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  Module Two: HOSA Chapter Management  
HOSA Membership
  100% affiliation is when all students enrolled in a Health Occupations Education program are dues-paying members of HOSA at the local, state and national levels.  
  Why 100% affiliation? Because every student enrolled in Health Occupations Education deserves the value-added education that HOSA offers, and the excitement of being a part of a national health care - scholastic student organization. Here are some ideas that local and state advisors have found successful in encouraging 100% affiliation.  
  Local Strategies for Achieving 100% Affiliation  
  Local chapters may consider a variety of strategies in promoting 100% affiliation. For example:  
  '  ' Teachers may require HOSA membership with class enrollment. Some schools then use chapter funds to pay for those members with financial limitations.  
  '  ' Some chapters hold a fundraising activity to raise money for HOSA dues. For example, one chapter has a class carnival. Prizes are donated by local businesses, and proceeds from carnival games pays for dues.  
  '  ' Some HOSA advisors allow a payment plan - such as $1 per month - until all dues are paid. All members are listed on the initial affiliation form and chapter funds are used to cover the cost. In time, the money paid is returned to the chapter treasury.  
  '  ' Some chapters are sponsored by local businesses or the health care community and their dues are paid that way.  
  The need to belong to a positive peer group is particularly important in the development of young adults. 100% affiliation assures that no student feels "left out" when the action starts in a HOSA chapter. Help your students experience the benefits of HOSA membership and feel a part of HOSA team by encouraging 100% affiliation.


  '  ' Require all students enrolled in a Health Occupations Education class to become members of HOSA (100% affiliation).
    Special populations students often decline joining organizations because of a lack of resources, fear, or not feeling a sense of belonging. Requiring students to join relieves the pressure of deciding to do something that has traditionally been viewed as a threat.
  '  ' Secure resources to pay HOSA dues for economically disadvantaged students.
    Private organizations and members of the health care community are sensitive to the needs of the economically disadvantaged young adult. The small donation needed to pay the HOSA dues of those individuals is generally easy to obtain. Most HOSA advisors feel that a student should NOT be prevented membership in HOSA for financial reasons.
  '  ' Encourage, support and instruct students with disabilities who have an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) to compete in HOSA's special needs events: Rescue Breathing, Interviewing Skills and Personal Care.
    These events are designed for students classified under the provisions of the"Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997" so that they may choose to compete against students with similar disabilities. All other HOSA events are open to ALL HOSA members regardless of race, gender, or handicapping condition. HOSA has adopted a reasonable accommodation policy in support of all members with special needs.
  '  ' Use special populations HOSA members on brochures or HOSA related publicity.
    HOSA should represent the entire membership, including students who are poor, disabled, single parents, foster children, males, and those with limited English speaking skills.
  '  ' Award certificates or ribbons for participation in local and state HOSA activities.
    There are times when students should be rewarded for participating, and not only for winning. Most HOSA advisors agree that recognition for achievement is easily accomplished and goes a long way in making students feel good about what they have accomplished.
  '  ' Involve a special education teacher in HOSA by making him/her a professional member of HOSA chapter.
    Including a special education teacher allows that person to act in an advisory capacity and assures a positive communication link between the HOSA advisor and the specialist, thereby enhancing the opportunities for all HOSA members.
  '  ' Assign special HOSA projects to members with special needs.
    Special populations members can be productive members of the student organization when given the opportunity. HOSA strongly encourages the inclusion of special populationstudents in local, state and national HOSA activities.
  Former HOSA members and health care professionals realize the importance the benefits of HOSA membership. They know that HOSA provides Health Occupations Students with opportunities to develop leadership skills, character, good citizenship, and knowledge of health care careers.
  Many alumni are willing to contribute to their former HOSA chapters in a variety of ways. Many professional members want to invest in their future employees.
  Alumni and professional members can:  
1) Attest to the benefits of HOSA to their legislators.  
2) Chaperon local chapter field trips.  
3) Serve as guest speakers.  
4) Offer leadership workshops.  
5) Support chapter activities at the local, state and national levels.  
6) Serve on local and state advisory boards.  
7) Seek election to the National HOSA Inc., Board of Directors.  
8) Help with raising funds for scholarships.  
9) Involve HOSA members in health care community activities.  
10) Set an example as a role model for chapter members.  
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