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Uneven Improvement: Expansion leads to good things but a serious funding disparity needs to be addressed

Leticia De Lara, newly elected president of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, discusses the agency's recent support for health-related incidents in eastern Coachella Valley and the challenge to identify additional funding for future efforts there.
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Desert Healthcare Foundation lays groundwork for inclusive future

The 2020 first-quarter issue of Desert Charities News spotlights the Desert Healthcare Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the District that supports its homelessness initiative, behavioral health initiative and free swimming lessons for third-graders. Readers also get to know more about two of the District and Foundation's leaders: CEO Dr. Conrado Barzaga and Director Dr. Les Zendle, who recently served as Board president (see pages 8, 38 & 39).
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Healthcare District Board elects 2 east valley Directors as officers

The trio of Directors providing leadership to the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation now includes Leticia De Lara and Karen Borja of Indio. They were elected president and vice-president and secretary, respectively, at the Board's Dec. 17 meeting, Veteran Board Director Mark Matthews of Palm Springs was re-elected as treasurer.
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District launches video series spotlighting valley food pantries

Ever wonder what delicious dish you can make when your fridge contents are sparse?
Imagine the challenge when food selection is regularly limited.
A new video series, "Cooking with the District," addresses this quandary for Coachella Valley residents who require assistance from food pantries. 
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Where do you live in the newly redrawn Desert Healthcare District?

2019 Adopted Map of Healthcare District (reduced size)
The Desert Healthcare District consists of seven zones covering the Coachella Valley. Each zone has a population of about 60,000 residents, and is represented by a Director on the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board. To see where you live in the District, including the newly annexed area east of Cook Street, click on this interactive link and select the "Cholla 2" map.
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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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