Online ECHO Clinic | September 9, 2020
Presentation Titles: COVID-19 Contact Tracing Experiences | Clinical Update
In this session, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Services, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner at Cherokee Nation Health Services, share clinical updates on COVID-19. Then, Antoinette Aguirre & Ryan Sealy, Contact Tracing Leads at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, share their experience with contact tracing, strategies and opportunities.
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.
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.
Antoinette Aguirre (Navajo), is an Environmental Health Scientist and Contact Tracing Lead for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Ryan Sealy (Chickasaw), is an Environmental Health Scientist and Contact Tracing Lead for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board