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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley

Healthcare District Board & CEO will receive DAP Health Humanitarian Award at The Chase Gala in March

The honorees at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala on March 25 in Palm Springs will include the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board and CEO Dr. Conrado E. Bárzaga. The agency's leadership will receive the DAP Health Humanitarian Award at the 29th annual event.


"Our Board, staff, and I are honored to be recognized by DAP Health for our work advancing community wellness in the Coachella Valley," Dr. Bárzaga said. "The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation's approach to improving healthcare centers collaboration with community partners that align with our strategic plan goals. Our collaboration with DAP Health over the years has been among our most enduring and beneficial to residents."


DAP Health CEO David Brinkman said, "The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation is the epitome of what the DAP Health Humanitarian Award stands for, and we can think of no organization more deserving to receive this honor. It's a testament to leadership shown by Dr. Conrado E. Bárzaga and the Board during both the COVID-19 and mpox cases. It allowed our organization to make an enormous impact on the lives of valley residents."


The Chase also will feature fashion icon and philanthropist Donna Karan who's receiving the DAP Health Equity Award. Entertainment will include performances by headliner Darren Criss, Nick Adams and Saycon Sengbloh. Actor Michael Urie will host. Read more about The Chase.


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. It has awarded $92.7 million so far. These funds are used to assist residents — especially the underserved — in accessing vitally needed resources, such as primary and behavioral healthcare.