Brenda Frutos

Growing up as “the minority kid” in school isn’t easy, but it helped Brenda Frutos develop a passion for fighting for health equity among Latinos.
Frutos not only earned her master’s degree in public health from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, she also is working as a certified health education specialist.
She provides research and technical support in the Department of Family Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania, and also has experience helping with interventions in breastfeeding among underserved women.
Motivated by the hard work of her significant other who overcame challenges to reach medical school, Frutos wants to continue pursuing more education.
Frutos 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.
“The Éxito! Summer Institute has definitely boosted my confidence in pursuing a doctorate degree and career in research,” Frutos said.