Connecting Coachella Valley residents to health and wellness services and programs through resources and philanthropy, health facilities, information and community education, and public policy.
District to Host Listening Forum
You voted for the District expansion; now let's talk. The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation will host the first of several listening forums at 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Boys and Girls Club, 91391 Ave. 66, Mecca. Tell us about your community health needs. Light refreshments and translation service will be provided. Future dates and other locations east of Cook Street will be announced soon.
Board of Directors Meeting Agendas and Minutes
The Board of Directors emphasizes the importance of community input with a 5:30 p.m. start time for Desert Healthcare District Board Meetings. The Foundation start time is immediately following the conclusion of District meetings. The District Board Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month, and the downloadable and current board meeting agendas, packets, minutes, and audio recordings are available in one centralized location.
Check out CVHIP
Seeking information on food assistance, smoking cessation and other health- and wellness-related matters, but you're not sure where to look?
Visit the Coachella Valley Health Info Place at cvhip.com, type a topic in the search engine and quickly learn what's available in the desert community. (Various translations are available.)
District Board Expands from 5 to 7 Directors
Karen Borja and Leticia De Lara were sworn in Jan. 15, 2019, as new Directors on the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board. Their appointments followed voters' support in November to expand District boundaries east of Cook Street. As a result, the Board conducted interviews of eligible applicants from the annexed area. Both Borja and De Lara live in Indio. Read more about them and the entire Board here.
CancerPartners Announces Closing
After nearly 15 years of service in the Coachella Valley, CancerPartners' leaders announce that the nonprofit organization will cease operations sometime in February. A former Desert Healthcare District grantee, CancerPartners offered support and a variety of services to residents affected by cancer and their loved ones.
District Dives Into Water Safety for Kids
For four years, the Desert Healthcare District/Foundation and community partners have offered swimming lessons to third-graders. More than 1,800 students have graduated from the program. In addition, Riverside County Department of Public Health educators teach the students about nutrition and making healthy eating choices.
Congressman Ruiz Spotlights Expansion
Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD, a tireless proponent of the Desert Healthcare District expansion that was recently approved by voters, thanks many others who contributed to getting the measure on the ballot and acknowledges its potential for all Coachella Valley residents. Check out his speech on C-SPAN.
Expansion Passes - What's Next?
On Nov. 6, 2018, Coachella Valley voters overwhelmingly approved Measure BB to expand the Desert Healthcare District to cover the entire valley. With expansion comes the appointment of two new Directors from the newly annexed area and rezoningthe expanded District.
Support for Health: Grants
The Desert Healthcare District/Foundation provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement programs and services and to promote policy change that helps support and encourage a healthy lifestyle for residents of all ages. Read more.
District Board Welcomes Evett PerezGil
The results are in. Evett PerezGil won a majority of votes in Zone 4 (Cathedral City) during the November 2018 general election to serve on the Desert Healthcare District/Foundation Board of Directors. Read more here.
Director Reflects on 18 Years of Service
Kay Hazen shares a few life lessons she's learned, thoughts on the Desert Healthcare District's legacy and more as she ends nearly two decades of service as a District/Foundation Board Director. Read the full interview.