Johanna Blais is a member of the Diné Nation. Her clans are Yoo’ó dine’é (The Bead People clan) born for Táb’há (Water’s Edge clan). Her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water clan) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan). Johanna joined Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health at Shiprock, NM in 2019 as a Research Program Assistant. Johanna was recently promoted to Research Program Coordinator. She has worked with both behavioral health research and service projects as well as infectious disease research studies at the Center’s Shiprock, NM office.
Johanna currently works with the Family Spirit National Office as the Family Spirit Business and Marketing Coordinator. In this role she markets the Family Spirit Program to interested communities; initiates and maintains relationships with new Family Spirit sites; manages the administrative communication and contracting process with sites; tracks contracting and invoicing details across all sites; and generally, supports the rapid national growth and reach of Family Spirit. Johanna received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and a minor in Indigenous studies from Fort Lewis College.
Johanna is based in Aurora, CO while pursuing her master’s at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus in Public Health.