Dr. Jill Jim
Executive Director of the Navajo Department of Health
Dr. Jill Jim is the Navajo Department of Health Executive Director and was a member of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board. Dr. Jim’s educational background centers on community health promotion and health care administration. She earned a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Utah in 2017. Dr. Jim is a member of the Navajo Nation and a fluent Navajo speaker.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Dr. Jim worked as a health care analyst for HealthInsight and a consultant for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service. She is also a trained epidemiologist and advised the Utah Department of Health. In January 2019, Dr. Jill Jim was appointed by President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer of the Navajo Nation to their administration and she began to serve as the Executive Director of the Navajo Department of Health. When COVID-19 reached the Navajo Nation in March of 2020, Dr. Jim focused on responding to the public health emergency and teaching Navajo legislators about the role of public health. Education was a large part of Dr. Jim’s work and a key objective included translating information about the science of COVID-19 so that Navajo people could understand it. Dr. Jim was then appointed to the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board given her public health expertise. Dr. Jim plans on continuing her job with the administration of President Nez and the Navajo Nation through the end of her term.
Learn more about Dr. Jill Jim’s Work:
- The Navajo Nation: Navajo Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Jill Jim selected to serve on the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board
- AZ Public Media: Conversation with health expert in the Navajo Nation about COVID-19
- Knau NPR: Navajo Nation Prepares For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- Global Citizen: What Can We Learn From Navajo Women in Tackling COVID-19 Successfully?