Stedman Graham to speak at universities as part of CVS Caremark program

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark has sponsored author, educator and entrepreneur Stedman Graham to speak Thursday at Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy as part of its commitment to increase diversity in the pharmacy profession, and to help inspire high school students to pursue healthcare careers.

Graham is serving as the keynote speaker at NEOUCOM’s sixth annual Diversity Leadership and Awards Celebration, an event that supports diversity scholarships and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing and improving diversity within the school’s Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and Health Professions.

CVS Caremark and NEOUCOM are holding a special event at Kent State University for more than 400 northeast Ohio high school students interested in pursuing a career in health care. At this event, Graham will discuss the importance of higher education, setting goals and overcoming adversity. Drawing from his book Diversity: Leaders not Labels, Graham will discuss how students can develop an identity and sense of self.

CVS Caremark has sponsored Graham’s youth workshops nationwide since 2006 to help motivate high school students from diverse backgrounds to discover career paths, set high goals and achieve them.

In addition working with Graham, CVS Caremark has partnered with America’s Promise Alliance since 2000 to offer Pathways to Pharmacy, a paid summer internship program, to increase access and diversity in pharmacy careers across the nation. So far the program has reached high school students in more than 40 cities.

“Our goal is to work with young people and to help them take a first step toward a pharmacy career,” stated Stephen Wing, director of Workforce Initiatives at CVS Caremark. “Given the growing demand for pharmacy services nationwide, CVS Caremark is taking a proactive step to help educate the next generation of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through its Pathways program.”