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Jerrilyn Manning

Canoncito band of Navajos Health Center

Community Health Worker – To’Hajiilee Service Area

Jerrilyn Manning is a Community Health Worker (CHR) and a Certified Medical Assistant. She has worked as a Community Health Representative for one year and has been activated to serve on the Navajo Health Command Operations Center’s COVID-19 Team for approximately five months. She is from To’Hajiilee, N.M., a Navajo satellite community approximately 46-miles west of Albuquerque, NM. On the frontlines, she assists in testing patients for COVID-19, conducts patient intake, and investigates possible exposure. Jerrilyn is honored to be in a team of medical doctors, nurses, health technicians, and CHRs that ensures the health and well-being of every patient.

“If a patient tested positive for COVID-19, I take the first step of taking the patient’s vitals, and I gather detailed information to conduct contact tracing. The medical provider then determines if the patient should be referred to a quarantine site in Albuquerque. If the patient does not have transportation or adequate travel expenses, CHRs will transport patients to the designated COVID-19 units. We ensure that our patients receive the support they need from the beginning.”

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As a frontline worker, Jerrilyn works with elders and high-risk patients. Daily, she helps her patients in conventional and creative ways, such as creating care packages that include COVID-19 prevention materials, hand sanitizers, and face coverings. Jerrilyn, along with her fellow CHRs, also help with food/water distribution. Additionally, she posts all updates on her department’s social media pages.

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“Our clinic serves every patient who has a chart here at Canoncito band of Navajos Health Center. The majority of patients are from the community, and we also see patients who come from Albuquerque and surrounding Pueblo communities. As a small service unit, we continue to provide the best care for everyone.”

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Jerrilyn thrives from the motivation of her late Grandfather. Her late Grandfather had type 2 diabetes, and she felt that he did not receive the best health care services and resources. Witnessing this disparity of the health care system, Jerrilyn made it her goal to provide the best medical care to her community. She believes that everyone is entitled to better health care services.

Jerrilyn explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the norms of the world. For example, in May, her daughter graduated from high school, and she wanted to celebrate her daughter’s accomplishment with a grand event, but she could not because of COVID-19. Instead, her family and friends celebrated her daughter’s achievements with a graduation celebration parade. With the help of family and friends, Jerrilyn provided a memorable and unique memory for her daughter.

“There is hope. There is life after COVID-19, and it doesn’t mean the end of life. We have survivors. We have many survivors that have overcome this disease. This is not the end.”

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