14th Annual Health Equity Symposium

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Panelists and Speakers

Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH - Chief Health Equity Officer, Humana

Clara Filice, MD, MPH, MHS - Deputy Chief Medical Officer, MassHealth

Tamiko Foster, MD, MPH - Corporate Medical Director, Centene Corporation

At the age of 8, Dr. Foster, a native of Chicago, Illinois and first-generation college student, made the commitment to help others. Over the years she has accomplished this desire by passionately providing medical care and advocacy for families as a board-certified pediatrician, in addition to her roles as Chief Medical Officer and Corporate Medical Director of health insurance plans.  She attended college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was selected as a Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health/Harvard Medical School, where she received her Master's in Public Health-Health Policy. She was appointed by the Minnesota Department of Health as a charter member of the Health Equity and Leadership Council, with additional public health task force and committee appointments to follow. She has served in multiple leadership and board of director roles. Her work has primarily focused on caring for medically and socially/economically disadvantaged populations with a holistic and integrative approach to wellness and health equity, which fostered a transition from the clinic room to board room in order to be a voice at the table for communities that have historically been left out. She is an active health advocate, mentor, and speaker in the community, and founder of the health and wellness company 2 E.D.I.F.Y. LLC, which is dedicated to social justice and equity in healthcare and bringing healing to individuals and communities through education, edification, and empowerment. As a holistic provider, Dr. Foster also received additional training in integrative medicine, health coaching, functional medicine, and herbal medicine which motivated the launching of VIP Wellness Tea™️. She is the author of the book “VIP Very Important Patient: The African American Woman’s Guide to Health Care, Healing, & Wellness”. 

Dr. Foster currently serves as a Corporate Medical Director at a multinational health insurance company where she helps to oversee appropriateness and efficiency of the use of health care services, techniques, and policies of medical treatments and services, in addition to leading efforts in health equity training and advocacy.

Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, FAAFP – Interim Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Plan DC

CareFirst Blue Cross BlueShield

President, Reede Scholars, Inc.


Dr. Mary E Fleming, MD, MPH, FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN with more than a decade of clinical experience. She completed her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Meharry Medical College. Due to her interests in eradicating health inequities and improving healthcare for the underserved, she matriculated to Harvard Medical School as a Commonwealth Fellow in Minority Health Policy where she also obtained a Masters in Public Health. She practiced as a generalist in Norristown, PA for four years before deciding to transition to a full-time locum tenens physician. In this capacity, she has worked in several states across the country and globally.

Chief Health Equity Officer, Elevance