We continue to see examples of all varieties of public-private partnerships (P3) to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Iowa, such a partnership has worked effectively to quickly distribute tens-of-thousands of facemasks to the public, as summarized in this article.
It's easy to talk about the theory behind such partnerships. Stories like this, where they are delivering results where needed, are making it real. We need to continue to explore how this sort of model works and can be carried over from pandemic response to other public services and issues.
Last Tuesday, cloth masks were given away at 125 Hy-Vee stores, including the one in Fort Dodge. Each of those stores gave away between 500 and 1,000 masks. The supermarket chain partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health and HanesBrands.