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Pearlyn Paul

Navajo Department of Health

Senior Community Health Worker – Fort Defiance

Pearlyn Paul is a Senior Community Health Worker (CHR) for the Fort Defiance service area. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, she primarily focused on providing home health assessments – with a particular focus on elders - and worked to promote positive health outcomes for every individual on the Navajo Nation. While these responsibilities are just as important today, Pearlyn and other CHRs remain adaptable. They manage a wide range of additional functions to support Navajo Nation residents in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“We usually try to plan; however, sometimes food deliveries or donations in our communities happen without notice, so being open and on your toes is a must, More recently, we’re doing a lot of curbside deliveries of medications, food boxes, cleaning supplies, water, and handwashing stations. As a result, I do a lot of driving within the Fort Defiance Service Unit and surrounding communities every day.”

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Part of being nimble during a pandemic means that CHRs may find themselves coming together to assemble food boxes and load them into cars at drive-through food supply events at Navajo Nation chapter houses. Despite the hard work, Pearlyn appreciates the collective effort that goes into staging these high-tempo events.

“It makes an impression on me when all of the CHRs get together to assist with the drive-through food events at chapter houses,” said Pearlyn. “Our team brings unity and the gratification that our customers are satisfied. So, I want to thank all of my colleagues, as they help make each day and event positive and enjoyable, which is very motivating.”

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Pearlyn is unequivocal in her belief that the best way to fight coronavirus is for residents to stay home and avoid contact with others as much as possible. However, if someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, she and her colleagues are duty-bound to help residents identify isolation solutions or other options to prevent family members from being exposed to the disease.

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“Each day, I strive to keep our Diné (Navajo) people home by providing curbside deliveries,” said Pearlyn. “I strongly believe that staying home is the best preventive measure to stop the spread of the COVID-19. With that in mind, I strive to be of any assistance to my clients and am motivated to provide options, hope, and a positive outlook during this challenging time. We are strong people and will overcome this pandemic if we work together.”

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Pearlyn Paul is proud to be from Smoke Signal, AZ, a small community near Low Mountain with approximately 1,000 residents. Before joining the CHR program in November 2015, Pearlyn worked as a certified hemodialysis technician and kidney transplant coordinator at DaVita for 10 years. In addition to her work in the Fort Defiance service area, Pearlyn and her colleague, Stephanie, temporarily manage the CHR responsibilities for the Red Lake and Crystal communities.

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