Cardea's founders achieved significant clinical outcomes at Project Roomkey, Alameda County's emergency shelter program for homeless individuals at high risk for COVID-19, including:
Medical Directorship: Alameda County’s Roomkey sites
Has housed over 3000 homeless individuals since inception
Development and oversight of clinical services at all Alameda County Roomkey programs.
Medical Directorship: Alameda County’s Isolation and Quarantine program
Has provided safe isolation/quarantine for over 10,000 unsheltered individuals since the beginning of the pandemic
Oversight of protocols, clinical staff, and clinical programming
Medical Directorship and staffing: Fairmont Tiny Homes Respite
15 bed low barrier respite program accepting referrals from street, clinic, and hospital settings.
Impact and Success
Since the Roomkey hotels opened, Cardea Health has overseen the medical care for thousands of formerly homeless residents at the Roomkey hotels and Homekey sites, helping more than 130 medically frail individuals in the OakDays housing site and Fairmont Tiny Homes respite program to improve their health, quality of life, and housing stability. In addition, the cost savings associated with the OakDays beds alone are estimated at over
$3.5 million in the 6-month period after admission and $8.5 million since opening, due largely to reductions in emergency department and psychiatric emergency department visits, inpatient admissions, and other medical services.
Cardea Health also advances social justice through hiring, by recruiting and hiring employees who have experienced homelessness and/or are re-entering the workforce after incarceration. Initially hired as unlicensed caregivers, they receive Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) training as part of their paid full-time employment. Upon certification, they are employed as CHHAs and paid approximately 35% more than when unlicensed. This program is brand new, with the first trainee receiving CHHA certification in the spring of 2022. But it is growing, with 15 new trainees starting the training this summer, the first full cohort expected to complete certification by the end of the year, and an ongoing goal of certifying and hiring at least 12 CHHAs per year moving forward.