The Primary Care & Family Health Division provides primary (including obstetrical services) and specialty care at 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Santa Maria, and Lompoc.
More than 120,000 patient visits are provided each year to low-income, uninsured and underinsured families, adults, and children. Pharmacy and clinical laboratory are also provided within the Health Care Centers.
There are approximately 350 employees who include physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, who supplement a teaching program (Internal Medicine and Surgical) to provide comprehensive multi-specialty services across the County. The division is also responsible for administering the California Medical Services programs and the Medically Indigent Adult Program.
Santa Barbara, CA
Located on a pristine stretch of California’s central coastline, Santa Barbara brings together the Golden State’s Spanish influence, laid-back vibe, and upscale sensibility in a way few places can. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your visit to The American Riviera®.
Santa Barbara is best known for its broad, sandy beaches, and whether you’re looking to catch the perfect wave or the perfect sunset, there are plenty from which to choose.
East Beach is a favorite located east of State Street, Santa Barbara’s main thoroughfare for shopping and dining, and Stearns Wharf, the oldest working pier in California. At its eastern end, you’ll find volleyball courts and a grassy park with picnic tables. Rent a surrey or bike at Wheel Fun Rentals to explore the waterfront and harbor.
As a world-class destination, Santa Barbara does not disappoint when it comes to food and drink, and the surrounding area now rivals Northern California’s Napa and Sonoma regions for wine production. The valleys created by the Santa Ynez Mountains are dotted with rolling vineyards, and their tasting rooms welcome locals and tourists alike. If you prefer to stay downtown, Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail brings wine from nearby wine country to more than two-dozen tasting rooms.
The beauty of Santa Barbara is that there’s never a shortage of outdoor inspiration. Just off the shore is Channel Islands National Park, an archipelago where you can kayak through caves, snorkel in pristine waters, and hike among wildlife. Whale watching is a must-do in Santa Barbara, whose coastal waters provide passage for humpback, blue, gray, and killer whales. Santa Barbara is also at the doorstep of the Los Padres National Forest, which extends from San Luis Obispo to northern Los Angeles. The nearby Romero Canyon Trailhead is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. Los Padres also provides opportunities for camping, fishing, and swimming.