COVID-19 Clinic Presentations

Below is a list of past COVID-19 ECHO Clinic presentations. To view presentation slides, presenter bios, and additional resources, click view more.


The Science Behind Leading COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates | Clinical Update | September 23, 2020

In this session, Dr. Harry Brown, Medical Epidemiologist for the United South and Eastern Tribes, reviews immunology and vaccine science, new (and old) vaccine technologies, and provides an overview of current leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner at Cherokee Nation Health Services, share clinical updates on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Harry Brown, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Public Health Policy and Practice Updates | 1918 Flu Epidemic | September 21, 2020

In this series of presentations, Brigg Reilley, MPH, provides a number of valuable COVID-19 related resources produced by the FDA and CDC as well as an overview of recent updates in COVID-19 research and practice. Then, Dr. Thomas Becker provides a summary of what we can learn from past pandemics relevant to COVID-19.

Presenters: Brigg Reilley, Dr. Tom Becker

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Burnout to Resonance | Clinical Update | September 16, 2020

In this session, Dr. Alan Shelton, Clinical Director of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, shares practices and attitudes that can bring our spirits and work into balance during COVID-19 going from burnout to resonance. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, shares clinical updates on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Alan Shelton, Dr. Jorge Mera

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Tribal COVID-19 Vaccine Readiness Planning | September 14, 2020

In this session, Lou Schmitz, lead consultant for the American Indian Health Commission’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness projects, provides updates on federal and state plans, reviews materials and resources for Tribes consideration to develop their COVID-19 vaccine plans.

Presenters: Lou Schmitz

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing Experiences | Clinical Update | September 9, 2020

In this session, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner at Cherokee Nation Health Services, share clinical updates on COVID-19. Then, Antoinette Aguirre & Ryan Sealy, Contact Tracing Leads at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, share their experience with contact tracing, strategies and opportunities.

Presenters: Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex, Antoinette Aguirre and Ryan Sealy

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IHS COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | September 3, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at IHS, gives a weekly clinical update on COVID-19. Then Dr. Jill Moses, Case Management Lead for the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Response and Director of Public Health at Chinle Service Unit with the Indian Health Service, share the Navajo Nation’s contact tracing response and case management strategies.

Presenters: Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Jill Moses

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Public Health Policy and Practice Updates | Clinical Update | September 2, 2020

In this session, Brigg Reilley, MPH, provides a number of valuable COVID-19 related resources produced by the FDA and CDC as well as an overview of recent updates in COVID-19 research and practice. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner at Cherokee Nation Health Services, share clinical updates on COVID-19.

Presenters: Brigg Reilley, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Air Pollution and COVID-19 | Public Health Policy and Practice Updates | August 31, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Thomas Becker provides an overview of the latest research on air pollution and COVID-19. Then, Brigg Reilley, MPH, provides a number of valuable COVID-19 related resources produced by the FDA and CDC as well as an overview of recent updates in COVID-19 research and practice.

Presenters: Dr. Tom Becker, Brigg Reilley

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing in Navajo Nation | Clinical Update | August 26, 2020

In this session, Dr. Jill Moses, Case Management Lead for the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Response and Director of Public Health at Chinle Service Unit with the Indian Health Service, and Dr. Sonya Shin, Contact Tracing Lead for Navajo Nation, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Consulting Physician at Gallup Indian Medical Center, share the Navajo Nation’s contact tracing response and case management strategies. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner at Cherokee Nation Health Services, share clinical updates on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Jill Moses, Dr Sonya Shin, Dr. Jorge Mera

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Public Health Policy and Practice Updates | COVID-19 Among AI/AN People | August 24, 2020

In this series of presentations, Brigg Reilley, MPH, provides a number of valuable COVID-19 related resources produced by the FDA and CDC as well as an overview of recent updates in COVID-19 research and practice. Then, Dr. Tom Weiser provides an overview of the latest MMWR article published focusing on the disparity and incidence of COVID-19 among AI/AN persons.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Weiser, Brigg Reilley

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Clinical Update | August 19, 2020

In this session, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, shares clinical updates on COVID-19. Then, Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner at Cherokee Nation Health Services, provides answers to previously submitted questions from participants.

Presenters: Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Vaping and COVID-19 | Public Health Policy and Practice Updates | August 17, 2020

In this series of presentations, Brigg Reilley, MPH, provides a number of valuable COVID-19 related resources produced by the FDA and CDC as well as an overview of recent updates in COVID-19 research. Then, Dr. Thomas Becker provides an overview of the latest research on vaping and COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Becker, Brigg Reilley

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Clinical Update | August 12, 2020

In this session, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, shares clinical updates on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Jorge Mera

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Neurological Manifestations of COVID-19 | Question & Answer Panel | August 10, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Thomas Becker provides an overview of the neurological manifestations in COVID-19 patients. Then, ECHO faculty answer questions submitted during the telehealth session – from antibody testing to re-infection, faculty tackle all COVID-19 related questions.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Becker, Whitney Essex, Dr. Harry Brown, Dr. Alex Wu, Dr. Thomas Weiser, Dr. Jorge Mera

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Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccine & Preparation for Influenza | Clinical Update | August 5, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, shares clinical updates on COVID-19. Then, Dr. Thomas Weiser discusses considerations for preparing for a potential COVID-19 vaccine and updates on recent developments from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Weiser, Dr. Jorge Mera

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COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Outcomes | CDC and Clinical Updates August 3, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Thomas Becker provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research focusing on cardiovascular outcomes. Then, Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner at Cherokee Nation Health Services, provides a CDC and clinical update along with a summary of several studies related to COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Becker, Whitney Essex

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IHS COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | July 30, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at IHS, gives a weekly clinical update on COVID-19. Then Dr. Nomi Levy-Carrick, Associate Vice Charitys of Ambulatory Services in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham Health, provides an update on individual and community-based mental health impacts of COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Nomi Levy-Carrick

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Emerging Topics | COVID-19 Clinical Updates July 27, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Thomas Becker provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research focusing on emerging topics and children. Then, Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner at Cherokee Nation Health Services, provides a CDC and clinical update along with a summary of several studies related to COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Becker, Whitney Essex

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Chinle Service Unit Approaches to Telemedicine During the COVID-19 PandemicJuly 23, 2020

In this presentation, Dr. Eric Ritchie, Clinical Director at the Chinle Service Unit discusses challenges limiting use and novel approaches to the use of telemedicine in the COVID-19 response. 

Presenters: Dr. Eric Ritchie

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Emerging Topics | COVID-19 Clinical Updates July 20, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Thomas Becker provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research focusing on climate change and COVID-19. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Services, provide a clinical update along with a summary of several studies related to COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Becker, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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IHS COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | July 16, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at IHS, gives a weekly clinical update on COVID-19. Then Dr. Thomas Weiser, Medical Epidemiologist for the Portland Area Indian Health Service, provides an update on IHS influenza vaccination coverage. Finally, Dr. Tara Jatlaoui, Adult Immunization Lead in the Immunization Services Division at CDC, discusses considerations for influenza vaccination in the age of COVID.

Presenters: Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Thomas Weiser, Dr. Tara Jatlaoui

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Aerosol Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 | COVID-19 Clinical Updates July 13, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Service, provide a clinical update along with a summary of several studies related to COVID-19 modeling and treatment. Then, Dr. Thomas Becker provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research focusing on aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Weiser, Dr. Thomas Becker, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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MIS-C | COVID-19 Clinical Updates July 6, 2020

In this series of two presentations, Dr. Thomas Becker, provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research focusing on MIS-C. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee National Health Services, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee National Health Services, provide a clinical update along with a summary of several studies related to COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Weiser, Dr. Thomas Becker, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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COVID-19 Testing Strategies – Results, Lessons Learned & Tips for Tribes | COVID-19 Clinical Updates | June 24, 2020

Public health officials throughout Indian Country are working together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanding access to reliable screening is critical to containment efforts. In this series of presentations, public health officials Luke McDaniel, MD (serving Port Gamble S’Klallam), and Sarah Wilborn, PA (serving Swinomish) share their comprehensive testing/public health strategies. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner with Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, provide a clinical update along with a summary of several studies related to COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Luke McDaniel, Sarah Wilborn, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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COVID-19 Epi Updates | CDC, FDA Research & Resources | June 22, 2020

In this presentation, Dr. Alexander Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides a number of valuable COVID-19 related resources produced by the FDA and CDC. Dr. Wu also provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research.

Presenters: Dr. Alexander Wu

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IHS COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | June 18, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Jeff McCollum, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention at IHS, provides a situation report on the COVID-19 pandemic in Indian Country. Then, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at IHS, gives a weekly clinical update on COVID-19. Finally, Bernard Jones, Chief of Staff and Vice President, Public Policy Liaison Officer, COVID-19 Incident Command & Thomas Walsh, Vice President, Analytics, Planning, Strategy and Implementation, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discuss phased reopening and ambulatory operations.

Presenters: Dr. Jeffrey McCollum, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Bernard Jones, Thomas Walsh

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COVID-19 Clinical Updates | Opportunities for Telemedicine Beyond the COVID-19 Emergency | June 17, 2020

In this series of  presentations, Dr. James Stallcup, CMIO and Medical Director at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center at Cherokee Nation, discusses success and opportunities for continuing telemedicine beyond the COVID-19 emergency. Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner with Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, provides a clinical update along with a summary of several studies related to COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. James Stallcup, Whitney Essex

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COVID-19 Epi Updates | CDC, FDA Research & Resources | Returning to Work Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic | June 15, 2020

In this series of  presentations, Dr. Alexander Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides a number of valuable COVID-19 related resources produced by the FDA and CDC. Dr. Wu also provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research. Finally, Holly Thompson Duffy, Public Health Consultant for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, shares recommendations on how to safely return to work amid the pandemic.

Presenters: Dr. Alexander Wu, Holly Thompson Duffy

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IHS COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | June 11, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Jeff McCollum, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention at IHS, provides a situation report on the COVID-19 pandemic in Indian Country. Then, Dr. Jane Newburger, Director of the Kawasaki Program, and Dr. Pui Lee, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Institution at Boston Children’s Hospital, discuss pediatric COVID-19 Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome.

Presenters: Dr. Jeffrey McCollum, Dr. Jane Newburger, Dr. Pui Lee

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Effective Community Messaging and Resources for COVID-19 | Clinical Update | June 10, 2020

Effective and timely health communication has become vital as the public health and medical communities work to stop the spread of COVID-19 through Indian Country. In this presentation, experts from the United South and Eastern Tribes, Johns Hopkins’ Center for American Indian Health, and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, share their community messaging strategies, and provide numerous examples and resources. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, shares a COVID-19 clinical update.

Presenters: Christy Duke, Kristin Lake Masten, Dr. Stephanie Craig Rushing, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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CDC, FDA, Resources & Research | June 8, 2020

Dr. Alexander Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides a number of valuable COVID-19 related resources produced by the FDA and CDC. Dr. Wu also provides an overview of some recent updates in COVID-19 research.

Presenters: Dr. Alexander Wu

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IHS COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | June 4, 2020

In this series of three presentations, Dr. Jeff McCollum, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention at IHS, provides a situation report on the COVID-19 pandemic in Indian Country. Then, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at IHS, gives a weekly clinical update on COVID-19. Finally, Dr. Anthony Massaro, a critical care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Lung Center, discusses the management of critically ill patients with COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Jeffrey McCollum, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Anthony Massaro

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Harm Reduction Approaches to COVID- 19 | June 3, 2020

As people slowly return to their normal daily lives, they are seeking practical guidance about the new challenges they may encounter as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this presentation, Jessica Leston and Dr. Danica Love Brown use a harm reduction approach to provide practical guidance for keeping our communities safe as they begin to reopen.

Presenters: Dr. Danica Love Brown, Jessica Leston

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COVID-19 Epi Updates: Testing Considerations | CDC, FDA Research & Resources | COVID-19 Update | June 1, 2020

In this series of three presentations, Dr. Thomas Weiser provides an epidemiological update on COVID-19, focusing on testing recommendations and considerations. Then, Celeste Davis, shares valuable resources from the FDA and CDC. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, shares clinical updates on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Weiser, Celeste Davis, Dr. Jorge Mera

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COVID-19: Opening Puyallup’s Clinic for Routine Dental Care | Lummi Dental Return to Work Interim | May 29, 2020

In these two presentations, Dr. Sean Kelly, Dental Director for the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, outlines the steps that the Puyallup Clinic has taken to resume routine dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic and keep their community safe. Then, Dr. Jessica Dubek, Dental Director at the Lummi Dental Health Clinic, shares the measures that her clinic has taken to resume services safely.

Presenters: Dr. Sean Kelly, Dr. Jessica Dubek

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IHS COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | May 28, 2020

In these two presentations, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at Indian Health Services, provides a clinical update. Then, Dr. Elizabeth Mann, a Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist at Gallup Indian Medical Center, discusses the role of palliative care in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and highlights some of the palliative care needs of IHS patients.

Presenters: Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Elizabeth Mann

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Care for Persons Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Yellowhawk Surveillance Study | May 27, 2020

People experiencing homelessness are at far greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Jennie Wei, an Internal Medicine Specialist at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, discusses the risk factors associated with homelessness and COVID-19. She shares strategies for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in shelter settings, and identifies isolation housing options for people who have been exposed. Dr. James Winde, the Medical Director at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, shares testing strategies and lessons learned from surveillance studies at Umatilla. 

Presenters: Dr. Jennie Wei, Dr. James Winde

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IHS COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | May 21, 2020

Dr. Jeff McCollum, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention for Indian Health Service, provides a situation report on COVID-19. Then, Dr. Jon Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at IHS, provides a clinical update. Finally, Dr. Chris Fore, Director of TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellent introduces a panel discussion on providing telehealth care in response to COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Jeff McCollum, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Chris Fore

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Navajo Nation Response to COVID-19 | May 20, 2020

Dr. Shawn D’Andrea, Chief Clinical Consultant on Emergency Medicine for IHS, share the the steps the Emergency Departments of Navajo Nation have taken in response to COVID-19. Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at IHS, shares how the Navajo Nation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, provides a summary of several studies related to COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Shawn D’Andrea, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Counting COVID-19 Deaths | May 18, 2020

The presentation begins with Dr. Alexander Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who shares new updates from the FDA regarding testing, and health alerts concerning Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children associated with COVID-19. Dr. Tom Weiser provides an overview of how mortality statistics are impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how COVID-19 deaths are counted and coded. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, shares some of the latest studies and articles on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Alexander Wu, Dr. Thomas Weiser, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Resilience Amidst the COVID-19 Response: Recognizing Risks, Planning Responses | May 14, 2020

Most of us are experiencing increased stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Nomi C. Levy-Carrick, Associate Vice Chair of Ambulatory Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains one model for resilience, the impact of trauma, and shares tools for strengthening resilience within individuals and organizations.

Presenters: Dr. Nomi C. Levy-Carrick

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COVID-19 Emerging Topic: A Public Health Framework for Reopening Tribal Economies | May 13, 2020

Celeste Davis, Environmental Public Health Director at the Northwest Tribal Epicenter, shares resources and information intended to aid Tribal leaders in making decisions around reopening their communities and economies. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Service, share the latest updates and research on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters: Celeste Davis, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Routine Child Immunizations | Updates – SARS-CoV-2 – Antibody Blocking Infections? | May 11, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Tom Weiser discussed the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on routine child immunizations. Dr. Alexander Wu, a Epidemic Intelligence Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shares the findings of several recent COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 studies. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Services, share several additional studies on a variety of COVID-19 topics, including reopening and the impact of policy interventions and social distancing on the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Presenters: Dr. Tom Weiser, Dr. Alexander Wu, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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COVID-19 Clinical Updates | Setting Up an Alternate Care Facility | May 7, 2020

Following a situation update from RADM Michael Toedt, Chief Medical Officer for the Indian Health Service, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Indian Health Service Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases, shares new research on COVID-19 symptoms and goes on to share testing and treatment updates. Finally, Dr. Kevin Gaines, the Acting Deputy Chief at Gallup Indian Medical Center, along with his team, shares guidelines on starting an alternate care facility.

Presenters: RADM Michael Toedt, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Kevin Gaines

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Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists COVID-19 Case Definition | Laboratory Testing for COVID-19 | Example Population Testing Strategy for Tribes | May 6, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Harry Brown, Medical Epi Consultant for the United Southern and Eastern Tribes, discusses laboratory testing for COVID-19. Dr. Alex Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. James Winde, Medical Director at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, present an example COVID-19 Testing strategy for tribes. Then, Dr. Katie Johnson, EHR Integrated Care Coordinator at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, provides and overview of billing and coding of COVID-19 medications. Finally, Dr. Tom Weiser provides an overview of the COVID-19 Case Definition created by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

Presenters: Dr. Harry Brown, Dr. Alex Wu, Dr.  James Winde, Dr. Katie Johnson, Dr. Tom Weiser

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Testing for COVID-19 | COVID-19 Timelines – Updated Return to Work for Healthcare Workers | May 4, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Alex Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides several timelines for COVID-19 and the criteria for return to work for healthcare workers suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. Dr. Tom Weiser, discusses priority patients for COVID-19 testing. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, shares new studies on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Alex Wu, Dr. Tom Weiser, Dr. Jorge Mera

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Indian Health Service COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | April 30, 2020

This presentation begins with a situation update by RADM Michael Toedt. Then, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Indian Health Service Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases, provides a clinical update on COVID-19.  Finally, CAPT Tom Faber, Clinical Director of Zuni IHS Hospital, discusses the pathophysiology and clinical characteristics of COVID-19 in children, and how the public health response has affected children.

Presenters: RADM Michael Toedt, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, CAPT Tom Faber

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COVID-19 Updates | April 29, 2020

In this series of presentation, Dr. Jorge Mera, shares some of the latest updates, articles and studies on COVID-19. Then, Dr. Tom Weiser shares a brief epi report.

Presenters: Dr. Jorge Mera, Dr. Tom Weiser, Dr. Alex Wu

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COVID-19 Emerging Topic: A Public Health Framework for Reopening Tribal Economies | April 27, 2020

Celeste Davis, an Environmental Public Health Consultant for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, provides guidance on reopening tribal economies using cultural values and public health principles. She is assisted by Dr. Alex Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Tom Weiser. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera shares some of the latest studies on COVID-19.

Presenters: Celeste Davis, Dr. Alex Wu, Dr. Tom Weiser, Dr. Jorge Mera

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COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | April 23, 2020

RADM Michael Toedt, Chief Medical Officer for the Indian Health Service, provides a brief situation report. Then, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Indian Health Service Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases, shares a clinical update. Finally, Dr. Jennie Wei, an Internal Medicine Physician at Gallup Indian Medical Center, speaks on the topic of providing healthcare to persons experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters: RADM Michael Toedt, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Jennie Wei

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Re-Membering Native Plant Medicines | COVID-19 Updates | April 22, 2020

Dr. Itai Jeffries, an Investigator and Consultant for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Healthboard, speaks on the topic of using traditional medicines during the time of COVID-19. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, shares some of the latest studies on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Itai Jeffries, Dr. Jorge Mera

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COVID-19 Epi Update | Emerging Topics: Reinfection, Serological Tests, Forecasting | COVID-19 Updates | April 20, 2020

In this series of three presentations, Dr. Tom Weiser shares an epi update. Then, Dr. Alex Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks about several emerging topics, including forecasting what may happen if stay-at-home orders were to be lifted. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex,  Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Services, share several new studies on COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Tom Weiser, Dr. Alex Wu, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Lummi Emergency and Teledental Care | Teledentistry: Providing Care During the COVID-19 Crisis | April 17, 2020

In this series of two presentations, the dental team at Lummi Tribal Health Center share their experience and practices for providing emergency dental care and teledental care during the COVID-19 crisis. Then, Dr. Azma Ahmed, Dental Director for NARA, and Sally Beach, Oral Health Community Outreach Coordinator for NARA, provide an overview of NARA’s teledentistry model and their lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters: Dr. Jessica Dubek, Dr. Joshua Giltner, Dr. Jessica Hudson, Dr. Jonathan Todorovich, Dr. Azma Ahmed, Sally Beach

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COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | April 16, 2020

This series of presentations begins with a situation update from RADM Michael Toedt, Chief Medical Officer for IHS. Then, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Indian Health Service Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases, shares a clinical care update date on COVID-19. Finally, Dr. Michelle Harkins, Division Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine for the University of New Mexico, shares a clinical update on COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Presenters: RADM Michael Toedt, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Michelle Harkins, Dr. Juantina Johnson

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COVID-19 Trauma Informed Care | COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing – Cherokee Nation Public Health | April 15, 2020

In this set of two presentations, Dr. Danica Love Brown, Behavioral Health Manager at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, describes the principles of trauma informed care and shares some tips for mental health wellness during quarantine. Then, Dr. Ashley Comiford, an Epidemiologist for Cherokee Nation, outlines the process for case investigation and contact tracing.

Presenters: Dr. Danica Love Brown, Dr. Ashley Comiford

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ESSENCE Data for COVID-19 Monitoring | COVID-19 Emerging Topics | COVID-19 Updates | April 13, 2020

In this series of three presentations, Sujata Joshi, Project Director of IDEA-NW at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, provides and overview of the ESSENCE surveillance data system that can be used to supplement COVID-19 monitoring efforts. Then, Celeste Davis, Environmental Public Health Director at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and Dr. Tom Weiser share information on several emerging topics related to COVID-19. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, shares information from some of the latest COVID-19 studies.

Presenters: Sujata Joshi, Celeste Davis, Dr. Tom Weiser, Dr. Jorge Mera

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COVID-19 Clinical Readiness and Patient Care | April 9, 2020

This presentation features a Q&A on the topic of COVID-19 ED and ICU Care with Dr. Juantina Johnson, Chief Medical Officer for the Nashville Area IHS, and Dr. Nick Johnson, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine at the University of Washington.

Presenters: Dr. Juantina Johnson, Dr. Nick Johnson

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didgʷálic Wellness Center: Building a Culture of Respect | COVID-19 Updates | April 8, 2020

didgʷálic Wellness Center is a multi-specialty community health organization that provides counseling, medication, primary care, and social services to both Native and non-Native patients with substance use and behavioral health disorders. John Stephens, CEO of didgʷálic, and Dawn Lee, COO of didgʷálic, share the story and mission of didgʷálic Wellness Center, and speak on the importance of removing barriers to care, as well as the impact COVID-19 has had on their services. Afterwards, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, shares some of the latest studies on COVID-19.

Presenters: John Stephens, Dawn Lee, Dr. Jorge Mera

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COVID-19 Epi Update | COVID-19 Updates | April 6, 2020

Dr. Tom Weiser shares an epi update on COVID-19, and Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, provides an overview of some of the latest relevant studies.

Presenters: Dr. Tom Weiser, Dr. Jorge Mera

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Navajo Area Indian Health Service COVID-19 Situation Awareness | COVID-19 Clinical Care | Surge Planning: On Site and Alternate Care Sites | April 2, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Vivian Huang, Area Diabetes Consultant for Navajo Area Indian Health Service, provides a situation update for COVID-19. Then, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Indian Health Service Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases, shares a clinical update for COVID-19. Finally, Dr. Kevin Gaines, Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Gallup Indian Medical Center, and Dr. Paul Charlton, emergency medicine specialist at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, share their knowledge on how medical facilities can plan for a surge of COVID-19 patients as the pandemic progresses.

Presenters: RADM Michael Toedt, Dr. Vivian Huang, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Kevin Gaines, Dr. Paul Charlton

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Lummi Tribal Health Center: Starting a Telemedicine Program in 96 Hours in Response to COVID-19 | Telehealth – Workflow and EHR Configuration Considerations | April 1, 2020

In this series of presentations, Dr. Justin Iwasaki, a physician at Lummi Tribal Health Center, and Katelynn Drury, Telemedicine Manager at Lummi Tribal Health Center, share their experience of starting a new telemedicine program at the Lummi Tribal Health Center in just a 96 hour period in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Katie Johnson, EHR Integrated Care Coordinator at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, provides a sample workflow and EHR configuration for new telehealth programs. Then, Dr. James Stallcup, Medical Director at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center, shares a little bit about his experience starting a new telehealth program.

Presenters: Dr. Justin Iwasaki, Katelynn Drury, Dr. Katie Johnson, Dr. James Stallcup

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COVID-19 Epi Update | March 30, 2020

Dr. Thomas Weiser provides an epidemiological update on COVID-19 in Indian Country. Alexander Wu and Celeste Davis share several emerging topics related to COVID-19, and  Dr. Jorge Mera and Whitney Essex provide a clinical update on referral pathways to critical care and recommendations for remote outpatient policies to reduce in-person visits.

Presenters: Dr. Thomas Weiser, Dr. Alexander Wu, Celeste Davis, Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Navajo Area IHS COVID-19 Situation Report | COVID-19 Clinical Update | COVID-19 Clinical Implementation | March 26, 2020

In this series of 3 presentations, speakers share insight regarding effective COVID-19 responses and potential future challenges. In the first presentation, Dr. Vivian Huang, Area Diabetes Consultant for the Navajo Area IHS, provides a situation report on the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide. In the second, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Infection Diseases, provides an update on COVID-19 clinical care. In the final presentation, Dr. Paul Charlton and Dr. David Cheever, Emergency Medicine Specialists at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, share information regarding the clinical implementation of COVID-19 care at their facility, as well as COVID-19 care at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center.

Presenters: Dr. Vivian Huang, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Paul Charlton, Dr. David Cheever

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COVID-19 Update | March 23, 2020

Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Disease for Cherokee Nation Health Service, shares an update on COVID-19, using clinical examples to show common characteristics and outcomes of patients with COVID-19.

Presenters: Dr. Jorge Mera

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COVID-19 | March 18, 2020

Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for the Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for the Cherokee Nation Health Service, provide an overview of COVID-19, including the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, testing for COVID-19, and how to prepare your clinic for the pandemic.

Presenters: Dr. Jorge Mera, Whitney Essex

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Navajo Area IHS COVID-19 Situation Awareness | COVID-19 Clinical Care | Gallup Indian Medical Center Facility Readiness | March 17, 2020

Dr. Vivian Huang, Area Diabetes Consultant for the Navajo Area IHS, provides a situation report on the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide. In the second, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Infection Diseases, shares an in-depth overview of COVID-19 clinical care. In the final presentation, Dr. Paul Charlton and Dr. David Cheever, Emergency Medicine Specialists at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, speak about the preparations made at their facility and share their perspectives on  challenges IHS facilities will face in the near future.

Presenters: Dr. Vivian Huang, Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Dr. Paul Charlton, Dr. David Cheever

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