Online ECHO Clinic | August 31, 2020
Presentation Titles: Air Pollution & COVID-19 | Public Health Policy and Practice Updates
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.
Thomas Becker, MD, PhD, is a medical epidemiologist, and trained in internal medicine, anthropology, and public health; he began his career at the University of New Mexico before moving to the Northwest about 20 years ago. Since his arrival in Portland, Becker has worked with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Oregon Health & Science University. He has published on a diverse range of American Indian health issues, including both infectious and chronic diseases. And with the Indian Health Board, he has been involved in etiologic studies, community prevention programs and education programs to improve career opportunities for people in tribes nationwide.
Brigg Reilley, MPH, is an Epidemiologist and Contractor for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. Mr Reilley provides support for the US Indian Health Service national HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) program. He has been working in American Indian/Alaska Native health since 2006. Prior to Indian Health Service, he worked for MSF for ten years in several emergency and non-emergency project settings, and served on the MSF Board of Directors from 2008-2011. He obtained a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University in 1996 and a BA in Philosophy from the College of William & Mary in 1990.
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 COVID-19, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and HCV.
- Exposure to Air Pollution and COVID-19 mortality in the United States: A nationwide cross-sectional study (medRxiv pre-print)
- Urban Air Pollution May Enhance COVID-19 Case-Fatality and Mortality Rates in the United States (medRxiv pre-print)
- Air Pollution, SARS-CoV-2 Transmission, and COVID-19 Outcomes: A state-of-the-science review of a rapidly evolving research area (medRxiv pre-print)
- Indoor Transmission of Infection and Intervention (Journal of Indoor Environment and Health)
- Why Air Pollution is Linked to Severe Cases of COVID-19 (Stanford)
- Two Metres or One: What is the Evidence for Physical Distancing in COVID-19? (BMJ)