Mukund Raguram Helped Launch Three Berkeley Street Medicine Teams & Bring Most Vulnerable Indoors
BERKELEY – LifeLong Medical Care Community Health Worker Mukund Raguram has been recognized by the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless 2020 COVID-19 Hero Award for his exceptional work in support of people experiencing homelessness in the community.
As part of LifeLong Medical Care’s Street Medicine Program, Raguram and his co-workers launched an additional three street medicine teams in Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville starting in the early days of the pandemic in April 2020. Team members have been conducting COVID tests and helping to bring the most vulnerable indoors through Project Safer Ground. LifeLong also has two street medicine teams in Oakland.
“Mukund just immediately led the charge from the go,” said Lucy Kasdin, Alameda Healthcare for the Homeless Director. “The team did exceptional work -- but Mukund stood out as such a star in the effort and somebody who individually made a tremendous impact on our response. We wanted to recognize him and say thank you.”
Raguram has worked tirelessly to connect encampment residents to health care, weaving together LifeLong and Healthcare for the Homeless health care services with community-based care provided by Berkeley Outreach Coalition and others in the Berkeley area.
“Mukund has put his heart into helping the most vulnerable in our community at a critical time,” said David B. Vliet, LifeLong Medical Care CEO. “We are so proud of Mukund and his team for their passion and dedication.”
LifeLong has a total of five street medicine teams that have been doing field-testing and responding to COVID-19 outbreaks in the homeless encampments. Street Medicine teams have tested 388 patients since March 16.
Awardees were nominated by community peers and Health Care for the Homeless leadership for their exceptional roles in support of people experiencing homelessness in our community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.