COVID-19 story by Kiana Beaudin, March 5, 2021

Kiana Beaudin shares her experience as Executive Director of Health for the Ho-Chunk Nation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Madison. She talks about working between various agencies and partners to institute protective measures, including writing the masking ordinance for the Ho-Chunk Nation and getting tele-health off the ground. She recalls crying when she saw the first vaccine administered in the state of Wisconsin, as well as when Ho-Chunk elders and language leaders received the vaccine, protecting both the health of the community and their language and culture. A mother of three boys, Kiana also shares how the pandemic has changed her home life and affected her children’s education, and ruminates on the personal things that she is most looking forward to, in a post-COVID world.

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