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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley

New Coachella Valley history book explores evolution of local healthcare from Hollywood to desert farms

Cover to the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation's history book. Designed by Angie Agnostino

How well do you know the Coachella Valley's fascinating history? If you don't know why and how valley-wide healthcare services evolved, you know only part of the story.


Earlier this year, Desert Healthcare District & Foundation: One Agency’s Path to Making a Difference was published in English and Spanish. Written by veteran journalist Jeff Crider, it commemorates the Desert Healthcare District’s 75th anniversary and chronicles the agency’s unique evolution from a hospital-centric organization to a community-focused partner to many Coachella Valley nonprofits.

Dr. Tracy Conrad, president of the Palm Springs Historical Society, describes the book as “a deep dive into the history of the people of the Coachella Valley and their healthcare needs and is an extraordinary study of the challenges, economic realities and sometimes hardship associated with life here.” She continues, “Anyone interested in history, and those particularly interested in the history of the desert, should read this fascinating book.”

To receive your copy, email Please indicate in your email if you're requesting an English or Spanish copy. A $15 donation is suggested but not required. The donation will benefit the Desert Healthcare Foundation and is tax-deductible.