NIH Rural Health Seminar 2020

Challenges in the Era of COVID-19

Virtual workshop conducted November 19, 2020

Seminar Videos

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Quotes from NIH Institutes and Centers leaders on rural health in the era of COVID-19

Seminar Presentations

Remarks and Introduction
Rural Populations and Health Disparities
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, Director
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH

Keynote Address
COVID-19: The City Virus and the Country Virus
Marshall Bloom, MD
Associate Director for Science Management, Rocky Mountain Laboratories and Chief of the Biology of Vector Borne Viruses Section, Hamilton Montana Labs, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Rural Health Challenges in the Era of COVID
Tom Morris, MPA, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Session 1: Rural Population Impact and Response in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 and its Impact on the Health of Californian Farmworkers and Their Families
Brenda Eskenazi, MA, PhD
University of California Berkeley

Social and Economic Correlates of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander COVID-19 Rates in Hawaii and the Continental U.S.
Randall Akee, PhD
University of California Los Angeles

Early Stage Investigator Talks
Addressing Health Disparities in New Mexican Communities

Thomas Chávez PhD, University of New Mexico
UndocuResearch: Health and Wellbeing Among Undocumented Youth in New Mexico

Vincent Werito (Diné) PhD, University of New Mexico
Defining Community Wellbeing Through Community Engaged Research with Three Navajo Communities

Session 2: Researchers and Community Partners respond to the Challenges of COVID-19

Research in Rural Alaska in a Pandemic: Engaging Indigenous Communities at the Collision of Public Health Crises
Stacy Rasmus, PhD
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Interventions to Address Job Loss and Food Security in Rural Communities During COVID
Alice Ammerman, DrPH
University of North Carolina

Research and Community Collaboration in the Time of COVID: The Bogalusa Experience
Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD
Tulane University

Closing Remarks
Challenges in the Era of COVID-19
Griffin Rodgers, MD, MACP, Director
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH

Quotes from NIH Institutes and Centers leaders on rural health in the era of COVID-19:

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About the Seminar:

Today, approximately 20% of the U.S. population—about 60 million people—live in rural areas, which make up 97% of the land area in the United States. People living in rural America have less access to health care and are more likely than residents of urban areas to die from chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease. Moreover, long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many rural residents at increased risk of getting COVID-19. The rural/urban inequities in health and health care warrant more rigorous and innovative scientific research to improve testing, contact tracing, and future vaccination for rural Americans. This seminar will explore the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic.

Key Audiences:

  • NIH & HHS staff, fellows, contractors, interns, trainees/students
  • Researchers, medical practitioners
  • Health policy representatives and legislators
  • HRSA, Rural Health Information Hub
  • Community stakeholders/general public

Co-Sponsoring NIH Institutes and Centers:

  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

Planning Committee:

Priscah Mujuru Dr.PH., M.P.H., R.N. NIMHD, Co-Chair
Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. NCATS, Co-Chair
Ligia Artiles, M.A. NIMHD
Rick Berzon, Dr.PH., P.A. NIMHD
Dorothy Castille, Ph.D. NIMHD
Brandin DeChabert, B.A. NIDA
Qi Duan, Ph.D. NIBIB
Minnjuan Flournoy-Floyd, Ph.D. NIDA
Sai Majii, Ph.D. NICHD
Janki Patel, M.B.A. NIMHD
Melissa Green Parker, Ph.D. NIH OD
Antoinette Percy-Laurry, Dr.PH., M.SP.H. NCI
Antonello Punturieri, M.D., Ph.D. NHLBI
Rebekah Rasooly, Ph.D. NINR
Rob Rivers, Ph.D. NIDDK
Darien Weatherspoon, D.D.S., M.P.H. NIDCR
Sallie Weaver, Ph.D., M.H.S. NCI

Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews (phone: 301-402-1366) at least five business days before the event.

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