Desert Healthcare District/Foundation

Our Vision...

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

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Tell Us About Your Health Needs

Tell Us About Your Health Needs

Our second community listening forum will take place 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Coachella. Residents from the District's newly annexed area (east of Cook Street) are invited to the Coachella Library, 1500 6th Street, Coachella. Admission is free and it's an opportunity for you to share your community's health needs and to learn more about the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. Light refreshments and translation service will be provided. You voted for the District expansion; now let's talk! 

Board of Directors Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting Agendas and Minutes

The Board of Directors emphasizes the importance of community input with a 5:30 p.m. start time for Desert Healthcare District Board Meetings. The Foundation start time is immediately following the conclusion of District meetings. The District Board Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month, and the downloadable and current board meeting agendas, packets, minutes, and audio recordings are available in one centralized location.  
Check out CVHIP

Check out CVHIP

Seeking information on food assistance, smoking cessation and other health- and wellness-related matters, but you're not sure where to look? 

Visit the Coachella Valley Health Info Place at cvhip.com, type a topic in the search engine and quickly learn what's available in the desert community. (Various translations are available.) 


District Board Expands from 5 to 7 Directors

District Board Expands from 5 to 7 Directors

Karen Borja and Leticia De Lara were sworn in Jan. 15, 2019, as new Directors on the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board. Their appointments followed voters' support in November to expand District boundaries east of Cook Street. As a result, the Board conducted interviews of eligible applicants from the annexed area. Both Borja and De Lara live in Indio. Read more about them and the entire Board here.

CancerPartners Announces Closing

CancerPartners Announces Closing

After nearly 15 years of service in the Coachella Valley, CancerPartners' leaders announce that the nonprofit organization will cease operations sometime in February.  A former Desert Healthcare District grantee, CancerPartners offered support and a variety of services to residents affected by cancer and their loved ones.
District Dives Into Water Safety for Kids

District Dives Into Water Safety for Kids

For four years, the Desert Healthcare District/Foundation and community partners have offered swimming lessons to third-graders. More than 1,800 students have graduated from the program. In addition, Riverside County Department of Public Health educators teach the students about nutrition and making healthy eating choices.
Congressman Ruiz Spotlights Expansion

Congressman Ruiz Spotlights Expansion

Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD, a tireless proponent of the Desert Healthcare District expansion that was recently approved by voters,  thanks many others who contributed to getting the measure on the ballot and acknowledges its potential for all Coachella Valley residents. Check out his speech on C-SPAN. 
Expansion Passes - What's Next?

Expansion Passes - What's Next?

On Nov. 6, 2018, Coachella Valley voters overwhelmingly approved Measure BB to expand the Desert Healthcare District to cover the entire valley. With expansion comes the appointment of two new Directors from the newly annexed area and rezoning the expanded District. 

Support for Health: Grants

Support for Health: Grants

The Desert Healthcare District/Foundation provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement programs and services and to promote policy change that helps support and encourage a healthy lifestyle for residents of all ages.  Read more.

District Board Welcomes Evett PerezGil

District Board Welcomes Evett PerezGil

The results are in. Evett PerezGil won a majority of votes in Zone 4 (Cathedral City) during the November 2018 general election to serve on the Desert Healthcare District/Foundation Board of Directors. Read more here.
Director Reflects on 18 Years of Service

Director Reflects on 18 Years of Service

Kay Hazen shares a few life lessons she's learned, thoughts on the Desert Healthcare District's legacy and more as she ends nearly two decades of service as a  District/Foundation Board Director. Read the full interview.

What’s New

What is Pegasus?

What is Pegasus?

Get to know Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, a Desert Healthcare District grantee and our February 2019 Nonprofit of the Month.
Former Ranch Recovery Center Client: 'I Learned How to Live'

Former Ranch Recovery Center Client: 'I Learned How to Live'

Cheryl Whitaker opens up about her journey from client to staff member at the Ranch Recovery Centers, Nonprofit of the Month
Nonprofit of the Month: The Ranch Recovery Centers

Nonprofit of the Month: The Ranch Recovery Centers

For more than 30 years, clients have found treatment and rehabilitation on a picturesque hill in Desert Hot Springs.
FIND Food Bank Celebrates 35 Years

FIND Food Bank Celebrates 35 Years

CEO Debbie Espinosa reveals why the food bank continues to be a vital part of the community.
Martha's Village Staffer Reveals Experience with Homelessness

Martha's Village Staffer Reveals Experience with Homelessness

Among the services this Nonprofit of the Week offers is help with employment through a job center managed by a former client.
Nonprofit of the Week: 5 Things to Know about VIM

Nonprofit of the Week: 5 Things to Know about VIM

Get to know Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, a District community partner.
Nonprofit of the Week: Mizell's Balancing Act

Nonprofit of the Week: Mizell's Balancing Act

A District grant helps fund a falls prevention program that includes this balance exercise class for seniors.
Nonprofit of the Week: Wednesday Jam Session at Mizell

Nonprofit of the Week: Wednesday Jam Session at Mizell

Live music is a weekly and popular occurrence at Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs. 
Nonprofit of the Week: Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City

Nonprofit of the Week: Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City

Scott Robinson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, shares a few inspiring words that support the club's mission.