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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley
June is National Men's Health Month
Did you know that half of all U.S. men, who are 18 and older, have hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication), according to the CDC? Learn more about this and other issues affecting men. 
2nd Mobile Clinic to Launch June 1
We recently added another mobile medical clinic to outreach efforts. It will be operated by DPMG Health, which is also opening a clinic space on May 31 in Palm Springs. See the photos. Read more.
On May 28, after receiving a revised proposal from Tenet Healthcare, our Board of Directors advised the staff to proceed with defining the details of Tenet's lease-to-own agreement for Desert Regional Medical Center. 
Desert Healthcare District Elections
Four seats on the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board are open this year. They represent zones 1, 3, 5 and 7. Learn more about the District zones (Hummingbird Plan), which cover the entire Coachella Valley.  Candidates can file starting July 15 with the Riverside County of Registrar to run for a Board seat in the November 5, 2024 election. Follow the election updates.

District Announces New Grant Awards
On April 23, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board approved $1,074,113  in grant awards to nonprofits that are addressing social isolation and loneliness in the Coachella Valley. Read more.
What's your opinion of valley healthcare?
A new survey of Coachella Valley voters, completed in early 2024, explores their satisfaction with local healthcare services and facilities. Learn more
Our New 5-Year Strategic Plan
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board has set new goals, priorities and strategies for future funding and program opportunities in the Coachella Valley. Please read our Strategic Plan.
New Book Explores  the Evolution of Public Health Care in Coachella Valley
To commemorate 75 years of advancing health and wellness in the desert, the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation published its history book in 2023. Read it: English or Espanol. 
Meet Our Board of Directors
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board consists of members elected from seven zones across the Coachella Valley. Each Director serves a four-year term. Learn more about the Board and staff.
Fentanyl in the Coachella Valley
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, with the Riverside University Health System - Public Health, recently launched an educational campaign to raise awareness about harm reduction for those affected by the opiod. Read more in English or Espanol. 
Free Air Purifiers
Coachella Valley residents in the eastern valley can apply for free air purifiers, provided courtesy of the AB 617 Residential Air Filtration Program. Learn more.
New Coachella Valley Market Analysis
A 2023 market analysis conducted by Huron Consulting shows the clinical health needs, existing market assets, and recommendations to improve the Coachella Valley's healthcare infrastructure. More
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. 
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
Discover the Fascinating History of Healthcare in the Coachella Valley
Legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra and his celebrated friends were ardent supporters of Palm Springs' Desert Hospital. Read more in the  Desert Healthcare District & Foundation's new history book: EnglishEspanol. 

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Desert Healthcare District & Foundation

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

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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Healthcare District Board promotes administration veteran to CEO

Chris Christensen, who has served the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation in various capacities since 2014, also has led the agency three times as interim CEO. Most recent, he has provided leadership during negotiations with Tenet Healthcare over the future of Desert Regional Medical Center.
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Consider seat on Desert Healthcare District Board

Four seats will be up for election in November, representing zones 1, 3, 5 and 7 of the Desert Healthcare District. Coachella Valley residents can file to run between July 15 and Aug. 9.
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Desert Healthcare District awards $1 million in grants to reduce loneliness & isolation

The grants support services and programs for Coachella Valley children, seniors, residents with disabilities, and more. Each grant covers a two-year period.
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