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Art, Activism and The Steve Chase Humani …

Art, Activism and The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards 

DAP Health Insights – Monday, May 3, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO  

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards 2021 Is This Sunday 

Experts warn us that during this pandemic, too many people are falling out of essential medical and mental healthcare. Meeting these challenges is driving this year’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, this Sunday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. PTRegistration is still open by clicking here. 

You can participate by tuning in to NBC Palm Springs or by joining us on any of DAP Health’s social media channels (Facebook, YouTube or Twitter).   

Noticing the Impact of Our Work  

Our ever-expanding patient population needs us to focus on health equity, COVID, mental health, and ending HIV. The work is already underway to make accessing these things a reality for more people in our Valley. You can hear C.J. Tobe, our director of Community Health, talk about how we are meeting patients for health in 2021 in an interview with Out Agenda here 

Sheryl Lee Ralph: Art Can Be Activism  

We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it. Sheryl Lee Ralph began working to raise health equity for others after witnessing continued indifference to the suffering of people dying of AIDS.  

As she introduced everyone to the first Deena Jones in Dreamgirls on Broadway, she coped with losing a third of her original fellow cast members to AIDS. This galvanized her to use art and activism to raise awareness about access and care. You can read more here. 

 

Working Together for Care

Working Together for Care 

DAP Health Insights: Monday, April 19, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO  

United Lift Rental Assistance Through DAP Health 

Housing insecurity is getting worse for people, especially as the pandemic continues to challenge our local economy. We have joined forces with Lift To Rise and United Way to help Riverside County residents who are having trouble paying rent because they’ve been impacted by COVID. Through June 30, 2021, people can come to DAP Health to enroll in the United Lift 2021 Rental Assistance Program. You can read more here.  

988 Established for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Counseling 

People in our community are concerned about suicideFortunately, the FCC established 988, a new easy-to-remember 3-digit phone number for anyone in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. 

In addition to calling 988, people can call (800) 273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline today. Veterans should press 1 to be connected with the Veterans Crisis Line. You can read more here (PDF). 

Raising Our Voices at The Chase and Addi …

Raising Our Voices at The Chase and Adding a Revivals 

DAP Health Insights – Monday April 12, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO 

Entertainers We Know and Love at Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

This year’s entertainment lineup for the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards is bringing Broadway and a lot of heart as we honor women, mothers, and all our frontline workers. 

Broadway stars Shoshana Bean and Sheryl Lee Ralph will hit a high note for health equity. And hometown favorite Keisha D will bring humanitarianism with heart and soul from our local music community. You can read more here.

Revivals Indio Is Opening 

We heard it loud and clear that our community wants more of what Revivals Stores has to offer. We are opening Revivals at Indio Plaza on May 15. This popular shopping center has ample parking and will meet increased demand from the community for the thrill of the hunt.  And with stores like Food 4 Less, Sally Beauty, and dd’s Discounts, visiting Revivals Indio will be easy when shopping for the family. Read more here.

RELATED: Advancing Our Values for Impact 

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Raising Our Voices at The Chase and Adding a Revivals 

DAP Health Insights – Monday April 12, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO 

Entertainers We Know and Love at Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

This year’s entertainment lineup for the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards is bringing Broadway and a lot of heart as we honor women, mothers, and all our frontline workers. 

Broadway stars Shoshana Bean and Sheryl Lee Ralph will hit a high note for health equity. And hometown favorite Keisha D will bring humanitarianism with heart and soul from our local music community. You can read more here.

Revivals Indio Is Opening 

We heard it loud and clear that our community wants more of what Revivals Stores has to offer. We are opening Revivals at Indio Plaza on May 15. This popular shopping center has ample parking and will meet increased demand from the community for the thrill of the hunt.  And with stores like Food 4 Less, Sally Beauty, and dd’s Discounts, visiting Revivals Indio will be easy when shopping for the family. Read more here.

RELATED: Advancing Our Values for Impact 

RELATED: Through Empathy, Uplifting and Healing is Possible

Advancing Our Values for Impact

Advancing Our Values for Impact 

DAP Health Insights – Monday March 29, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO  

Coping with Recent Violence in the News 

Recent reports of gun violence across our country leave many struggling to cope with feelings of helplessness and grief, and experts tell us there are steps we can take to get through the painful feelings.  Dr. Jill Gover, our Behavioral Health manager, urges everyone to acknowledge how they feel, and offers helpful insight and practical steps that can help everyone. You can hear / see her talk to KESQ’s Peter Daut here.  

Mobile STI Testing with Care Begins 

To increase health equity, we are bringing services to patients who face barriers with traditional healthcare settings, including for STI testing and treatment. After almost two years of planning and help from a grant from Direct Relief and Pfizer last winter, our Mobile STI unit launched testing off-campus for the first time last week. 

In just one day, we were able to see 12 patients for vital testing and treatment, including linkage to ongoing medical care. You can read more here.   

Celebrating Carol Wood’s Advancement to Chief of Clinical Operations 

DAP Health is delighted to share the advancement of Carol Wood to Chief of Clinical Operations, after she served as Director of Clinical Administration since 2017. Carol’s decades of experience in healthcare, coupled with her dedication to the mission of DAP Health, have enabled her to lead operations during this pandemic so that we could continue serving our 9,700 patients without fail. You can read more here. 

 

Through Empathy, Uplifting and Healing i …

Through Empathy, Uplifting and Healing is Possible

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

Before there was crowdfunding, there was Les Dames du Soleil

It has been decades since Steve Chase designed DAP Health’s first patient reception area, and since then we have continued to create welcoming and vibrant spaces, understanding the connection between physical surroundings and wellness.  We recently unveiled a new lobby in our Barbara Keller Love Building, transformed to pay homage to the fine art of drag, comedy and humanitarianism.

Clients and visitors at DAP Health’s Wellness Wing will experience a space with a life-size photographic mural of the drag troupe Les Dames du Soleil set amidst warm colors and vintage cabaret posters.  To read more and to watch video, click here.

Artist Trevor Wayne: HIV Self Testing Looks Good

Almost half of the Coachella Valley have never been tested for HIV, but when members of our community care, we can help more people get tested, even during this pandemic. The Trevor Wayne Pop Art Story and Gallery is helping to make sure everyone knows they can get a free HIV self-test kit mailed to them.

DAP Health is using Wayne’s art to promote the test kits on bus shelters and through dating services, online ad networks, social media and email.  You can read more here.

Milestones Created by Listening

Milestones Created by Listening 

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

Increasing Access Takes a Commitment to Cultural Humility   

Health disparities in our Valley keep growing, but we can bring more people into the vital care they need if we are willing to listen closely to what they tell us they need. Cultural humility calls for us to be more curious, and much less set in our ways. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare, getting to know the cultural and social realities of our patients and clients is helping us increase health equity for our community.  You can read more about health equity and the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards here 

Blue and Green, Plus COVID Clinics Turn One Year Old 

The fanfare and celebration at opening our new Blue and Green Clinics last March was cut short by COVID’s arrival the same month. But all of the work they required had primed us to come through for the community quickly and almost overnight. By opening the COVID Clinic and hotline at a time when little was known about the virus, we saved lives and kept many out of intensive care units.  

Our staff have provided care for our patients in more than 15,528 in-person visits so far in the Blue and Green Clinics. And our COVID Clinic has tested more than 4,524 patients and vaccinated 1,277 patients.  

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Carrying on Traditions of Togetherness

Carrying on Traditions of Togetherness

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

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards 2021 Are Here 

Registration is open: The 27th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards is Sunday, May 9, 2021. Click here to register and keep up to date on all the details, celebrity entertainment, online auction opportunities and more.  

To keep making health equity a priority in this Valley during COVID, we are inspired by the spirit and lessons we learned from Steve Chase. DAP Health continues to be guided by his example of activism and giving, responsible for saving and changing lives today.  

Coming Together for Housing Access 

Keeping everyone safer during COVID means the County cancelled its yearly unsheltered homeless point-in-time count, but we know the numbers are rising when it comes to people in our community who need help.  

Shortages and outsized rents keep many from accessing stable and affordable housing, and the pandemic’s effect on our economy is going to make this get worse. 

Our work with the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition to soon build 61 affordable housing units on our campus shows us that we can make bold changes by coming together. You can read more here. 

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.

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. 

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