D.A.P. Receives Elton John AIDS Foundation Grant to Help Reduce HIV Transmission

Desert AIDS Project is the proud recipient of a $10,000 renewal grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to provide HIV testing in the Coachella Valley. This renewal grant supports Desert AIDS Project’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign goal to reduce HIV transmission in high-risk, underserved populations by continuing to provide access to free testing and linkage to […]

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D.A.P. Shines Spotlight on Community Partners for the 2017 Desert AIDS Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 2017 Desert AIDS Walk – Our Community in Action D.A.P. Shines Spotlight on Community Partners PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 23, 2017) On Saturday, October 21 over 2,000 community members will unite in Ruth Hardy Park to walk in the 31st Desert AIDS Walk in support of […]

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D.A.P. Marks Its 33rd Year Providing Compassionate Care

Today, Desert AIDS Project marks its 33rd year providing compassionate care to the Coachella Valley. A lot has changed since 1984 when a group of volunteers got together to respond to the emerging AIDS crisis that others were ignoring. In 1984, when public agencies and health care systems were slow to respond, D.A.P.’s founders, a […]

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Revivals Stores Announce CV Art Scene Collaboration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Revivals Stores Announce CV Art Scene Collaboration PS You Make It DIY Fashion Event August 19 at Palm Springs Fan Club PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 14, 2017) – Revivals Stores and Sarah Scheideman — founder and executive director of The Coachella Valley Art Scene have partnered with […]

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Bank of America Awards Grant to Support Nutrition Services at D.A.P.

PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 19, 2017) Bank of America awarded a grant of $20,000 that will assist Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) in preventing hunger for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). D.A.P. has formed an alliance with AAP/Food Samaritans to better serve the needs of our community, while working to minimize the duplication of services. Grant funds will be used to purchase and distribute fresh produce, healthy staples, and grocery vouchers benefitting at least 300 food-insecure PLWHA monthly, year-round.

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Pets are Wonderful Support Program Launches at D.A.P.

Desert AIDS Project is proud to announce the official launch of PAWS- D.A.P. (Pets are Wonderful Support), a program of the Client Wellness Services Center. The PAWS program is dedicated to preserving the human-animal bond by providing support to our clients with companion animals. Support services include; veterinary care, pet food and supplies, temporary foster homes, […]

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“Positive” debuts at the Jewish Community Center

Free admission to the U.S. debut of “Positive” at the Jewish Community Center

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Meet the Provider: Jim Cox, Chiropractor, DC

Dr. Cox’s philosophy in treating patients of all ages is to use what works for the individual.

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Bank of America Grants $25,000 in Funding to Support D.A.P.’s Nutrition Services Program

Since 1994, Desert AIDS Project has been committed to preventing food insecurity for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) by facilitating access to healthy and balanced nutrition. Thanks to the generous support of Bank of America, $25,000 in funding has been granted to ensure that commitment is fulfilled.

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Meet the Provider: Hector Paul Vizoso

Helping to keep our operations running smoothly in the health center is Hector Vizoso, D.A.P.’s Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator/Nurse Manager. Fluent in Spanish, he prides himself on being a creative problem solver and leader, adept at managing projects and people while providing support and promoting a cohesive team environment.

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Pointer Sisters and La Bouche to headline Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala 2017

For 23 years, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala has raised millions of dollars to care for people living with HIV. First organized by and named for famed interior designer Steve Chase – a former D.A.P. donor, volunteer, and board member – the gala is a highlight of the desert social season.

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Meet the Provider: Matt Moran

Matt Moran is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APNP) with specialty, post-graduate education and training in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.

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Hepatitis Center of Excellence Opens at Desert AIDS Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Brinkman, CEO Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) Tel: 760-992-0418 Email:  dbrinkman@desertaidsproject.org Hepatitis Center of Excellence Opens at Desert AIDS Project Desert AIDS Project collaborates with Desert Oasis Healthcare to make state-of-the art Hepatitis testing and treatment accessible to the community. PALM SPRINGS, CA, (December 5, 2016) –  Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) has opened the […]

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Meet the Provider: Dr. Phyllis Ritchie – Board Certified Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Phyllis Ritchie is a board certified Infectious Disease specialist.  Originally from San Francisco, she received her undergraduate BA degree from San Francisco State University, majoring in Italian. Dr. Ritchie went to medical school at Chicago Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Loyola University Medical Center.  Dr. Ritchie received specialty training in […]

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WATCH: Community Conversations About HIV

Is there stigma around HIV? How is HIV transmitted? These are just a few of the questions we asked Coachella Valley residents of different ages, ethnicities, gender identities and socio-economic levels.

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Meet the Provider: Dr. David Hersh – Leading Our Team of Medical Experts

Meet the Provider: Dr. David Hersh – Leading Our Team of Medical Experts

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Meet the Provider: Anthony Velasco – Specializing in Caring, Comprehensive, and Compassionate Care.

Please join us in welcoming Anthony Velasco to the Desert AIDS Project medical team. Mr. Velasco is an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and has been working in HIV care since 2010.

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We’d be honored to have your vote-Best of the Valley’s Ultimate Pride 2016!

For the second year in a row, Desert Sun readers have nominated their favorite LGBT-friendly places, businesses, and events in Coachella Valley for the Best of the Valley’s Ultimate Pride List. On the list for 2016 – Revivals Stores, Desert AIDS Project, and the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala! We’d be honored to have your […]

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PAW/D.A.P. – Helping the furry friends who help our clients

About 30 minutes after client Randy Broo dropped off his rescued Lhasa Apso, Gladys, at the groomer, he received a call saying she had suffered a freak accident and was paralyzed. It took about $5,700 in vet and therapy bills to get Gladys walking … OK, mostly scooting … again. Even though Gladys is on […]

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Ralph Gonzalez returns to Desert AIDS Project after AIDS Lifecycle

‘Ralph’s Excellent Adventure’ leads him back to Desert AIDS Project

For Rafael Gonzalez, the AIDS/LifeCycle “Ride to end AIDS” was a challenge whose time had come. Another chance for the 36-year-old to prove he could do something seemingly impossible for an honorable and worthy cause. Last month, our Education and Testing Program Manager got his chance to do something big. He joined over 3,000 cyclists […]

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Reaching out to diverse communities

When D.A.P. was funded by the Riverside University Health System to present Community Education events during the months of May and June, our internal teams knew they would be addressing four distinctly different audiences: gay men of color, women living with HIV, the transgender community, and families living in eastern Coachella Valley. These groups often […]

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Crystal methamphetamine, that is…

This Tina isn’t your best girlfriend that you might be worried about. She’s something far more insidious and bears a bit of conversation. “Tina” is crystal methamphetamine, also called Crank … or Glass … or Ice … or Crystal … or Meth … or a variety of other street names. No matter the name anyone […]

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Group treats depression by eliminating isolation  

Grady Crittendon and Barry Flynn are among 27 members of the Isolation to Socialization group at Desert AIDS Project. Both men were caregivers for very demanding, infirm roommates. Grady and Barry said they’d lost themselves while cooking, cleaning, bookkeeping, and handling all technology for their chronically ill friends. Help came in the form of an email […]

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A little bit of Success goes a long way

‘A body at rest stays at rest… unless acted upon by some other force.’ What does Newton’s First Law of Motion have to do with Desert AIDS Project, you ask? Simply put, many of D.A.P.’s clients say they’re “stuck.” They want healthier lives, to be more outgoing, and to accomplish some long-held goals. But getting […]

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D.A.P. volunteer aims to protect and entertain clients

J. Scott Beaty plays “Not While I’m Around” on his grand piano as if the famous Stephen Sondheim song were the soundtrack of his life. The song’s lyrics, “Nothing’s gonna hurt you, not while I’m around,” illustrates Scott’s lifelong record of serving and protecting those in need. It also symbolizes Scott’s love of music and […]

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Revivals Palm Desert soon to be “El Paseo adjacent”

“Location, location, location” might be a realtor’s cliché but it still drives every retailer’s decisions about where to place their new store. Location – to the third power — has driven Revivals Palm Desert to move from its location just off I-10, at 72-750 Dinah Shore Drive near Costco, and relocate seven miles south down […]

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2016 is going to be an EPIC year for D.A.P. patients!!

Desert AIDS Project is making a big step forward in how it electronically maintains patient medical records with Epic, which is used by the majority of U.S. News & World Report’s top-ranked hospitals and medical schools. The switch from Greenway, D.A.P.’s current electronic health records (EHR) management tool, to Epic is designed to not only […]

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Living a full life, despite illness and loss

A pretty, petite, 21-year-old is not exactly who comes to mind when we think of a long-term survivor of HIV and AIDS. But she is. Kalayah Lanice Smith was born, HIV positive, on Sept. 14, 1994.  That makes her a long-term survivor, at the ripe old age of 21, who helped us focus our attention […]

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Women’s Empowerment Day invites sharing and growing

The female clients of Desert AIDS Project will be front and center, as they receive manicures, massages, and sisterly love during the second annual Women’s Empowerment Day on May 21 … and it’s going to be all about health and wellness for women living with HIV and AIDS. They’ll learn more about their unique health […]

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D.A.P. doctors keep patients on the HIV Care Continuum

Think about this on March 30, National Doctors Day: Desert AIDS Project has 10 full- and part-time physicians participating in the HIV Care Continuum. D.A.P. doctors and their peers at ASOs in the U.S. and the world are passionate about the HIV Care Continuum designed to get community members tested and those who are diagnosed […]

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D.A.P.’s nutritionist prescribes good food for good health

The health care world, including Desert AIDS Project, looks at nutrition as a key part of good health. That’s why Gustavo Wong, registered dietitian and certified exercise physiologist, joined us about eight months ago as yet another facet of D.A.P.’s holistic approach to the care of our patients and clients. Food is medicine for all […]

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A memorial to a loved one = a new lease on life for D.A.P.’s Computer Lab

For years, D.A.P.’s Computer Lab has been providing a connection to the digital world for clients who may not have access to computers or the Internet from home or elsewhere. While the lab’s computer equipment was serviceable enough, it certainly wasn’t latest generation or state-of-the-art. But much of that has changed, thanks to Harold Clumeck’s […]

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Broadway comes to Palm Springs

The southwest corner of Sunrise and Vista Chino in Palm Springs isn’t the address of either the McCallum or the Annenberg theaters. So, how did “The Color Purple,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and the New York City Ballet find their way there from The Big Apple? Snippets of Broadway – literal snips of fabric from […]

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Time-tested, tried-and-true: the condom has been useful for centuries

Fifty-three thousand, three-hundred, and fifty-two. That’s the number of safer sex kits Desert AIDS Project volunteer Gene Touchet has built since he joined our Condom Club in 1998. That’s 53,352 opportunities to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections, (STIs), and unintended pregnancies in D.A.P.’s service area. That’s 53,352 chances for our family, friends, and […]

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Q&A with one of D.A.P.’s newer medical providers

As a Doctor of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Rodney Fox came to Desert AIDS Project from a healthcare center in Atlanta called Pride Medical, where his daily practice included caring for both the LGBT community and those living with HIV or AIDS. In addition to putting his knowledge and experience to work as an Adjunct, Assistant […]

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Expanding D.A.P. services for even greater clinical care and research

If change is progress in search of perfection, as Winston Churchill said, D.A.P. has made progress in a big way in 2015 … and we have even greater plans for 2016 and beyond. “Thanks to new advances in treatment, improved access to care through health reform, and the incredible success of PrEP, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, as […]

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A beautiful evening, reprised yet again by a grateful D.A.P.

The banquet hall at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel gradually fills with 400 guests. And the gentle roar of 400 conversations in the softly lit room quiets as the Desert Winds Freedom Band Jazz Sextet begins to play. It’s Desert AIDS Project’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Hudson Alling, volunteer coordinator, is about to take the […]

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Rob Roy Conklin brings good music to D.A.P.

Robert Roy Conklin has an almost spiritual connection to his musical instrument, the Great Highland bagpipes. Just listen to the way he talks about the instrument he knows as a sometimes temperamental friend: “The bagpipes have three drones that hum,” Rob says, fingering the air near his chest. “The main chanter, she screams the tune […]

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In the Coachella Valley… “throw a rock in any direction and you’re bound to hit a meth dealer.”

That’s how clients of Desert AIDS Project describe the prevalence of crystal methamphetamine –commonly referred to as meth, crystal, Tina, ice, or glass, among other street names – in the Coachella Valley. Just as crystal meth has become a social problem on a global scale, our clients insist it plagues many of the people D.A.P. […]

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Speak up during National Bullying Prevention Month

Thomas was in that figuring-it-all-out stage of adolescence when he first enrolled in an East Valley middle school, right here in our lovely desert community. But just as he was coming to grips with the way he talks, walks, and all the other things that make him, well, Thomas, he was pelted with paper wads, […]

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Brande Director of Grants talks about National Health Center Week

Health Centers provide valuable care to the poor and uninsured

National Health Center Week Aug. 9 through Aug. 15 recognizes and gives thanks to the medical teams that treat the under-served populations of our nation in smaller settings right in their own neighborhoods. These Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, started about 50 years ago to serve low-income patients largely in […]

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National Strategy for ending HIV/AIDS gets updated

On July 30, the national strategy for removing HIV/AIDS from the American health care landscape, updated to the year 2020, was lived-streamed to the world via Internet. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy was put in place by the Obama Administration in 2010 to identify goals and action steps needed to address the epidemic domestically. The Strategy […]

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Get Tested Coachella Valley: Midpoint = Success

On January 1, 2014 Get Tested Coachella Valley was officially launched as a three-year effort to dramatically reduce the spread of HIV by testing more adolescents and adults. Eighteen months later, the Get Tested campaign – the nation’s first-ever community-driven, regional testing initiative — is at its midpoint, and already reporting great success. Get Tested Coachella […]

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AIDS diagnosis didn’t limit volunteer; it gave him focus

A lot of ingredients went into making Christopher Christensen, volunteer with Get Tested Coachella Valley, the dedicated and giving man he is today. Chris, 63, is a retired manager from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He was on the team in the 1970s that developed electronic banking systems that made automatic teller machines […]

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A garden of good health grows at Desert AIDS Project

The mind, body, and spirit seem to work in harmony when people are gardening, says Janine Bell, Addictions Specialist at Desert AIDS Project. There’s something about shoving your hands in the dirt to plant something and then nurturing it until it blooms that seems to put the soul at ease. That’s the premise that Janine […]

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Long-term survivors can be pretty tough cookies

Tom Coleman, 78, and Darlene McBrayer, 82, have lived full lives with no regrets. Not that there hasn’t been plenty to fret about. Both clients of Desert AIDS Project were diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in the 1990s and have experienced decades of illness, loss and dramatic change. “I lost four inches,” a tiny, curled […]

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Stress relief through Transcendental Meditation

It was at about the 12-mile mark of David Brinkman’s daily 17-mile run when the stress began to dissipate and the clarity necessary to run a “Top 20 HIV/AIDS Charity” like D.A.P. began to return. But when a severe back injury put an end to the “extreme exercise” that supplied the dose of endorphins necessary […]

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Comfy chair, deep breathing, positive thoughts … and s-t-r-e-t-c-h

That summarizes the mantra Jason Lushia uses when he leads Chair Yoga for clients of D.A.P.’s Client Wellness Services Center at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. The classes are yet another non-invasive way for clients to reach toward wellness and maintain it, according to Ray Robertson, manager of the Center. At a recent session, clients […]

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Home Care helps client lead a more normal life

When Dennis Golay and his partner, Larry Gibson, tested positive for HIV infection in 1988, in the days before antiretroviral drugs, it seemed like a death sentence. Dennis is now in his late 60’s, feeling blessed, and that “life is really good,” thanks in no small part to D.A.P. Dennis’ later years had already been […]

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Getting closer to a World without AIDS

The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, told us that “the journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.” Let’s keep that in mind as we celebrate World Health Day, April 7. Ten years, and say 500 miles, ago death from AIDS peaked at 3.1 million lives worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That number has […]

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