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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley
COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule
Vaccination shots for the COVID-19 virus are underway across Riverside County. Here's a look at the vaccine schedule and how the tiers are defined, courtesy of Riverside University Health System. 
District seeks input on grants process
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation grants team would like to hear from its community partners. Please take a few minutes to complete a 20-question survey here
New York Times: Prioritizing Farmworkers
The landmark initiative of Riverside County and the Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative to vaccinate farmworkers is the first of its kind in the U.S. Read more.
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.
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
Coachella Valley Health Survey Results
In 2020, HARC released the results of its community-wide health survey. Read the final reports here: Healthcare ReportMajor Disease ReportMental Health Report; and Socioeconomic Needs Report.
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
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.
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
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.
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. 
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
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

Community Grants Funded

Learn more about our grants and how to apply »

Desert Healthcare District & Foundation

To achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents.

Connecting Coachella Valley residents to health and wellness services and programs through philanthropy, health facilities, information and community education, and public policy.

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

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

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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