Community Health Representative Series Presentations

Below is a list of past and upcoming CHR Series presentations. To view presentation slides, presenter bios, and additional resources, click view more

Hepatitis C Virus | April 8, 2021

Like HIV, hepatitis C often has no symptoms until it appears as late stage liver cancer. New testing and treatments are greatly reducing deaths from this disease that affects millions of Americans.  Find out how new treatments are simple, highly effective, and accessible for our patients at the primary care level, with no need to be referred to specialists anymore.

Presenters: Janet Cifuentes, PharmD

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Substance Use Disorder | April 15, 2021

Dependence on opiates such as painkillers and heroin continue to cause overdose and trauma to families across Indian Country.  There is no perfect solution, but approaches such as Harm Reduction and Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) can greatly reduce overdose deaths and help some patients on the road to recovery.

Presenters: Jessica Rienstra, BSN, RN

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HIV | April 22, 2021

Did you know: That advances in treatment mean that HIV can be treated like a chronic disease?  That there’s a one-pill-a-day medication that’s more than 99% effective in preventing sexual transmission of HIV?  That people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load-the amount of HIV in the blood-by taking and adhering to antiretroviral therapy-can’t sexually transmit the virus to others? That early diagnosis and treatment of HIV can let people with HIV live a full life and prevent new HIV infections from occurring? This session will have a refresher on transmission and recently approved treatment options.

Presenters: Heather Huentelman, PharmD

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LGBTQ-2S | April 29, 2021

What does it mean to be a member of the lesbian, gay, transgender, bi, queer, two-spirit community?  Two-spirit is a concept with a long historical legacy in Indian Country.  LGTBQ-2S members of our community face misconceptions and stigma that can be life-threatening.  Community understanding and open, affirming medical care is important.  The LGBTQ-Two Spirit population has unique healthcare needs, is at greater risk for multiple health threats, and often experiences low-quality care due to various factors, including discrimination. All people should receive health services formulated to address their particular circumstances and meet their individual needs.

Presenters: Rick Haverkate, MPH

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Sexually Transmitted Infections | May 6, 2021

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise nationally, especially in Indian Country. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and other STIs can have no symptoms, and cause long term health damage. Prevention, education, early screening and testing, partner notification, partner expedited therapy, and other options can help reduce the toll of STIs in our communities. This session will discuss STI transmission and prevention, as well as medical services and treatment. We welcome questions during and after the session as we work with CHRs to improve our patients’ health.

Presenters: Sophina Calderon, MD & Andria Apostolou, PhD

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COVID-19 Vaccines | June 3, 2021

Many Tribal Nations are reporting excellent rollout and coverage of COVID-19 vaccination in their community.  It is important that key community members such as tribal leadership and CHRs have a clear understanding of the vaccines and their benefits to allow them to answer questions and lead by example.  This session will give an overview of how the COVID-19 vaccines work, and answer any questions you might have.  We look forward to also sharing practical examples of how local vaccination programs have educated their communities and helped make the vaccine accessible to their citizens.

Presenters: Sophina Calderon, MD

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