PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, will make four public appearances in the Coachella Valley over the next several days, starting Wednesday.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Ruiz will visit the James O. Jesse Desert Highland Unity Center in Palm Springs to commemorate National Community Development Week.

On Thursday at 10 a.m., Ruiz will visit the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage. At 11:45 a.m., he will speak at the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Lunch at the La Quinta Resort.

On Friday starting at 2 p.m., Ruiz, who is a doctor, will work a two-hour shift at Remote Area Medical's free health clinic at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio.