NIHB – Responding to Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Indian Country
October 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
What: Responding to Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Indian Country
When: Wednesday, October 20 at 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern
Who should attend? The intended audience for this webinar are organizational and government leaders, emergency responders, and public health professionals interested in engaging with Tribes and Tribal organizations to address COVID-19 and future public health emergencies.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from January to June 2020, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) were 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than non-Hispanic whites, and their mortality rate was almost twice as high. How does this disparity between COVID-19 infection rate and COVID-19 mortality rates affect how AI/AN communities think about the virus and how they approach public health measures like mask-wearing and social distancing? Join experts as they discuss strategies to effectively work with AI/AN communities to support the prevention and control of COVID-19. This webinar provides an introduction to Tribal public health, the IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian (I/T/U) health system, and infectious disease epidemiology and outbreak response, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic in Indian Country.