Motunrayo Tosin-Oni

Motunrayo Tosin-Oni

PhD Candidate in Health Policy (G2, Political Analysis)

Motunrayo Tosin-Oni received a BA in English with a minor in Public Health from UCLA in 2018. During her time at UCLA, she served as the health policy intern in the DC Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. She also conducted research on the role of public housing as a social determinant of health, with a case study of the public housing projects in Los Angeles County. Before joining the Harvard Community, she worked for the California State Legislature as both a Senate Fellow in the Senate and a legislative aide in the Assembly. In these capacities, Motunrayo helped draft legislative language and analyzed bills before they were signed into law. As a Senate Fellow, Motunrayo managed monumental, first-in-the-nation pieces of legislation; including the CROWN Act, which protected natural hair textures from discrimination in schools and workplaces; and SB 464, which addressed the ways health provider biases negatively impact Black maternal health by requiring implicit bias training for all perinatal health providers -both of which are now California law. As a legislative aide in the California State Assembly, Motunrayo focused on health, aging, and public safety policies. She worked on several antipoverty measures that aimed to provide tax credits to undocumented families and children, who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. She also worked on maternal health legislation that aimed to create a pilot program to provide access to doula services to Medi-Cal recipients. Motunrayo’s research interests include health access for historically disenfranchised and underserved communities, exclusionary health policies, and social determinants of health.

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