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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

BIPOC with Chronic Health Conditions Coping with COVID-19

BIPOC with Chronic Health Conditions Coping with COVID-19

Wednesday July 22, 2020

2:15 pm ET / 1:15 pm CT / 11:15 am PT


Chronic health conditions increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 and the severity of the infection once contracted. Due to the higher rates of chronic health conditions in BIPOC communities, this means they are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 cases and complications. Shelter in place and other physical distancing requirements create challenges in caring for chronic health conditions.

In this free, 60 minute webinar, we will discuss how BIPOC are coping with COVID and their chronic health conditions including:

  • COVID-19 infection and mortality rates in BIPOC communities
  • challenges in accessing care for chronic health conditions during COVID-19
  • patient and provider perspectives on chronic health conditions during COVID-19


Meet the Presenters:

Sheldon D. Fields PhD, RN, FNP-BC, AACRN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN is founder and CEO of “The S.D.F Group, LLC”, which is a health innovation consultant company ( He has 29 years of experience in the health sector as an educator, researcher, clinician, administrator, consultant, health policy specialist, and entrepreneur / business owner. Dr. Fields is a well-known and respected HIV/AIDS prevention research scientist with a significant focus on young men of color. He is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc (NBNA) and currently serves on the board of directors. He chairs the NBNA Health Policy and Research committees. He is the founding President of the Greater New York City Chapter of NBNA. Dr. Fields is also the newly elected national first Vice President of NBNA (2020 – 2022). He is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Academies of Practice, and the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.  Dr. Fields received his Ph.D., in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S., in Family Nursing and B.S., in Nursing from Binghamton University. He completed post-doctoral studies at the University of California San Francisco. He is an Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse and a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Gregorio Millett is a well-published and nationally recognized epidemiologist/researcher with significant experience working at the highest levels of federal HIV policy development at both the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to joining amfAR in May 2014, Mr. Millett served as the HHS/CDC Liaison to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. Mr. Millett has been credited with changing the underlying assumptions among researchers of observed HIV infection disparities among black men who have sex with men (MsM) and is widely recognized as one of the first researchers to show no protective effect associated with male circumcision for MSM. Mr. Millett has published over 40 peer-reviewed research papers in leading, health policy and public health journals such as Journal of the American Medical AssociationAIDSAmerican Psychology, and Health Affairs.Mr. Millett has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Debora Grandison is a survivor of Heart Disease and Type 1 Diabetes (31 years) and was diagnosed over 20 years ago with Graves (Thyroid Disease). She is living life to the fullest with an insulin pump and a pacemaker.  Debora is very passionate about sharing her journey to educate and advocate for others. Debora started advocating for others by volunteering for a number of health organizations in 2011 and in 2013 she completed her training to become a WomanHeart Champion at the Science and Leadership  Symposium organized by WomenHeart, The National Coalition  for Women with Heart Disease. Debora’s journey has increased her faith and given her the strength to “Rise Above” adversity! She believes that she is still here with the purpose of helping others understand that they too can “Rise Above” their challenges…no matter what they might be! Debora recently formed an LLC, “SHE SPEAKS FROM A JOYFUL HEART” her mission is to enlarge her inspirational speaking platform and encourage and empower others through her poetry and she is currently working on her first book of poetry.  Debora and her husband will celebrate 33 years of marriage this year and has 2 adult children.