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Megan Yazzie

Navajo Department of Health

Health Education Technician - Gallup Service Area

Megan Yazzie is a Health Education Technician for the Health Education Program in the Gallup Service Area. She works in her home town of Gallup, NM. Megan enjoys the opportunity to give back to her community. She provides public health education information to community members, schools, at events and to patients in the Gallup Service Area.

Megan’s first Health Command Operations Center (HCOC) assignment, when COVID-19 became a health emergency, was as a support staff in the planning section. Later, she become a member of the Gallup HCOC Strike Team.

“As a frontline responder, I check in with the Strike Team Supervisor for daily assignments. My assignments usually consist of assisting with food and supply deliveries to chapters and to COVID-19 patient homes. Other days I sanitize and separate food and hygiene supplies for deliveries.”

Megan

Helping people who have been affected by the pandemic is a way for Megan to be a part of the call to serve during these trying times. She is one of the first to see how successful the Navajo Nation is responding to COVID-19. This helps motivate Megan to keep moving forward in providing education on COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. She continues to serve and assist with the fight against COVID-19

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic compounded with health disparities of the Navajo people are devastating. It has taken a pandemic for the world to see the health inequities of the Navajos, such as lack of adequate health care, high rates of chronic illnesses, poverty, lack of transportation, and substandard housing conditions. It is incredible how the world has come together to provide aid to the Navajo people.

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Megan feels Navajo people have the ability to overcome painful experiences and come out stronger and more resilient. She shares the quote from Sylvester Stallone as Rock Balboa, “Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give... it's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”

“I understand how challenging it is to social distance, avoid large gatherings, and not see loved ones because of COVID-19. But remember we are all in this fight together”

Megan
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