YPSILANTI – Students, faculty and staff at Eastern Michigan University are engaged in a broad effort to make supplies for area healthcare professionals and front-line organizations battling the COVID-19 crisis.
The project involves more than 100 EMU community members making masks, parts for face shields or face shields.
“We are providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital and for community organizations and EMU offices that have essential and critical infrastructure workers,” said Decky Alexander, a professor at EMU and director of academic programs at Engage@EMU, which is overseeing the project.
GameAbove, a group of successful EMU alumni that has supported a variety of programs and initiatives at Eastern, has provided resources for the project, which also recently launched a Crowd Funding campaign with the EMU Foundation.
"GameAbove is key in supporting the EMU PPE project, both in terms of supplies/resources and student personnel," Alexander said. "Their support allows us to include more volunteers, and subsequently provide more PPE resources for both St. Joe's and local organizations or programs in need."
Managing the initiative are Kristen Klochko, Communications & Operations, Engage; and Julie Vogl, graduate assistant for Engage.
Vogl and Klochko explained that the effort involves a complex work flow for each PPE item:
For the Mask Project
Where do the fabric and cutting kits come from?
Face Shield Project
On Monday, April 13, the PPE Production Project was also able to donate 100 fabric masks to the EMU Physical Plant to support essential staff and workers.
“This project is a county wide effort that includes four community organizations: Makers Works, the Ann Arbor Sewing Center, Operation Face Shield and St. Joe's,” Alexander said.
“This is a true EMU story, an affirmation of who we are and how we work with the community,” Alexander said.
Engage@EMU is the University’s outward facing office, charged with cultivating relationships, initiating and/or coordinating community and business partnerships and programs. Information on EMU’s PPE project is available on the project website.
Local health care facilities and community organizations or programs in need of PPE and other resources can fill out a COVID 19 Community Request Form.
Questions on the PPE project and ways to participate can be directed to email@example.com
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.