Long COVID: A Community Conversation on Disability, Equity, and Its Impact on Advocates and Survivors in Native Communities
Long COVID (or post-COVID) conditions are impacting nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau study analyzed by the CDC and released in June of this year. Long COVID symptoms range from fatigue, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, cognitive difficulties, chronic pain, sensory abnormalities, and muscle weakness. They can be debilitating, lasting for weeks to months after recovery from the initial infection. In some cases, people suffer from severe, long COVID symptoms despite a mild, initial infection.
In this Community Conversation, we discuss what the experts and survivors are experiencing and how this impacts Native communities, advocacy, and anti-violence work. We will hear from a Native physician, treating long COVID patients, a Native epidemiologist, and long COVID survivors who are also survivors of violence and advocates themselves.
- Dr. Stephanie Hubbard McGirt | Physician at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM
- Dr. Anthony Fleg | Physician at the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine
- Tiffany Jiron | Policy Director, Former Advocate Coordinator at Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW)
- Celina Hokeah | Women’s Leadership and Economic Freedom Program
- Chasity Salavador | CSVANW Advocate and Long COVID Survivor
- Marquel Musgrave | COVID TA Specialist at NIWRC
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