Welcome to our "Community Pulse" newsletter; a bi-monthly publication filled with community tips, health news, and much more! 

December 2017 -  In This Issue:

Congratulations to Dr. Bravo & Dr. Hamdani

Thank You to Our Providers and Community Partners

A Message to our Providers and Community Partners

CenCal Health's Board of Directors & Leadership Team

CenCal Health's Financial Summary

Community Events

CenCal Health Membership Totals

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Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Congratulations to Dr. Bravo & Dr. Hamdani

CenCal Health would like to offer Dr. Rene Bravo and Dr. Saida Hamdani warm congratulations for being recently named Physician's of the Year by the Central Coast Medical Association.

The honor is for a physician who has worked to improve the quality of health care, contributed to the education of other physicians, and engaged in community service and other activities outside of medicine.

Dr. Rene Bravo was honored at their San Luis Obispo annual membership meeting as San Luis Obispo County's Physician of the Year. Dr. Barvo has been serving the children and families of San Luis Obispo County for over 23 years; many of whom are CenCal Health members. Locally, Dr. Bravo has been involved with First 5, the American Cancer Society, The Women's Shelter and Boy's Scouts.

Dr. Saida Hamdani was honored at the Santa Barbara Central Coast Medical Association's annual membership meeting as the Santa Barbara County Physician of the Year. Dr. Hamdani began practicing at Samsum Clinic in 1991 and is involved as a volunteer with the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Doctors Without Walls and Camp Wheeze.

Thank You to Our Providers
and Community Partners

CenCal  HEALTH 's success is a direct reflection on the efforts of local health care providers and community based organizations. Every one of our partnerships is essential. Together, we share the goal of improving the health and well-being of the people on the Central Coast.

We want to thank all of our health care providers and community partners throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County for not only partnering with CenCal Health, but for providing high quality health services for our membership.


A Message to our Providers and Community Partners:

I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with local providers and community based organizations over the past fifteen years here at CenCal Health. I am impressed every day by your dedication and commitment to this important mission.

Recently, I was offered an opportunity to serve as Chief Operating Officer for Central California Alliance for Health serving Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced Counties. Like CenCal Health, the Alliance serves the low-income population and shares the mission of improving the health and well-being of the communities it serves. I will be relocating in the New Year.

Like with all transitions at CenCal Health, our organization has a strong and capable team. The Provider Services Department will continue to function smoothly after my departure. Sherri Bennett, Associate Director of Provider Services, will serve as Interim Director of Provider Services at CenCal Health. She has over twenty years of experience in managed care and with government programs.

Looking back, a lot has been accomplished in the last decade including expansion into San Luis Obispo County and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that expanded Medi-Cal eligibility to so many in need. Together, we have withstood challenges all the while improving quality for those we serve. There is a lot to look forward to at CenCal Health in the coming year. I will always be grateful to our providers and our community based organizations for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure the success of this innovative managed care model, which is accountable to the community it serves.

Marina Owen - Director, Provider Services & Community Engagement

Community Events

  • December 2nd - The Goleta Chamber of Commerce"Goleta's Finest" Community Awards Ceremony More info:
  • December 12th - Central Coast Commission for Seniors Citizens "Holiday Open House" More info:
  • December 13th - Family Care Network "Holiday Celebration and Open House" More info:
  • December 13th - Goleta Neighborhood Clinic "Expansion Ribbon Cutting and Open House" More info:
  • January 20 - San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce "2018 Annual Dinner" More info:
  • January 23 - Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce "Annual Regional Business Awards"  More info:

The children of our employees here at CenCal HEALTH created this banner for all the firefighters helping our community in the Thomas fire. We are grateful for the brave firefighters.s!