Ellesse-Roselee L. Akré is a health services researcher whose research portfolio focuses on health inequities, intersectionality, and healthcare access. Her program of research employs tools from health services research and population health science to demonstrate how macrolevel systems like heterosexism, sexism, and racism are determinants of health inequities. She leverages the frameworks of critical race theory and intersectionality perspective to quantitatively study how social, demographic, and policy contexts shape health and health care disparities for BIPOC and LGBT populations.
In 2019, Akré was inducted into the Lavender Leadership Honor Society, the first collegiate honor society focusing on leadership for LGBTQ+ social justice. In 2020, she was inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society, an honor society for studies in public health.
Akré received advanced training in health services research at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, Maryland. She received postdoctoral training in older LGBTQ adult’s health and health policy at Vanderbilt University, where she worked on the Vanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy Study (VUSNAPS)
Akré hails from Los Angeles, CA. She is a proud member of the Mu Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.