Alaska Native community leader appointed to COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 5:09 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Wednesday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris revealed the 12 members of the new COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, which will include an Alaska Native community leader.

Victor Joseph, Chief/Chair of the Tanana Chiefs Conference from 2014 until last year, confirmed that he will serve as a member of the task force.

This new task force was established on January 21 with the goal of identifying and eliminating health and social disparities between communities that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19. Members of the task force represent diverse backgrounds, including representatives from rural communities, and tribal governments.

Chief Joseph and the other members of the task force will work to provide specific recommendations to the president for mitigating inequities either caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as preventing such inequities in the future.

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