Affordable Care Act Implementation in the Coachella Valley: Educate, Enroll, Connect


Improving Access to Health Homes through successful implementation of the Affordable care Act by providing Coachella Valley-wide education, outreach and enrollment activities. In partnership with The California Endowment, the District combined funding with The Endowment for a total of $1,184,924 that was granted to the Desert Healthcare Foundation for administration and campaign management. The project also leverages existing partnerships with trusted community non-profit and public agencies and targets the approximately 90,000 residents now eligible for MediCal and Covered California. Successful health insurance enrollment will improve access to health homes that support healthy behaviors for families in the Coachella Valley.

District Funds committed to date:

2013-2015 ($650,000) Implementation of the ACA: Utilizing Health Navigators to reach eligible populations where they live, work, play, learn, shop, and worship to successfully enroll and connect residents to health insurance. Grant period goal is to successfully enroll 50,000 residents.

Community Partners Supported by Grant Funding:

foodbanks_smFunding Allocation: $150,444
4 FTE Certified Health Navigators
Clinicas_de_SaludFunding Allocation: $188,095
6 FTE Certified Health Navigators
Planned_ParenthoodFunding Allocation: $150,476
4 FTE Certified Health Navigators
Borrego_HealthFunding Allocation: $300,952
8 FTE Certified Health Navigators
Catholic_CharitiesFunding Allocation: $75,238
2 FTE Certified Health Navigators
Health_to_Hope_ClinicsFunding Allocation: $37,619
1 FTE Certified Health Navigators

Other Community Partners:


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What’s New

Board of Directors Solidifies Funding Commitment for One Coachella Valley

COACHELLA VALLEY – Feb. 28, 2018 – The Desert Healthcare District’s Board of Directors yesterday approved a resolution for $6 million in expansion funding, which is $300,000 annually for 20 years of unrestricted funds, as part of the Riverside County Local Formation Commission (LAFCO) expansion application. This represents a self-funded revenue source that would support programs and services to the residents of Eastern Coachella Valley upon successful voter approval of the expansion initiative in November of this year.