Desert AIDS Project and City of Palm Springs Receive National Recognition

Posted in: Press Releases
February 3, 2017

David Brinkman, CEO
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.)
Tel: 760-320-8955

Desert AIDS Project and City of Palm Springs Receive National Recognition

Agency and City are awarded 2017 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award from NCDA. 

PALM SPRINGS, CA, (February 3, 2017) – The National Community Development Association (NCDA) has awarded Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.), on behalf of the City of Palm Springs, the prestigious 2017 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award.  This recognition is for the collaborative effort between the City of Palm Springs Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and D.A.P. to accomplish the Energy Efficiency Project – energy‐efficiency upgrades and retrofits to D.A.P.’s facility on its main campus on North Sunrise Way that have directly benefitted the care and treatment of low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

City of Palm Springs CDBG funds awarded to D.A.P. for its Energy Efficiency Project enabled D.A.P. to eliminate expenses associated with repairing antiquated equipment and to realize reduced energy costs. These savings increased D.A.P.’s financial resources which D.A.P. directed to services benefitting low‐income persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, thereby supporting D.A.P.’s mission to improve the health of the community.

To increase energy efficiency and reduce the cost of ongoing repairs to an older and leaking roof in place since 1962, City of Palm Springs CDBG funding supported the installation of a new, single-component “elastomeric” type roofing system. City of Palm Springs CDBG funding also supported upgrading D.A.P.’s facility with an integrated HVAC system; this aspect of D.A.P.’s Energy Efficiency Project reduced overall utility charges and repair costs associated with an older, mixed-component HVAC system.  Installation of new dual-pane, energy-efficient windows, and thermal efficient doors throughout the D.A.P. main campus building was also made possible by City of Palm Springs CDBG funding. To accomplish all upgrades and retrofits, D.A.P. engaged the architectural and engineering services of Interactive Design Corporation of Palm Springs, California.

Dale Cook, Palm Springs Community Development Administrator, said: “The CDBG program provides our community with the resources to address a wide range of unique local development needs.  The City applauds D.A.P. for utilizing these critical federal programs to transform its facility and to enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

“We are proud and grateful to receive the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award,” said D.A.P. CEO, David Brinkman.  “The NCDA is at the forefront of community development leadership nationally, so we’re very honored by their recognition of how this project has benefitted our clients.”

For the past 30 years, D.A.P. has been serving persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS living in Palm Springs and the surrounding communities which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the nation.  D.A.P. is a Federally Qualified Health Center with the capacity to serve the low-income community. D.A.P.’s services include a Health Center staffed with American Academy of HIV Medicine‐certified specialists; pharmaceutical assistance; an HIV‐specialty Dental Clinic; Behavioral Health Services;case management; and housing, nutrition, transportation and job placement assistance programs.

An energy efficient medical facility assisted D.A.P. to achieve full Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status in August 2015. As a FQHC, D.A.P. can expand its operational capacity to provide primary medical care to all low-income members of the community living below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level regardless of HIV status or the ability to pay for healthcare.

In 1987, NCDA established the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award to recognize exemplary uses of the CDBG Program and the partnerships between local governments and non-profit organizations to assist low- and moderate-income persons.  The award is named for Audrey Nelson, the first Deputy Executive Secretary of NCDA.  NCDA is committed to making communities better places to live and work, particularly for low- and moderate-income people. NCDA is a non-partisan national non-profit membership organization that represents local governments that administer federally supported housing and community development programs.  More information is available at

Desert AIDS Project and the City of Palm Springs are one of just seven national recipients of this award this year.

About Desert AIDS Project

Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and free HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. is rated a “Top 20 HIV Charity” by Visit,, and to learn more.

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