During this pandemic, one of the most important safety measure is mask, However, this also made faces nearly unrecognizable and made verbal and non-verbal communication more difficult.
Recognizing the need to share the face behind the mask, Child Life specialists and OPE teamed up to create buttons that show the unmasked faces of staff and faculty. Lead by Julie Piazza, OPE project manager, volunteers from the OPE's patient and family advisors have come together to create these buttons.
To date, the team has created 1400 buttons for staff and faculty in Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. The project team has plans to expand efforts into the University Hospital soon.