Joanne Suarez is a bioethics and mental health 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 received a B.S. from Johnson and Wales University, where she majored in counseling psychology with a concentration in mental health and addictions. In addition, she received training as a sexual violence prevention and response advocate through Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). Currently, she is completing a Master of Bioethics degree at Harvard Medical School, where she focuses on the ethical and moral issues impacting LatinX communities. She is the founder of LatinX Bioethics and a founding member of the graduate-level Dominican Student Association at Harvard, a cross-campus community to represent and support Dominican graduate students.