Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Fannie’s main focus was providing sexual health and STI prevention education, and HIV screenings within the Ft. Defiance service area to community members, schools, worksites, and patients. She shifted gears once the pandemic struck the Navajo Nation. Fannie once was able to freely provide HIV health education and administer HIV rapid testing for individuals. Now, she is a part of the Navajo Health Command Operations Center's Strike Team, partnering with the local CHRs, giving assistance to those who are high-risk, and patients afflicted with COVID-19.
“It is amazing to see programs and individuals come together to help our people. I have seen individuals go out of their way to assist during this pandemic. It shows that we can defeat this virus with strength, confidence, and hope."
Prayer is a contributing factor in keeping Fannie motivated. Being taught at a young age, she continues to pray daily, especially during these uncertain times. Knowing she is a part of a team assisting Navajo families in need of help, and seeing their genuine gratitude is another reason to keep moving forward.