Research Program Assistant
I love what I do as a Research Program Assistant. I am able to be in the midst of my Navajo community; interacting with the mothers and their babies. When I left the reservation to obtain my degree, my plan was to always return to the reservation to help my own people. Not only am I giving back to my community with the knowledge I gained, but I am setting an example for the younger generations. I want the Navajo youth to understand that they too can go to college and do something GREAT! The kids who attend the NativeVision events are so full of life and have so many great opportunities; it is an awesome sight to see.
Olivia Trujillo began working with the Infectious Disease Prevention Team in 2014 trialing vaccine for streptococcus pneumoniae. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from The University of Arizona. As a Research Program Assistant she works closely with the Navajo community; recruiting and consenting participants, conducting parent questionnaires, specimen collection and shipping, and scheduling follow up visits. She also works with the NativeVision After School Program, teaching Native American youth the importance of healthy eating and exercising. She has experience in studying prolonged sulforaphane treatments on tumorigenic and nontumorigenic cancer cells at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, ND. She administered health surveys (The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) to Southwestern American Indian Tribes with The Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. She also traveled to Chennai, India to teach school aged children HIV/AIDS prevention with the International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS organization.