Native America Calling

April 20, 2020
Posted by Margaret Knight on 04/20/2020

Covering the COVID-19 basics

As the cases of COVID-19 surge past two million worldwide, people continue to have lingering questions about how the virus is spread, how to prevent it and who’s most at risk. In some places, Native Americans are infected at a disproportionate rate. In addition, Native Americans may be more vulnerable to the disease because of other disproportionate risk factors like obesity and diabetes. We will have medical professionals on hand to provide the very latest information about the effectiveness of face masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing. We’ll also get updates on what to look out for and what treatment options there are. Send your questions to:


Dr. Mary Owen (Tlingit) – director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical

CAPT Stephen “Miles” Rudd –  medical officer in the Division of Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management in the Office of Quality at the Indian Health Service