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Todd Jones

Navajo Department of Health

Senior Health Educator Kayenta Service Area

Todd Jones has been working with the Navajo Department of Health's Health Education Program for approximately 15 years. He is the Senior Health Educator for the Kayenta Service Area. Todd was born and raised in Monument Valley, UT, known as one of the great wonders of the world, and a global tourist destination. As a Senior Health Educator, he supervises other Health Educators, who have the same commitment and compassion as he does. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Todd has worked with the Navajo Health Command Operations Center (HCOC) and had the opportunity to serve as the HCOC Planning Section Deputy Chief and is now with the Strike Team to respond at the frontlines to combat COVID-19

"My overall job, as a senior health educator, is to serve my community, schools, worksites, and patients, by providing health education on newly emerging diseases, chronic disease prevention, and emergency planning, and seasonal diseases, such as Hantavirus. We also provide health education training throughout the Navajo Nation."

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As the world's concerns have shifted to the COVID-19 response, so has Todd's roles. He helps his community in a different way now. He works with the Public Health Nurses and Navajo Diabetes Program to serve COVID-19 positive patients and those who have been exposed to the virus and are in quarantine. His services are similar to most community frontline workers.

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"We provide food, water, and isolation kits for those living in multigenerational homes. We also conduct health education on staying safe by practicing health behaviors, such as covering your cough, washing hands with soap and water, keeping a 6 feet distance, and providing gloves and face coverings. Our main goal is to keep everyone safe and alert."

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Todd contributes his ability to keep working during this troubling time to his fellow community members. He feels privileged to be able to help the people in his community. He takes the time to make sure they are doing well and comforts them with kind words and deeds.

"Patients express their feelings of appreciation, and it is empowering. When they receive their boxes of food and water, they always say, 'thank you, for coming out and helping us.' It is good to hear because we work many hours to make sure everyone is safe. Our job is to be there for the people in need."

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No matter where he goes, Todd continues to provide COVID-19 preventive behavior practices to help stop the spread. He also likes to emphasize respect for others and oneself; it can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. He urges everyone to stay 6 feet away from others, wear a face covering when in public, and wash your hands with soap and water. These simple behaviors can help in bringing down COVID-19 cases in the Navajo Nation.

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