Research Program Assistant
LeDaniel Gishie Jr. was born and raised on the Navajo reservation from a small town called Kaibeto. After high school, he bounced around different careers exploring many options until he found an interest in assisting his Native people through their challenges and barriers of society on the reservation. While attending school, LeDaniel wanted to learn how to address inequalities and social determinants that himself, friends, family, and community are challenged with daily. LeDaniel attended the University of Arizona and successfully completed his undergraduate studies majoring in Care, Health & Society with a minor in Public Health. During undergrad school studies, he was fortunate enough to work with the Primavera Men’s shelter counseling and assisting with case management to provide resources for that community. Prior to this John Hopkins position , LeDaniel worked as a Community Connector distributing necessities to those affected with COVID-19 working alongside the Health Promotions Diabetes Prevention department of Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation, where he also interned as a Health Educator. Through these internships and volunteer work, he secured a position with John Hopkins Center of American Indian Health to fulfill his aspiration to help his community.