Bill Clinton Outlines Community Health Initiatives in Palm Springs

Desert Regional Medical Center outlines HIV testing, physician training programs

Sean Boyle Health & Wellness 0 Comments


VIDEO: President Bill Clinton speaks on the importance of health and wellness programs in the Coachella Valley


Former President Bill Clinton says taking over the former Bob Hope Desert Classic was more than just about golf.

It was about becoming involved in the Coachella Valley as part of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Blueprint for Action.

Prior to Clinton's speech at a special breakfast Jan. 24 at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center in Palm Springs, special initiatives to improve health and wellness in the community were highlighted, including:

• An update on Get Tested Coachella Valley, an ambitious public health campaign designed to dramatically reduce HIV and improve access to care for those who test positive. Desert Regional Medical Center’s three-year, $1.5 million sponsorship of Get Tested is part of its commitment to the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Blueprint for Action in the Coachella Valley.

• An update on the UCR Family Medicine Residency Program at Desert Regional Medical Center. This partnership between UC Riverside School of Medicine, the Desert Healthcare District and Desert Regional Medical Center already is providing needed primary care to residents of the Coachella Valley and will train the next generation of physicians.

The breakfast was part of the Clinton Health Matters Activation Summit, which wrapped up Jan. 26 in Indian Wells.

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