Presentation Title: The Indiana CTSI PPE Project: A Conduit Between Innovation and Need in the COVID-19 Crisis
Author Name(s): Jake Lazarus, Kara Garcia, and Anna Carrera
Author Department and School Affiliation: Indiana CTSI
Abstract: At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indiana CTSI partnered with several institutions around the state to ensure PPE needs (and other healthcare industry needs) were being met around the state. This effort was born in response to two main challenges: first, the major PPE manufacturers having to scale their efforts and respond to an overwhelming number of requests from around the country, and second, many smaller organizations and companies who wouldn’t normally need PPE not knowing where to find it. Using both public PPE request forms and connecting with organizations who understand local needs (e.g. county health departments, IDOE, etc.), we’ve worked with our partners, including Ivy Tech Community College, University of Notre Dame and IU Bloomington (to name a few), to distribute 100,000 face masks, almost 50,000 face shields, 15,000 ear guards, as well as printed school desks, Plexiglas sneeze guards, and intubation boxes, among others. As none of the labs who manufactured these supplies traditionally focus on public health, this proves that strong communication between innovative minds and a desire to have a positive impact on the community can lead to swift positive action on a scalable level in times of crises.