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ONA Racial Justice and COVID-19 Discussion Series

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Join the Oregon Nurses Association, for our Racial Justice and COVID-19 Discussion Series examining the intersection of nursing, race, and health care access or utilization disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As nurses, we are called upon to care for black and brown patients who face lifelong, systematic barriers to health care access and to utilization. Too often, barriers exist even for POC patients to be believed and heard. We see the disparities in our health care system every day as we fight for our patients and advocate for the life saving care they deserve yet so often can’t attain.

ONA is proud to hold a discussion series to bring together nurses from across the state with community leaders to have important and difficult conversations.

We will be holding livestreams on Facebook live over the next few months. See below for past and upcoming discussions. More dates and topics will be posted as they are finalized.


Wednesday, June 10: Continued Health Care Disparities in Oregon's Latinx Community During COVID-19

On Wednesday, June 10, we examined why the Latinx community in Oregon has been impacted disproportionately by COVID-19 and what can be done going forward to address this inequity.

Our panelists shared their ongoing work, the barriers their Latinx communities are facing and their recommendations to address these barriers.   

Friday, May 1: Racial Justice and Covid-19

On Friday, May 1, ONA held our inaugural livestream discussion examining the intersection of health care, racial justice, and COVID-19. We welcomed three panelists:

- Deborah Riddick, RN, JD, Director of ONA Government Relations
- Melinda Colón, RN, member of the ONA Board of Directors
- Angel Harris, RN, President of the NAACP Corvallis/Albany chapter

Our panelists answered questions and discussed what the next phase of navigating COVID-19 might look like for nurses! View the full video below.


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