COVID-19 & Indigenous Communities

Thursday July 23, 2020 at 5:00PM MST / 7:00PM EST


On July 23, 2020, Latinos for a Secure Retirement is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to host a Cafecito (coffee chat) to engage communities in critical discussions on the impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples and Spanish-speaking mixed-Indigenous Peoples in the United States. 

As a result of many historical, socioeconomic, and policy factors meeting at a nexus with the current health crisis, Native nations are now seeing the highest rates of infection per capita than any state in the U.S. Join our conversation with community leaders and experts to discuss the REALITY, RESPONSE & SUPPORT needed to rectify the health and economic inequities that face Indigenous People.  

The conversation will be followed by a training on using the NCOA BenefitsCheckupTool© to apply for money-saving benefits to aid families and caregivers. 

For any questions please email Monica at | @LatinosRetire | #LationsRetire

Francisco J. Ronquillo, Health Extension Officer – University of New Mexico
Stacy A. Bohlen, Chief Executive Officer, National Indian Health Board
Benita McKerry, Program Manager, Native Disability Law Center

Abigail Zapote, Executive Director, Latinos for a Secure Retirement

5:00 PM Welcome Remarks
5:05 PM NCOA Remarks
5:10 PM Panel and Q&A
5:45 PM Benefits Check-Up Tool Training and Q&A
5:55 PM Closing Remarks

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Meet The Speakers


Fransisco J. Ronquillo, Health Extension Officer – University of New Mexico

Francisco J. Ronquillo has a dual role as a Health Extension Officer and Hispano/Latino Health Specialist under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Health with the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico. He is an advocate and proponent of identifying the strengths and assets within the community to promote social and systemic change that strives for equity.


Stacey A. Bohlen, Chief Executive Officer, National Indian Health Board

Stacy A. Bohlen, an enrolled member of the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) in Washington, DC. In her current capacity, Ms. Bohlen is responsible for implementing the NIHB strategic plan, building a strong national presence for NIHB and fulfilling the organization’s mission of advocating on behalf of all Tribal Governments and American Indians/Alaska Natives in their efforts to provide quality health care.

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Benita McKerry, Program Manage, Native Disability Law Center

Benita McKerry has years of experience and keen attention to detail with a deep sense of compassion for our Native American clients.

In Collaboration With

About The National Council on Aging (NCOA): It is a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well. Since 1950, our mission has not changed: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. NCOA empowers people with the best solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and we strengthen government programs that we all depend on as we age. Every year, millions of people use our signature programs BenefitsCheckUp®, My Medicare Matters®, and the Aging Mastery Program® to age well. By offering online tools and collaborating with a nationwide network of partners, NCOA is working to improve the lives of 40 million older adults by 2030. Learn more at and @NCOAging.

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