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Desert Healthcare District to present summit & award $1 million to address Coachella Valley's environmental health issues

Local air quality, water quality, and other environmental health challenges will be centerstage at Healthy Desert, Healthy You, an environmental health summit developed by the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation with multiple community partners.
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Desert summer heat: Know the signs of illness & take precautions

The screen of a smartphone shows an animated blazing sun with the words "Heat Wave" under it. Stock Illustration
Explore the ways of protecting yourself during intense desert temperatures this summer and prevent a medical emergency.
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Desert Healthcare District recognizes Donna Craig for 20 years of supporting & funding Coachella Valley nonprofits

Donna Craig stands with colleagues and a Board member outside a building, as they face the camera. Submitted Photo
Donna Craig, whose 20th anniversary was June 21, has contributed to many of the District's achievements, including leading its grants program.
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Donna Craig reflects on 20 years with the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation

Donna Craig with microphone in hand faces a seated audience during the 2024 data walk.
As Chief Program Officer, she has contributed to the development of both programs initiated by the District and Foundation programs, as well as those by many grantees and community partners.
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Dr. Les Zendle announces he will not seek re-election to the Healthcare District Board

First elected in 2016 and then re-elected in 2020, Dr. Zendle says he remains committed to supporting the District but it's the right time for him to step away from the Board.
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Healthcare District Board promotes administration veteran to CEO

Chris Christensen, who has served the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation in various capacities since 2014, also has led the agency three times as interim CEO. Most recent, he has provided leadership during negotiations with Tenet Healthcare over the future of Desert Regional Medical Center.
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Consider seat on Desert Healthcare District Board

The seven Directors of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board are standing in two rows facing the camera. Photo by Lani Garfield
Four seats will be up for election in November, representing zones 1, 3, 5 and 7 of the Desert Healthcare District. Coachella Valley residents can file to run between July 15 and Aug. 9.
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Desert Healthcare District provides $50K to support Coachella Valley families affected by tropical storm

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Community partnerships facilitate aid to more than 120 families in need of healthcare and other resources in storm's aftermath.
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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
The book 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.
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