Suyanna Linhales Barker holds a Doctorate in Public Health, with a research focus on adolescent health. She was a researcher at the State University of Rio the Janeiro for more than 10 years where she supervised health education programs for youth in a low income area of Rio de Janeiro and developed distance learning educational materials for health care providers. From 2003 -2008 she coordinated, in collaboration with the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the International Labor Organization, the implementation and training program for the First National Public Health Policy to Eradicate Child Labor in Brazil.
Suyanna has always believed that health care is a fundamental human right and has focused her career to end health disparities related to poverty and discrimination. In 2009 she developed the Guidelines for Comprehensive Healthcare Programs for Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adolescents and Youth for the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC.
Suyanna is currently Community Heath Action Department Director at La Clínica Del Pueblo. She is responsible for developing and supervising the implementation of public health strategies to reduce health disparities affecting the local Latino community through culturally-relevant health education interventions. She also coordinates efforts to reach clients who are served in the La Clínica Del Pueblo Continuum to Care, with special attention to those affected and or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Obesity and Gender-based violence.
Her love for her partner Gary and her daughter Nina brought her to DC. It is her desire and determination to live long with her family and friends that motivates her to spend time reading philosophy, riding her bike and doing Yoga.