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This Is Very Good News – DAP Health Is Coming To Desert Hot Springs – What You Need To Know

Posted on June 10, 2024

What is DAP Health’s Mission?

To enhance and promote the health and well-being of the diverse communities it serves.

What is DAP Health?

For four decades, DAP Health has remained committed to its founding principles based on equitable access to health care. Guided by the voices and needs of the diverse communities it serves, the nonprofit has protected and expanded access to quality programs and services for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. 

What does DAP stand for?

DAP is not an acronym. It stands for health equity, for service to all people, and for high-quality, patient-centered care.  

How is DAP pronounced?

Dee-ay-PEE. It does not rhyme with words like cap, map, or nap.

Why does DAP Health focus on culturally competent care? 

Because that focus leads to better health outcomes. Culturally competent health care refers to the ability of health care providers and institutions to deliver services that are respectful of and responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patient populations. It involves understanding and addressing the unique cultural factors that influence patients’ health beliefs, practices, and behaviors.

Why is the patient’s experience important at DAP Health?  

DAP Health’s team puts its patients’ individual needs first as an acknowledgment that each person requires customized communication and care to ensure comfort and ease along their health care journey, and to improve health outcomes.

What are social drivers of health?

Social drivers of health, AKA social determinants of health (SDOH), are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that affect their health outcomes. These factors influence a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Some key SDOH include economic stability, education (language, literacy, access to higher learning), social and community context (discrimination, incarceration), and environment (housing, food, transportation, safety).

What medical services does DAP Health provide?

DAP Health ensures access to care by offering a sliding scale fee for income-qualified individuals who are uninsured. Our range of services helps address urgent needs, as well as provide a foundation for patients to achieve positive health outcomes and fulfill the goals they have for their lives. DAP Health further removes barriers by providing the following services, which include: dentistry; family medicine; gender-affirming care; HIV prevention, testing, and treatment (free); infectious diseases care; LGBTQ+ care; mental health care; outpatient substance use disorder treatment and recovery services; pediatrics; pharmacy services; primary care; radiology; urgent care; and women’s health (including OB-GYN)

What social service programs does DAP Health provide?

A total of 141 units of onsite affordable housing (81 units for people with HIV/AIDS at Vista Sunrise I, and 60 units for unhoused individuals and those suffering from chronic illness at Vista Sunrise II) at its Sunrise campus in Palm Springs, case management, employment assistance, food assistance, home care, a return-to-work program, and transportation assistance. Learn more about social service programs at DAP Health.

How many locations does DAP Health have? 

A total of 26 fixed locations and eight mobile units. Find a location near you.

In which communities does DAP Health serve? 

DAP Health’s reach extends across 240 urban and rural zip codes in Riverside and San Diego counties, from the Coachella Valley to the San Diego coast. Just some of the Southern California cities served include Anza, Borrego Springs, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Cajon, Escondido, Indio, La Mesa, Nuevo, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, San Jacinto, Thermal, and Vista. 

In what languages does DAP Health serve? 

Employees serve patients in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Farsi.   

Our Volunteers Are Changing the World One Hour at a Time

We have never lost touch with our volunteer roots, nor our expertise and dedication to combating the AIDS/HIV epidemic. In fact, our donors and volunteers are essential to our growth and expanded capacity to meet the needs of those facing economic disadvantage. As DAP Health continues to strive to become fiscally self-sustaining, we are so grateful to more than 400 volunteers who contribute over 60,000 hours of service annually – the equivalent of almost 30 full-time employees. In fact, two volunteers each worked 2,000 hours in the last year alone! Our volunteers receive neither a paycheck nor other paid benefits. Become a volunteer.

What is Revivals? 

Revivals is DAP Health’s own brand of resale shops. Staffed primarily by dedicated volunteers, 100% of the profits from all four locations (Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, and Indio) goes directly back to fund the organization’s programs and services. Revivals’ slogan is “Re-love the Pre-loved.” 

How does fundraising play a role in health care? 

DAP Health relies on major donors, fundraising events, and grants to fund medical and social services for the 8,400 uninsured patients and 75,000 low-income patients it serves. Learn more about how you can support the mission of DAP Health.

What are DAP Health’s three major annual fundraising events? 

They are the Health Equity Walk in October, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala in March, and Dining Out For Life in April. 

Information for Borrego Health and DAP Health Patients 

As of August 1, 2023, the sale of the Borrego Health system to DAP Health has been officially approved by both the bankruptcy court and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The two entities are now one.  Read full press release.

Does DAP Health own Borrego Health? 

Yes. DAP Health purchased Borrego Health and is responsible for managing all Borrego Health employees and for operating all Borrego Health clinics.  

Why did DAP Health choose to acquire Borrego Health? 

DAP Health chose to acquire Borrego Health to protect and expand care for Borrego Health patients, and to increase its footprint so it can bring its award-winning, holistic, patient-centric model of care to more communities throughout Southern California.  

Is the name of any DAP Health and/or Borrego Health clinic/center changing? 

No. For at least the next 12 months, each clinic/center will retain its original name, branding, and signage.  

How will this acquisition affect patient care? 

Programs and services for all DAP Health and Borrego Health patients will remain the same everywhere, and in many cases will be improved as DAP Health adds more providers and support staff. There will be no interruption in care, which patients can access as they normally have. 

Will patient care teams remain the same, and will patients retain their same provider/doctor? 

Yes. All providers and care teams are now employees of DAP Health. However, most will continue to serve at the clinics where they have been working and caring for patients.  

Will all Borrego Health and DAP Health clinics/centers have access to all patients’ medical records? 

Yes. Once you are registered as a patient at the clinic, you can authorize staff to request your records.  

Can a patient transfer their care between Borrego Health and DAP Health? 

Now that DAP Health and Borrego Health are one system, any patient who wishes to visit another clinic location, should call to speak to a representative about registering at that clinic as a patient. 

Will there be changes in insurance requirements? 

No. All insurance requirements remain the same. 

Do existing Borrego Health patients need to change the facility name on their insurance card if they want to be seen at DAP Health? 

No. Existing patients can continue to use their current insurance cards. Only new enrollees will be issued a new card that indicates that DAP Health is their medical home. 

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