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States Respond to COVID-19: 1115 Waiver Program Enhanced Calif.’s Pandemic Response

California‘s Whole Person Care (WPC) initiative has helped the state swiftly respond to COVID-19, specifically for vulnerable populations.

Operating under California’s 1115 Medicaid waiver, the five-year WPC program brings together cross-sectional partners in health care and social services to offer full-spectrum, patient-centered care. With community partnerships already underway through the initiative, localities in California found it easier to reach vulnerable communities at high risk for contracting COVID-19.

Through the program, WPC leaders were able to provide services and resources to communities across the state, including:

  • coordinating street medicine and outreach: WPC partnered with community organizations to target homeless communities and provide testing and treatment for positive cases;
  • coordinating isolation in hotels or shelters: WPC partnered with local activists to provide medical screening at shelters and hotels to keep the locations safe; and
  • identifying vulnerable individuals during the pandemic: in partnership with the state Department of Public Health, the WPC program developed a risk assessment tool to identify individuals at highest risk of contracting COVID-19.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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