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Accessing Health Opens Doors of Hope

Accessing Health Opens Doors of Hope

DAP Health Insights – Monday, March 1, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO 

Including Sex Workers for Health Equity 

Stigma and criminalization have always created barriers for sex workers seeking safety, healthcare, and services, and DAP Health is increasing outreach to this community for care and a variety of ongoing services. The Community Health department has started recruiting for community health educators with sex worker experience, a move to continue building cultural competence in a community growing more desperate for relief as the pandemic continues. You can read more here.  

Vaccination Locations Opening Up 

As we continue to work towards a rollout based in health equity, the County of Riverside, plus select pharmacies, are starting to schedule for vaccinations as supplies become more available. We have updated our Questions and Answers on Coronavirus with links and information that can help you or someone you know make an appointment choosing from several locations.

Including Sex Workers for Health Equity

Including Sex Workers for Health Equity 

Stigma and criminalization have always created barriers for sex workers seeking safety, healthcare, and services, and DAP Health is increasing outreach to this community for care and a variety of ongoing services. The Community Health department has started recruiting for community health educators with sex worker experience, a move to continue building cultural competence in a community growing more desperate for relief as the pandemic continues 

With social distancing causing in-person business to drop off, and criminalization of their work making collecting unemployment impossible, sex workers are facing increased health equity challenges that threaten them and their partners. 

“We understand and care about people who survive through sex work,” says C.J. Tobe, Community Health director. “Stigma surrounding sex is very much alive and this pandemic has exacerbated the spotlight on it.” 

STI rates remain the highest they have been for California in three decades, and many in the Coachella Valley continue facing new barriers to care and treatment as COVID continues.  

Current and former sex workers experience more violence, legal involvements, and social stigmatization than most people, making it harder to obtain healthcare. Other serious barriers are closely linked to poverty, substance use, disability, immigration, sexism, racism, transphobia, and homophobia. Experts say due to this, opportunities to access mental health resources are considered extra beneficial for sex workers, although they are usually unavailable. 

So Much More Than Medical Care 

Throughout 2021,  the DAP Health Behavioral Health department is doubling its capacity to see patients for therapy by California licensed psychotherapists, as well as a variety of peer groups. The team is skilled at addressing many of the challenges affecting sex workers, and services are available in-person as well as via Virtual Visit.  

DAP Health’s holistic model aims to address social determinants that lead to negative health outcomes, especially those related to the pandemic — this includes food and housing insecurity, joblessness, isolation and access to health care.   

Read more about DAP Health, plus its expanding role in public health and health equity here.   

To become a patient, click here.  

About DAP Health  

DAP Health (DAP) is an advocacy-based health center in Palm Springs, CA serving over 9,700 patients, offering medical and mental healthcare, STI testing and treatment, dentistry, pharmacy, and lab. A variety of wraparound services enable patients to experience optimal health, including social services, support groups, alternative therapies, and other wellness services. Excellent HIV care is provided by the largest team of specialized clinicians in the area.       

DAP opened one of California’s first COVID clinic and hotlines to offer screening, testing, and treatment. DAP is also working to address social determinants of health that are causing negative health outcomes during this pandemic, like food and housing insecurity, joblessness, isolation, and access to ongoing healthcare.   

DAP’s sexual health clinic offers STI testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. DAP has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the twelfth consecutive year – landing DAP in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that DAP exceeds industry standards in terms of financial health, accountability, and transparency.       

Lifted by the Will to Help

Lifted by the Will to Help  

DAP Health Insights – Monday, February 22, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO  

Widening Resources Assistance at DAP 

More people face poverty daily because of this pandemic, and their own fear of seeking assistance threatens them and their communities. DAP Health is taking the stigma out of asking for help with our new Resources Navigator, a service for people who have been affected by COVID and who might not usually be seeking this kind of resource.  

Help with food, utilities, and Internet service will help many affected households, and we will not stop there. Assistance with unemployment, legal and tax services are additional ways we are working to provide people in our community hope and some relief from the stress of living in this new normal. You can read more here.  

Allied with Lift to Rise  

Not everyone is accessing affordable housing and economic opportunities, and COVID is making the disparity even worse. That is why we have answered the call from our friends at Lift to Rise, pledging to continue this work in the Coachella Valley. The We Will Lift: Regional Pledge for Housing and Opportunity represents our shared vision and commitment to radically change the trajectory for our community by acting now.  

DAP Health in the News 
Our brand evolution represents our pledge to serve the Coachella Valley in the future, and it was built upon our learned experiences as we found solutions for improving health equity for this community. The Standard magazine covered our new logo’s inspiration, our commitment to ending HIV, and the timeline of DAP through the years, showing how our Valley and our mission have been expanding since 1984. You can read more here. 

Allied  for We Will Lift: Regional Ple …

Allied for We Will Lift: Regional Pledge for Housing and Opportunity 

Not everyone is accessing affordable housing and economic opportunities, and COVID is making the disparity even worse. That is why we have answered the call from our friends at Lift to Rise, pledging to continue this work in the Coachella Valley. The We Will Lift: Regional Pledge for Housing and Opportunity represents our shared vision and commitment to radically change the trajectory for our community by acting now.  

The pledge is a regional agreement to a shared vision around housing affordability and economic opportunity – and Lift to Rise is the facilitator of this collaboration. 

We Will Lift: 
The We Will Lift: Regional Pledge for Housing and Opportunity represents our shared vision and commitment to radically change the trajectory of opportunity and affordability in the Coachella Valley. Signing the We Will Lift pledge represents a commitment to support a shared, concrete and forward-thinking plan that will: 

  • Advance a community-valued pipeline of projects 
  • Work with city, county, and state governments to implement affordable housing-friendly policies 
  • Drive a regional investment vehicle 
  • Build pathways to economic mobility and security for residents 

About Lift to Rise 

Lift to Rise is a cross-sector, community-driven movement to improve life in Southern California’s Coachella Valley for the majority of residents who do not experience the opulence and luxury for which the area is known. With input from more than 50 collaborative partners and countless community members Lift to Rise created a 2020-2022 Action Plan—a roadmap to radically increase housing stability and advance economic opportunity for all Coachella Valley residents. We envision a future where all Coachella Valley families are healthy, stable, and thriving. 

About DAP Health 

DAP Health (DAP) is an advocacy-based health center in Palm Springs, CA serving over 9,700 patients, offering medical and mental healthcare, STI testing and treatment, dentistry, pharmacy, and lab. A variety of wraparound services enable patients to experience optimal health, including social services, support groups, alternative therapies, and other wellness services. Excellent HIV care is provided by the largest team of specialized clinicians in the area.      

DAP opened one of California’s first COVID clinic and hotlines to offer screening, testing, and treatment. DAP is also working to address social determinants of health that are causing negative health outcomes during this pandemic, like food and housing insecurity, joblessness, isolation, and access to ongoing healthcare.  

DAP’s sexual health clinic offers STI testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. DAP has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the twelfth consecutive year – landing DAP in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that DAP exceeds industry standards in terms of financial health, accountability, and transparency.      

Visit www.daphealth.org to learn more.      

Expanded Resource Navigation Offers Hope …

Two Men Reviewing Resources at a Table

Expanded Resource Navigation Offers Hope to More

More people face poverty daily because of this pandemic, and their own fear of seeking assistance threatens them and their communities. DAP Health is taking the stigma out of asking for help with our new Resources Navigator, a service for people who have been affected by COVID and who might not usually be seeking this kind of resource.  

Participants are required to meet just one of the following criteria:

  • Personal health affected by having COVID       
  • Spouse, significant other, or family affected by having COVID
  • Employment or income negatively impacted by COVID

DAP Health will connect participants to the best and most compatible services and programs according to their needs, with community partners that will render the service. For many who are suffering, the greatest barrier can be not knowing about the many services available to help them, offered from several nonprofits and government agencies.

Anyone who is interested should contact Michael Cohan by calling (760) 323-2118 ext. 480 or by e-mailing mcohan@daphealth.org.

It is not necessary to be a patient or client of DAP Health to utilize this new service. Participants will also be able to register for ongoing medical services and behavioral health during their consultation.

“The idea is to be able to connect community members who have been impacted by COVID to services in the community,” said Zayda Weldon, DAP Social Services director. “We will let them know of the available medical and mental health care services we have if they are interested, but our main goal is to assist people impacted with COVID.”

Help accessing food, utilities, and Internet service can make a huge difference for many affected by COVID, who are also experiencing growing job losses. Assistance with unemployment insurance, legal advice and tax services are also resources that people in our community can connect to.

Resource Navigation Can Help Link to These Essentials:

  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Internet Service
  • Rent
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Tax services
  • Legal advice
  • Exercise programs
  • Health insurance or Medi-Cal (including through Covered California)
  • Ongoing medical and behavioral healthcare

About DAP Health

DAP Health (DAP) is an advocacy-based health center in Palm Springs, CA serving over 9,700 patients, offering medical and mental healthcare, STI testing and treatment, dentistry, pharmacy, and lab. A variety of wraparound services enable patients to experience optimal health, including social services, support groups, alternative therapies, and other wellness services. Excellent HIV care is provided by the largest team of specialized clinicians in the area.     

DAP opened one of California’s first COVID clinic and hotlines to offer screening, testing, and treatment. DAP is also working to address social determinants of health that are causing negative health outcomes during this pandemic, like food and housing insecurity, joblessness, isolation, and access to ongoing healthcare. 

DAP’s sexual health clinic offers STI testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. DAP has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the twelfth consecutive year – landing DAP in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that DAP exceeds industry standards in terms of financial health, accountability, and transparency.     

Visit www.daphealth.org to learn more.     

Masking for Safer Spaces and Health Equi …

Masking for Safer Spaces and Health Equity 

DAP Health Insights – Monday, February 15, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO

Protection While We Wait  

Waiting for enough COVID vaccine doses to offer everyone who needs it is difficult, and we are working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to be ready when that day comesWe all can protect each other better, whether we have been vaccinated or not.  

In accordance with CDC guidelines, all DAP Health workers who have received the vaccine will still be required to follow all PPE requirements.  

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. 

To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations: 

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth 
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others 
  • Avoid crowds 
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces 
  • Wash your hands often 

You can find out more about vaccines and safety by visiting our Questions and Answers on Coronavirus. 

DAP Health in the News 

Direct Relief on Our HIV Experience Shaping COVID Response 

DAP Health is deeply committed to our history because it explains why we continue to expand our role in public health and health equity.  Direct Relief has come through for us during this pandemic, and we are so grateful to have them as a partner. They sat down with DAP co-founder George Sonsel to learn about the humanitarian crisis during the early AIDS epidemic, and how our response then is helping us address the COVID threat to public health today. You can read more here. 

The Community-Led DAP Health Brand Evolution: NBC Palm Springs Silver Linings 

Inclusion is the framework that DAP Health is built on, and we took that seriously with this rebranding. The change came after months of internal and external surveys, focus groups, and conversations with thousands of patients, staff, donors, volunteers, and community leaders. The amount of input enabled us to choose our new logo and expand our mission with confidence. You can watch as Sandie Newton talks with Steven Henke here 

Meet Lessons from History with Action To …

Meet Lessons from History with Action Today

DAP Health Insights – Monday February 8, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO

Honoring Black History with Health Access

As we pay tribute to generations of Black Americans who struggled for a place at the table in American society, we must call attention to serious health inequities threatening them today around COVID.

According to the CDC, only five percent of all COVID vaccines so far have gone to Black Americans, who continue to suffer from unacceptable gaps in healthcare access in the U.S.

Too often we see data showing that Black Americans experience poor health outcomes more than whites, and this is a further sign that this inequity is getting even worse.

DAP Health works to address healthcare inequities caused by racism and poverty through our inclusive model of services. COVID has pushed us to do even more to reach people living in minority neighborhoods, so that African Americans know DAP is a committed BLM partner and here to help. Click here to read more.

Local Holocaust Survivor Can Teach Us

Welcoming local survivors of the Holocaust to DAP Health for COVID vaccinations, we met Jerry Moses, who says he is convinced receiving the vaccine is saving his life.

“My utmost gratitude goes to DAP Health and to the Jewish Family Service of the Desert,” Jerry says. “I got my vaccination and it probably is saving my life because I’m 86 years old and I have COPD.”

Jerry’s outlook on life is also likely keeping him alive. He married, raised a family, and built a business. In recounting his experience as a survivor, he told us about saying no to vengeance, and how things can change for the better. I encourage you to listen to this wise man’s words. You can watch here.

DAP Health in the News

KESQ

Everyone is feeling the stress of finding a COVID vaccine, and for people over the age of 65 and older, it can become impossible. DAP Health understands COVID and the needs of seniors in this community, so when our longtime partner Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) told us their senior clients who had survived the Holocaust were facing extra barriers, we stepped forward. You can watch Julie Hirsh of JFS talk to Peter Daut on KESQ here.

John McMullen Show on iHub Radio

Julie Hirsh told John McMullen even more about our collaboration, in addition to unique services JFS offers its clients year-round. You can hear more here.

Honoring Black History with Health Acces …

Honoring Black History with Health Access 

 

As we pay tribute to generations of Black Americans who struggled for a place at the table in American society, we must call attention to serious health inequities threatening them today around COVID.  

According to the CDC, only five percent of all COVID vaccines so far have gone to Black Americans, who continue to suffer from unacceptable gaps in healthcare access in the U.S.  

DAP Health’s vaccine framework is rooted in health equity, ensuring communities and populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 have priority access to the vaccine. Outreach to our patients age 65 and over has already begun.  

In 2021, we are increasing opportunities for health in Black neighborhoods with enhanced mobile services that offer linkage to ongoing medical care, vital during this pandemic.  

“COVID has pushed us to do even more to reach people living in minority neighborhoods,” said David Brinkman, CEO.  “so that African Americans know DAP is a committed BLM partner and here to help.” 

We welcomed a specialized nurse to assist the mobile team, and we added Virtual Visit technology to our Mobile Testing Van so DAP Health doctors can beam in during visits when helpful.  

Accessing care and services will be easier in 2021 because we are offering case management (traditionally reserved for our HIV-positive clients) to a broader segment of the community who may be needing help getting into care. 

We are also providing smartphones and WiFi access to clients unable to afford them so that telehealth visits can continue and grow. 

“Increasing health services via our mobile unit for patients in Black neighborhoods will help anyone who may be fearing racism or stigma from traditional healthcare,” said C.J. Tobe, Community Health director. “Our clinics are welcoming, but DAP Health is also willing to meet people where they are at, especially during this pandemic.” 

DAP Health’s holistic model aims to address social determinants that lead to negative health outcomes, especially those related to the pandemic — this includes food and housing insecurity, joblessness, isolation and access to health care.  

Read more about DAP Health, plus its expanding role in public health and health equity here.  

To become a patient, click here. 

About DAP Health  

DAP Health (DAP) is an advocacy-based health center in Palm Springs, CA serving over 8,000 patients, offering medical and mental healthcare, STI testing and treatment, dentistry, pharmacy, and lab. A variety of wraparound services enable patients to experience optimal health, including social services, support groups, alternative therapies, and other wellness services. Excellent HIV care is provided by the largest team of specialized clinicians in the area.      

DAP opened one of California’s first COVID clinic and hotlines to offer screening, testing, and treatment. DAP is also working to address social determinants of health that are causing negative health outcomes during this pandemic, like food and housing insecurity, joblessness, isolation, and access to ongoing healthcare.  

DAP’s sexual health clinic offers STI testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. DAP has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the twelfth consecutive year – landing DAP in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that DAP exceeds industry standards in terms of financial health, accountability, and transparency.      

Visit www.daphealth.org to learn more.      

DAP Health and Jewish Family Service Par …

DAP Health and Jewish Family Service Partner to Vaccinate Holocaust Survivors 

DAP Health’s vaccine framework is rooted in health equity, ensuring communities and populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 have priority access to the vaccine. Outreach to our patients age 65 and over has already begun. 

Welcoming local survivors of the Holocaust to DAP Health for COVID vaccinations, we met Jerry Moses, who says he is convinced receiving the vaccine is saving his life. In recounting his experience as a survivor, he told us about saying no to vengeance, and how things can change for the better if we have patience. 

Last week as we observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, DAP Health started working with our lifelong friends Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) to begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations at DAP Health for local survivors of the Holocaust.  

During routine calls to their membership, JFS discovered that there were elderly Holocaust survivors in their Café Europa program (funded by a grant from Jewish Federation of the Desert) who needed assistance getting both their first and second vaccine appointments. JFS Director of Community Outreach, Julie Hirsh, sprang into action. She reached out to DAP Health about a partnership with JFS to help facilitate their Holocaust survivors in receiving the sought after rounds of shots. 

DAP answered the call and quickly worked with Julie to make the first set of twelve appointments, and is continuing to schedule more, for some of JFS’s most vulnerable community members, those over 65 who may have underlying health concerns. 

“We are so appreciative that DAP Health was willing to assist and quick to respond,” said Julie Hirsh It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to collaborate with community partners who share the common interest of our Coachella Valley residents.” 

About Jewish Family Service of the Desert 

JFS is a non-sectarian agency founded on the Jewish principle of “Healing the World” (Tikkun Olam), and we currently offer that support through telecare mental health counseling, augmented case management that includes one of the only sources of emergency financial assistance in the Valley, well-check phone calls to isolated clients, and special programming for our local Holocaust survivors. For nearly 40 years, JFS has offered life-sustaining support. We are passionate about our Coachella Valley, and we now offer nearly 16,000 annual services to over 3200 clients. If it touches the heart of the Valley, it touches the heart of JFS! Become a member of the JFS family by volunteering or donating. 

For more information visit www.JFSDesert.org. 

About DAP Health  

DAP Health (DAP) is an advocacy-based health center in Palm Springs, CA serving over 8,000 patients, offering medical and mental healthcare, STI testing and treatment, dentistry, pharmacy, and lab. A variety of wraparound services enable patients to experience optimal health, including social services, support groups, alternative therapies, and other wellness services. Excellent HIV care is provided by the largest team of specialized clinicians in the area.  

DAP opened one of California’s first COVID clinic and hotlines to offer screening, testing, and treatment. DAP is also working to address social determinants of health that are causing negative health outcomes during this pandemic, like food and housing insecurity, joblessness, isolation, and access to ongoing healthcare.  

DAP’s sexual health clinic offers STI testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. DAP has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the twelfth consecutive year – landing DAP in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that DAP exceeds industry standards in terms of financial health, accountability, and transparency.  

Visit www.daphealth.org to learn more. 

Messages of Kindness Are Meant to Be Sha …

Messages of Kindness Are Meant to Be Shared

DAP Health Insights – Monday February 1, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO

If you are one of the 270,000 drivers who pass our campus at the corner of Vista Chino and Sunrise Way each month, you may have seen these messages on our marquee. We love the positive response we have received from community members moved by each statement’s importance. And we wanted to share them with you here if you are one of the many people leaving their home less often.  

Looking Ahead After FDA Cabenuva Approval  

The COVID pandemic has interrupted HIV testing and treatment for millions, including access to antiretroviral medications necessary to live. We cheered when the FDA approved once-monthly Cabenuva injections to treat HIV last month, because taking medication in pill form every day is challenging for some patients.  

DAP Health is one of the few health centers in the U.S. working on a study intended to make life even easier for people with HIV by showing the effectiveness of using ART injections even less often—just once every two months.  

This regimen is not publicly available, but it holds a lot of promise for DAP patients, according to Dr. Tulika Singh, DAP director of research. You can read more here 

Vaccinating Holocaust Survivors in our Community 

DAP Health’s vaccine framework is rooted in health equity, ensuring communities and populations disproportionately affected by COVID have priority access to the vaccine. Outreach to our patients age 65 and over has already begun. 

Last week as we observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, DAP Health humbly worked with our lifelong friends Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) to begin scheduling COVID vaccinations at DAP Health for local survivors of the Holocaust. 

Avoid Vaccination Scams 

Waiting for the COVID vaccine is difficult, and it is causing some to fall prey to fraudulent offers they receive via e-mail, telephone or text.  The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has set up a hotline for anyone who believes they may be the victim of any vaccination scam. 

Please, report COVID vaccine scams in Riverside County by calling (951) 955-0764.  

The State is prioritizing vaccines for equitable distribution to everyone in California who wants it at no cost and regardless of immigration status. If someone tries to sell it to you or move you up the list, it is a scam.  

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