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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley

Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals (RFP): Coachella Valley Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan

(Deadline, Dec. 5, 2019)  

With voters' approval of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation annexation in 2018, a new demographic and geographic landscape was created. The new boundaries outlined a District more than twice the size it was and with more than 400,000 residents. As a result, it is anticipated that there will be a shift in health priorities that are representative of the entire Coachella Valley. 

The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan will soon sunset, and it is the District and Foundation's goal to promote equitable access to health resources and health outcomes through a new strategic plan. This has prompted a reassessment of the valley to get a clear picture of its health needs. 

The District and Foundation is issuing a request for proposals commissioning an assessment of valley residents' health needs. It is also expected to provide a basis for future decision-making and monitoring, by clarifying the complexities of addressing the social determinants of health and developing a comprehensive, collective, cross-sector approaching to advancing residents' health and wellness.  

Qualified applicants will be responsible for the complete coordination, research and writing of a fully comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) with a focus on qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis.  

To learn more, please read the RFP here.  

An informational webinar was presented on Thursday, November 14 (PST). Read the Power Point presentation and Questions and Answers by clicking on the links. An audio recording of the webinar can be heard here.

If you have questions about the RFP, please email


Request for Proposals (RFP): Core Operating Support

(Deadline: Rolling Basis) 

The mission and vision of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation is to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents by connecting Coachella Valley residents to health and wellness services and programs. The District and Foundation's service area now encompasses the entire valley from Desert Hot Springs to North Shore, following the November 2018 voter approval of District expansion. Earlier in 2018, the District and Foundation Board voted to provide $300,000 per year for 20 years for the eastern Coachella Valley.

To respond to the community needs, the Desert Healthcare Foundation is offering funding for core operating support to eligible organizations serving east Coachella Valley residents and whose activities and programs align with the District and Foundation's community health focus area of primary care and behavioral health access. Eastern valley residents include those residing in Palm Desert (east of Cook Street), Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Bermuda Dunes, Thermal, Mecca, North Shore and other unincorporated communities.

The goal of this funding opportunity is to provide core operating support for eligible organizations that work to improve access to care (accessibility, affordability, availability, or acceptability of healthcare services) and education for residents in the eastern Coachella Valley.

Please read the Request for Proposals here.  To learn more about the grant process and to submit a letter of interest (LOI), click here.

If you have questions about the RFP or grant process, please email