The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the election of Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, chief health equity officer and senior vice president of Humana Inc. as a new member. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service

Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), NAM is one of three academies that make up the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) in the United States. Operating under the 1863 Congressional charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that work outside of government to provide unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large.

Dr. Olayiwola is being recognized for her innovated work in addressing health equity, through work in primary care and health systems transformation, health information technology, and leadership efforts in making the U.S. and other health systems more efficient, effective, and equitable. At Humana, Dr. Olayiwola leads cross-functional efforts for the organization’s journey toward more equitable care, and is responsible for creating and implementing a strategy to achieve health across all lines of business, with the goal of giving all communities and groups of people a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.