Aggie Scholars in Washington DC June 2018

Aggie scholars learn crucial career development in healthcare cohort

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 11, 2018) -- Seven North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University scholars experienced unique development opportunities this past summer through the university’s partnership with the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute (BHLI).

As members of the 2018 BHLI Cohort, Elijah Evans, a junior finance student; Nassir Holden, a sophomore economics student with a law concentration; Alexandria Stanton a junior biology student; and Sakilae White, a junior chemistry student with minor in psychology, all spent two weeks in Kansas City, Missouri, for a comprehensive overview of healthcare leadership from leading executives in the field.

“My experiences at the BHLI inspired me to contribute to the work of eliminating health disparities in underserved communities,” Stanton said. “With programs such as the BHLI, the goal of achieving diversity in healthcare leadership can be achieved. I believe the program is crucial to the development of young minorities and the restructuring of the diversity of leadership positions in healthcare.”

N.C. A&T alumna Cynthia Washington, who serves as interim president and CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, was one of many national leaders from the fields of healthcare, law and business to share leadership principles with the scholars.

Three additional Aggies from previous cohorts continued their professional development while serving in internships coordinated by the BHLI.

Kailyn Price, a junior bioengineering student interned at Duke University Hospital in ambulatory and emergency services; Teeghan Wiggins, also a junior bioengineering student, interned in Cone Health’s Innovation and Transformation Department; and, James Washburn, a senior business management major, interned at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospitals in St. Petersburg, Florida under the direct supervision of the vice president of human resources.

“After engaging with so many influential individuals within the healthcare field during the BHLI, I am inspired to be a piece of the future in healthcare,” Evans said. “My fellow cohort members and I understand that the field’s current leaders are expecting minority leaders such as ourselves to bring innovation and solutions to the healthcare field, and I believe we are up for that challenge.”

BHLI was program developed by current Board of Trustees member John W. Bluford III to cultivate the next generation of healthcare leaders. Bluford is a national, innovative leader in the healthcare field whose career has spanned four decades in executive leadership. 

Twenty N.C. A&T scholars have participated in the BHLI since its initial 2013 cohort with additional internship sites for the Aggies including Allscripts Solutions, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina; Delta Dental of Minnesota and Hennepin Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Maryland Hospital Association in Elkridge, Maryland; and Saint Luke’s Hospital, Truman Medical Centers (TMC), and Walgreens Pharmacy at TMC in Kansas City, Missouri.

For more information and to apply for the 2019 Institute, visit Applications are due Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.