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A Framework to Address Health Equity

Dr. Nwando Olayiwola outlines five keys to integrating health equity into health plans. In a recent Health Affairs Blog editorial, Humana’s newly appointed chief health equity officer, Dr. Nwando Olayiwola outlined a framework for how Humana can integrate health equity measures and goals into Humana’s overall work as a healthcare company. This includes defining enterprise-wide measures and goals, and coordinating efforts to achieve those goals across all of Humana’s lines of business.

The editorial outlines five major priorities and accompanying sought-after outcomes, including:

  1. Prioritizing prevention and wellness through benefits and care delivery redesign
  2. Prioritizing communities across engagements and investments
  3. Prioritizing innovation, including population and digital health
  4. Prioritizing education, research, and workforce development with academic-community collaborations
  5. Prioritizing action and accountability through data-driven improvement

This framework helps position health equity at the core of the business – and leadership mission of health plans – with the ultimate goal of achieving the health equity bullseye of the “quadruple aim” – including an enhanced patient experience, improved population health, reduced costs, and care team satisfaction.

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