Paloma Suarez

Known as a “daddy’s girl,” Paloma Suarez learned to be independent from day one when her father encouraged her that she can achieve anything.
Growing up in the Dominican Republic and observing massive health inequalities between social classes that led to disproportionate disease burdens, Suarez knew she wanted to improve the status and health of women and families.
Suarez is a certified lactation consultant and senior nutritionist for the local Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) federal assistance program in Great Barrington, Mass.
She is an advocate and translator for mothers who depend on federal assistance, helping them learn the importance of nutrition and physical activity.
To increase her training, Suarez 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!] gave me much more confidence about applying for a doctoral degree,” Suarez said. “We can do it!”