ACHs help fight COVID-19 with protective equipment and partnerships

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) have received and distributed a whopping 4.4 million pieces of personal protection equipment (PPE) to those in need.

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Above: Healthier Here ACH in Seattle collecting PPE to distribute to their region.

HCA recently asked health care providers, health care organizations, and ACHs about their need for PPE. Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with help from the Military Department and Department of Enterprise Services, HCA secured millions of masks for nearly 180 entities.

We couldn’t house or distribute that many masks, and asked our ACH partners if they could help. ACHs immediately stepped up and began coordinating in their regions. They worked with community partners to secure warehouse space, rent trucks, and provide masks to those in need.

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Above: Greater Columbia ACH in Kennewick collecting PPE to distribute to their region.

PPE has been distributed to behavioral health providers, coalitions, assisted living facilities, homeless shelters, social service centers, school districts, Tribes, farmworkers, dental offices, small businesses and nonprofits, and many more.

Through their PPE distribution efforts, ACHs are helping to protect the people of Washington State, and helping essential and necessary businesses and services stay open.