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Black Student Union Hosts First Guest Speaker

The Black Student Union, under the direction of moderator Mrs. Maddie McConnell, hosted their first guest speaker on a Zoom session on October 2. Their guest speaker Dr. Alexis Bakos was an inspiration to the students. Alexis D. Bakos, PhD, MPH, RN, is Program Director of the Supportive Care and Symptom Management portfolio at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she oversees extramural research on the prevention or treatment of acute and chronic symptoms and morbidities related to cancer and treatment interventions. She is also an adjunct professor at the most prestigious Georgetown University. (See bio below). The Black Student Union club is newly established this year and the students have such a powerful plan for this group, it will be exciting to see who will be next in their Speaker Series.

Black Student Union Speaker Zoom Session

Alexis Bakos, PHD, MPH, RN

Program Director

Alexis D. Bakos, PhD, MPH, RN, is Program Director of the Supportive Care and Symptom Management portfolio at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she oversees extramural research on the prevention or treatment of acute and chronic symptoms and morbidities related to cancer and treatment interventions.  This also includes the impact on the quality of life of patients and their informal caregivers across the stages of cancer survivorship as well as at the end of life.  In addition, Dr. Bakos assists in the management of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program, the national network of cancer care investigators, providers, and other organizations that bring cancer clinical trials and delivery studies to individuals in their own communities to improve patient outcomes and reduce cancer disparities. 

Dr. Bakos formerly served as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health as well as the Acting Director for the Division of Policy and Data within the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she provided advice on programmatic, legislative, research and public affairs matters aimed at improving the health of minority populations and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. Previously, she served as Deputy Director and then Acting Director of the Division of Nursing (DN) within the Bureau of Health Professions at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she managed the overall operations of the DN and coordinated activities between the two branches and the Office of the Director.

Prior to her appointment at HRSA, Dr. Bakos served as Chief of the Diversity Training Branch within the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities at the NCI. She coordinated the management of programs designed to improve the diversity of the cancer research workforce through training, career development, cancer education and community outreach. Dr. Bakos also served as a Program Director at the National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH, where her responsibilities included scientific areas related to end of life/palliative care and informal caregiving and long-term care. She also chaired the NIH-wide End of Life Scientific Interest Group.

Dr. Bakos received a BSN and an MSN from The Catholic University of America School of Nursing, an MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from George Washington University, and a PhD in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University. Her education also included three years of postdoctoral training as a Cancer Prevention Fellow within the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute. She served on the U.S. House of Representatives Health and Long-Term Care Subcommittee as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow and served as Congressman Edward Roybal’s Health Legislative Assistant on the House Select Committee on Aging.

Dr. Bakos is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and is an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University.