100 Million Mask Challenge

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We have seen the hospital field come together in amazing ways, rising to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis and providing care to our communities. Health care workers are our most valuable resource when it comes to treating and stopping the spread of the virus. Our nation’s hospitals and health systems are working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of the health care workforce. They must have the personal protective equipment (PPE) and support they need to provide care to patients.

The demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created a severe shortage of PPE across the world. The supply simply cannot keep up with the demand. To respond to that need, the American Hospital Association is launching a call to action to increase production and distribution of PPE to health care workers across the country.

The 100 Million Mask Challenge was originally launched by Providence, headquartered in Washington State, where they have seen a tremendous outpouring of support from individuals, community organizations and local manufacturers. Providence entered into an important collaboration with Kaas Tailored, a local furniture manufacturer that is now producing much needed personal protective equipment for health care workers.

The American Hospital Association is expanding the 100 Million Mask Challenge nationwide. We are calling on manufacturers, the business community and individuals across the country to coordinate efforts--facilitate new relationships with hospitals and health systems--in order to rapidly produce needed PPE on a large scale for our nation’s health care heroes.

This is just the start of our efforts and this national call to action. Needs exist nationwide and shortages are vast. AHA will expand the scope of the 100 Million Mask Challenge to meet the growing challenges and needs of our health care workers, hospitals and health systems as they take on the COVID-19 pandemic.

AHA CEO and President Rick Pollack's appearance on MSNBC on March 27, 2020

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“Our health care heroes on the front lines have an immediate need for personal protective equipment, and we have to push on all cylinders to get these items produced and into the field,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA.

“The Challenge builds on the incredible efforts of Providence to bring this call to action to the entire nation.”

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