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DAP Health is in Desert Hot Springs, and That is Very Good News for the LGBTQ Community

Posted on September 2, 2023

DAP Health and Borrego Health have become one integrated health care system. DAP Health has taken over all Borrego Health facilities and services in Desert Hot Springs. That’s really good news for the Desert Hot Springs LGBTQ community. 

DAP Health and Borrego Health Become One Integrated Health Care System

The acquisition’s goal is to protect and expand local access to culturally competent care.

DAP Health is happy to announce that its acquisition of Borrego Health’s assets has been approved by both the Bankruptcy Court and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The two health care systems will now operate as one integrated system, with some 850 employees serving 100,000 patients of all ages, genders, ethnicities, orientations, and socioeconomic status at a total of 25 Southern California clinics located within 240 rural and urban zip codes from the Salton Sea to San Diego.

Pre-acquisition, DAP Health’s programs and services included primary care, infectious diseases, gender-affirming care, LGBTQ+ care, mental health, dentistry, harm reduction, recovery services, affordable housing, and social services. The Borrego Health disciplines now under DAP Health’s vast umbrella include family medicine, women’s health (including OB-GYN), pediatrics, veterans’ health, geriatrics, urgent care, and pharmacy services.

“It’s an honor to unite Borrego Health and DAP Health’s missions, as well as our region’s most exceptional, dedicated, and passionate health care professionals,” says DAP Health CEO David Brinkman. “Together, we will build a brighter future where every individual — regardless of who or where they are — has equal opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

“We will achieve this by replicating our time-tested, holistic, patient-centered care model, which addresses all applicable social determinants of health (SDOH) negatively affecting the patient population at each of our clinics. By addressing these SDOH — whether they pertain to language and literacy, housing, nutrition, transportation, education, employment and income, addiction, violence, and/or racism and other discrimination — we remove barriers to care, increase our patients’ quality and length of life, and create true health equity.”

Of note:

  • Every DAP Health and Borrego Health location will remain open, retaining its original name, branding, and signage for the time being.
  • All Borrego Health employees have been offered employment at DAP Health, and 99% have accepted to join the combined entity.
  • Any patient at DAP Health or Borrego Health can now make appointments at any of our locations in this expanded system.
  • FAQs for patients can be found here.
  • Alliance members (and fellow FQHCs) Innercare and Neighborhood Healthcare — with regional and cultural expertise in Riverside and San Diego Counties, respectively — will offer guidance, support, and community connections on an as-needed basis.

The Next 12 Months

Over the next 12 months, DAP Health’s fortified executive leadership team — consisting of individuals from both organizations — will analyze all SDOH negatively impacting the varied patient populations served by our larger combined entity. It will actively engage fellow community organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses to improve health outcomes for all, whether that be by adding programs and services or improving physical facilities. By combining a plethora of strengths, DAP Health will achieve new levels of excellence in delivering comprehensive, accessible, and culturally sensitive care to its diverse patient populations.

Health Services

As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) we offer a wide range of services to individuals of all income levels and will help you navigate insurance and grant programs to access the care you need.

Primary Care

Medical care that is integrated with behavioral health, social services and community programs for a balanced wellness plan.


Judgment-free health care, wellness support, and social programs to treat our clients living with HIV and AIDS.

Hepatitis Care

The Hepatitis Center for Excellence offers state-of-the-art care meeting the growing need to manage, treat and cure Hep C.

Behavioral Health

A sound mind supports a sound body. DAP Health’s Behavioral Health practitioners honor the emotional components of health and healing.

Sexual Health Clinic

Our  STI Clinic discreetly provides comprehensive sexual wellness services enhanced by compassionate patient support.

Gender Affirming Care

We lovingly offers specialized health services that support, uplift and build community in caring for our transgender patients.

Dental Care

Good dental health is essential to a healthy, resilient body. DAP Health’s dentistry team offers specialized treatment with care.

Click HERE to visit DAP Health’s website WWW.DAPHEALTH.ORG

Call: (760) 323-2118