Phillis Akua Odoom

Name: Phyllis Akua Odoom

Occupation: Dentist, Community Health Center, Inc.

Why does health equity matter to you?

It breaks my heart when I have to remove a five-year-old’s baby tooth because they’re in tremendous pain and cannot eat. No child should ever have to go through that! Health care is a right, not a privilege.

What’s in your leadership toolkit?

Growing up in Ghana, West Africa, I hope to bring a little bit of my unique upbringing to this fellowship. I especially hope that by the end of the fellowship everyone would be doing the AZONTO dance (look it up!) whenever they are stressed out and need to relax.

What is your not-so-secret guilty pleasure?

When you look out of your car window at 7:30 am in the morning, I am probably that 5″2, 130 Ib woman fist pumping to “Summer time,” “Wake Me Up” or “Burn” …getting pumped up for my awesome day at work!