“I love the sense of community that continues to grow within the Trans and Gender-Affirming Care ECHO. The conversations that take place are so important and heart-warming. I feel honored to be amongst all who participate and who truly want our 2SLGBTQ+ folks to be elevated and treated with compassion, dignity, and respect.”
Dandy Johns is a multi-racial person who identifies as an Indigenous gender queer and uses they/them pronouns. Both of Dandy’s parents are mixed-race; they are a descendant of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Mexican, and white. Dandy has worked in the mental and behavioral health field in various roles since 2005 and as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) for 13 years. Dandy currently serves as a Crisis Counselor ll and Emergency Department Liaison for Project Respond. In 2020, they joined the faculty on the Transgender and Gender-Affirming Care ECHO as a mental health consultant for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), and they continue to consult on various NPAIHB projects for the Two Spirit & LGBTQ+ Program at NPAIHB.