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"She is the best of us:" Ijeoma Opara and the power of health advocacy

At a young age, Ijeoma Opara realized that speaking up for herself could save her life. Growing up, she witnessed the health inequities faced by her mother and father, who were frequently in and out of the hospital. Her advocacy stems from the belief that if her parents had been able to advocate for themselves to receive proper medical care, they would still be alive today. Opara - an assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Yale School of Public Health (and a CIRA affiliate) - is on a mission to reduce health disparities faced by Black people. 

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Published: Friday, March 3, 2023