The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) recently distributed 20,000 N95 masks to practices and facilities that serve some of the most vulnerable communities. the masks were donated by Esperion Therapeutics of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Many of our members provide care to people of color, those who are most vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic,” said Michelle A. Albert, president of ABC. “These practices have been hit doubly hard, both by the influx of patients with COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 complications, and by the psychological and financial strain from the sudden reduction in patient visits and procedures resulting from the pandemic.”

ABC sent masks to Morehouse Healthcare, the clinical arm of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, which serves predominantly black, low-income communities. The remainder went to private practices affiliated with the ABC that also care for underserved, vulnerable patients.

The practices are located throughout the country, including Anniston, AL; Little Rock, AR; Macon and Thomaston in Georgia; Annapolis, MD; Fayetteville, NC; Ridgewood, NJ; Rosedale, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Chester, VA.

“These practices are truly on the front lines of the pandemic given the populations they serve,” said Elizabeth Ofili, Chair of the ABC Board of Directors. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Esperion to help protect physicians, other members of the care team and their employees as they care for and treat people with or at risk for cardiovascular disease and the coronavirus.”

Esperion is a lipid management company, with a team of lipid experts who work to lower bad cholesterol by discovering, developing and commercializing innovative medicines and combinations with established medicines. Its team works hard to make medicines easy to take, easy to get and easy to have.

“As the lipid management company, we’re proud to support the work of the Association of Black Cardiologists and its members by providing essential equipment that increases the ability to help more patients,” said Sheldon Koenig, chief operating officer of Esperion. “We are grateful that the Association was able to share the N95 masks with those who need it the most.”

(Photo: Courtesy of Morehouse School of Medicine)

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