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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley


Addressing Healthcare Access: Health Care Workforce Shortage

To support the development of a strong, local healthcare workforce. 

A well-trained and accessible workforce is the cornerstone of the health delivery system. The ability of our region to thrive economically is also forever linked to the availability of a high quality, skilled workforce. Charting the Course: A Coachella Valley Healthcare Workforce Needs Assessment was commissioned by the Desert Healthcare District in 2009 (click here for the report). 

As part of our commitment to support the healthcare workforce needs of the region, the Desert Healthcare District has been working in collaboration with local hospitals, educational institutions, workforce development, local healthcare industry partners and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership to expand and enhance the pipeline for new healthcare workers.  

The District has awarded grants to expand and equip local healthcare teaching facilities, create new certificate and degree programs, enhance teaching capacity, develop healthcare industry councils, research and prepare technical studies, support career exploration for students and fund nursing and health career scholarships. Future registered physicians, nurses, licensed vocational nurses, therapists, managers, teachers, techs, and other allied health workers are helping to fill the pipeline as a result of these collaborations and grants. 

Access to Healthy Foods

To increase access to healthy foods especially for vulnerable populations including seniors, the food insecure, and children living in poverty.

Affordable Care Act Implementation

Through funding and community partnerships with The California Endowment and other organizations, the District has been instrumental in efforts to educate, enroll and connect approximately 90,000 residents who are eligible for MediCal and Covered California.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation and HealthCorps

To support health education efforts to reduce childhood obesity and help all children live longer and healthier lives.

Behavioral Health Initiative

The District and Foundation Board approved funding up to $2 million to establish a Behavioral Health Initiative, which reflects a focus area in its strategic plan, on March 27, 2018.

CV Link

By 2025, pedestrians, bicyclists, and electric vehicle drivers will have a 14-foot-wide, 52-mile-long trail connecting them to all nine Coachella Valley cities. The link will run along Whitewater River, parallel to Highway 111. Portions of the trail are in place in Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, and Palm Desert; these portions will be widened in the next few years, and construction meeting national-standard sustainability goals will begin in 2015. The $70 million trail will showcase local history, public art, and Native American materials, and several electric-vehicle charging stations.


The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation launched on May 21, 2018, the Coachella Valley Health Info Place (also known as, a free public database that connects users to more than 1,000 healthcare services. They range from pediatric care and fitness classes to food and housing assistance.

Desert Hot Springs: A Place-Based Initiative

To support health access and health service improvements in the city of Desert Hot Springs, California

District Expansion

On Nov. 6, 2018, voters in the eastern end of the Coachella Valley overwhelmingly approved Measure BB to expand District boundaries east of Cook Street and cover the entire Coachella Valley. The action paved the way to create two additional seats on the Board of Directors from the newly annexed area.

Homelessness Initiative

In alignment with the District's strategic plan, this initiative was approved by the Board on June 27, 2017, to allocate funding up to $2 million as a challenge grant to launch a collective fund for the development of a collaborative initiative to address homelessness. An additional $1 million was committed by the Board on June 25, 2019.

LGBTQ Community Health Needs

To assess the health and wellness needs of the LGBTQ community, a diverse and significant component of the Coachella Valley population. See the results of a 2013 assessment completed by HARC for the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, with support from the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, here.