|Module Two: HOSA Chapter Management|
|STRATEGIES FOR 100% AFFILIATION|
|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
INCREASING INVOLVEMENT OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS STUDENTS IN HOSA
|Require all students
enrolled in a Health Occupations Education class to become members of
HOSA (100% affiliation).
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.
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
|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
|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.
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.
ALUMNI AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
|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.|