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Jane Dimnwaobi

  • Hosted by Tennessee Justice Center
  • Sponsored by International Paper
  • Service location Nashville, Tennessee
  • Law school Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Issue area Health Care, Public Benefits/Welfare Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Jane (she/her/hers) will provide representation to Tennesseans enrolled in the state’s healthcare programs; develop tools to identify racial and wealth disparities in health coverage; and advocate for policy changes to address how systemic racism impairs Tennessee’s public safety net.

Over one million Tennesseans rely on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to meet their health needs. Community advocates devoted to ensuring these programs meet those needs have long advocated for a focus on health equity when delivering these programs. However, policymakers lack the data to assess claims that eligible households across Tennessee do not fully realize the promises made by these programs. Jane will provide direct representation to Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP beneficiaries and track the health equity outcomes for each program. Through her work, Jane will create tools that identify healthcare gaps and address their collective impact on Tennesseans.

Jane’s passion for movement lawyering inspires her to balance legal services and data analysis with principled community organizing and first-hand narratives of health injustice as essential components of the effort to improve Tennessee’s ability to provide quality healthcare to all households in need.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Jane will represent Tennesseans seeking access to complete Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP coverage. She will uplift stories from community members whose race, income, environment, debt, and education impact their ability to receive coverage. Additionally, she will collect and analyze data from state agencies to create an interactive health equity dashboard accessible to all Tennesseans.

Without a focus on health equity in direct representation and policymaking, Tennessee's public safety net will continue to have systemic failures. I am passionate about supporting the fight to improve the state's health programs in the long-term.

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