Elvira Begay


Research Program Assistant

Our Native people have limited resources to help understand and utilize the health care system. Becoming a part of a research team to help our people expand their knowledge is the best opportunity one can share and be most proud of. Being a nurse is not about pills or charting. It’s about being able to love your neighbor when they are at their weakest moments.


My Navajo clans are water edge born for bitter water. I joined Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health team in Spring 2014. Since then I have provided services to families within our community as a research project assistant. I have worked very closely with two wonderful study nurses and study participants and their families which has given me the opportunity to meet and get to know each family and help them get through their daily struggles with their health, whether it’s answering a simple question or helping them get into clinic to update their flu shot. I have done community outreach to create awareness on the importance of immunizations and disease preventions as well as recruiting and collecting data and lab samples. I am currently working on my RN degree with Navajo Tech. University.


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