TEAM UP: Defining and Refining Optimal HIV Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In this webcast series, members of the DAP Health team review key data and discuss their real-world experiences providing care for persons living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic. DAP Health opened one of California’s first COVID-19 clinics and hotlines to offer screening, testing, and treatment.

Topics covered in this webcast series include:

  • COVID-19–Related Complications in Persons Living With HIV (PLWH);
  • COVID-19 Testing Strategies;
  • Home Care for PLWH Diagnosed With COVID-19;
  • Inpatient Care for PLWH Diagnosed With COVID-19;
  • Mental Health Needs of PLWH;
  • Improving Accessibility: HIV Testing and HIV Care;
  • Identifying New Community Hot Spots for HIV Transmission; and
  • Outreach and Education: Focus on Underserved, High-Risk Communities.

Partnership Between Annenberg Center and DAP Health

This educational series is the result of a partnership between Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower (“Annenberg Center”) and DAP Health. Annenberg Center’s Rancho Mirage headquarters and DAP Health’s Palm Springs headquarters are found within California’s Coachella Valley. This shared local community is also home to persons at particularly high risk for serious COVID-19–related complications:  

  • Persons Living With HIV (PLWH)
    Certain areas in Coachella Valley report a high prevalence rate of HIV cases. Palm Springs, for example, has a prevalence rate that is almost 20 times higher than the prevalence rate for all of California.1

  • Older Adults Living With HIV
    Nearly half (43%) of all PLWH in the Coachella Valley are aged ≥60 years.1

  • Impoverished, Underserved Communities
    As of 2019, more than 19% of residents in the Coachella Valley lived at or below the Federal Poverty Level,2 vs 13% of residents in California2 and 10.5% in the United States.3 Some areas in Coachella Valley report even higher poverty rates (eg, Desert Hot Springs, 32%; Coachella, 22%).4,5

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
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DAP Health
DAP Health is an advocacy-based health center that serves over 9,700 patients with medical and mental healthcare; HIV and STD testing and treatment; dentistry, pharmacy, laboratory services, social services; and help with food, housing, joblessness, and isolation. For more on DAP Health, visit


1. Riverside University Health System – Public Health. Epidemiology of HIV in Riverside County, 2018. Accessed February 25, 2021.
2. U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey 5-year estimates. 2019. Retrieved from Census Reporter Profile page for Coachella Valley CCD, Riverside County, CA. Accessed February 25, 2021.
3. Semega J, Kollar M, Shrider EA, Creamer JF. U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Reports. Income and Poverty in the United States: 2019. U.S. Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC. 2020;60-270.
4. U.S. Census Bureau. QuickFacts: Desert Hot Springs city, California. Accessed February 25, 2021.
5. U.S. Census Bureau. QuickFacts: Coachella city, California. Accessed February 25, 2021.

Course Credit:

1.5 ACPE Contact Hours
1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
1.5 ANCC Contact Hours


Opens: 2021-02-26
Closes: 2022-02-26

Target Audience:

This activity is intended HIV specialists, infectious disease physicians, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and pharmacists.

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP.

    Presenting Faculty

  • Christopher Foltz, MD, AAHIVS

    HIV Primary Care and Infectious Disease Physician
    DAP Health
    Palm Springs, California

  • Jill Gover, PhD

    Behavioral Health Manager
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist
    DAP Health
    Palm Springs, California

  • Shubha Kerkar, MD, FACP, AAHIVS, FIDSA

    Director of Infectious Disease
    DAP Health
    Palm Springs, California

  • C.J. Tobe

    Director of Community Health
    DAP Health
    Palm Springs, California