This week, another Special Edition of Native Lights: Visiting Vaccines, where we get a pulse on Indian Country’s response to COVID-19 vaccines, here in Minnesota. On this show we hear from two people deeply committed to the health and well-being of Indigenous people and Native communities.
Dr. Mary Owen speaks about working with other Native health experts to get the word out that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and crucial for Indigenous people who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
We also hear from Briana Michels (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) who is part of the American Indian Resource and Resiliency team at the University of Minnesota Extension, which holds workshops on trauma and healing. Briana Michels works on the Remembering Resilience podcast which explores Native American resilience through and beyond trauma. In our conversation, Briana speaks about the significance of historical trauma, especially during this past year and now with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Many thanks to both Dr. Mary Owen and Briana Michels for sharing their knowledge and insights.Below are links to organizations and information mentioned in this episode:
MN Dept. of Health COVID Community Coordinators: https://covidcommunitycoordinators.web.health.state.mn.us/Association of American Indian Physicians Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/aaip1971
Association of American Indian Physicians YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwCrT22n5B484jRZESdpiWQ
Association of American Indian Physicians: www.aaip.org
Remembering Resilience podcast: https://rememberingresilience.home.blog
Briana Michel’s workplace: https://opioid.umn.edu/about/american-indian-resource-and-resiliency-team