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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley


Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative brings 10,000 COVID-19 vaccines to valley farmworkers and other underserved residents

Residents sit in chairs for 15 minutes after getting the vaccine in the Desert Mirage High School gym.
The collaborative's focus remains firmly on acquiring additional vaccine doses as outreach continues. The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation is working with the county, federally qualified health centers and pharmacies, with a goal of achieving herd immunity in Thermal, Mecca, Oasis and North Shore.
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District awards $540K in grants for a senior center, homeless shelter, bloodmobile and more

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The District and Foundation awards grants in five funding strategic areas: Healthcare Infrastructure and ServicesBehavioral Health/Mental HealthHomelessnessVital Human Services to People with Chronic Conditions; and Economic Protection, Recovery, and Food Security
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AirTalk: How local advocates are fighting COVID-19 concerns in Latino communities

Two members of the Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative -- Desert Healthcare District and Foundation CEO and Marisela Blanca of Vision Y Compromiso -- discuss  strategies that are employed to fight COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Latino communities.
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Healthcare District requests community partners' participation in grant process survey

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Investing 20 or fewer minutes to complete the survey will help the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation's grants team review and improve access to its full and mini grant program.
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Healthcare District and RAP Foundation create $200,000 COVID-19 recovery fund for second round of grants for valley nonprofits

Both agencies recently approved contributing $100,000 each to a new $200,000 collaborative fund for a COVID-19 recovery effort. The priority for the collaborative fund is to provide operational/capacity support to the community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations.
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Desert Healthcare Foundation helps farmworkers access COVID-19 test and vaccines

Masked farmworker stands before the registration table manned by two nurses at Anthony Vineyards.
Since November, the Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative is instrumental in bringing COVID-19 testing (and now vaccines) to traditionally undeserved residents where they live, work and worship, from Mecca to Desert Hot Springs.
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Vacuna para los agricultores latinos de California

A line of socially distanced farmworkers outside at Tudor Ranch in Mecca.
El coronavirus arrecia en los campos de California. Una organización sanitaria sin ánimo de lucro ha instalado una clínica móvil para informar y aplicar la vacuna a los trabajores agrícolas latinos. 
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Essential yet under-vaccinated, some California farmworkers get their vaccines

A line of appropriately distanced farmworkers outside at Tudor Ranch to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
“We knew that this was going to be a community that was going to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. So we designed this community-based strategy to bring resources to them,” said Conrado Barzaga, chief executive of Desert Healthcare, a public entity that provides healthcare services.
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HARC's 2019 health survey yields 4 community reports on valley

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In 2019, Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC) conducted a community health survey of and for the Coachella Valley, with the support of a District and Foundation grant.
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