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Buford resident selected for healthcare leadership program

A Buford resident and North Carolina A&T State University student was recently selected to complete a leadership institute for scholars from historically black colleges and universities.

Alexis Hawks, who is majoring in chemistry, was one of 12 students chosen to complete the inaugural Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute in Kansas City, Mo. The two-year program was founded by John W. Bluford, CEO of Truman Medical Centers, to develop the next generation of leaders. It’s designed for college sophomores and juniors who have exceptional leadership potential, a press release said.

Hawks said her experience with the program has offered plenty of opportunities in the healthcare industry.

“I have always known I wanted to be a doctor, but I did not know there were so many additional ways related to healthcare that I could help people,” she said.

In the first year, students spend nearly two weeks exposed to today’s healthcare landscape, demonstrating the possibilities for leadership roles and opportunities outside standard clinical areas. In the second year of the program, students compete for summer internships in healthcare organizations across the country.

Bluford said the idea is to expose young talent to the highest levels of organizations and exceptional people behind the concept of, “if you can see it, you can be it.”

In an ideal scenario, the institue provides a building block for a long-term professional network, Bluford said.