File:Ruth Johnson, RN, wearing PPE Portrait, ELWA 2 Ebola Treatment Unit, Paynesville, Liberia, March 6, 2015.jpg

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Artist Mary Beth Heffernan enabled Ebola patients to see images of their healthcare workers' faces via adhesive portrait photographs.


English: Photo of Ruth Johnson, R.N., a health care worker at the ELWA 2 ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit) in Paynesville, Liberia on Friday, March 6, 2015. Occidental College art professor Mary Beth Heffernan’s PPE Portrait Project creates wearable portraits of the health care workers who must wear PPE (personal protective equipment) when working with Ebola patients. (Photo by Marc Campos, Occidental College Photographer)
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Mary Beth Heffernan created the PPE Portrait Project in 2014 in response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where patients suffered by not seeing the human faces of their caregivers. Informed by the medical literature on the psychological effects of source isolation, the physiological impact of positive social gestures —as well as the first person narratives of recovered Ebola patients — she was invited by the Chair of Ebola Case Management to bring the project to Liberia in January, 2015.


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