IMPACT Melanoma, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing skin cancer diagnoses across the country, teamed up with the City of Boston, Brigham Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to launch a new safety station on City Hall Plaza. The sun safety station is equipped with four multi-facing sunscreen dispensers, a shade inducing umbrella, and storage for backup sunscreen and applicable supplies.
“Boston was the first city in the country to progressively engage IMPACT Melanoma’s “Practice Safe Skin’ program, which has been adopted by 42 states,” said IMPACT Melanoma’s Executive Director Deb Girard.
Fifteen sunscreen dispensers are currently available at locations around Boston, including Boston Common, the Public Garden, municipal golf courses, and boat houses. The new fleet of 35 additional mobile sunscreen dispensers will also be made available for deployment at various public events next summer.
Councilor O’Malley, who attended the unveiling of Boston City Hall’s Sun Safety Station, commented, “This expanded program will educate and empower Boston residents and visitors to practice sun safety.” He continued, “I was proud to have spearheaded the first implementation of sunscreen dispensers, and look forward to seeing them installed at more locations around the City of Boston.”
The sunscreen dispensers will be available for public use through early October 2019. The program will resume in the spring of 2020 on National Melanoma Day, Monday, May 4, 2020, through continued support from Brigham Health and MGH.