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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley
Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Earns Top Awards from ACHD
Board Director Leticia De Lara and CEO Conrado Barzaga, MD, were recognized in September as the 2022 Trustee of the Year and CEO of the Year, respectively. Read more.
Find a Coachella Valley COVID-19 Clinic
Eligible residents (6 months old and up) can get a COVID-19 vaccine and/or a test at many local vaccine and testing clinics, coordinated by the Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative, here
MPX (Monkeypox) Resource Guide
Learn more about vaccine availability and other resources that are available in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County here.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Help is available through myriad Riverside County and Coachella Valley resources for residents struggling with suicidal thoughts and loss due to suicide throughout the month of September. Learn more. 
Get the Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Data
Riverside County Public Health provides the latest COVID-19 Vaccine Data through a live, automated portal. The data are broken down by community, age, race-ethnicity and other factors. See the numbers for your community here. 
Find a Coachella Valley COVID-19 Clinic
Eligible residents (6 months old and up) can get a COVID-19 vaccine and/or a test at many local vaccine and testing clinics, coordinated by the Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative, here
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
Board Approves New Strategic Plan
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board has set new goals, priorities and strategies on Oct. 26 for future funding and program opportunities in the Coachella Valley. Please read our new Strategic Plan.
Stop COVID-19 in the Black Community
Black residents have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, prompting UC Riverside School of Medicine to create a toolkit of resources to help Black residents achieve relief and recovery. See it here
Mental Health Awareness for Children
If your child is struggling with mental/behavioral health challenges, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can direct you to resources near you. Learn more.
The Future of Health Careers
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation launched a scholarship program with OneFuture Coachella Valley to advance racial equity in health professions. Meet the first local scholarship recipients. 
Desert Healthcare District Redraws Zones
In December 2021, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board approved a new District map of seven zones based on the 2020 U.S. Census. Learn more here
Coachella Valley Health Needs
A new Desert Healthcare District report reveals the health priorities, inequities, and changing demographics of the valley Learn more about the Community Health Needs Assessment here.
Desert Regional Medical Center Is Among Hospitals Due For An Upgrade
As property owner, the Desert Healthcare District is working with Tenet Healthcare and consultants to ensure the hospital is fully compliant by 2030. Read the fact sheet and engineering report. 
Access Your Digital Vaccination Record
It just got a lot easier to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. To request and access a digital version of your vaccine card, click here
CEO: Racism contributes to health crisis
People of color experience many health disparities, with racism as a major contributing factor. Please read our statement calling for change; EnglishEspanol.
County Re-Imagines Mobile Crisis Team
The Riverside University Health System mobile crisis response team that works in collaboration with law enforcement during psychiatric crisis calls has a new name and new hours. Read more here.
New York Times: Prioritizing Farmworkers
The landmark initiative of Riverside County and the Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative to vaccinate farmworkers is the first of its kind in the U.S. 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
Mental Health Urgent Care Services
Coachella Valley residents experiencing a mental health crisis can receive screening and assessment services and medications (24 hours a day every day) in Palm Springs. Learn more here. 

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

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New District Grants Provide $1.2 Million in Support For Behavioral Health, MPX Response and More

The funds will provide support for a variety of healthcare services in the Coachella Valley, including those offered through a new mobile clinic that is expected to launch in December.
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Desert Healthcare District wins CEO & Trustee of the Year Awards at ACHD's 70th Annual Meeting

The Association of California Healthcare Districts supports the diverse needs of the state's 76 healthcare districts through advocacy, education and other member services. Each year its recognizes the top leaders in healthcare for their contributions to the communities they serve. 
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