The Pandemic’s Toll On Indigenous Communities

Indigenous communities have been disproportionately affected by the spread of Covid, largely due to health disparities stemming from socioeconomic factors and a shortage of federal funding and medical supplies during the pandemic. 

On Thursday, February 11, at, 2 p.m., the National Museum of the American Indian will host an online discussion, “Covid-19 in Indian Country,” addressing the pandemic’s toll on our native people. The panel is moderated by Dr. Charles Grim, Chickasaw Nation Secretary of Health, and presented in partnership with the Indian Health Service. Panelists include the following health officials and tribal leaders:

—Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief medical officer, Indian Health Service 

—Dr. Loretta Christensen (Dine/Navajo), chief medical officer, Navajo Area Office Indian Health Service

—Phyllis Davis, Tribal Council member, Gun Lake Band Pottawatomi and chair of the Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board

The event is free, and you can register here for the Zoom link.