Online ECHO Clinic | June 24, 2020
Presentation Titles: COVID-19 Testing Strategies – Results, Lessons Learned & Tips for Tribes | COVID-19 Clinical Updates
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 Sarah Wilborn, PA (serving Swinomish) and Luke McDaniel, MD (serving Port Gamble S’Klallam), 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.
Sarah Wilborn, PA is a Public Health Official and Medical Director for the Swinomish Tribe.
Luke McDaniel, MD, is the Medical Director for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and Commander for the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
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.