Online ECHO Clinic | May 13, 2020
Presentation Titles: COVID-19 Emerging Topic: A Public Health Framework for Reopening Tribal Economies | COVID-19 Updates
Celeste Davis, Environmental Public Health Director at the Northwest Tribal Epicenter, shares resources and information intended to aid Tribal leaders in making decisions around reopening their communities and economies. Then, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Service, provide updates and research on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.