Blanca Chavez

In a world in need of optimism, Blanca Chavez is a shining beacon of positivity.
Based on her upbeat grandfather’s legacy and her father’s goal-oriented example, Chavez believes that good health is a human right. She wants to reframe negative concepts into stigma-busting, health-boosting solutions.
Before starting her master’s degree in public health, Chavez worked at community health centers throughout Washington to improve the quality of care among immigrant populations.
Chavez, a proud bicultural and bilingual Chicana from Washington, said the accounts of cancer that she witnessed in the communities she has lived and served give her motivation to specifically focus on the elimination of cancer disparities.
To further her goals, Chavez applied for the Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program, which recruits 25 master’s-level students and professionals for a five-day Summer Institute to promote doctoral degrees and careers studying Latino cancer.
Éxito! provided me with additional information about career paths yet to be explored in addressing cancer health disparities, potential doctoral programs, but most importantly a strong network of current and future Latino leaders,” Chavez said.