PALM SPRINGS, CA, August 12, 2015 – In recognition of August 9 – 15 as National Health Center Week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 health center sites for delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in the communities that need them the most.
“We are so happy to be one of the organizations recognized in this way by the federal government, so that we can continue to provide primary care, as well as HIV-specialty care, for so many in need of our medical, dental, behavioral health, and social services,” said David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project. “Because we offer a variety of services all under one roof, our patients don’t have to travel from place to place to see their case manager, their doctor, and other people who can help them. Our patients can even get lab work done and have prescriptions filled here. That’s one of the things that really sets us apart from many other health centers.”
Serving nearly 23 million patients nationwide, health centers like D.A.P. are vital sources of primary care in communities across America. These centers also provide patients with crucial information on the importance of regular checkups and screenings, which encourage timely care and decrease the need for emergency treatment. By providing health insurance enrollment assistance to millions of individuals, these health centers are playing a significant role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to its long tenure as an AIDS service organization since 1984, D.A.P has been a FQHC Look-alike since 2012. As a full-status FQHC, they will target low-income members of the community in need of services.
President Obama summed it up nicely when he proclaimed, “This week, as we recognize the 50-year anniversary of the first community health centers being established in America, let us remember that health care is not a privilege for the few among us who can afford it, but a right for all Americans. And let us recognize the vital role health centers across our country play in carrying us toward greater health for our people.”
ABOUT DESERT AIDS PROJECT
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) serves our community with primary and HIV-specialty services, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. Comprehensive sexual health services, including HIV testing, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP,) STI testing and treatment, and well-woman services, are also available at The Dock, located at D.A.P.’s main campus at 1695 N. Sunrise Way at Vista Chino in Palm Springs. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.