Sharing the smile behind your PPE

Over 3,100+ portraits requested nationally!

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Our Story

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portrait Project is a hybrid art and medical intervention designed to improve patient care and team dynamics by humanizing the alienating appearance of PPE, through warm and smiling headshot portraits fixed to the outside of a healthcare worker's PPE.

The PPE Portrait Project was created by Mary Beth Heffernan in response to the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of students who organize the Intensive Care Unit Bridge Program in Montreal reached out to Mary Beth Heffernan for her guidance to help implement this initiative into Montreal’s hospitals. The project quickly expanded to include other university students across the country to form PPE Portraits Canada.

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5 provinces
23 cities
27+ professions
3100+ portraits
PPE Portraits in Action
Medical Students
Peri-operative clinic
Physicians Ob/Gyn
ICU Bridge Program Volunteers
Music Therapist
ICU Bridge Program Volunteers
Pediatrician
Kinesiologist
Physician, Plastic Surgery
Researcher
ICU Staff
Kinesiologist
Medical Students
Students
Anesthesiologist
Physician
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Features

Audio and/or Visual News on PPE Portraits:
CBC Daybreak Interview
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Harriet Yan on CJAD 800 on the Andrew Carter Morning Show
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Dr. Mitch Praises PPE Portraits on CJAD 800
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CBC Radio Canada French Interview
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COVID-19 Recovery Webinar: PPE Portraits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmOAfDF9274

Publications on PPE Portraits:
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Effectiveness of self-portraits used over personal protective equipment during the COVID-1
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PPE Portraits Canada - Sharing the smile behind your PPE

Ramendra, R., [...] Donovan, AA. Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) Annual Review, pages 20/21. 2021.

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Articles on PPE Portraits:
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"COVID-19 AT THE MGH"
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PPE Portrait Canada Awards:
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