Hope is Theme of Desert AIDS Walk 2020
Weekend Wrap Message – Saturday, September 12, From David Brinkman, Desert AIDS Project CEO
HIV remains a substantial threat to public health in the Coachella Valley, and we are not letting COVID distract us from vigorously fighting it.
As we test more new positive cases, we are stepping forward and evolving our programs to test, treat, and prevent HIV in the age of COVID.
Desert AIDS Walk 2020 is more important now than ever. You can find out more at www.DesertAIDSWalk.org.
The reason for the Walk has never really been about balloon arches or walker t-shirts. It’s always been about the collective power of community and our shared vision of a future where everyone has the comprehensive care that they need to live their best lives.
Desert AIDS Walk 2020 is an important funding source for programs and services that help people thrive with HIV, while preventing new cases in our valley. It also supports Hepatitis C cures, behavioral health services, dentistry, food, housing, and other vital services.
This year we are making it easy and fun for Valley residents to participate with downloadable walk routes, specialized for safe walking in their cities. We’re also including an online wellness forum that will provide entertainment and more about DAP’s programs and services, dedicated community sponsors, and the extended work of its partners. Registration and more information is available at www.DesertAIDSWalk.org.
Preventing suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic is a major concern for mental health advocates everywhere. DAP’s Dr. Jill Gover, Behavioral Health Manager, addressed the warning signs and other important information we all should be aware of in her latest DAP Talks. You can listen here.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to a specialist about suicide, please don’t wait. The following services are available, day and night:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255.
Riverside County HELPline, a free confidential crisis suicide intervention service (951) 686-HELP (4357).
DAP In The News
No matter what health profile we fit, it’s important to stay engaged in our healthcare during this crisis. Dr. Tulika Singh talked to The Standard about the top four neglected health habits she notices in her patients, plus realistic fixes for better outcomes. You can read more here.