Suyanna Barker

Community Health Action Department Director

Suyanna Barker, DrPH, has over 27 years of experience in the research and implementation of group and community-level public health interventions that address the needs of low-income, underserved Latin Americans.  Dr. Barker holds a Doctor of Public Health from the National School of Public Health in Brazil, a Master of Social Psychology from the University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Her work experience includes 10 years conducting research for the Primary Care Health Program of the State University of Rio de Janeiro’s Center for Adolescent Health Studies and 9 years consulting for various national and international organizations, including the Pan-American Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, and the Brazilian Ministry of Health.  Dr. Barker specializes in the health and rights of immigrant minorities and the development and management of community-based public health services in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.  As La Clínica’s Senior Director of Health Equity and Community Action, Dr. Barker 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.

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.