The Westside is one of Santa Barbara's oldest neighborhoods. Between its rich history and diversity, the neighborhood has some of the strongest assets in the city. However, there is also great need in the community that must be addressed utilizing its own assets. To this end, SBACT has helped form the Westside Health Collaborative (WHC), a partnership of health & human service providers, businesses, and faith communities working to expand holistic health care.
At present, the WHC has two main initiatives: a monthly Healthy Community Pantry and a Multi-Tiered System of Supports for behavioral health at Harding University Partnership School on the Westside.
- The Westside of SB has the lowest rate of heath & human services per capita of any 'high poverty tract' in the city of Santa Barbara
- One Westside census tract has the highest rate citywide of individuals without health insurance, with 38% uninsured
- In some census tracts, over 20% of Westside residents describe their health as 'fair or poor'
- Westside residents experience some of the greatest mental health needs in Santa Barbara, with 10% or more in some Westside tracts reporting a diagnosis of depression
- In census tracts around Harding Elementary School, 25% of residents live below the federal poverty threshold
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- Dr. Fred Kass, Director of Medical Oncology, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center & Sansum Clinic
- Ruth Loomer, Executive Vice President, MedBridge, LLC
- Veronica Binkley, Principal, Harding University Partnership School
- Lisa Brabo, Executive Director, Family Service Agency
- Rich Sander, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation
- Kelly Soifer, Pastoral Cabinet Member, Pueblo Free Methodist Church
- Nancy Tillie, COO/CFO, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics