Online ECHO Clinic | April 13, 2020
Presentation Titles: ESSENCE Data for COVID-19 Monitoring | COVID-19 Emerging Topics | COVID-19 Updates
In this series of three presentations, Sujata Joshi, Project Director of IDEA-NW at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, provides an 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.
Sujata Joshi, MSPH, is the Project Director of the Improving Data & Enhancing Access (IDEA-NW) project. Sujata received her MSPH with a concentration in epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Prior to joining the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board in 2013, she served as an epidemiologist at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Tribal Epidemiology Center and as an environmental epidemiologist for the State of Oregon.
Celeste Davis, MPH, REHS, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health Science from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and a Master of Public Health degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Oklahoma.
Jorge Mera, MD, FACP, is the Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, the largest tribally operated health care system in the United States. He oversees surveillance, policies, and programs to treat and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and HCV.
Thomas Weiser, MD, MPH, has been with Portland Area Indian Health Services since 1998, initially serving as an Indian Health Services Medical Officer in Whiteriver, Arizona from 1998-2005. He completed the CDC Epidemiology Intelligence Service from 2005-2007, assigned to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In 2007, he began his new position assigned to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. Dr. Weiser is passionate about improving the quality of healthcare services, data access and data quality for American Indian and Alaska Native populations; human subjects protection; infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance.