Akosua Dankwah

Akosua Dankwah

2020 Fellowship Receipient

Project: The Rhode Island Executive Office of the Health and Human Services. Health Systems Transformation Project to reinvent the Medicaid program by addressing the social determinants of health.

Akosua Dankwah is a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health with a focus on social innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare. She became interested in public health upon seeing the adverse effects of systemic ills on her community. Partnering with the Empowerment Temple of the International Central Gospel Church in 2012, she coordinated quarterly health fairs that were open to the local community in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Akosua brought together local clinicians, healthcare organizations, and medical students to offer health screenings, health education seminars, and access to necessary resources.

While pursuing her MPH, she published a health needs assessment and laid the groundwork to open a non-profit free health clinic. In 2019, WTL Health Clinic, Inc. became licensed as an Organized Ambulatory Care Facility in Rhode Island, providing high-quality primary care services. As a Practitioner in Residence at Brown University's Swearer Center for Public Service in 2019, Akosua leveraged healthcare professionals, community resources, and students to provide high-quality primary care at WTL Health Clinic, Inc. to the underserved community.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Knox College in Illinois, and her Master of Public Health at Brown University’s School of Public Health.

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