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Leah Lomotey-Nakon, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Leah Lomotey-Nakon is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. In this role, she leads the work to better understand the historical foundations of health policies and how policy features can advance equity. Leah will also help state policy leaders, advocates, and individuals to identify policy choices that promote health equity and reduce adverse outcomes.  

Leah holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Ethics and Society, a M.Ed. in Community Psychology, and a M.T.S. in Social Ethics from Vanderbilt University as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University. Her dissertation investigated how healthcare technology and hospital organizational policy collectively influence patient, caregiver, and clinician decision-making in the perinatal period. Leah is passionate about translational community-based and participatory research. As a native of South Carolina, she is also committed to leveraging policy change to advance health equity in exurban and rural settings.  

Leah is an active member of her community and enjoys spending cooking, hiking, and vegetable gardening with her husband and toddler.  

Authored Content

Since 2019, the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center has empowered states with evidence on which policies positively impact very young children and their parents. Reviewing the evidence connecting state policies to outcomes for young children and