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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley
Resolution Addresses Funding Question
On May 26, 2020, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board approved a historic resolution to use all funds District-wide. Here's what it means: One Coachella Valley Resolution.
Need Help Paying the Rent?
In response to COVID-19, the United Lift program is accepting applications for financial assistance from Coachella Valley & Riverside County residents. The healthcare District contributed $500,000 to the program. Learn more here (en Espanol).
Grant-Making Guidelines Change
New grantmaking guidelines, as approved by our Board on May 26 in response to COVID-19, will be introduced during a grantmaking webinar on August 10.  Read more here to participate.
Make It Count
If you haven't participated in the 2020 Census yet, you have until Sept. 30 to ensure you and your family are counted. Coachella Valley participation numbers are below the state and nation.  Learn more about participating online or by phone here.
COVID-19 Testing Site Moves
You can still get a COVID-19 viral test on Fridays and Saturdays in Coachella, courtesy of Borrego Health, but the location has changed. See the map and other details
CEO: Racism contributes to health crisis
People of color experience many health disparities, with racism as a major contributing factor. Please read our statement calling for change; EnglishEspanol.
COVID-19 Antibody Tests in the Valley
With the financial support of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, three federally qualified health centers in the Coachella Valley offer the antibody test. Check out the testing criteria here
Coachella Valley Health Survey Results
On March 31, HARC released the results of its community-wide health survey, The survey was supported with funding from the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. Read the results here.
District Approves Zone Map
On Oct. 22, 2019, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board unanimously approved seven new zones for the election process. Each zone is represented by a Board Director. Read more
East Valley Grant Process Begins
Nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose work aligns with the Desert Healthcare Foundation's mission and vision are encouraged to apply for funding. Read the Request for Proposals here.
Get Help with Behavioral Health
Need help with behavioral health? Not sure? You can ask someone who has been there by calling a Riverside County peer navigation line. Learn more here
Overnight Cooling Centers Aid Homeless
Individuals experiencing homelessness in western Coachella Valley now have a place indoors to sleep, thanks to collaborative efforts. To help with center expenses, please give here.
Looking for Information on COVID-19?
Explore grant opportunities and requirements here. Check out how to donate medical and non-medical supplies here. And prevention tips, symptoms and more here (en espanol).  
A New Era of the District
On January 10, 2019, U.S. Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD, introduced the November 2018 expansion of the Desert Healthcare District into the Congressional Record. Read what he wrote here
Cooking with the District
We're visiting Coachella Valley food banks with a local chef and selecting items to cook up as tasty fare you can make at home. Check out our recent outing, recipe and cooking segment on video. 
Are you covered?
Open enrollment for affordable health insurance through the state of California has started. To find out if you qualify for assistance, visit Covered CA here
The Risks of Vaping
As a national debate wages about the health risks associated with vaping, the CDC studies the effects of vapes with vitamin E acetate. Read the report here.
Federal policy's local impact
A change in U.S. rule could have adverse effects on immigrant families and the Coachella Valley economy. Read more
Community Resource Guide
Do you need housing or food assistance? How about a free health clinic? Search the Coachella Valley's resources at or in this guide
Where there's smoke ...
A new three-year study shows that 35.4 percent of U.S. youths, ages 3-17, were exposed to second-hand smoke. The greatest exposure was among those under 11. More findings

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Valley Voice: Get your flu shot and help prevent a 'twindemic' in the desert

Getting a flu vaccine is even more important this year because of the threat of COVID-19. Either respiratory virus can strain our health care system, but together our medical offices and hospitals could be overwhelmed.
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Journalist Marcos Palma talks with Alejandro Espinoza, senior program officer and director of outreach for the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation, about the District's initiative to connect Coachella Valley residents to health and wellness resources. You can also check it out yourself at
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New 5-minute rapid coronavirus testing coming to Coachella Valley

The District is buying 12 to 18 Abbott ID NOW machines, which can produce diagnostic results almost immediately, eliminating the need for swab tests to be sent to out for processing.
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