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Research Associate
Jaime Begay

Departmental Affiliations

Social and Behavioral Interventions

Contact Info

Research Interests

Behavioral health; cultural strengths; Indigenous populations; sexual and reproductive health; risk and protective factors; adolescent; parent-child communication; teen pregnancy; youth; American Indian/Alaska Native; formative research; health promotion; implementation science; community-based participatory research; parent self-efficacy; mixed methods; evidence-based interventions; behavior change; substance use; health promotion; holistic health
Experiences & Accomplishments
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University
Jaime Begay, MPH is a Research Associate with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (CAIH), where she works on their reproductive health programs. She joined the CAIH in 2017 and helped lead the formative work for a strengths based program focused on caregiver-youth relationships and youth positive identity development.

Her past work experiences include a graduate research assistantship with Northern Arizona University's Center for Health Equity Research and a teaching assistant position with Diné College's Public Health undergraduate program. She is committed to community based participatory research and integrating meaningful solutions that resonate with Indigenous populations to achieve optimal health.
Honors & Awards
Distinguished Graduate for Northern Arizona University's Health Sciences Department and Masters in Public Health program

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award Nominee

Phi Kappa Phi member
Select Publications
My publications
  • Richards, J., Chambers, R., Begay, J., Jackson, K., Tingey, L., Patel, H., Carvajal, S., Carroll, S., Teufel-Shone, N., & Barlow, A. (2021). Diné (Navajo) female perspectives on mother-daughter communication and cultural assets around the transition to womanhood: A cross-sectional survey. BMC Women’s Health.
  • Chambers, R., Begay, J., Patel, H., Richards, J., Nelson, D., Rosenstock, S., Huskon, R., Mitchell, K., Begay, T., & Tingey, L. (2021). Rigorous evaluation of a substance use and teen pregnancy prevention program for American Indian girls and their female caregivers: A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health21, 1179.
  • Chambers, R., Patel, H., Richards, J., Begay, J., Littlepage, S., Begay, M., Sheppard, L., Nelson, D., Masten, K., Mitchell, K., Kee, C., Barlow, A., Tingey, L. (2021). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary impact of Asdzáán Be’eená: An intergenerational, strength-based and culturally grounded program to improve the health of Navajo families. Family & Community Health. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.
  • Richards, J., Bueno, Y., Begay, J., Chambers, R., Tingey, L., Teufel-Shone, N., & Kahn-John, M. (2022). Diné (Navajo) female perspectives on mother-daughter communication and cultural assets around the transition to womanhood: A qualitative study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/10436596221077670