Dr. Tom is a Navajo family physician who has been on the front lines of the pandemic on the southern region of her Navajo land, which at one point was #1 in the world for cases of COVID-19 per capita.
The Navajo Nation covers 27,000 square miles of territory across Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico with a population of about 175,000.
It’s an area about the size of West Virginia with only 25 ICU beds, only 12 healthcare centers and only five inpatient hospitals on the entire reservation.
We talk about the devastation impact COVID-19 has had on her Diné people, the health inequalities the pandemic has magnified; the toll it has taken on her personally and what action we can take to help save lives.
Dr. Tom shares how her desire to become a doctor took her from her tribal land to Arizona State University where she recruited to play for the winningest Sun Devil coach, Charli Turner Thorne (a former TWE guest), to Florida and then New York before returning to her Navajo Nation.
Plus, Dr. Tom explains what it means to serve her community and how her voice helps create awareness about the health inequalities that exist not just for the Navajo Nation but for all tribes in the United States and North America.
Don’t miss this emotional and eye-opening conversation on our The Women’s Eye podcast.
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