The Children’s Health Initiative of Santa Barbara County is staffed by Health Linkages. Its Outreach, Enrollment, Retention and Utilization program identifies and enrolls Santa Barbara County’s uninsured children into existing government-sponsored health plans (Medi-Cal, Covered California and Healthy Kids) and provides case management to enhance retention and proper utilization of these programs. In addition, we provide administrative oversight of the Healthy Kids Santa Barbara insurance product, as well as support and training for county-wide Certified Application Assistors.
The Santa Barbara County Oral Health Program, under the direction of Health Linkages, provides support to medical and dental providers to implement fluoride varnish applications within their practices. The Health Linkages program coordinates fluoride varnish application two times a year for State Preschools, Children Centers, School Readiness and Head Start programs, and kindergarten students at targeted elementary schools. In addition, Health Linkages administers foundation funding to provide dental treatment services to children who are uninsured or underinsured.
Santa Barbara County Promotores Network members understand and respect the traditional beliefs of the Latino community and can help agencies integrate these cultural beliefs in their programs and services. They do this by engaging the underserved and marginalized Spanish-speaking recent immigrant community around strategies to enhance systems to improve community awareness about health and social service issues that affect them. Participates in health fairs, community forums, and peer to peer education and provide information on a variety of issues of interest or benefit to our community, such as:
· Childhood obesity prevention and parent education
· Diabetes prevention and resources
· Children’s oral health screenings
· Low cost health insurance resources
· CalFresh for families and individuals
· Tobacco Prevention
· Family violence prevention
· Communicable diseases
· Mental health, counseling, alcoholism and drug abuse
· Cancer Prevention and Detection
· Emergency Preparedness