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Budweena R. Harrison

Office Specialist

Department of information technology

Budweena R. Harrison is from Chicago. IL. The windy city is famous for its Chicago-style cuisines, Sears Tower, and Wrigley field. She now lives in Gallup and travels into Window Rock for work. Budweena is an Office Specialist for the Navajo Nation Department of information technology, as an Office Specialist.

Being the self-motivator she is, Budweena has taken on some significant assignments with the Navajo Health Command Operations Center (HCOC). Her professional life has taken a complete 180 degree turn because of COVID-19. She has been assigned as the HCOC Logistics Deputy chief, and is currently assigned as the Planning Chief.

“Since the pandemic, I went from being an Office Specialist to HCOC Planning chief. My responsibilities have changed tenfold. I manage preparation strategies and plans for COVID-19 response. Many people look to me for direction, and information regarding the HCOC. I strategize and plan with the Instant Commander, section chiefs and the NDOH Director.”

Budweena

As a Planning section chief her mission is “prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery,” as stated in FEMA.gov. She does this by collecting, evaluating, disseminating and use the information to develop the incident action plan. She also facilitates COVID-19 incident information to maintain current and future situational awareness of the pandemic.

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“I feel I am very busy juggling tasks and assignments. One of the first things I do when I get to the command center is complete any tasks and assignments not completed from the day before, and begin tackling new ones. My responsibilities keep me on my toes, and I must be mentally focused throughout the day.”

Budweena

Just like other frontline workers, what she does can become highly stressful. In her spare time, she exercises to help relieve stress. What else keeps her going is support and encouragement from her colleagues, family and friends. Budweena has great compassion for her people. Knowing that she can help mitigate COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation as planning section chief helps her continue working, though she may feel exhausted at times.

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“When I was assigned to assist in procuring essentials for COVID-19 relief, I spoke with a vendor. She expressed her deepest gratitude for all the hard work we are doing on the Navajo Nation. She shared with me, that her grandmother lived on the Rez, and had been one of the individuals who received a food box. It was an emotional experience for me, and affirmed I am where I need to be. Helping my people”

Budweena

Budweena admonishes, “Don’t take the COVID virus lightly, it is serious, and can harm our people. Remember to always practice COVID prevention behaviors to protect yourself, your family, and our elders.” -Budweena

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