Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine
Associations & Clubs
CVVIM has provided quality, primary healthcare services in culturally competent and cost-effective ways for more than 10 years to more than 4,000 unique patients. Each year, more than 240 volunteers from all lifestyles give their time, talent and skills to fulfill our mission, donating more than 350,000 hours annually to increase access to healthcare in the Coachella Valley.
According to the Coachella Valley Community Health Survey (HARC, 2019) there are more than 48,000 uninsured adults in the Valley, or nearly 21% of all residents. More than 23,000 adults have not been to a healthcare provider in more than two years, according to the Survey, and finally, 9.1%, or more than 30,800 Survey respondents, reported using an emergency room or hospital as their usual source of care!
CVVIM provides a solution to this problem of inaccessible and costly healthcare.
Utilizing volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as volunteer medical assistants, reception, administrative and other volunteers, CVVIM is able to offer a medical home for uninsured, and underinsured, adults where they can receive not only primary medical care services, but also care coordination, diabetes case management, health education, social service and community referrals, and medical care delivered “on-the-street" to homeless persons. And, services are always provided at no charge to the patient, including ancillary services such as lab tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, CTs, MRIs