2012 The Root 100

Olajide Williams is a physician, educator and lecturer who promotes healthy living via rap music.

  • Influence: 119.4
  • Reach: 4.5
  • Substance: 7.5
  • Media Mentions: 24
  • Internet Mentions: 1280
  • Twitter Followers: 0
  • Olajide Williams

  • Physician, educator and lecturer who promotes healthy living to youths by using hip-hop music.
  • Job: Physician, health educator and lecturer
  • Sector: Health Care
  • Location: New York City
  • Age: 42
  • Bio: Olajide Williams, a Nigerian-born physician who's head of Columbia University's neurology department, continued to reach thousands of children this year through his Hip Hop Public Health Foundation. He's expanding the group's Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. (Healthy Eating and Living in Schools) initiative nationwide from New York City. Aided by rap icons Chuck D and Doug E. Fresh as well as Emmy-winning producers and Grammy-nominated musicians, the program uses hip-hop music and a multimedia approach to educate blacks and Latinos in low-income areas about chronic diseases prevalent in their communities. "Use what they are comfortable with and what they already love as a tool to empower them," Williams told Case Management Advisor. "I don’t really see this as rocket science; we are basically using what the youth are already crazy about and use it effectively." This year, Fast Company included Williams in its 2012 list of the top 100 most creative people in business. Follow his blog, visit Hip-Hop Public Health's website and like its Facebook page.