Graduate Spotlight – Alexandra Van Fleet

What are your short term career goals?

My short term career goals include completing my master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, gaining experience in billing and health insurance, and working in the population health department of a hospital.

How has ACHE been valuable to you?

ACHE has brought me opportunities to reflect and think about what I want to do with my future in healthcare administration. Volunteering with my Future Healthcare Executives organization, I had opportunities that allowed me to network with professionals and better understand the career I was getting into. Listening to guest speakers talk about the challenges of healthcare, what motivates them to strive for betterment of their organizations- these are the very topics that will shape the future of healthcare. As a future leader in this rewarding field, ACHE has given me the unique chance to connect what I have learned in the classroom with real life messages. Making this connection has truly pushed me to do well in my education as I know putting in the work now will only help me become the leader I want to be.

Who has been the most influential person in your career progression?

Kathleen Olewinski has wanted nothing but the best for me since the first day we met. As a mentor, advisor, professor, and friend, she has given me the support system and confidence to run for Vice President, apply for graduate school and continually better my future in healthcare. I would not be where I am today without her constant positivity and encouragement.

What is something that you are working on recently that you are excited about?

I have been working on research with Dr. Kaboni Gondwe, studying different preterm determinants in mothers of different regions around the globe and how COVID-19 has affected pregnancies worldwide! Research is a realm that I love and has inspired me to work in population health one day.

What are your long-term career aspirations?

At the root of all goals, I want to be a leader in healthcare who exemplifies integrity, strength and empathy. One day I hope to be a Population Health Director at a hospital. I think this is a position where I could make a large impact on a community by using research and my leadership skills to guide our healthcare network to bettering patient outcomes.