Leonela Nelson


Research Program Assistant

The programs I am working with offer support, knowledge and new positive experiences to the Native youth on living a healthier lifestyle.  Sometimes participants and/or their family members will tell me that they learned something new and are trying to make lifestyle changes because of the lessons I teach.  That is very rewarding to hear.


Leonela is Red Cheek clan, born for Near the Water clan. Her maternal grandparents are from the Yucca Fruit clan. Her paternal grandparents are from the Towering House clan. Leonela is originally from Teec Nos Pos, AZ, where she currently resides. She started working for the Center in 2013 on the Behavioral Health Team. She is working on completing the Public Health certificate through Johns Hopkins University.


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