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Riverside County provides funding to nonprofits in response to COVID-19

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Organizations with a 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 status are encouraged to apply. Those who would like with applying can register for an online information session: noon July 9 or 5 p.m. July 16.
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What you should know about antibody testing for COVID-19

Antibody testing is reserved for Coachella Valley residents. We encourage you to contact your primary care provider for available testing resources prior to scheduling an appointment. Everyone wishing to be tested will be assessed to verify if they fit the criteria for antibody testing.
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Board approves historic resolution to distribute funds valley-wide

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The resolution frees the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board to financially support healthcare needs regardless of where residents live in the Coachella Valley, including uninsured and underinsured residents.

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CEO's statement: Racism contributes to our public health crisis

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We recognize that the killing of black Americans in this country is, and for too long has been, a public health crisis. It is a crisis rooted in the toxic traditions of systemic racism and white supremacy. We are committed to building a healthcare system that focuses on equity, inclusion and the needs of all our residents.
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Mensaje del Director Ejecutivo: El racismo contribuye a nuestra crisis de salud pública

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Las muertes de estadounidenses negros en manos de las fuerzas del orden y el ataque racial a transeúntes inocentes son tragedias visibles. Estos incidentes no son individuales ni aislados. Estos sucesos ilustran las barreras sistémicas históricas, persistentes y a veces ocultas a la equidad y la oportunidad a las que se enfrentan los estadounidenses negros, y los miembros de otras minorías raciales.


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Rapid COVID-19 antibody testing sites open across Coachella Valley

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All sites require anyone seeking a test to call first to make an appointment. In some cases, such as with Borrego Health, callers will be asked questions as part of a screening process to determine whether the antibody test or a PCR test is needed.
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District Board approves $1 million in COVID-19 grants and other funds

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The majority of the funds were designated for collaborative efforts in responding to COVID-19 in the Coachella Valley, such as offering rental assistance to households unable to pay because of the pandemic. However, other funds were identified to support children struggling with behavioral health issues and the homeless seeking respite from the desert’s summer temperatures.
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District earns statewide certification for good governance

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation recently was certified through the Association of California Healthcare Districts. The statewide designation as a certified healthcare district recognizes "Best Practices in Governance" based on satisfying the association's core set of accountability and transparency standards. It is in effect for a three-year cycle.
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Comprehensive bilingual webpage guides residents to Covid-19 programs and services

The page, which debuted on April 15, serves as a one-stop source of information on services and programs related to the coronavirus. All information is provided in English and Spanish to be of maximum help for the nearly half-million people served by the District.
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NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT: FIND Food Bank easing hunger across the Coachella Valley

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Typically, FIND serves about 90,000 people each month. But since the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating economic impact on low-income residents, the agency is serving more than 125,000 individuals.
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Emergency pandemic aid targets homeless assistance

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The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation is working with numerous community partners to help meet the needs of the homeless during this challenging time. Addressing homelessness is also one of the District and Foundation’s strategic priorities.
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What are the behavioral health needs in the Coachella Valley?

During 2019, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation conducted a needs assessment (NA) to inform strategies to enhance mental and behavioral health service provision across the Coachella Valley. The primary goals were to provide information to identify needs of current residents, understand gaps in available service provision, and to develop recommendations to ensure that future efforts are targeted to best meet community needs. Reading the findings.
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