Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Tribal member Andy Pecore and other hospital staff have developed and implemented strategic plans to mitigate the virus’s impact on Native American patients.
As Citizen Potawatomi Nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the crises poses a threat to more than just the health of Tribal members and CPN employees. Tribes, and the states and regions benefiting from tribal development, must endure the threat to economic activity as well.
Many of us have experienced loss, or the news of family, friends, or pets being sick at times in our lives. This can be devastating news, eliciting anger that we can turn to hope.
The Hownikan spoke with several Citizen Potawatomi whose lives, work and studies have been directly impacted since governments across the U.S. took measures to slow COVID-19’s spread.
Whatever the loss, we are going through this in a way that is different than we have before. This makes it important to try and understand what we are experiencing so we have a better idea of what to do.
We are probably feeling a bit cramped right now with all the limits we hear about saying we can’t do things, so try looking at what we can do.
While many people are helping in ways that make a direct impact right now, there are a great number of us who want to help but just simply do not currently do work in a direct care capacity.
Most of us use our phones, tablets, and computers all day, and at times, well into the night. Technology can be very useful, but it can also cause some unnecessary worry.
CPNHS is ahead of the COVID-19 preparedness curve and remains that way. CPNHS leadership has done everything it can up to this point to care for its patients’ essential medical needs while guarding the safety of patients, employees, families and communities.
Discussions included issues of patron and employee safety, human resources and clinic supplies as well as the feasibility of keeping commercial and government programs running as long as possible.