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Theo Oshiro

Theo Oshiro, Deputy Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY), oversees the service departments at MRNY, including adult literacy, health advocacy, survival services, and workforce development, as well as serves as its lead health and workforce policy expert. Mr. Oshiro has been recognized several times for his contributions to immigrant communities, winning the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Felix A. Fishman Award in 2011. Mr. Oshiro was also selected to join the Medicaid Redesign Team Health Disparities Taskforce to build on MRNY’s groundbreaking work on language access and develop comprehensive statewide policies to eliminate health disparities among immigrants. Mr. Oshiro joined MRNY in 2005 after receiving a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. During his tenure at MRNY, he has been a leading fundraiser—building MRNY’s health access team from the ground up—and helming its workforce development program, which has doubled in size under his leadership. From his post at MRNY, Mr. Oshiro has been a leader in improving language access in the health care setting throughout New York State. Most recently, he led MRNY’s advocacy that resulted in the passage of a City-level law and the State-level SafeRx legislation to require comprehensive interpretation and translation services for patients with limited English proficiency at chain and mail-order pharmacies.