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Holly Hillyer

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Holly Hillyer

Holly Hillyer

Name of Host Organization: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.
City, State: Toledo, Ohio
Issue area: Health Care
Sponsors: Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation

The Project

Holly worked to improve health outcomes for low-income and minority communities in Northwest Ohio by increasing access to health care and addressing the underlying social determinants of health.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Vast disparities exist in the quality of health care and health outcomes between the rich and poor and for certain minority groups in our society. These disparities are evident throughout Northwest Ohio. African-Americans report having unmet medical needs at significantly higher rates than whites. Rural residents are much less likely to have health insurance than their urban counterparts. And low-income children suffer from asthma at considerably higher rates than children of high income families. Recent changes to our health care laws such as the Affordable Care Act and Ohio’s Medicaid expansion offer a unique opportunity to remedy these health disparities.