Mechem Frashier is director of practice operations for Presbyterian Urgent Care, but when COVID-19 hit, she took on another huge responsibility – leading testing for the organization.
The pandemic meant personal sacrifices too. To protect her children in the early days of the pandemic, she took her twin daughters to live with her mother on the Navajo reservation.
Frashier also runs the mobile testing unit, which brings COVID-19 testing to Pueblos, nursing homes and other areas. Being able to support Native communities was an honor.
"I grew up in an environment where there wasn't a lot of access to modern, you know, utilities," Frashier told KOB. "I remember my grandmother telling me this one time, essentially go out and get your education, but also come back remember who you are, and bring it home and take care of the people. And so that innate feeling in me was established at such an early age that, you know, when the opportunity came during the pandemic to help the tribes, I was fortunate to be in a position where I could do that."