Lee’s Summit student completes Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute

July 9, 2014 

Lee’s Summit resident and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Masters in Business Administration student, Evan Bailey, was among 14 exceptional minority scholars from colleges and universities across the country to complete the second annual Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute in Kansas City.

The BHLI is an intense, two-year, professional development program, founded by Truman Medical Centers President/CEO John W. Bluford as a way to use his more than 40 years in healthcare to help develop the next generation of leaders.

During the first year, students spend nearly two weeks exposed to a comprehensive view of today’s healthcare landscape, demonstrating the multiple possibilities for leadership roles and opportunities to succeed outside the standard clinical areas.

Through a series of local and national speaker presentations, experiential activities and visits to organizations and entities throughout Kansas City, the BHLI challenges these young scholars to see health as a potential career. During the second year of the program, students compete for summer internships in healthcare organizations across the country.

“I have attended a number of different leadership workshops over the course of my college education,” Bailey said in a statement. “Without a doubt, I can say that the BHLI hosted the most dynamic and balanced speaker lineup that I have experienced thus far.”

Bailey plans to attend law school upon completion of his MBA and aspires to pursue a career that combines his business acumen, knowledge of the law and passion for public service. His ultimate goal is to start a not-for-profit organization aimed at increasing both health and political literacy within the nation’s minority youth population.

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