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.
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:
- Internet Service
- 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.