Millions of people in California, many of whom face financial hardships and complex health issues, have been safeguarded, supported, and cared for by those working at public health care systems since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Our blog series, funded by the California Health Care Foundation, captures the remarkable stories of nurses, doctors, medical assistants, and community health workers at 10 public health care systems who went above and beyond to care for patients in greatest need.
Patients also share their struggles, progress, and perspectives to better our understanding of COVID’s personal impact.
The blogs include countless examples of the ways in which health care workers moved with nimbleness and speed to redesign care and meet the urgency of the moment. Some examples include sending outreach teams and mobile vans to the streets, launching massive testing sites and vaccine campaigns, converting hospital storage to clinic care settings, and expanding access to telehealth.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this historic series.
Articles by Aisling Carroll
- Orange County residents benefit from UCI Health’s innovative at-home monitoring program
- Pressures from the pandemic at Kern Medical
- An on-the-ground look at how the County of Santa Clara increased care and services for those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic
- How South LA County doctors at MLK Outpatient Center talk with patients to increase vaccine confidence
- Caring for San Francisco’s most at-risk residents during COVID-19 and lessons from leadership along the way
- From the Wuhan flight to a Covid-19 survivor’s fight at Riverside University Health System Medical Center
- UC Davis co-launches high-touch telehealth program in the Central Valley for agricultural workers
- Monterey farmworkers design ways to combat Covid-19 with Natividad Medical Center
- “Can the nutritionist call me during my lunch break?” and other patient stories of telehealth improving access