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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley

New District Grants Provide $1.2 Million in Support For Behavioral Health, MPX Response and More

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The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board approved on Sept. 27 four grants totaling $1,229,268


The funds will provide support for a variety of healthcare services in the Coachella Valley, including those offered through a new mobile clinic the District is purchasing. Here are the grant awards:


DAP Health, $586,727 - This grant will fund DAP Health's ongoing response to monkeypox (MPX) in the valley, which is seeing an increase in cases. Riverside County Public Health has declared MPX to be a local public health emergency. 


DPMG Health, $500,000 - This contract covers Desert Physicians Medical Group Health's (DPMG) budget over three years to operate a 26-foot mobile medical unit. The unit includes two examination rooms and a full restroom. DPMG plans to have the mobile unit licensed and staffed for a December 2022 launch.


Joslyn Wellness Center, $85,000 - The grant supports a multifaceted approach to optimizing mental health in older adults by combining behavioral health, healthy aging, memory and exercise. It serves residents who are age 60 and up who are living at or below 250 percent of the poverty level. 


JFK Memorial Foundation, $57,541 - The grant supports behavioral health awareness and education for families who have children age 18 and younger and who are enrolled in the certified JFK SafeCare In-Home Parent-Training Program.


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.