Joy Rivera

Community Health Worker – Colon Cancer Screening

Joy Rivera belongs to the Snipe Clan of the Seneka Nation Haudenosaunee People. She has more than 30 years teaching experience in the Indigenous community at the junior high, senior high and adult levels of education. Joy taught at both the late Heart of the Earth Survival School and the Red School House. For 17 years, she coordinated the nationally-recognized Ogitchidag Gikinooamaagad Peer Education Program that traveled throughout Indian County teaching Indigenous youth about health issues through live theater.

Currently, Joy does outreach in the Twin Cities indigenous community as the colon cancer screening navigator. In this work, she will tell you and anyone who will listen how to prevent colon cancer.