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Desert Healthcare District looks to the future with new CEO

Dr. Barzaga joins DHCD&F
Dr. Conrado Bárzaga's broad experiences have informed an approach to public health that is both data-driven and empathic. “As an immigrant, I know how complex it is to navigate the healthcare system in the United States,” he said. “I know what it’s like to be a young parent with unreliable access to healthcare.”
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Your donations helped the west valley homeless in July. Here's how

Three emergency cooling centers opened on July 1 in Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs. During the first month of operation, 233 visitors benefited from 3,133 services. A fund established by the Desert Healthcare Foundation collects public donations to support the centers and related services.


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District Board seeks more details on Tenet's offer to buy hospital

DRMC CEO Michele Finney

On Tuesday, July 23, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board of Directors asked Tenet Healthcare to revise its offer to buy Desert Regional Medical Center. The Board requested more consideration of the purchase price and more specifics on plans to meet seismic requirements and to support the community.   

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Hanson House provides sanctuary

Nonprofit Spotlight: Hanson House
Leaving a loved one who is critically ill or injured at the hospital can be dismaying for Coachella Valley residents and visitors who live outside of Palm Springs. While the hospital is often the best place for the family member to receive care, being separated from them by a great distance can affect the peace of mind of all involved. Thankfully, there's Hanson House.
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A Collective Voice: Supporting Civic Engagement and Partnerships to Impact Community Health and Well-Being

Participants in civic engagement
Civic engagement is the way in which people participate in the life of their community to improve and shape its future. Strategic alignment is built from an inclusive, culturally relevant and collaborative voice. However, civic participation tends to be cumbersome because information is often ill-catered to citizens and residents often feel as though their voices are never heard.  Check out the informational brief.
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Hot summer is a serious risk to Coachella Valley homeless. Help protect them

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation has joined with the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, Riverside County and city governments to address the homelessness challenge. ... The summer heat is here. We need to provide immediate relief to the homeless during the hot summer months.
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Board commits $1 million to aid valley homelessness efforts

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board continued its commitment to support efforts to eliminate homelessness across the Coachella Valley on Tuesday (June 25), approving a $1 million grant for homeless efforts and a $50,000 matching fund to provide shelter for the homeless during hot summer nights.
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Desert Healthcare District works to redraw election zone lines and wants your input

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation wants residents to help decide where re-zoning lines will be drawn in preparation for next year's elections, when four seats will be voted upon. The aim is to include portions of the valley in each zone that are similar, not just in health needs, but also in demographic areas.
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East Valley residents identify health priorities

Residents reveal health needs
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation staff recently hosted six community listening forums across the newly annexed area of the District: Mecca, North Shore, Coachella, La Quinta, Sun City Palm Desert and Indio. The goal of the forums was to start to understand the needs and priorities of the newly annexed area. Here's what we learned:
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District presents new proposed zone maps

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation is hosting public hearings this spring and next fall to give valley residents opportunities to review proposed maps that divide the District into geographic zones. Residents' participation is key to the process to redraw the District from five to seven zones.


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