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Stephanie Oluchukwu Akpa

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
  • Sponsored by Norflet Progress Fund
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Yale Law School
  • Issue area Health Care
  • Fellowship class year 2012
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Stephanie worked to ensure that African-Americans in Washington, D.C. have access to quality health care through community education and outreach, direct representation, and policy advocacy.

Stephanie’s project helped to bridge the gap between health insurance coverage and access to quality health care for African-Americans living in poverty in the District of Columbia. The District has one of the most generous public medical assistance programs in the country. It also boasts one of the lowest rates of uninsured individuals and families compared to other states. Nevertheless, a disproportionate percentage of African-Americans in the District live in poverty and face higher rates of serious health conditions, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and HIV/AIDS. With know-your-rights education, direct representation, and policy advocacy, low-income African-Americans can secure the benefits they need to live fuller, healthier lives.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Stephanie:

  • Advised or provided brief services to more than 70 low-income individuals in matters related to eligibility for public health insurance, disability benefits, or coverage of specific medical services
  • Represented nearly 30 low-income individuals in cases to challenge erroneous medical bills and denial of disability benefits or health care coverage for in-home services
  • Testified seven times before District of Columbia council committees on health care issues
  • Conducted ten community outreach events at health fairs, churches, and other venues
  • Facilitated seven trainings on access to health care in the District for staff at organizations that provide physical and mental health care services, transitional housing assistance, and other services and support to impoverished individuals and families

What’s Next

Stephanie remains at her host organization, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, as a Staff Attorney. She continues to advocate on behalf of individuals denied access to health care.

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