Pandemic shows how social factors impact health of Indigenous peoples – UBC News

Apr 5, 2022

Dr. Kimberly Huyser has worked throughout the pandemic to understand the social factors that impact Indigenous populations’ vulnerability to COVID-19.

The work has a personal connection for Dr. Huyser, an associate professor in UBC’s department of sociology. She comes from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, which has lost more than 1,600 community members to the virus and at one point in 2020 had the highest per-capita infection rate in the U.S.

We spoke with Dr. Huyser about issues the pandemic has brought into focus.

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