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Congratulations! Northern Inyo Healthcare District earns ‘Best Practices in Governance’ certification

In today’s ever-changing government landscape, it can be difficult for a small special district to rise, prove its merits and value, and in the process show the community that it holds itself accountable to a higher standard. For the last three years Northern Inyo Healthcare District steadily worked to do just that. Recently the effort paid off as the District was recognized for not only meeting governance standards but exceeding them.

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) awarded NIHD its sought-after “Best Practices in Governance” certification after the District showed compliance in accountability and transparency standards, state law requirements, and website conformity. NIHD also had to demonstrate knowledge of extended financial and other state and local reporting requirements.

By voluntarily meeting ACHD’s higher standards, NIHD’s elected board leadership is upholding its responsibilities to its constituents, and once again setting an example of excellence for the health organization as a whole.

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West Side Health Care District celebrates ground breaking on new outpatient clinic

Fifteen years after Taft’s acute care hospital was closed, the West Side Health Care District broke ground on a new $9 million outpatient clinic.

Friday’s ceremony took place almost exactly where the entrance to the old Westside Hospital once stood.

The ceremony marks a new beginning and another step to rebuilding the community’s health care infrastructure.

“This is a symbol of a new beginning for us,” Health Care District Board President Eric Cooper said.

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Expansion and Revision: The Desert Healthcare District Attempts to Grow as It Moves to District-Based Voting

When most residents of Coachella Valley go to the polls on Nov. 6, for the first time, they will be able to either cast a vote directly impacting future access to important health care services, or elect a representative to champion their specific community needs.

Some voters living in the current, long-established Desert Healthcare District (DHCD)—which begins in Palm Springs and extends east to Palm Desert’s Cook Street—will be casting votes to elect representatives in two newly formed districts: District 2, primarily covering Desert Hot Springs; and District 4, mostly made up of Cathedral City.

At the DHCD board’s public session on June 26, a final zoning map was adopted that defines the boundaries of the five new districts created within the current DHCD. Previously, the five-member board was elected at large by the entire district; two of five seats are up for election this year.

The move to district-based elections should mean better representation for minority populations; one of the advocates for this is Alexis Ortega, the director of community outreach for the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. To read the full article, click here.

Desert Healthcare District launchs website to connect people with health services

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation have launched a new service, Coachella Valley Health Info Place, that aims to help everyone from residents to healthcare professionals to social workers identify and access healthcare services that could be beneficial to them, their patients or their clients.

The website,, will essentially be a free, public database to connect individuals to more than 1,000 free or low cost services in the Coachella Valley, including substance abuse treatment, pediatric healthcare resources, nutrition assistance programs, fitness classes, sexual health services and more.

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Petaluma Health Care District trains local care providers on trauma response

The Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is playing a critical role in helping those impacted by the fires self-heal by serving as a catalyst for collective community action.

“The fires caused anxiety and stress throughout the region, elevating the need for education and access to trauma-informed care,” said Ramona Faith, CEO. “To respond to this need, PHCD offered special trauma-focused training sessions for health providers and those in other disciplines.”

A renowned bicultural and bilingual mental health professional came to Petaluma to conduct sold-out training on the impact immigration policies have on children and families who are already vulnerable due to their documentation status – and who are even more affected now as a result of the wildfires.

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Bear Valley Community Healthcare District honors its donors

From the delicate tea cups to tiered plates of finger foods, you’d never know you were in a hospital the afternoon of March 19. But a room full of donors sampled the variety of teas while they were honored for their contributions to the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Foundation.

Holly Elmer, president of the foundation, led the ceremony, and district CEO John Friel and board president Rob Robbins also provided comments.

“Big Bear has the most generous people that I’ve ever encountered,” Robbins said. “The people here today exemplify that high-level of giving.”

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Children’s Advocacy Center moves

Child victims of crime in Calaveras County have a new place to heal. The Calaveras Children’s Counseling and Advocacy Center has moved to 1934 Highway 26, Valley Springs, and is open for business.

Previously in San Andreas, the center offers free counseling, advocacy and support for child victims of crime and their families.

The new location, the result of collaboration between the Mark Twain Health Care District and the Resource Connection, offers more space for children and staff to move around. The 2,275-square-foot newly remodeled ranch home is a step up from the dark, cramped quarters previously occupied by the center. The new location offers outdoor spaces for movement and relaxation, larger counseling rooms and an amazing view.

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Dental checks to move into schools thanks to virtual technology

YUCCA VALLEY — Preventing dental disease in children across the Morongo Basin is the goal of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s new dental program.

The new Virtual Dental Home Initiative was presented by Ronald A. Stewart, executive director of the district’s two health clinics, March 1.

The new program uses technology to link health center providers working in settings like schools throughout the Morongo Basin with dentists at other locations.

Dental disease is the No. 1 chronic disease of children, more common than obesity and asthma, and it is almost entirely preventable, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control. For children, providing access to preventive services early prevents dental disease.

The health care district was awarded a two-year, $531,720 grant from First 5 Riverside and San Bernardino and recently signed a contract to provide dental screenings for school-age children over the next three years.

The grant has two components. One is to provide virtual dental care, with a goal of serving 467 children annually. The second is assessment of young children’s oral health, with the goal of serving 2,400 children.

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