Desert Healthcare District: Since 1948

MISSION:  To achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents.

VISION:  To be a leader in advancing a healthier community and to enhance the quality of life for all District residents across their lifespan.

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UCR Health

In 2011, the Desert Healthcare District invested $5,000,000 in the development and implementation of the University of Riverside School of Medicine Primary Care Residency Program in the Coachella Valley.

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Now Open!

The Desert Hot Springs Health and Wellness Center, located across from the DHS High School, is a 32,200 square foot facility that houses the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, the John Furbee Aquatic Center, and an 8,200 square foot Health Center which was funded by a $5,200,000 Desert Healthcare District grant.

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The Wellness Park

The Wellness Park, along with its interactive gardens, is an integral part of the Desert Healthcare District’s commitment to health promotion and community collaboration and partnerships designed to improve the health and quality of life for all District residents.

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Covered California's Historic First Open Enrollment Finishes with 

Projections Exceeded; Agents, Counselors, Community Organizations and County Workers Credited as Reason for High Enrollment in California 

 Covered California, Department of Health Care Services and Other Partners Help More Than 3 Million Californias Get Coverage

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Choose Health

Choose Health

Healthcare and dental clinics open and expand across the Coachella Valley as healthcare organizations prepare for the additional 90,000 Coachella Valley residents now eligible for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  Read more

Live Well

Live Well

The Desert Healthcare District provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement programs and services and to promote policy change which help support and encourage a healthy lifestyle for residents of all ages.  Read more

Health Heroes

La Quinta Middle School Focuses on Fitness, Health, and Nutrition

Health Hero 3_1Last May, 2013, as another year of high stakes testing came to an end, teachers and staff at La Quinta Middle School felt that test scores alone were having little impact on meeting the daily needs of their middle school students. This health conscientious staff embraced the concept of becoming perhaps the state's first health and fitness magnet school - "Fitness School of Champions." READ MORE....


Danny Cintron of Moreno Valley, California, was first hospitalized at the Loma Linda hospital in 2007 at the age of ten with a diagnosis of coccidiosis meningitis, a fungal infection of the membrane covering the brain. After one month in the hospital he was discharged and sent home as recovered. This smiling, happy boy resumed his normal activities in school classes and sports. READ MORE.... 

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What’s New


Coachella Valley High School (CVHS) Renovated Athletic Facilities to be unveiled March 7, 2014 Click here for Press Release

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