What is a PPE Portrait?
PPE Portraits are postcard-sized portrait pictures worn on the body. They are most commonly disposable one-time-use stickers, but can also be laminated and reusable.
Who should wear a PPE Portrait?
Anyone who must wear a mask or other PPE that obscures a portion of the face or other parts of the body.
How do I know what kind of PPE Portrait is right for me or my organization?
We have a PROs and CONs guide to all the different PPE Portrait formats to help you figure out what type of PPE Portrait would work best for your specific needs.
How did you come up with the idea of PPE Portraits?
The PPE Portrait project started during the 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak in Liberia by artist Mary Beth Heffernan as a way to humanize medical staff wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE).
How do you stay safe while taking the pictures for the portraits?
We recommend that the photographer use a 200mm or longer lens so that the photographer can stand at least 15 feet from the subject to maintain an extra-large social distance. We also recommend that the portraits be taken outside in fresh air to further reduce the risk.
I want my own PPE Portrait! how do I get one?
We have instructions for making disposable individual portraits as well as laminated portraits. I you are working with underserved communities, you can take advantage of a generous grant from The Polination Project and Paige, our implementation specialist can make and ship you a PPE Portrait for free. /rescue_toggle]
We’d love to help you get PPE Portraits adopted in your own institution or clinic! Email Cati Brown Johnson or Mary Beth Heffernan and we’ll help you get the ball rolling.
I want my hospital/medical clinic to adopt PPE Portraits. How do I get started?
I want my assisted living facility or school to adopt PPE Portraits. How do I get started?
I'd like to support you with a donation. Do you accept funds?
Yes! We are not yet a non-profit, but we could really use your help to fund our production effort. A $5 donation will cover the cost of producing two laminated PPE Portraits. We accept Paypal (our PayPal id is firstname.lastname@example.org) or a good old fashioned check.
I want to help! How do I get involved?
We’d love your help! Email email@example.com and let us know how you’d like to get involved.