Welcome & Contact Information

Purpose: As we emerge from COVID, the US as a whole and Indian Country, in particular, are seeing surges in the ‘syndemic’ of interrelated disease states of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis C virus, and substance use disorder. We can reduce the incidence and impact of the syndemic via policy and practice modifications that fit the context of each community and health facility.  These options include expanded screening, amplifying the roles of nursing and pharmacy staff, informatics solutions on the electronic health record, and more. The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board offers a one-time series to address the syndemic.  The series, funded by the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund, will provide an overview and present implementation options, and where requested, assist with implementation. The series is not only informational—technical and other support needed to put policy and practice into place is available and encouraged. Jorge Mera, MD, Indian Country ECHO Medical Director, will lead our faculty. Dr. Mera has worked on all aspects of the syndemic as Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation. The NPAIHB provides CMEs.

Who should register: Throughout May, the sessions are for front line clinicians and local medical leadership (e.g. Prescribers, Clinicians, Public Health Staff, and all who are interested in learning new skills) and will contain overall epidemiology and clinical best practices, as well as practical examples from Indian Country.  

Where: All sessions take place virtually using the zoom platform.

When: The sessions will take place every Tuesday in May from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm PT, according to the following schedule:

-May 3rd 11:30 am - 1:00 pm PT: HIV and STIs: Plans and strategies for screening, prevention, and treatment
-May 10th 11:30 am - 1:00 pm PT: HCV: Treatments, screening, prevention, and resources
-May 17th 11:30 am - 1:00pm PT: SUD and Harm reduction: Plans and strategies for screening, treatment of SUD and behavioral health in primary care settings
-May 24th 11:30 am - 1:00pm PT Ending the epidemics in a real and clinical way: Sharing your locations goals and plans

Please complete the registration information below. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the ECHO team (echo@npaihb.org) or visit https://www.indiancountryecho.org/program/ending-the-epidemics/

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* 1. Please Enter Your Contact Information

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* 2. What is your role?

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* 3. Please select which IHS Area your tribe/ tribal organization/ clinic is located in?

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* 4. I am interested in attending (select all that apply):

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* 5. Who else from your team may be interested in registering? Please list current positions and email addresses for each person.

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