About Us


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). Patients experiencing one of the most terrifying times of their lives are unable to see the faces of their medical staff, but having a photo sticker on the staff’s PPE gown allows the patient to better relate to their caregiver. This project was revived in 2020 by Stanford social scientist Cati Brown-Johnson and featured on The Rachel Maddow ShowNPRSmithsonian magazine and KQED. Paige K Parsons joined the project soon after expanding it to include reusable laminated PPE Portraits in Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Preschools.


We’d love to help you implement PPE Portraits in your own unique setting. Please reach out!

Health Care Institutions or Medical Clinics, please contact Cati Brown-Johnson.

Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or preschools, please contact Paige K Parsons.

Are you interested in adopting PPE Portraits in a new setting? Please contact Mary Beth Heffernan.

Are you from the media and interested in covering our project? Please contact Cati Brown-Johnson.