Conference attendees also heard from Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institutes of Health who has been an outspoken proponent of science and safety during the COVID-19 crisis. In his video presentation, Dr. Fauci provided the latest science and continuing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and shared the current status of the search for a vaccine. Dr. Fauci also encouraged Tribal Leaders to engage with the COVID-19 Prevention Network.
IHS Director RADM Michael Weahkee also provided an agency update today. In his address, RADM Weahkee announced the release of IHS’s vaccine distribution plan for public comment and current efforts to renew and expand Special Diabetes Program for Indians to support diabetes prevention and treatment efforts in Indian Country.
“We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this year’s NIHB conference. Our relationship with Tribes and Tribal organizations is especially important as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in our communities and work together to deliver crucial health and human services across Indian Country,” said RADM Weahkee.
NIHB closes its virtual conference tomorrow, October 16 with a plenary session discussion on behavioral health in Indian Country and a media panel with guests from Indian Country Today, Cronkite News and POLITICO.
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