The NC Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the NC Agromedicine Institute and the NC Cooperative Extension to help ensure that the agricultural community has access to personal protective equipment in preparation for the 2021 agricultural season.
Please be aware that DHHS may not be able to fill the full order, but we will work together to fulfill requests to the best of our ability. Please take into consideration local partners that can also be leveraged to meet these needs.
How can PPE supplies be ordered through NC DHHS?
NC Cooperative Extensions OR other farmworker-focused organizations (not affiliated with a health care infrastructure) can order PPE supplies through the NCDHHS website using the ReadyOps Supply Request Form. Please submit your supply request by Friday, March 19, 2021.
Farmworker and community health clinics or farmworker organizations working through health providers can order through the NC Healthcare Supply Chain Support Request Form found on the NCDHHS website (does not expire).
When is the deadline for ordering supplies?
Please submit your initial supply request by December 16, 2020. If you have concerns about meeting this deadline or need support, please reach out to Kate Douglass, Kate.Douglass@dhhs.nc.gov. Each organization can order supply quantities according to warehouse/storage capacity. Additional supply requests can be made on an as-needed basis. However, supply order quantities may be limited.
Are there items that cannot be ordered through the state supply portal?
- To order Educational materials, please contact NCFHP: Nicandro Acevedo, Nicandro.Acevedo@dhhs.nc.gov or Kate Douglass, Kate.Douglass@dhhs.nc.gov.
- If you are interested in ordering Pulse Oximeters, please contact Kate Douglass, Kate.Douglass@dhhs.nc.gov
- NC Cooperative Extensions with pesticide protection related needs such as N95s, gloves, and fit test, please contact Robin Tutor at the NC Agromedicine Institute: Tutorr@ecu.edu
Who is the target population for these supplies?
Farmworkers (migrant workers, H2A Visa workers, and seasonal workers and their families), including farmers and farm labor contractors and their families; medical staff responding to the greater agricultural community; and packing house workers. Meat and poultry plant workers are not included in these estimates, but it’s OK to respond to a specific request if there is a need.
Who is an eligible requestor?
NC Cooperative Extensions, NC Agromedicine Institute, NC Grower’s Association, health clinics serving the agricultural community, or farmworker-focused organizations. If your organization serves this population and is not listed above, please reach out to NCFHP, Kate Douglass, Kate.Douglass@dhhs.nc.gov to inquire about ordering supplies.
Are there limitations for requestors?
Specific items can only be ordered by and used by medical staff and carry the designation “HC” on the inventory list. For a complete updated list, please refer to the State Supply Inventory List, found in the list of documents to the right.
What are Welcome Kits?
Welcome Kits meet initial and basic educational and PPE needs for arriving farmworkers. These kits bring together partners serving the agricultural community, promote awareness of farmworker presence, and foster healthy prevention behaviors in the farmworker population.