Interprofessional Student Organization Assists the Front Line

Blueprints for Pangaea pivots to provide medical supplies locally, with new support.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, getting enough personal protection equipment and medical supplies to community health organizations has remained a challenge, leading an award-winning U-M student group to step in and help gather and deliver supplies to clinics and health systems in the area.

Blueprints for Pangaea is an interprofessional student group and medical surplus recovery organization that coordinated donations of around 700 plastic face shields to Packard Health, Hope Clinic, Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County and SafeHouse Center, among other contributions.

“Though our efforts are usually more international facing, we felt that COVID-19 illuminated stark health inequities that are still present in our own country,” said Grant Veldhuis, a U-M student leader with Blueprints. “That is why we have already begun donating essential PPE to local, front-line organizations and stand ready to do so in the months ahead.”

Read more about Blueprints for Pangaea’s current work in Michigan, and a new $17,000 grant in support of it, at the Engaged Michigan website.