This Weekend Wrap for March 28th features updates from Desert AIDS Project’s Chief Executive Officer, David Brinkman
We are living in unprecedented times. It’s been two weeks since DAP opened its COVID-19 Triage clinic and put out the first call for community support to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In that time, we've seen over 90 patients in the urgent clinic, screening and treating each one, and testing only those who were sickest.
All week long, we've been sharing updates on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages but in case you missed it, here are some of our top stories.
Clinical & Programming Updates
- DAP launched Tele-Health services for patients and clients who are not able to come to our campus for care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, patients can access their medical, psychotherapy, and psychiatry healthcare through their smartphones, iPads, or desktop computers.
- DAP is still welcoming new clients during the COVID-19 health crisis. Services available include:
Specialty Care for HIV and Hep C
Sexual Health at The DOCK
Social Services like case management, food assistance, transportation, housing and home care.
COVID-19 Triage Clinic
- The DOCK, temporarily housed in DAP’s Green Clinic, continued to see patients who have questions about their sexual health, testing for STI's and HIV while our PrEP navigators continued to work with those who want access to the prevention technique.
- DAP's Social Service and Community Health teams launched home delivery of essential supplies, including food for our most vulnerable home-bound clients ensuring they don't need to leave their home to go to the grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- DAP created a series of Spanish language videos and blog content to ensure everyone has access to the same life-saving information.
- DAP's Client Wellness team launched a series of ZOOM meetings to connect clients in recovery to the groups that met at DAP before the COVID-19 pandemic. Yoga sessions and guest speakers will roll-out next week.
- DAP has had to re-adjust its operations in the wake of COVID-19. It has meant:
Making Telemedicine available to our clients through our MyChart client portal, which will enable them to continue in care if they are required to stay at home.
Suspending non-urgent dental appointments at our Dental Clinic, in accordance with the American Dental Association recommended guidelines.
Halting housecleaning, cooking and laundry for our Home Health clients, after the California Department of Public Health and other regulatory organizations issued strict guidelines protecting workers.
DAP in the News
Through email and phone calls, we’ve continued to share with you updates from the frontline of our clinical work, having tested our first positive cases and the stories from grateful patients. In response to all of these, nearly 300 of you have answered our call. THANK YOU! We could not be more grateful. With $300,000 raised we have $1,150,000 left to raise.
Through these calls for your support, I have also received responses of concern asking, “why such a financial emergency?” And “How could a healthcare organization lay off staff in the middle of an emergency?”.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DAP was forced to close our three Revivals stores and our Dental Clinic foregoing the revenue from each.
We've had to cancel our Dining Out for Life fundraiser which raised $360,000, last year alone.
With many of our patients being in a high-risk group due to their age, our paid clinical visits and behavioral health clinic visits are down as well.
We responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by opening a Triage Clinic to screen, test, and treat respiratory illness.
Altogether, we anticipate revenue losses from now through June 30, 2020, of $2.5 million. Hence, we took swift action to stabilize the organization financially so that our core work of serving the 7,000 community members who call DAP their healthcare home remains uninterrupted during and after this crisis is over.
Be assured, our frontline clinical teams remain intact to provide daily care as well as COVID-19 triage services.
If you questions about COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 FAQ's for information in both English and Spanish. If you believe you might be symptomatic or need information about testing, please call our COVID-19 hotline at (760) 992-0407.
Chief Executive Officer