Handmade Cloth Face Mask Distribution

"Masks for Moms" Campaign
Posted on 06/23/2020
Image of Summit County Public Health LogoSummit County Public Health (SCPH), in partnership with the Commission on Minority Health, Medicaid Managed Care Plans and the Full Term First Birthday (FTFB) Greater Akron collaborative, announced an initiative to collect and distribute handmade cloth face masks to pregnant and postpartum women in Summit County. The Masks for Moms initiative originated in Chicago, Ill., with a community-based nonprofit organization, Black Girls Break Bread in partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Center of Excellence in Maternal Child Health and various other agencies in the community. The overall aim of the Masks for Moms campaign is to protect pregnant and postpartum women and their babies during the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring all mothers have access to a reusable cloth face mask.
 
Even though masks do not provide absolute protection from COVID-19, all individuals are encouraged by the CDC to wear masks when they leave their homes. Those attending prenatal care visits in person and moms about to give birth will also benefit from the reduced stress that is likely to come from wearing a mask in their interactions with the prenatal healthcare providers.

Masks for Moms has collaborated with a local company, Project Sew United, to purchase CDC-approved cloth face masks but is also seeking volunteers to donate additional cloth face masks. The reusable cloth face masks will be distributed by FTFB community partners at various locations throughout Summit County. Please visit scph.org/masks for additional information about making, wearing or cleaning reusable cloth masks or for a listing of our pick-up and donation locations. If you have any additional questions, please call Summit County Public Health at 330.926.5700.
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