Tribal Resilience Leadership Awardee

Captain David Harvey

Captain David Harvey

2020 Awardee

Captain, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Deputy Director, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction
Indian Health Service

Captain David Harvey provides leadership and oversight on data, guidelines, and interagency coordination for an environmental health program supporting American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes with the needs identification, planning, design, and construction of water, wastewater, and solid waste facilities. He has experience as a hospital facility manager at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC, as a field engineer with the Indian Health Service in Nevada, and with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, where he worked on the Water Security Initiative, coordinated the National Tribal Drinking Water Program, and was the Arsenic Drinking Water rule manager. 

The Tribal Resilience Leadership Award recognizes Captain Harvey's outstanding leadership of the Water Access Coordination Group (WACG), and the heroic, collaborative and effective work it has performed to complete the mission of constructing transitional water sites on the Navajo Nation and providing culturally respectful communication about the location and use of these sites during the COVID-19 crisis.

"Thank you for your recognition of this important work.  You can be assured the work would not be as impactful without the outstanding collaboration of the University of Arizona faculty or support of Toni Massaro and Nancy Petersen of the Agnese Nelms Haury Program.  The resources the Haury have provided the Navajo Nation to support public outreach about the availability of needed drinking water for Navajo Nation people with no access to piped water during the COVID-19 pandemic has been an important component of the intervention." - Captain David Harvey