Maternal & Child Health
Ya’at’eeh, my name is Chelsie Hadley, I am Towering House clan and born for the Red Bottom clan, my maternal grandfather is Cliff Dweller People and my paternal grandfather is Near the Water clan. Currently, I am in the home stretch of completing my undergraduate program at Northern Arizona University. I will be graduating with my Bachelors of Human and Health Services, specifically in Public Health this coming December. However, before receiving my certificate I was required to complete 360 hours as an intern at a site of my interest.
As an intern here at the JHCAIH (Chinle), I participated in weekly calls and meetings as a note taker, I sat in on webinars and at times, I was fortunate to introduce the presenter. I also created certificates for participants that had attended the webinar which will be used for future webinars. I became familiar with the core structure of Family Spirit through “dropbox”, allowing me to distinguish active and inactive affiliate sites or health educators by creating coversheets using the Readiness Tool and Evaluation documents. During my internship, I supported the structural functioning and technical assistance to keep Family Spirit an organized and successful program.
As for the Mother and Daughter Program, it is still in the early stages of development. However, my task included recruiting young Native American females and their mothers from the local communities. Recruitment was generated in local schools, chapter house meetings, and attending community outreaches, which required sharing the program's purpose and goals to the community and generating partnerships to establish support for the program. Conducting and assisting with two focus group and one in-depth interview. I helped the launch of this program to increase the relationship, the health, educational, and cultural values among young females and their mothers.
I assisted with many tasks for the functioning of Family Spirit and the development of the Mother/Daughter Project. I was fortunate to understand the components of keeping a program successfully running, and learning the hands-on labor of launching a completely new program. Although, my internship was short (well, it felt like it), I have learned skills that will be useful in my future, professionally. Following my graduation, I expect to be a community educator related to maternal and child health, nutritional aspects or reduce chronic diseases and health disparities on the Navajo Nation, while doing so I plan to work on my graduate program at Arizona State University. Although, I tend to not have a set plan I know I have a great desire to further my education to help Native American communities at a professional and personal level.