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.
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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Dr. Cox’s philosophy in treating patients of all ages is to use what works for the individual.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Brinkman, CEO Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) Tel: 760-992-0418 Email: firstname.lastname@example.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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
… not just how to treat HIV and AIDS but how the virus and the disease live in our society. And how they change people’s lives. By the time they joined us in 2013, Dr. Steven Scheibel and Dr. David Hersh were already “medical leaders in the know.” No wonder the HIV specialist and the […]
Desert AIDS Project has some amazing events planned for women and girls this month. Tuesday, March 10, is National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. The day will be marked with a presentation by AIDS activist and author Paige Rawl. Paige was a born with HIV and kept it secret until middle school […]
Walk into the west entrance of Desert AIDS Project and you’ll ask yourself three questions: “Where did all this unique and amazing art come from? Why is it here?” And, “Is that Eartha Kitt?” Yes, it’s Eartha, the internationally famed actress, singer, and cabaret star, who played Catwoman, sexy scourge of television’s Batman of the […]
Any Registered Dietitian (R.D.) who has worked with someone living with HIV or AIDS knows that “food is medicine” and that certain foods can be very important in strengthening the immune system. That’s why D.A.P. is always working to help our clients make healthy food choices through our food voucher program, our Farmers Market, and […]