The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar on eldercare during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the risk for severe illness from coronavirus infection increase with age. For example, people in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older. This webinar will present ways we can help to prevent illness, and care for our elders during these unprecedented times.
Join us to hear presenters will discuss topics ranging from caring for elders during the pandemic, preventing infection among this vulnerable population and tips for caregivers. Learn more about helping and protecting elders in your community.
**Submit questions in advance to Courtney Wheeler at [email protected].
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Jacqueline S. Gray, PhD
Associate Director/Research Associate Professor
Dr. Jacque Gray is a Choctaw/Cherokee research associate professor and associate director of Indigenous Programs at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She also serves as director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) a national resource center to address elder abuse in Indian Country.
In addition, Gray is the lead for the Strong Heart Study Psychosocial Work Group, a longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders in American Indians that began in 1988. She has worked to address health, mental health, and health disparities across Indian Country for more than 35 years and internationally, working with Māori suicide prevention. She participated in the White House Conference on Aging in 2015 to address elder justice issues.
Gray received a doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 1998 and has been at UND since 1999. Gray is a member of the Society of Indian Psychologists, she is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.
As the Alzheimer’s Association’s Director of Public Health, Molly works closely with public health organizations to prepare all communities for the growing impact of dementia. Previously, she consulted with national nonprofits on population health issues, directed policy research for a national prevention policy group, and advanced health policy in California. Molly earned her MS from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Drake University.