STREET MEDICINE & PROJECT ROOM KEY
Project Room Key began on March 17, 2020, in an effort to house and protect individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis. The State of California funded county initiatives to launch Project Room Key with the objective of protecting public health, isolating the medically vulnerable, and reducing crowding in shelters for improved social distancing. On April 3, 2020, Yolo County was recognized by Governor Gavin Newsom for leading the way in providing non-congregate shelter for those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.
As part of Project Room Key, CommuniCare Health Centers (CCHC) has provided primary care services through a Street Medicine model for all motel guests throughout Yolo County. The Street Medicine team is made up of a primary care physician, a medical assistant, and a registered nurse. As of September 2020, CCHC has provided more than 1,200 visits serving 324 unique patients. In addition to playing a central role in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of COVID-19, the team also provides urgent care and chronic disease management. The goal of their Street Medicine team is to improve the health and wellbeing of this vulnerable population while reducing overall healthcare costs. Street Medicine & Project Room Key.
This scope compliments on-site staff leadership and case management provided to individuals housed through the effort in Davis. Services include engaging with clients in addressing social determinants of health, service linkage, and navigation as well as access to practical supports.