Residents of the Desert Highland Gateway Estates and neighboring north Palm Springs areas will have access to weekly medical exams and visits as the result of a $575,000 initiative from the Desert Healthcare District and partners.
A mobile medical unit, operated and staffed by Borrego Health, will visit the historically Black and underserved neighborhood weekly to provide services including family medicine, women’s health and pregnancy tests, immunizations and physicals for school, HIV/STI testing, COVID-19 testing and labs, according to a press release.
The mobile unit will be parked from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, located at 480 W. Tramview Road.
Appointments can be made by calling 833-624-1097. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Most insurance programs are accepted, and there are programs available for those without insurance.
The mobile unit visits on Wednesdays be this month. Last month, there were weekly visits on Mondays, according to Will Dean, director of communications and marketing for the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation.
The unit is funded by a $400,000 allocation from the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board of Directors, $100,000 in additional funds from the Inland Empire Health Plan and $75,000 from Lift to Rise, according to the Desert Healthcare District.
“The Desert Highland Gateway Heath and Wellness Committee is thrilled to partner with Desert Healthcare District and Borrego Health to bring the resources of a health access point to the residents of the community, and redirect community residents away from local emergency departments for non-emergent primary care services by introducing them to a free or low-cost, local medical home,” said Deiter Crawford, a Desert Highland Gateway Health and Wellness Committee member, in a statement.
The $575,000 initiative was approved by the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board in June 2020 as a way to address health care disparities and needs among Black residents.
In addition, the board allocated $200,000 in 2020 for a new Coachella Valley Black and African American Healthcare Student Scholarship, according to a press release. The scholarship will be created with OneFuture Coachella Valley.
“Our Board and staff understand that first-rate healthcare doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” said Conrado Bárzaga, Desert Healthcare District Foundation CEO, in a statement. “There are social determinants of health and factors such as discrimination and poverty that prevent many residents from receiving the level of care that everyone deserves. Our intention with this initiative is to improve healthcare access for Coachella Valley’s black communities by removing barriers that have accumulated over generations.”
Ema Sasic covers health in the Coachella Valley. Reach her at email@example.com or on Twitter @ema_sasic.
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