Joanne Suarez

NLC Boston '20 Alumna
Community Health Assistant, Harvard Medical School -The Family Van

Respond, Rebuild, Rebound: Communities in a COVID Era

Joanne Suarez is a bioethicist and community healthcare professional. As a first generation college student, she is passionate about advocacy and addressing healthcare inequities in impoverished and underrepresented communities in Greater Boston. She is a Community Health Assistant with the Harvard Family Van; this role allows her to provide free preventive screenings and health education to underserved communities. Prior to joining the Family Van, Joanne worked as a Survivor Advocacy Treatment Coordinator for the Latinas y Niños Center, a substance abuse residential treatment program for women at Casa Esperanza, Inc. Through her experience, she supported clients and families in addressing the complexities of mental health through advocacy and taught the skills required to foster a sense of safety in the community.

She recently earned a Master of Bioethics from Harvard Medical School and holds a BS in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in mental health and addictions counseling from Johnson and Wales University. Joanne is the founder of LatinX Bioethics. Her research focuses on the ethical and moral issues impacting LatinX communities. In her work she proposes LatinX Bioethics as a new subfield within bioethics

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