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Methodology

Every five years, members of the SLO Health Counts collaborative conduct a community health assessment for SLO County. The most recent assessment was completed in 2023 and was informed by five main sources of information:

 

  • Community Health Survey
    An online survey conducted February – March 2023 with SLO County residents. Respondents answered 55 questions related to the top health needs in the community, perceptions of their overall health, and access to health and community services.

     

  • Other Agency Reports & Focus Groups:
    A review and discussion of several other partner reports, including the findings of focus groups for Spanish-speaking and Mixteco-speaking residents conducted by the local organization, UndocuSupport.

     

  • Stakeholder Interviews:
    To supplement this data, additional stakeholder interviews were conducted by Public Health staff from November 2022-April 2023 with key informants representing people of color, Spanish- and Mixteco-speakers, those living with mental illness and substance use disorders, and people experiencing homelessness.

     

  • Primary data from the Public Health Department (e.g. birth and death data)
     

  • Secondary data (e.g. CA Healthy Kids Survey, CA Department of Public Health)

More on the data, including data definitions and technical notes, can be found here.

Community health survey

The Community Health Survey was conducted from February to March 2023 and received 3,790 responses (527 of which were completed in Spanish) from SLO County residents.

 

Respondents answered 55 questions related to the top health needs in the community, perceptions of their overall health, and access to health and community services.

 

The overall number of surveys collected in each SLO County city was roughly proportional to the number of residents living there.  Responses by race and ethnicity were also roughly proportional to SLO County's population. 

 

The survey received a larger number of responses from women, as well as a higher number of responses from those ages 25 to 44 and 65 to 74.

See the full breakdown of survey demographics here.

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