Course overview

Intergenerational Trauma & Healing in Indigenous Communities through the Lens of COVID-19

In this course, faculty discuss Indigenous approaches to health and wellness, past epidemics and the effect of colonization on Indigenous health, and how to create culturally safe experiences.

Suzanne Methot

 Conference Series

AIHM March 2021 Virtual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 15 minutes

 CME Eligible*

1 Credit

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Societal inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples after colonization have created health outcomes that place Indigenous people at higher risk of contracting and dying of Covid-19. Indigenous people across the Americas are using plant-based medicines and other traditional approaches to prevent Covid-19 infection, manage symptoms, and restore health. This plenary lecture will discuss Indigenous approaches to health and wellness; past epidemics and the effect of colonization on Indigenous health; current efforts to preserve the health and wellness of elders and others within communities; the science behind pre-colonial medicine; and how to create culturally safe experiences for patients/clients.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Understand the science behind pre-colonial Indigenous science and medicine (e.g., cold/heat in the body, use of plants to control inflammation, importance of ceremony and ritual for mental health).
    • Understand that Indigenous peoples have agency, and are using their agency to address and manage the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Create culturally safe experiences for Indigenous patients/clients.

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion
  • CME/CEU Credits

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Suzanne Methot

Faculty Disclosure: No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.
About suzanne
Suzanne Methot is the author of the non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing, which won the Gold Medal in the Current Events (Social Issues/Humanitarian) category at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She is a social historian, educator, and community worker who speaks on Indigenous worldviews, Indigenous approaches to health and wellness, trauma- and healing-informed practice, and decolonization.

Suzanne has worked in advocacy and direct–service positions at Indigenous community-based agencies and service organizations since 1992, serving community members who are marginalized by racism, poverty, homelessness, health status, addictions, mental-health challenges, crime, and victimization. She also works as a consultant to the education and health care sectors, working with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Born in Vancouver and raised in Peace River, Alberta – which is known as Sagitawa (“where the rivers meet”) in the Cree language – Suzanne is Asiniwachi Nehiyaw (Rocky Mountain Cree) of mixed Indigenous and European heritage. She currently lives on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw Nation, near Nanaimo, BC.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the
CME website.

*CME/CEU Credits

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this enduring materials for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All other healthcare professionals
 completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content, complete a quiz with a score of 75% or higher, and submit an evaluation. This course is CME-eligible ending on April 30, 2023. After this date, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.

Enroll Now!

This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course. 
The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.