|Module One: Introduction to HOSA|
|What Makes HOSA Special?
Written by Dr. Jim Koeninger, Executive Director, National HOSA
HOSA is an effective instructional strategy for helping students achieve the goals of the Health Occupations Education program.
It is the responsibility of every Health Occupations Education teacher to provide students with the opportunity to participate in HOSA, and the responsibility of every student member to see that the goals of the organization are achieved.
In 1976, the founders of HOSA met in Arlington, Texas, to build a foundation which has resulted in a very special student organization. For those not familiar with other career and technical student organizations (CTSOs), it is important to emphasize the mission, beliefs, values and best practices of HOSA.
The mission of HOSA is:
enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing
opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health
occupations students, therefore, helping the students to meet the needs
of the health care community."
Given its mission, HOSA is special because:
totally focused on the needs of the health care community. While some
organizations may attempt to be "all things to many industries,"
HOSA is 100% health care oriented. The health care community is well represented
on the HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors and provides valuable input at the
policy and governance level of the organization. In addition, HOSA is
currently establishing a Health Care Advisory Council which will be comprised
of health care leaders in each HOSA affiliated state to guarantee that
HOSA is meeting the needs of the health care community.
mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of
qualified health care workers. HOSA serves as a pipeline for future healthcare
professionals. HOSA is the largest healthcare related organization operating
in high schools through Health Occupations Education or Health Sciences
programs. HOSA activities are the primary vehicle for secondary-based
programs to attract young people to the health care professions.
is committed to providing health occupations students with opportunities
to attain the knowledge, skills, and leadership capacity necessary to
satisfy the entry level job requirements and career advancement opportunities
of the health care community. HOSA is special because it is integrated
into the health occupations classroom rather than being a separate set
of activities in which a few students are involved.
a student-led organization. It would be difficult for HOSA to achieve
its goals if students were not placed in leadership roles (at local, state
and national levels) and allowed to develop, practice and refine their
leadership skills. To ensure student leadership at the national level,
one-third of the membership of HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors is elected
student representatives. The HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors has seldom
passed any motion that was not endorsed by the student representatives.
When national officers speak, HOSA board members listen! Two members of
the six member Executive Committee are elected HOSA national officers.
members are encouraged to take full advantage of the National HOSA Competitive
Events Program, a constantly expanding and improving series of health
care related competitive events. For 2002, there were 45 competitive events,
most offered at two levels: secondary and postsecondary/collegiate. Four
events are offered only for students classified under the provision of
Public Law 102/119 entitled "Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act of 1992." All HOSA competitive events are focused helping students
prepare for their roles in the health care community.
that it should be "fun" to participate in a competitive event.
While maintaining the high standards demanded in the health care community,
HOSA has reduced the stress that has accompanied competitions in the past
conducts its annual conference in different cities to provide students
and advisors with opportunities to travel to different locations during
their membership in HOSA. The following cities will host upcoming NLCs:
Atlanta (2003), Orlando (2004), and Nashville (2005). While some organizations
conducting annual conferences in Kansas City, HOSA members rejected the
practice of conducting the NLC in the same city more than two consecutive
HOSA offers its national delegates an Educational Symposium. While students are not involved in competitions, they may take advantage of the many workshops and tours available at the National Leadership Conference. Delegates -- students and advisors -- may also participate in the Leadership Academy which focuses on chapter management and leadership skills for advisors and members.
offers a National Recognition Program in cooperation with the National
Consortium for Health Science & Technology Education. The HOSA member
will create a portfolio of evidence of his/her accomplishments in preparation
for a health career. Successful completion of this event will satisfy
portfolio components of the Certificate of Achievement for National Health
Care (Foundation) Skills Standards.
national service project for 2002-04 is participation with the American
national health care associations and companies to sponsor NLC competitive
events providing financial support, equipment and/or judges. HOSA members
are provided unique opportunities to meet and network with potential employers
and health care leaders who can give them information critical to their
provides its members with opportunities to purchase blazers, pins, and
other membership items from the HOSA Supply Service which can be contacted
easily at 1-800-950-3553.
supports its eight member National Executive Council (national student
officers) to participate in national officer training, attend state association
conferences, attend the AVA Convention, and the Annual National Leadership
Conference. State associations are willing to split expenses for national
officers to attend their conferences.
provides a comprehensive web site at www.hosa.org.
The web site includes:
piloted its national computerized conference management system at the
1995 NLC and annually trains State Advisors to use the system for State
Conference Management and National Conference registration.
|16.|| HOSA is
managed by an association management firm under the direction of HOSA,
Inc. Board of Directors. Operating under a contractual relationship, HOSA
has no extended liabilities for salaries, retirement programs or benefit
packages. As a result, HOSA is able to devote its revenue to member services.
no outstanding debts or long-term liabilities. Since HOSA occupies space
provided by the association management firm, HOSA has no mortgage or rental
|18.||HOSA is special because it has experienced 17 consecutive years of membership growth.|
HOSA is offering special services to state associations that require additional
support due to declining support from their sponsoring state agency. These
beliefs and values include:
|21.||HOSA will remain strictly focused on serving the needs of the health care community and students who are pursuing careers in the health professions.|
The founders in 1976 sought to build a foundation on which a very special student organization would be built. In 2006, we will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of a very special student organization -- HOSA.