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DATA, RESEARCH & PLANNING ANALYST · DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Planning, research and data analysis expert with 20+ years of experience leading community, organizational and economic development initiatives. Leverage extensive analysis and research skills to conduct needs assessments, identify resources and create and implement action plans to ensure delivery of vital services. Develop and present reports. Facilitate workshops and seminars. Build consensus with internal team members and external resources. Define information collection methods and create research instruments to uphold stringent data integrity standards.

Strategic Planning · Relational Database Development · Data Analysis · Research · Economic / Business Development Project Management · Quality Assurance · Risk Management · Contract Administration · Government Agencies Legislation Research · Statistical, Demographic & Health Data · SPSS · dBase 4 · EpiInfo · ACCESS · Reporting Writing · Policies & Procedures  · Needs Assessments · Data Management Systems · Tribal Affairs · Event Management ·Board of Directors Chair · Proposal Writing · Armed Forces Veteran

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

OFFICE OF PLANNING, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION, DIVISION OF HEALTH, Window Rock, AZ · 2013

Agency within the Division of Health, Navajo Nation, with 550 staff and a $80M annual budget.

Senior Planner: Played a major role in the development of the Division of Health into a Department of Public Health. Designed, coordinate the data management, to establish a clearinghouse for the Division of Health. Provided leadership in the development and coordination of the Navajo Nation wide Community Health Assessment.

Key Accomplishment:

  • Developed, researched and summarized the Navajo Demographic Profile report.
  • Completed the Division of Health data inventory report, using EpiInfo database software.

DEPARTMENT OF NAVAJO VETERANS AFFAIRS, NAVAJO NATION, Window Rock, Arizona· 2011

Navajo Nation veteran services organization with 35 employees serving 9,000 veterans; $1M annual budget.

Senior Planner: Led planning and analysis initiatives related to establishment of upgraded Veterans Services Division on an interim basis. Consulted with Department Director on effective policies and procedures. Conducted research on Indian Self-Determination Act (PL 93-638) from the federal Veterans Administration and developed framework recommendations. Authored resolutions to recommend legislation to improve organization’s role in local government. Created data management system to coordinate activities with Indian Health Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Analyzed data to develop needs assessments. Began AmeriCorps proposal for veterans assistance.

Senior Planner: Led planning and analysis initiatives related to establishment of upgraded Veterans Services Division on an interim basis. Consulted with Department Director on effective policies and procedures. Conducted research on Indian Self-Determination Act (PL 93-638) from the federal Veterans Administration and developed framework recommendations. Authored resolutions to recommend legislation to improve organization’s role in local government. Created data management system to coordinate activities with Indian Health Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Analyzed data to develop needs assessments. Began AmeriCorps proposal for veterans assistance.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Developed clear, concise assessment of project needs and created detailed recommendations to support organizational services improvement project.
  • Won repeated interim work contract extensions due to exceptional performance and built productive relationships within the Navajo Veterans Affairs team.

OFFICE OF PLANNING, RESEARCH & EVALUATION, Window Rock, Arizona· 2009

Agency within the Division of Health, Navajo Nation, with 550 staff and a $50M annual budget.

Senior Planner: Played an integral role in coordinating service between departments within the division. Conducted research on local, state and federal issues. Analyzed and tabulated data. Held public hearings on a variety of topics to generate consensus on new strategies. Executed special projects, including needs assessments and conferences.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Successfully organized and managed a conference on Native American elders, garnering feedback from the community on numerous important issues to shape policy decisions.
  • Worked diligently to build consensus with diverse planning committee team, coordinating activities of Division of Social Service, Indian Health Services and DNA Legal Services teams.

HEALTH PROMOTION DEPARTMENT, CHINLE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES· 2007-2008 · Program Specialist: Played a key role in setting program priorities, working closely with the coordinator to deliver vital child safety, school and community health and wellness services. Identified funding sources for health programs and disseminated information on how to access resources. Collaborated with inter-departmental teams to execute key projects. Significantly improved collection methods to ensure data integrity. Organized and managed conferences and workshops on a variety of topics, including grant writing and program development.

INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT, DINE COLLEGE· 2004-2005 · Director: Led ambitious plan to revitalize underperforming agency, conducting research on organization’s history and developing and implementing a detailed action plan to improve effectiveness. Acquired additional federal funding to support revitalization. Improved organizational infrastructure, redefining job roles and hiring new staff. Launched and managed all facets of 5 large-scale projects, including development of a farm program, an invasive plant eradication project, a GIS project and establishment of a 4-H Club organization on the reservation. Liaised with contacts at tribal college, land-grant universities and the National Parks Service to access supplemental resources.

OFFICE OF PLANNING & PROGRAM EVALUATION, INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES · 2003-2004 · Statistician Consultant: Conducted detailed statistical analysis to support a Navajo Nation health issues assessment project, collecting data, identifying trends and analyzing disparities. Co-chaired Community Health Status Assessment Team. Analyzed demographic and social attributes, health resources access, quality of life, risk factors, environmental health indicators, social and mental health, maternal and child health, deaths, injuries, illnesses, infectious diseases and sentinel events. Produced a book containing detailed data with resources and references to support decision-making around the Mobilization for Partnership and Planning Project. Made key contributions to Indian Health Services strategy development, delivering vital information to form a sound basis for action plans.

STATISTICIAN / DEMOGRAPHER OFFICE, DIVISION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, THE NAVAJO NATION ·1999-2003 · Statistician / Demographer: Led office operations, directing research and coordinating projects with internal teams and external resources. Defined scope and methodology, created survey and evaluation tools, ensured data integrity and monitored project progress. Liaised with tribal, local, state and federal officials to coordinate surveys and information exchanges. Conducted presentations and produced reports. Assisted tribal council and government personnel, serving as statistician and demographics expert. Spearheaded creation of Navajo Nation Data Resource Center and advised the Census Bureau and other population organizations on American Indian data. Authored reports and presented data in clear, concise language.

CAREER NOTE: Past job history includes a Research Statistician role with the Navajo Nation Office of Research, Planning & Development. Also served as a consultant to various organizations and as a substitute teacher.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

Graduate-Level Organizational Development, MPH, Education Administration, & MBA Coursework

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

Microsoft Office Suite · Microsoft Access · Visual Basic · Publisher · SAS · SPSS · EpiInfo

VOLUNTEERING

St. Michael Indian School, St. Michael, AZ – (7 years) Volunteered as Chairperson for the Board of Directors; participated in fund-raising, proposal writing, developing strategic plans, coordinated events and work sessions. Organize and conducted meetings, negotiated and planned with Dine’ College to offer dual accreditation courses in math, science and Navajo language.

LANGUAGES

Fluent in Navajo (American Indian language)

PUBLICATIONS

Navajo Demographic Profile – August 2013

Dine’ Elder Needs Assessment – December 2009

Community Health Status Assessment – Navajo Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP), May 2005

Statistics on Navajo Dine’ Education 1993-1994, June 1994

Statistics on Navajo Dine’ Education 1992-1993, November 1993

PROPOSALS

Navajo Veteran Affairs AmeriCorp Grant, Submitted to AmeriCorp, Community Service Corporation, Washington, DC, Amount Requested: $1.1 million for 3 years (2011) Pending.

Rural Challenge Grant “Learn in Beauty” Project, Submitted to Annenberg Foundation, Granby, Colorado; Amount Requested: $961,251 for 3 years (1997) – Awarded

NASBA/Navajo Comprehensive Educational Research Project, Submitted to Office of Research and Educational Improvements, DOE, Washington, DC; Amount Requested: $237,974.00 for 2 years (1996) – Not Awarded

Adults and Community Education and Training Program, Submitted to Navajo Department of Employment and Training Program, Window Rock, Arizona; Amount Requested: $127,280.00 (1992) – Not Awarded

Develop “Vision, Philosophy and Mission Statement” for the School, Submitted to Window Rock Unified School District #8, Fort Defiance, Arizona; Amount Requested: $4,000.00 (1992) – Not Awarded

A Synthesis of Data on Minority Physicians, Submitted to DHHS, Health Resource and Service Administration, Washington, DC; Amount Requested: $62,568.00 (1992) – Lost bid by $3,636.00

To Study and Survey Revenue Allocations, Submitted to Division of Administration and Finance, Window Rock, Arizona; Amount Requested: $159,148.00 (1992) – Not Awarded

Minority Male Community Coalition Demonstration Grant, Submitted to DHHS, PHS, Office of Minority Health, Washington, DC; Amount Requested: $696,513.00 for 3 years (1990) — Awarded

AWARDS

  • DHHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service – May 16, 2005
  • Navajo Area Indian Health Service, Outstanding Group Performance Award – July 14, 2006

Contact

Telephone: (928) 871-5216
Mobile: (928) 206-9753
Email: eryazzie@ymail.com
Address: 307 Oljato Drive, PO Box 158·Window Rock, 86515 Arizona

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