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By Allie Barton
Cronkite News 

As providers turn to telehealth during COVID-19, calls rise for more resources in Indian Country

 

Last updated 10/13/2020 at 4:24pm

Little Moccasins Education Services

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank, who is Navajo and Acoma, runs his own private speech therapy group. He used to spend his days traveling across the Navajo reservation providing care. Now he's using telehealth. "It's a whole new normal when it comes to delivery of clinical therapy services."

PHOENIX-Before COVID-19, Joshuaa Allison-Burbank spent his days traversing the Navajo Nation, stopping at homes, libraries and schools to provide speech therapy and reading support for children with developmental disabilities.

Now he sits at a computer in Waterflow, New Mexico, grappling with how to keep helping kids whose families may have no internet or laptops or iPhones-or, if they do, are coping with far more than a telehealth appointment that may or may not go off as planned.

"Back when we were seeing people face to face, it was a matter of, 'I'll be at your house or you'll be at this...



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