Desert Healthcare District & Foundation Board approves high-priority Strategic Plan goals for next 2 years
Community initiatives that enhance the Coachella Valley environment will be one of three high priorities for the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation's grantmaking process going forward.
The District and Foundation Board approved at its Dec. 19 meeting prioritizing an environmental focus as a part of its strategic plan, in addition to improving access to primary and specialty care, and access to behavioral/mental health services.
The final vote followed a re-evaluation process of the District and Foundation's five-year strategic plan by the Board and staff. The high priorities that emerged during the process reflect the health and wellness topics that have made an impact in the community in the past year.
The high-priority goals are:
- Proactively expand community access to primary and specialty care services
- Proactively expand community access to behavioral/mental health services
- Be responsive to and supportive of selected community initiatives that enhance the environment in the District's service area, pertaining to these strategies: 1) Play a role in raising awareness of the impact of air quality in the Coachella Valley on the health of community residents and be a catalyst for community organizations to act in implementing solutions, and 2) Play a role in raising awareness of the impact of poor water quality in the Coachella Valley on the health of community residents and be a catalyst for community organizations to act in implementing solutions.
These goals and strategies will be considered when reviewing new grant applications that are received during the remainder of this fiscal year and through 2026. Learn more about our grants program.
About the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation
The Desert Healthcare District is a local government agency formed in 1948. Its mission is to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents. The District includes more than 400,000 residents and encompasses the entire Coachella Valley. The District and Desert Healthcare Foundation, together, are one of the largest funders in the valley. These funds are used to assist residents — especially the underserved — in accessing vitally needed resources, such as primary and behavioral healthcare.