I&Q programs serve as temporary housing for San Francisco residents who cannot otherwise isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure. The I&Q programs will operate 24-hour/7 days-a-week as a welcoming, compassionate, trauma-informed, culturally attuned, and user-responsive space. Alongside managing COVID-19 care and prevention, the focus is on utilizing the principles of harm reduction to serve people at increased risk of COVID-19 health complications, psychiatric crisis, substance related harms, trauma, homelessness, and death due to overdose.
The programs treat all participants with compassion, dignity, and respect, regardless of their medical, psychiatric, housing, or substance use status and needs. I&Q sites are staffed with a multi-disciplinary team including health workers, nurses, medical providers, safety monitors, custodians, and drivers. Priority will be given to participant monitoring, treatment, and safety, and all staff will be trained in overdose recognition and response. The 24/7 programs include laundry, housekeeping, and meal services. Translation services are used if language-concordant staff are not available. For patients who use drugs and alcohol, medication assisted therapy (MAT) consultation and access to harm reduction services and supplies are made available.
The Isolation and Quarantine Medical Assistant (I+Q MA) is a key member of the I+Q care team and as such, performs clinical and administrative tasks consistent with team-based care and HealthRIGHT 360 policies and protocols. Supports the monitoring and care of I+Q clients. I+Q clients are clients who under investigation for COVID-19 (Persons Under Investigation – PUI) or are diagnosed with COVID-19. May be required to work evenings and weekends.