Temi Olafunmiloye
Research Assistant, Health Policy, The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

Temi Olafunmiloye aims to advance health equity through research and community work, promoting policy change that addresses health disparities. Temi's research interests lie in understanding how the multidimensionality of Black women's experiences with gender and race discrimination affect their lifetime health. She currently works as a Research Assistant of Health Policy at The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. There, she collaborates with a team to monitor disparities by race/ethnicity and language and has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, developing recommendations to improve equity and the quality of care for racial/ethnic minorities, limited English proficiency patients, and people with disabilities. Previously, Temi conducted research with the Health Experiences Across the Lifespan (HEAL) Lab, focusing on the health impact of race-related experiences of people of color across the lifespan. She led an independent research project that sought to understand the challenges and strengths important for the health of the Black community, examining the physical and social barriers to receiving health care and the ways in which the Black community maintains their health despite these barriers. Her independent research was showcased nationally at the 2018 American Psychosomatic Society conference.

Temi graduated from Ursinus College in 2018 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Health Equity Studies. While at Ursinus, she was awarded the Bonner Leader Scholarship for her dedication to community service, as she believes that advancing health equity requires a deep understanding of communities and their history from a strengths based, intersectional approach. She worked with local communities as President of the Ursinus College Black Student Union, committee member of the NAACP Norristown, PA chapter, and as an intern with Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), a clinic that provides medical care and health education to the undocumented and uninsured. She gained experience working with global communities studying public health in India, learning from community health centers and health officials the ways in which they are actively working to reduce the prevalence of disease. More recently, Temi volunteers as a coach at Budget Buddies, where she supports low-income women, most of whom are women of color, with core financial management skills to help them become more economically self-sufficient.