I was drawn to the Urban Institute because of its commitment to fact-based, research-informed policy that keeps community strengthening and empowerment at its forefront. Health policy shapes and affects every part of our lives. No one should face barriers to accessing appropriate medical care. Policy has the power to illuminate and eliminate those barriers, elevating equity and diminishing disparities.
Tyler Thomas is a research assistant with the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with degrees in public health and biochemistry and a certificate in Spanish health care. His senior thesis focused on diabetes risk factors and lack of available physical activity programs in low-socioeconomic-status communities. Thomas has also worked on health policy changes with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Massachusetts.