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.
All sponsorships directly support and fund PPE Portraits Canada, delivering smiling portraits to healthcare workers across Canada in order to humanize the appearance of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).