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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley

District presents video and online resources on grantmaking changes

Nearly 100 people, many representing Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations, were introduced this month to the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation's streamlined grantmaking process.


The District and Foundation staff hosted a webinar on August 10 to present five strategic funding areas, as a part of the District's ongoing response to COVID-19. The webinar also included a demonstration of the District's revised online application process.


The Board of Directors and staff would like to thank everyone who participated in the grantmaking webinar. If you missed it or have questions about the new process, please click on the following three ways to learn more:


·    Webinar video presentation

·    Educational PowerPoint for grantees

·    Frequently Asked Questions


The grantmaking changes emphasize program and service areas that the District and Foundation staff and Board will consider when reviewing grant applications. They are expected to be in place for the remainder of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, which District and Foundation CEO Conrado Bárzaga described as a gap year to help the community rebound from COVID-19.


The District and Foundation currently has a community health needs assessment and improvement plan underway, conducted by Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC). When completed by spring 2021, the results of the assessment will be instrumental in defining a strategic plan and health improvement plan for the valley beyond the gap year.


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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, housing, food, and transportation to medical appointments.