BOSTON, December 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights joined the national nonprofit project N95 and the Boston University School of Public Health distribute 20,000 protective masks in the most deprived areas of the state. The community sites receiving the masks are: La Colaborativa de Chelsea, Persons incorporated in Autumn river, YWCA South East MA – New-Bedford, YMCA Southcoast Swansea – Autumn river, SEIU509 and Bristol Community College.

“As we enter the winter holiday season, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and beyond,” said Acting Director of the FXB Center, Dr. Nathalie Linos. “A key public health strategy is to remove financial barriers to accessing proven preventative measures that reduce community transmission. We are delighted to partner with Project N95 and community organizations to make high quality masks available free of charge and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones. “

“The N95 project firmly believes that everyone deserves quality respiratory protection during the pandemic. Quality products must be accessible, affordable and authentic,” said the executive director of the N95 project Anne Miller.

“With the holiday season underway, I encourage people in Bristol’s Fifth District to protect themselves and their neighbors from COVID-19 by wearing masks and getting vaccinated, if they are eligible.” said the representative of the mass. Patricia haddad. “In the spirit of the donation, the N95 Project and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in Harvard have made a generous contribution that will go a long way in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives. We are grateful for this partnership with local community organizations, including Autumn river, to make this gift of impactful masks possible. “

Donated masks were generously provided by Louis M. Gerson Co. of Middleboro, MA and Bona Fide Masks from Westchester, NY. Families looking for free masks can contact the N95 project.

SOURCE FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University