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SMCMA & CMA Distribute PPE to County Physicians

On Wednesday, nearly 170 physicians in San Mateo County received much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) in a drive-through event at the offices of the San Mateo County Medical Association. The event was part of a partnership between the California Office of Emergency Services, the California Medical Association, and the San Mateo County Medical Association to provide small and medium-sized practices in the county with free medical-grade PPE including, N95 and surgical masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields.


Practices with 50 or fewer providers were eligible to receive up to a two-month supply of PPE to ensure they can reopen with proper safety precautions in place. This equipment was made available to all qualifying physician practices, whether or not they are SMCMA/CMA members.

The PPE is being made available to physician practices free of charge by the State of California. Funding for the distribution of the equipment was provided by Altais, a new health care services company that helps physicians maximize the health and well-being of their patients in a way that is sustainably affordable and maintains professional satisfaction.

The SMCMA plans to hold another similar event in the near future with equipment received directly as a donation to the organization. Local physicians can place a request for PPE at while a date for the event is being finalized.

You can view photos from the event at the SMCMA Flickr page.