Online ECHO Clinic | April 27, 2020

Presentation Title: COVID-19 Emerging Topic: A Public Health Framework for Reopening Tribal Economies

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.


Presenter Bios

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.

Alexander Wu, ScD, MPH, is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

Presentation Slides

COVID-19 Emerging Topic: A Public Health Framework for Reopening Tribal Economies

COVID-19 Updates

Resources Provided

Testing and Diagnostic Emergency Use Authorizations (FDA)

Younger patients with MAFLD are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness: A multicenter preliminary analysis

The Next Year (or Two) of the Pandemic (NY Times – The Daily)

Guidance for Re-opening Tribal Non-essential Businesses-Working Paper 1.1