San Juan Community Collaborative for Health Equity


Goal & Vision Statement

The San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity’s (SJCHE) purpose is to work with Rural and Metropolitan communities that are impacted by social, economic and health disparities stemming from environmental racism, lack of unity or apathy in tribal and urban communities and in working together in addressing issues of the disadvantaged Native Americans/Navajos/Dine’. The SJCHE has priority community engagement projects to include: Homeless Task Force; Race Healing; Dine’ Food Sovereignty; Dine’ Youth; and the impacts of environmental fracking. Hazel James, a full blood Diné woman, serves as the San Juan Coordinator. She works with community advocates who address; Social Justice, Racial Justice, Environmental and Health Justice issues. She actively engages communities in the use of Indigenous Knowledge of Hozhoogo na ada Research and Evaluation epistemology & pedagogy with scholars/professors/elders.

At Ojo Encino chapter local chapters giving testimony on non safety n health related road conditions impacted by oil n gas industry trucks. About 15 state reps 6 represent San Juan – partial.

Tri chapter health concerns from hydraulic fracking concerns testimony. Left to right: Hazel, Mario Atencio, Daniel Tso, Teresa Seamster

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Contact Info

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Contact Person

Hazel James, San Juan Community Collaborative for Health Equity Coordinator



(505) 635-8629

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Sep 01

Quarterly Core Partner Meeting

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Oct 19

HazelHazel James

San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity Coordinator


Ya’at’eeh (Greetings) To All My Relations

I am a Dine’/Navajo, my K’e’/Clanship relations are: I am Born for the Zuni Edgewater People; my father is Black streak wood People; maternal grandfather is Big Water; paternal grandfather is Salt People. I am a wife, a proud mom, a joyful grandmother, and a happy gardener.

I’m happy to share with you, my life learning experiences. First I credit my Maternal and Paternal Grandparents for their valuable Dine’ teachings. I was taught to speak my language first and Dine’ teachings from them. I reminisce my grandparent’s warm and gentle ways, their kind words, that gives me comfort, even today. Dine’ ways of doing and knowing helped me to be self-determinate-d, to move forward into my young adulthood and now as an Elder. With my life learning experience, I’ve gain work ethics and indigenous protocol while working on community issues. I’ve worked with Dine’ youth leaders, community elders, elected officials, as they became my teachers. I received positive knowledge, wisdom, life ways, and conducting of one’s self as being Dine’ first. And to acknowledge the ancestors, our culture and nature. As I worked in many aspects with the people in retrospect of indigenous ways, that makes me who I am today! I continue to learn from the people; of the many challenges we face from injustices in addressing social, health and environmental issues as they relate to Human Rights; Health Justice, Earth Justice and Dine’ Food Justice. I seek to advocate within whatever capacity to bring people together in harmony to address social change in recommended policy work. I hope to equip the people with the strength of compassion; understanding the need for a Healthy Nation, for survival, and to encourage a safe environment with clean water and air. I hope to build a respectable working relationships with all entities, resources, grassroots and grasstops. Ahe’hee / Thank you, To All of My Relations! – Hazel James