Online ECHO Clinic | July 20, 2020
Presentation Titles: Climate Change and COVID-19 | COVID-19 Clinical Updates
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.
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. 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.
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.
Whitney Essex, MSN, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Services. Mrs. Essex works in the Infectious Diseases Department, where she is the coordinator for the Cherokee Nation Hepatitis C Elimination program. She assists in the maintenance of general infectious diseases clinical services, as well as the provision of medical care for patients accessing HIV, PrEP, Hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases-related services.
- The Climate Crisis and Covid-19 — A Major Threat to the Pandemic Response (NEJM)
- Mitigating the twin threats of climate-driven Atlantic hurricanes and COVID-19 transmission (Disaster Med Public Health Prep)
- Preventing and Mitigating Health Risks of Climate Change (Environmental Research)
- Climate Change and One Health (FEMS Microbiology)