Ask Questions, Get Answers: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children | November 16, 2021
Date of Presentation: November 16, 2021
Native people and communities have responded to COVID-19 with strength and resilience. We have cared for one another, had each other’s backs, and banded together to ensure our loved ones, including our Elders, are kept safe. With a COVID-19 vaccine available for kids 5 and up, Dr Tom Weiser (father, physician, and medical epidemiologist), Dr Allison Empey (citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and pediatrician), and Tyanne Conner (vaccine communications specialist with Native Boost), share information about why it is time we protect our children.
Dr. Tom Weiser, Dr. Allison Empey, Tyanne Conner
Allison Empey, MD, was raised in McMinnville, Oregon and is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She spent 10 years in California attending Stanford University for her undergraduate, working as a healthcare consultant, and attending University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She was excited to return home to Oregon near her family, tribe and the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) attending in the newborn nursery and practices one day per week in her own tribal clinic. Empey is also the Deputy Director of the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at OHSU. Her professional interests include general pediatrics, newborn care, Native American health, community engagement, and mentorship for underrepresented minorities in healthcare. Outside of the clinic, Allison enjoys running, getting to know Portland coffee shops, and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Thomas Weiser, MD, is the Medical Epidemiologist for the Portland Area Indian Health Service assigned to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and NW Tribal Epidemiology Center. He has been with PHS since 1998, initially serving as an IHS Medical Officer in Whiteriver, Arizona from 1998-2005. He completed the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service from 2005-2007. In addition to supporting general public health and epidemiologic research at the NW Tribal Epidemiology Center, Tom is also the Co-Chair of the Portland Area IHS Institutional Review Board. Nationally, he has served on the IHS Heroin, Opioids and Pain Efforts (HOPE) Committee as the Chair of the Metrics Sub-committee and since 2018 has served as the IHS ex-officio representative to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Tyanne Conner, is the Native Boost Coordinator at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB). She came to NPAIHB from the CDC Foundation, where she served as the COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Development Trainer. Prior to that Tyanne worked at OHSU School of Medicine as a Program Technician for the Undergraduate Medical Education Program.
Date added: November 15, 2021