Ellesse-Roselee Akre is a health policy and health equity researcher who focuses on how policy, institutions, and systems contribute to disparities in health care access and use for vulnerable populations.
Her current research examines environmental and institutional barriers and facilitators to accessing health care services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. She is also a graduate researcher for the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center. In addition to working on sexual minority health care access, Ms. Akre’s conducts research with Dr. Dylan Roby on how Medicaid Agencies and Managed Care Plans undertake activities to address their enrollees’ social needs.
Ellesse is a Health Insurance Specialist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). Ms. Akre leads digital and social media messaging campaigns, and manages Marketplace analytic data and Healthcare.gov Marketplace tools for the Division of Small Business Agent and Brokers Innovations (SBABI). Her work with SBABI provides timely and relevant educational and informative materials for Marketplace Agents and Brokers and small businesses to provide health insurance through the Healthcare.gov Marketplace.
Ms. Akre received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in African-American studies from San Diego State University. She earned her master’s degree in Women’s Health with a concentration in Health Policy from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Ms. Akre has conducted public health research at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California San Francisco, Project Imhotep at Morehouse College in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.