Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Profile
HANNABAH BLUE (DINÉ)
SM student, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Growing up on the border of the Navajo Nation, Hannabah saw firsthand how attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs about gender and sexuality influence access to health services for Native American women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. As an undergraduate, she learned how to bring these issues front and center through broadcast journalism and then worked on LGBT and women’s issues with a national organization focused on Native American health.
For her summer practicum, Hannabah is working with her tribe to investigate the health needs of Navajo women and LGBT people on the reservation. Improving access to health services is an urgent need, as one in every three Native American women is raped in her lifetime, and LGBT Native Americans face ongoing stigma and discrimination. Hannabah hopes her findings will provide a foundation for tailoring services to better reach underserved Native populations.
Hannabah is a student ambassador for the HSPH Office of Diversity and Inclusion and tutors Harvard undergraduates with special interests in race, gender, and sexuality. She has also cross-registered for a Harvard course to incorporate sexuality studies and Native American perspectives into her HSPH concentrations in women, gender, and health and maternal and child health.