Juanita Graham

Juanita Graham

Juanita Graham is a member of Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan. Currently, she is the Director of Health, and her current role is responsible for eleven different programs. and they include the following: Maternal child Health, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program; Children’s Oral Health Initiative, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative, Injury Prevention, Harm Reduction; NNADAP; Mental Health; Youth Sports & Rec, Drinking Water Safety Program, Home and Community Care and daycare. She also has secured a new Nurse Practitioner (NP) which is a new initiative in Thunderchild First Nation. In addition, she was appointed the primary lead for the COVID response to the Pandemic for the last two years from start to finish. In this role responsible for all prevention measures to include testing, screening, Pandemic roll-out procedures, dissemination of information to the community, as well as complete service delivery to Thunderchild First Nation community while overseeing security throughout the pandemic. Her ongoing commitment with Elders and a vision of a cultural room at health which has materialized. In addition, meeting with Health elders monthly for direction, community program ideas and areas to address. Juanita currently holds her Master of Social Work with specialization in Leadership in the Human Services. As part of her ongoing commitment t to professional development she recently enrolled in the First Nations Health Manager Training and will graduate October 2022. In addition, she is involved with working with researchers with University of Saskatchewan, with Oral Health, Palliative care. A co-author with a publication in Oral Health and a book that will be used as prevention for promoting good oral health. Other various committee work she does as well involve the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Suicide Prevention; Embracing Life, and the RCMP in which monthly meetings are held. Juanita remains committed and passionate about remaining committed to improve Indigenous health in all capacities. As a result of growing up and having lived these experiences and living on and off reserve she deeply and completely and intimately understands challenges that Indigenous people face every day.

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