University HealthCare Alliance

May 07, 2020

Portraits on COVID-19 Protective Gear Reveal the Humanity in Providing Care

The PPE Portrait Project is an art intervention designed to improve COVID-19 care. This project seeks to ameliorate the alienating appearance of the PPE suits with headshot portraits of the health care workers inside. 

As a researcher who has studied the role of compassion in medicine, Cati Brown-Johnson, PhD, thought patients would feel more at ease if they could see the faces of the people treating them. UHA Drive-Thru clinics around the Bay Area have put this into practice when screening and treating our patients.

Thanks to all of our amazing providers who are participating in this extraordinary initiative.

PPE Project