2021 Virtual Mini Conference

November 23, 2021, Virtual Mini Conference: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 to Address Viral Hepatitis

On November 23, 2021 from 3pm to 5:30pm CST (GMT -6) we held our second virtual gathering of Indigenous healthcare experts, Elders, and people with lived experience who spoke about what Indigenous communities and allies have learned from COVID-19 to prevent, test and treat viral hepatitis. 

Viral hepatitis continues to impact Indigenous peoples around the world at rates much higher than average, harming their physical, spiritual, emotional, social and economic health. COVID-19 has further exacerbated already strained systems. Many Indigenous communities have found innovative ways of preventing and coping with COVID-19 and they are also learning from it. This virtual mini conference will highlight how Indigenous peoples and allies in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia are addressing viral hepatitis during the pandemic, what they are learning from it, and how they are refocusing on hepatitis testing, treatment and care. 

This virtual mini conference featured:

  • Ceremonial welcome from an Elder
  • Voices of lived and living experience
  • Keynote from Carrielynn Lund, M├ętis advocate and head of a community-led implementation project called DRUM & SASH, who spoke about the need to use Indigenous languages in health programming
  • Global panel of experts to discuss how Indigenous communities are refocusing on viral hepatitis while living with COVID-19 realities
  • CanHepC trainees speaking of lessons learned from COVID-19 to address hepatitis C
  • Cultural interludes 

Visit our video page to watch the mini-conference.

Download the program.