The next director of the health service will inherit an agency that has drawn intense criticism for its failures to provide adequate care both before and during the coronavirus pandemic.
The virus has killed American Indians at especially high rates, robbing tribes of precious bonds and repositories of language and tradition.
Appointed head of the incoming administration’s task force on health equity, the Yale University scientist “is not sitting in her ivory tower.”
Faced with a budget problem, the federal agency responsible for tribal health care solved it by reducing a long-established hospital in New Mexico to a clinic — in the middle of the pandemic.
El coronavirus impactó a Gallup, un pequeño pueblo de Nuevo México ubicado cerca de las reservas de los pueblos nativos estadounidenses, que ahora es uno de los lugares más afectados del país.