Title: RN, Nurse Educator and Founder
Organization: Sankofa Training & Wellness Institute
What a nominator said: “Suprena Hickman is an RN who is now working as a nurse educator. Her program, Sankofa Training & Wellness Institute, seeks to address an important disparity in health care by first addressing access to healthcare education.While the US Census reports the population as 13.4% Black, this is not reflected in the health care industry. The 2020 National Nursing Workforce Survey found that only 6% of the RN workforce identify as Black. This lack of representation in the industry reflects systemic issues with diversity in medicine. …
“Sankofa works to attract, educate, train and employ African Americans and other minority talent, to enhance diversity in the medical profession. The school has earned the NC Community College system’s certification for Health & Wellness Programming and offers a full course catalog dedicated to that first essential step in nursing careers: Certified Nursing Assistants. Importantly, nursing schools throughout NC are now requiring a CNA for admission to their programs.
“This year, Novant Health began offering full scholarships for students pursuing their CNA certification through Sankofa Training & Wellness Institute.”
– Margee Herring, PR consultant
Title: Clinical Pharmacist
Organization: Novant Health NHRMC Specialty Pharmacy
What a nominator said: “Over the past five years Brittany has worked very diligently on projects to improve patient care and medication delivery at Novant Health in the Charlotte area and since returning to Wilmington in the winter of 2022. She was behind the concept and testing and was the first pharmacist to successfully deliver medication using drones to patients! She strives every day to provide the best care possible to patients going through all kinds of challenges and illnesses in their lives. She is an amazing wife and dog mother and I hope you select her to be recognized as a 2023 Health Care Hero!”
– Michael Meilinger, Environmental Specialist 2, NC DEQ DWR
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