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Get Help with Behavioral Health
Need help with behavioral health? Not sure? You can ask someone who has been there by calling a Riverside County peer navigation line. Learn more here
East Valley Grant Process Begins
Nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose work aligns with the Desert Healthcare Foundation's mission and vision are encouraged to apply for funding. Read the Request for Proposals here.
Cooking with the District
We're visiting Coachella Valley food banks with a local chef and selecting items to cook up as tasty fare you can make at home. Check out our recent outing, recipe and cooking segment on video. 
District Approves Zone Map
On Oct. 22, 2019, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board unanimously approved seven new zones for the election process. Each zone is represented by a Board Director. Read more
Are you covered?
Open enrollment for affordable health insurance through the state of California has started. To find out if you qualify for assistance, visit Covered CA here
City Keeps Heating Center Open
Individuals experiencing homelessness in Palm Springs will have a place indoors to sleep through the end of the year, as the city has extended operation of its emergency heating center. Please give here.
The Risks of Vaping
As a national debate wages about the health risks associated with vaping, the CDC studies the effects of vapes with vitamin E acetate. Read the report here.
Childhood Obesity
Nearly 1 in 5 children is affected by obesity, according to the CDC. Many factors contribute to it, including lack of activity, and there are various ways to treat it. Read more
Federal policy's local impact
A change in U.S. rule could have adverse effects on immigrant families and the Coachella Valley economy. Read more
Community Resource Guide
Do you need housing or food assistance? How about a free health clinic? Search the Coachella Valley's resources at or in this guide
City Keeps Heating Center Open
Individuals experiencing homelessness in Palm Springs will have a place indoors to sleep through the end of the year, as the city has extended operation of its emergency heating center. Please give here.
Where there's smoke ...
A new three-year study shows that 35.4 percent of U.S. youths, ages 3-17, were exposed to second-hand smoke. The greatest exposure was among those under 11. More findings

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Desert Healthcare District & Foundation

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

Connecting Coachella Valley residents to health and wellness services and programs through philanthropy, health facilities, information and community education, and public policy.

Nonprofit Spotlight


Uneven Improvement: Expansion leads to good things but a serious funding disparity needs to be addressed

Leticia De Lara, newly elected president of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, discusses the agency's recent support for health-related incidents in eastern Coachella Valley and the challenge to identify additional funding for future efforts there.
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Desert Healthcare Foundation lays groundwork for inclusive future

The 2020 first-quarter issue of Desert Charities News spotlights the Desert Healthcare Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the District that supports its homelessness initiative, behavioral health initiative and free swimming lessons for third-graders. Readers also get to know more about two of the District and Foundation's leaders: CEO Dr. Conrado Barzaga and Director Dr. Les Zendle, who recently served as Board president (see pages 8, 38 & 39).
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Healthcare District Board elects 2 east valley Directors as officers

The trio of Directors providing leadership to the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation now includes Leticia De Lara and Karen Borja of Indio. They were elected president and vice-president and secretary, respectively, at the Board's Dec. 17 meeting, Veteran Board Director Mark Matthews of Palm Springs was re-elected as treasurer.
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