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The Basics of Partnership Development - Module One

HOSA Mission Statement

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all Health Science Technology Education students, therefore, helping the students meet the needs of the health care community.

A mission statement this comprehensive takes a network of partnerships to achieve success.  This mission is the foundation of every HOSA chapter.  The most effective way to build a strong local HOSA chapter is to model the National HOSA concept. 

When you log on to to understand who National HOSA has developed partnerships with, try to apply their developmental strategies to your local chapter.  An example of this would be to see if there is a chapter of a professional organization in your area that is a partner of National HOSA.

Partnerships are built on a foundation of common interest. 

  • What is the mission of your local HOSA Chapter? 
  • What are the needs of your community?  
  • What are the major businesses in your community? 
  • What is the mission of some of the local providers in your community? 

Look for common threads of interest to support both HOSA and your community network.  All local HOSA chapters should support the National HOSA mission statement.  How does your local chapter function in your community to support the National HOSA mission statement?

The Importance of Partnerships

The world of work is changing! 

Right before our eyes, technology is infiltrating the health care industry – from the tools we use to deliver healthcare, to the very professions themselves.  We are not just talking about changes to existing careers, we are talking about entirely new careers in the health professions.

HOSA is about preparing students for the health professions.  Do you really know what you are preparing them for?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HOSA members you have now will have 10 different jobs by the time they are 38 years old.  Of all the workers in America, half have been working at their current job for less than 5 years. 

The world is changing, and in order for our students to cope, they need the tools and experiences that allow them to adapt to change and work in the real world.

In HOSA, partnerships create real-world learning opportunities.

The purpose of Health Science Technology Education and HOSA is to prepare students to pursue successful careers in the health care industry.  Partnerships are a critical component of the educational process.  HOSA facilitates partnerships that place students in a cooperative work environment with health care professionals. 

HOSA partnerships provide coordinated, quality learning opportunities for HOSA members that enable them to function more effectively in their future health careers.

In “Developing Effective Educational Partnerships: The Why, What and How,” Karen Aka concluded:

As educators face more and more challenges to meet the demands of an unknown future, it becomes evident that the task of preparing our young people is beyond what we can do by ourselves.  As profoundly stated in an old proverb: It takes a whole village to educate a child.  The concept of partnership is not new, but today it encompasses the Global Village of the Information Age.

Partnerships:  Avoiding the Pitfalls

According to Gene Slowinski, director of strategic-alliance studies at the Rutgers Graduate School of Management, before you even approach a potential partner, you need to make sure you have something genuine to offer. 

Partnerships fail when:

  • There is a loss of a key person.  While you may begin a partnership with a specific individual, be sure you expand your contacts with others in leadership positions.  Get to know the key players in the organization and try to understand their mission and needs.
  • There is a lack of mutual respect.  Be sure you help the organization see where HOSA fits.  Try to maintain balance in the relationship.
  • There is a lack of trust.  Always remember that trust is the foundation of all relationships.  Be sure you never promise more than you can deliver, and that you always deliver what you promise.
  • The partnership is neglected.  How often are partnerships established in a moment of high demand, only to be abandoned when the demand is satisfied?  If you ignore the partnership for 11 months, will the partner still be ready and willing to continue the partnership when you come back a year later asking for more?  Develop strategies to nurture partnerships.  Keep partners on your radar, and they will keep you on theirs.


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