COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey
With support from generous funders Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill, John P. Monahan Foundation, a Donor Advised Fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust, and Western Wind Foundation, HARC was able to conduct this important COVID-19 Needs Assessment of the Coachella Valley. The assessment was conducted from June to July of 2020.

2019 Coachella Valley COVID-19 Needs Assessment

The purpose of this needs assessment was to get a deeper understanding of how COVID-19 has effected the Coachella Valley. Our community has a high proportion of people considered to be at high-risk of COVID-19 complications, such as older adults and those living with compromised immune systems, which makes this needs assessment particularly important.

HARC recruited participants through social media and e-blasts who were Coachella Valley residents and 18 years or older. Local partners of HARC also helped to publicize the survey to increase the number of participants reached. Data collection spanned approximately one month. This needs assessment also included qualitative data from key informant interviews with local residents regarding the impact of COVID-19; the participants were obtained through a partnership with the Center for Health Disparities Research at UC Riverside (HDR@UCR).

A total of 624 Coachella Valley residents participated in this needs assessment, representing our entire Valley from Desert Hot Springs to the Salton Sea. About a third of the participants identified as Hispanic/Latino, and most (64.7%) were female. About half of the participants were making less than $50,000 a year, and about half have a college degree or higher. On average, the household size was 2.6 people; approximately 24.2% lived alone. Approximately one quarter of participants (26.3%) live in households with at least one child. About half of participants (49.3%) had been diagnosed with one or more of these major diseases.


The 2019 Coachella Valley Community Health Survey Results are now available!

This is HARC’s fifth survey of the health of the Coachella Valley community. Our partner, Kent State University, called (from area code 330) residents across the Valley, on landlines and cell phones, to ask you to participate in this survey. The survey was via telephone and completely confidential. Each week one participant was selected to win $100. Anyone who lives in the Coachella Valley for 30 days or more per year is eligible to participate. Calls were made from January to December 2019.

2019 Coachella Valley Community Health Survey