Jaime Begay

Title: Research Associate

Location: Navajo NationTuba City, AZ


Jaime is a member of the Navajo Nation from Tuba City, AZ. She joined the Center for Indigenous Health in September of 2017. She is a Research Associate and works primarily in behavioral health research supporting initiatives focused on American Indian youth, teen pregnancy prevention, and a mother-daughter female pathways program. She always envisioned herself returning home and working alongside her community in creating opportunities and health initiatives for people to prosper.

Prior to joining the Center, Jaime worked within the local hospital in her hometown. It was there she saw the need to further her education to help combat health inequities in American Indian communities.

She received her MPH in Health Promotion with an Indigenous Health focus from Northern Arizona University (NAU). While at NAU, she served as a graduate research assistant under the Navajo Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) project, an NAU-Dine College partnership where she assisted in the development of an academic pathway for undergraduate students to expand the public health workforce on the Navajo Nation. Jaime’s research philosophy stems from her upbringing and the role she has within her community. She believes that to achieve optimal health it requires a holistic and community approach. These core values translate in her current and future work as a researcher.

When Jaime is not working, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.