolutions Stick in 2017: Santa Barbara Family YMCA offers tips to make lasting change

SANTA BARBARA — Making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while...
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CenCal Health Pilot Project to Help Eligible Seniors Receive At-Home Assistance

CenCal Health Pilot Project to Help Eligible Seniors Receive At-Home Assistance

CENTRAL COAST — To ensure that vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities continue to receive at-home medical services, CenCal Health is launching a pilot project with DASH (Doctors Assisting Seniors at Home) to serve its members. DASH is a program in which Dr. Michael Bordofsky and his physician partners with Palliative Care Consultants of...
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CenCal Health Rated in Top 10% of Nation’s Medicaid Plans

CenCal Health Rated in Top 10% of Nation’s Medicaid Plans

CENTRAL COAST —  This year, CenCal Health rated in the top 10 percent of Medicaid plans nationally for nine areas of care in the most recent state quality measurement ratings. This marks CenCal Health’s best overall performance over the 15 years the State of California has been measuring quality indicators. “CenCal Health is proud of...
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Gold Coast Health Plan Signs Contract with New Pharmacy Benefit Manager

Gold Coast Health Plan Signs Contract with New Pharmacy Benefit Manager

Ventura County’s Medi-Cal Plan to Begin Partnership with OptumRx in 2017 CAMARILLO — Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) has finalized its contract with OptumRx to manage the prescription drug benefits for the Plan’s more than 207,000 members. Starting next year, the Minnesota-based company will replace ScriptCare, Ltd., which had managed the benefit since the Plan’s launch...
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CenCal Health and Community Action Commission Partner to Tackle Rising Senior Hunger Rates and Reduce Effects of Malnutrition and Isolation

CenCal Health and Community Action Commission Partner to Tackle Rising Senior Hunger Rates and Reduce Effects of Malnutrition and Isolation

SANTA BARBARA —  CenCal Health executives and staff recently spent time with local seniors at the Goleta Valley Community Center, one of 11 sites across the county where the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC) provides a nutritious meal for seniors in need. At the beginning of the year, CenCal Health entered into...
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Montecito Family YMCA: 7 Healthy Habits for Your Family to Help Solve Childhood Obesity

Montecito Family YMCA: 7 Healthy Habits for Your Family to Help Solve Childhood Obesity

California now ranked No. 1 in percentage of children considered overweight or obese; Childhood obesity has more than tripled during the past 30 years MONTECITO – September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their children’s habits with the ultimate goal...
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Mental Wellness Center Extends Family Advocate Hours for Community Members

Mental Wellness Center Extends Family Advocate Hours for Community Members

SANTA BARBARA — The Mental Wellness Center is pleased to announce it has extended the hours of its Family Advocate, offering everyone in the community access to information, support and resources related to mental health for a family member or loved one. Spanish language services are also available. “At whatever point along the mental...
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CenCal Health Launches Campaign to Educate Provider Community on Behavioral Health Services in SB, SLO Counties

CenCal Health Launches Campaign to Educate Provider Community on Behavioral Health Services in SB, SLO Counties

CENTRAL COAST – CenCal Health, in partnership with the Central Coast Medical Association, The Holman Group, Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness and San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Department recently hosted three seminars in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo to review the behavioral health services available to Medi-Cal patients. It is...
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Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Awarded $11,000 to Support their Continued Leadership in Community Health Care

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Awarded $11,000 to Support their Continued Leadership in Community Health Care

Foundation recognizes health center as vital member of California’s safety net SANTA BARBARA — Blue Shield of California Foundation has just awarded a grant of $11,000 in unrestricted funds to the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics in recognition of their critical role in the wellbeing of families and individuals throughout their community. The award aims to help...
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Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk/Run Raises More Than $210,000 to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk/Run Raises More Than $210,000 to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

CENTRAL COAST — More than 1 in 3 Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease. Santa Barbara resident and owner of Tri-County Produce, John Dixon is all too familiar with this devastating disease. He was born with heart disease and had his first open heart surgery at age 10, and his second in 2004 receiving...
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Ventura County Heart & Stroke Walk/Run Raised Nearly $150,000 to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

Ventura County Heart & Stroke Walk/Run Raised Nearly $150,000 to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

CENTRAL COAST — Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. – killing about 2,200 Americans each day – one every 40 seconds. To combat these statistics, the American Heart Association (AHA) hosted the Ventura County Heart & Stroke Walk/Run, held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 to...
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FOOD Share launches 5th Annual CAN-tree Collection with kick-off breakfast on Oct. 13

FOOD Share launches 5th Annual CAN-tree Collection with kick-off breakfast on Oct. 13

Seeks 200,000 Pounds of Food to Restock Shelves VENTURA COUNTY — FOOD Share will launch its inaugural Share16 Holiday Campaign and 2016 CAN-tree Collection drive with a kick-off breakfast held at its warehouse on Thursday October 13th, 8:30am-9:30am. Community, business, and agricultural leaders from across Ventura County will gather at the regional food bank...
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Celebrate National Eating Healthy Day on Nov. 2 with the American Heart Association and Dignity Health Central Coast

Celebrate National Eating Healthy Day on Nov. 2 with the American Heart Association and Dignity Health Central Coast

CENTRAL COAST — The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA) will celebrate its annual National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 2nd.  On this day, many companies across the country will join the AHA’s efforts to raise awareness of eating healthy to avoid cardiovascular diseases and stroke, as heart disease is the number one health...
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