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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Desert AIDS Project has earned a national reputation as one of the most comprehensive AIDS service providers. We are one of only a handful of AIDS agencies operating an on-site medical clinic, a full range of client support services, and a comprehensive HIV education and prevention program, including anonymous HIV testing. Desert AIDS Project provides the opportunity for improved community health and responsible well-being through our framework of services, advocacy, and education.

Target demographics: low-income HIV positive individuals

Geographic areas served: Riverside County, San Bernardino County

Programs: Medical servicesexpenses: $ 9,968,524d. A. P. Provides outpatient primary medical care and hiv-specialty medical care, pharmaceutical assistance and medication education to primarily low income, un- or under-insured people living with or at-risk for hiv and aids. During the fiscal year, d. A. P. Operated two medical clinics with unique scopes of work. The medical clinic in palm springs, certified as a patient-centered medical home, is co-located with 16 other programs providing clients with convenient access to a comprehensive continuum of care. We accept clients with various insurance plans, including public assistance, medi-cal, medicare and county low-income insurance plans, for the uninsured, services are provided at no cost, minimal co-pay, or on a sliding scale depending on individual client income eligibility. The organization participates in the 340b drug pricing program administered by the u. S. Department of health and human services administration office of pharmacy affairs as an eligible-covered entity and utilizes contracted pharmacies for pharmacy services and the dispensing of 340b purchased drugs. The purpose of the program is to enable eligible-covered entities to stretch scarce resources by allowing savings on medications to be reallocated elsewhere for patient care, reach more eligible patients and provide more comprehensive services. Additionally, funds are raised to offer free care to those who qualify. An extensive patient assistance program has been implemented to assist clients in obtaining necessary lab tests and prescriptions at a reasonable cost. An electronic health record enhances patient care. We serve over 1,300 unique patients each year with medical services.

revivals - re-sale storesexpenses: $ 3,632,954 revenue: $ 5,678,244desert aids project (d. A. P. ) as of june 30, 2014, operates four revivals re-sale stores which generated a net excess of $ 883,900 to supplement the funding of client services. Contributions of clothing, furniture, appliances and other items are received from individuals and companies throughout the coachella valley and san diego. A limited amount of new furniture, mattresses and other items, along with consignment items are also available for sale. Over 300 volunteers donate their time to operate the thrift stores increasing the net available for client services including low or no cost medical care, mental health counseling, hiv education and testing, food, medical transportation and housing assistance and related overhead costs. The net excess allows d. A. P. To provide services to primarily low-income clients, most of whom reside in eastern riverside county.

testing, education and preventionexpenses: $ 1,363,807hiv/std education presentations and information on prevention, treatment and services are provided throughout riverside and san bernardino counties to an estimated 6,000 children and adults each year. D. A. P. Routinely provides free and confidential hiv testing five days a week, including saturdays, at locations selected for their access to high-risk populations. Free testing is also conducted at community events. Results are available within 20 minutes and hiv-infected individuals receive an immediate linkage to coordinated care and services by way of our early intervention services team. We conduct over 2,000 free hiv tests annually. D. A. P. Also prominently participates in advocacy efforts throughout the southern california region to raise awareness about hiv/aids and conducts educational marketing campaigns throughout the year through tools including print, radio, television, internet and social media. During the current fiscal year, d. A. P. Led the development of a public/private collaboration with desert regional medical center as the lead sponsor called get tested coachella valley. Get tested coachella valley is a region-wide public health campaign dedicated to dramatically reducing hiv by making hiv testing standard and routine medical practice and ensuring linkage to care. If everyone in the coachella valley gets tested and if everyone who tests positive receives treatment we can launch the beginning of the end for the spread of hiv in our community.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to serve as a member of the board of directors. The Desert AIDS Project (DAP) provides an amazing variety of critical services for more than 2,200 clients. With wholesale cuts to funding of programs, medication reiumbursement, education and prevention in the State of California, the DAP is truly the only resource thousands have; it's a lifeline.

As a volunteer I'm often moved to tears when I talk with clients who relate how they moved to Palm Springs to die from AIDS. They then found the DAP and came under our care. Now, five, ten or fifteen years later, these people who came to live out what they thought was the end of their lives, are now leading leading productive and vibrant lives.

No reward is greater than knowing the difference the DAP has made in the lives of so many. And there is great pride in the education and prevention efforts taking place every day, despite no government funding.

As a compassionate source of care and support, there is no organization or staff better than the Desert AIDS Project.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Desert AIDS Proect is committed to providing quality care to our patients, education and prevention services to the public, and much-needed advocacy work to ensure continued HIV/AIDS funding.