Research Program Assistant
“I am very fortunate to have benefited from the guiding hands of several exceptional dental research academicians who invested immeasurable professional resources into my research training. It is largely because of the mentoring of these scholars combined with institutional (UW, Kaiser Permanente) supports afforded me that I am inspired to participate in future health research studies benefiting the Navajo people. Participating in these previous caries studies has encouraged me to continue my studies in the healthcare field. I thoroughly enjoyed the interpersonal relationship with participants in these studies and found it very rewarding when the desired results were achieved.”
Tracy Goldtooth, a member of the Diné Nation, is Honágháahnii (One Walks Around) born for Biih bitoodnii (Deer Water), her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water clan) and paternal grandfather’s clan is Tlááshch'ii'nii (Red Bottom). Tracy joined Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in her hometown Tuba City, AZ. She works with the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Prevention Phase II study to help us better understand if preventing RSV in infancy can reduce asthma in childhood.
Prior to joining the Center for American Indian health, Tracy has been helping connect Native American populations for over a decade to local community outreach programs on the Navajo, Paiute and Hopi reservations. She has worked largely in Public Health with an emphasis in dental research, HIV/HCV medical case management and educator for over 14 years. It was in this capacity that she developed a passion for working in community health to address health disparities and create health initiatives to improve the health of Native communities.