Considering the current public health crisis, the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) is participating in various virtual events focused on issues important to our communities during this pandemic. Using a virtual format allows us to continue to serve our mission while protecting communities while following the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization’s guidelines on physical distancing.
From 2-3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 22, NICOA Executive Director Larry Curley will join the National Hispanic Council on Aging for a tele-town hall on “Health Inequities and COVID-19”. This webinar will discuss existing health inequities prior to COVID-19 and how those inequities have grown during the pandemic.
It is becoming increasingly clear, based on evolving data, that COVID-19 is having a more devastating impact on Blacks, Latinos and American Indians across the nation. The tele-town hall topics will include why communities of color are disparately affected by health inequities, challenges and solutions in mental health during the pandemic, LGBTQ health during the pandemic and the health status of American Indians and elders.
This webinar will bring together older adults, community leaders, caregivers, organizational leaders, providers and stakeholders to ensure questions and concerns around health inequities are addressed in an attentive, receptive and culturally sensitive environment. It will provide an open space for communities to engage in education and ask questions of leaders in the field, and conclude with a discussion about how to address inequities. The format will consist of four presenters followed by a facilitated question and answer session. In addition to NICOA, speakers will also include representatives from the Hogg Foundation and SAGE.
Executive Director Larry Curley will join American Society on Aging (ASA) president and CEO Peter Kaldes as he hosts a series of conference calls with leaders in the field to share their strategies to cope with the challenges brought about by COVID-19.
The series, entitled “Future Proof,” is now in its summer season and will center around the subjects of equity and justice. The season premieres July 16, with episodes every Thursday at 10 a.m. PT.
“Racial Disparities and Racist Reactions to COVID-19, Plus Aiming for Equity in the Navajo Nation”: Tune in 10 a.m. PT, Thursday, August 6 as Kaldes speaks with Curley about issues of equity and justice and how they intersect with his work with older adults in the Navajo Nation as well as the recent resurgences in racism against members of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico due to COVID-19.
Additional episodes will feature other experts in aging whose work intersects with racial injustice and inequity, such as Robert Espinoza, Denny Chan, Karen Lincoln and Ai-Jen Poo.