Primary care leadership has become increasingly essential to the vitality of our health care system, and diversity in thought, experience, and background is imperative to bolster and sustain primary care. However, for primary care leaders, there is no roadmap or architectural plan for this needed leadership, and role models that represent diverse potential leaders are scarce. How then, does the rising primary care leader or primary care learner follow a path that they cannot see? Is there one path? What if odds are stacked against them because of their race/ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, or beliefs? Must they fit into a box? Which box? Dr Olayiwola discussed paths to primary care leadership, the importance of diversity, and how to take the road less traveled, despite any odds.
Dr Olayiwola is a family physician and chief clinical transformation officer for RubiconMD, a leading health technology platform that improves access to specialty care for underserved patients through electronic consultations. She is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. Prior to this, she served as the director of the Center for Excellence in Primary Care at UCSF. She has been a leader in harnessing technology to increase access to care for underserved and disenfranchised populations and is an expert in the areas of health systems reform, practice transformation, health information technology, and primary care redesign. She has contributed to primary care transformation and health systems strengthening across the United States and in Singapore, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Australia and for the European Forum for Primary Care. Dr Olayiwola, a champion of diversity and inclusion in medicine, was also a faculty lead for the UCSF School of Medicine’s innovative Differences Matter initiative. She is also the founder and CEO of Inspire Health Solutions, LLC, a health care firm that works to improve the experience of delivering and receiving health care, and assists organizations in finding new ways to innovate. She is the creator and curator of the national Minority Women Professionals are MVPs Conference series, which empowers and equips minority women of diverse backgrounds to survive and thrive in their careers.