GetusPPE recognizes the importance of equitable allocation of scarce PPE supplies.
We are conducting targeted outreach to healthcare facilities that serve underrepresented or historically disadvantaged communities. In addition, we are working diligently on developing a process to facilitate prioritization of PPE supplies based on need, risk, and vulnerability.
In consultation with members of affected communities, as well as experts in public health, emergency response, and bioethics from Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, our process to facilitate equity in allocation of donated PPE considers a wide variety of factors, including, but not limited to:
- Type of facility – hospital, nursing home, homeless shelter, etc
- Immediacy of need – how close is the facility to running out of PPE?
- Risk of exposure to medical staff – whether the facility has an ER or ICU, type of procedures performed
- Local healthcare capacity – hospital beds and medical professionals per capita
- Vulnerability – whether the facility is a safety net hospital, whether it is part of a rural/tribal/prison system