Welcome to DAP Health: Desert AIDS Project's New Name and Expanded Mission

Evolution honors DAP’s 36-year history with expanding role in public health and health equity

The name DAP Health more clearly conveys our commitment to the greater good and the diversity of over 9,700 people calling DAP Health their healthcare home.  It also retains and honors our founding, with the letters DAP. 

For the first time in our 36-year history, we are changing how the community identifies us, a move that will amplify our mission and values as the COVID crisis makes health equity more important than ever.

“Our patient-centered model of care promises patients that we are there for them, regardless of economic or HIV status,” said David Brinkman, DAP CEO. “This name change will help the public identify DAP as an advocacy-based health center with the capacity and heart to meet our ongoing public healthcare needs.”


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Evolution of Our Logo

The new DAP Health logo is inspired by the work of renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán, whose sophisticated mastery of color, light, and simple geometric forms created spaces that embodied serenity, beauty, and joy.

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Hope Begins with Health, we can all relate to that, particularly right now and that is why Hope Begins with Health is the battle cry of DAP’s COVID response campaign. Click here to learn more

Beginning today the new name will appear on our digital and social channels. Going forward, the new “DAP Health’” logo will also be featured on signage on clinics and buildings at the DAP campus in Palm Springs. The popular DAP mobile testing van will also be re-imagined as we begin a 12-month brand evolution.

The change came after months of internal and external surveys, focus groups and conversations with thousands of patients, staff, donors, volunteers, and community leaders.

"We heard the community clearly when they told us that it was time for a name change, but the history of DAP should not be forgotten in the process,” explains Mr. Brinkman. “This insight was key to keeping 'DAP' in our new name, allowing us to step boldly into the future, while honoring our past."   

DAP Health has plans to unveil two new spaces inside The Barbara Keller Love Building in 2021 that honor its 36-year history and the community members who built the organization.

DAP began offering health equity and inclusion in 1984, a time when HIV was a “gay” mystery illness, and doctors were forbidden from treating people with AIDS.  A group of off-duty medical professionals would meet AIDS patients secretly at night to administer treatments, and this was the beginning of Desert AIDS Project (now DAP Health).

In responding to health disparities caused by LGBTQ stigma, we have learned over decades how destructive it is when any human cannot access medical or behavioral healthcare in time. We also saw how quickly things can improve when someone gets the care they need.

We started by offering healthcare to the partners of our earliest AIDS patients, so that they could maintain their strength while rising to the challenge of caring for their loved one.

We saw the impact this extra care made on our patients and their partners, and the idea grew. Besides HIV and STI care and prevention, we started welcoming adults who don’t have HIV but who need ongoing healthcare with a primary care physician.

Today, DAP Health offers a uniquely sweeping set of services and relationships proven to stabilize lives in times of crisis. Humanitarian, inclusive, courageous, inventive, and conscientious, DAP Health understands that wellness brings hope, and that health equity leads to equality.

You can find out more about the DAP’s rich history here.

Thanks to our history, our team, our status as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and this community, we have continued to open our doors wider to serve more people.

The Logo in Use

Over the next year, we’ll add a robust collection of beautifully designed DAP Health items.  

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.    

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