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Navajo Nation Health Official With Strong Utah Ties Named to Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board

Dr. Jill Jim named to Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board. (Used by Permission, Navajo Nation)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Jill Jim has been appointed to the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board.

The board was created in early November to develop plans on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Dr. Jim is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation according to a news release. She is a fluent Navajo speaker from Navajo Mountain, Utah.


She attended the University of Utah where she earned a Doctorate in Public Health as well as two  Master’s Degrees in Health Care Administration and Public Health.

Dr. Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and Community Health Education from Northern Arizona University, the release said.

“Dr. Jim’s extensive public health experience and expertise has been a major benefit for the Navajo Nation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and now she will serve on a much broader level to help fight this modern-day monster throughout the country,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. “Our Nation’s COVID-19 preventative measures and restrictions put forth by our public health experts have served as a model for other states and entities across the country.”

Nez recommended Dr. Jim as an appointment to the Biden-Harris board.

She worked previously as Epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health, a Health Care Analyst for HealthInsight in Albuquerque, N.M., and a consultant for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, the release said.

“I am proud to serve as a member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. I look forward to working with fellow members of the advisory board to help prepare an urgent, robust, and professional response to the global public health crisis, for President-elect Biden to lead with on day one,” Dr. Jim said.

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