DAP Health works to stop hepatitis C and COVID-19
DAP Health Insights – Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO
DAP Health marks World Hepatitis Day with hepatitis C forum
Last Wednesday’s World Hepatitis Day was an opportunity for health care providers, activists, patients and their loved ones to increase awareness of the disease. DAP Health marked the occasion by sponsoring our third hepatitis C forum for Coachella Valley recovery centers and partners.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that causes severe liver disease and hepatocellular cancer. There are five main strains of the virus — A, B, C, D and E. The most common are hepatitis B and C, which result in 1.1 million deaths and 3 million new infections per year.
DAP Health announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees
Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, DAP Health announced Friday that it would require its 229 employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The new requirement includes the organization's health care campus in Palm Springs and its four Revivals stores across the Coachella Valley.
The announcement comes as hospitalizations and deaths are rising throughout the United States due to the substantial number of unvaccinated people and the highly contagious Delta variant. Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic to rest.
“As DAP Health and the health care community lead the way in requiring vaccines for our team members, DAP Health hopes all employers across the valley will follow our lead and implement policies to encourage vaccination,” said Dr. David Morris, DAP Health Chief Medical Officer. ”The health and safety of individuals, families and the Coachella Valley depend on it.”
Five minutes with Dr. Tulika Singh
Dr. Tulika Singh, Director of Research at DAP Health, is a board-certified HIV specialist and infectious disease and internal medicine physician. Before joining DAP Health, she completed an infectious disease fellowship in Wisconsin. She then worked at a couple of Michigan hospitals.
Singh was born in India, where she went to medical school. She moved to the United States to enhance her education and completed her residency in Ohio. Since moving to California, Singh has settled into the Palm Springs lifestyle and has made the desert her home.