Online ECHO Clinic | May 20, 2020
Presentation Title: Navajo Nation Response to COVID-19
Dr. Shawn D’Andrea, Chief Clinical Consultant on Emergency Medicine for IHS, share the the steps the Emergency Departments of Navajo Nation have taken in response to COVID-19. He also shares the details of the IHS collaboration with University of New Mexico, and the steps they have taken to share resources, and improve situational awareness. Dr. Jonathan Iralu, Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases at IHS, shares how the Navajo Nation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, provides a summary of several studies related to COVID-19.
Shawn D’Andrea, MD, MPH, is an Emergency Medicine Physician at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center and Chief Clinical Consultant on Emergency Medicine for Indian Health Service.
Jonathan Iralu, MD, FACP, is the Indian Health Service Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases. He has a special interest in HIV, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease care in rural communities. His research has focused on undifferentiated febrile illness in the American Southwest and on rural HIV care delivery. Dr. Iralu has worked at the Gallup Indian Medical Center since 1994 and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity in Boston, Massachusetts.
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.