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Successful Collaborative Activities Within Partnerships - Module Four

Partnerships can be beneficial in a variety of ways.  When HOSA advisors invest time in developing successful partnerships, they create a foundation for long-term success in providing opportunities for HOSA members. 

For the new advisor, partnership development typically begins slowly and then builds as the successes roll in.  We a’re not saying it i’s easy, but we do know that advisors who nurture partnerships with HOSA tell us they would not have it any other way.

For advisors who are comfortable with partnership development, we offer this module that takes a look at different types of partnerships.

Service Learning

There is a trend throughout the country to encourage or require students to have service learning experiences before graduating from high school.  Helping your partners with projects or other volunteer needs is a great way to involve your students in service learning.  Many communities have health fairs for local citizens.  In this way students can practice skills, learn, and provide a service.  Volunteer hours acquired by students are applicable to the Barbara James Service Award from National HOSA.

HOSA Golf Tournament

The HOSA Golf Tournament partnership is an example of National HOSA developing partnerships that can be developed on a local or state level to help chapters fund raise for local projects.  A local golf tournament is a great way to join community partnerships and resources together to support a common need by providing an opportunity for anyone in the community to participate in the golf tournament.

Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps provides partnership opportunities that allow HOSA members to take an active role in contributing to their communities in disaster preparedness.  The MRC is dedicated to establishing teams of local volunteer medical and public health professionals to contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need.

HOSA Booster Club

Many bands and athletic programs throughout the nation benefit from the activities of parents who organize themselves into a booster club.  The purpose of the booster club is to support the organization they sponsor.  Many HOSA chapters are using the booster club concept to organize parents into an active support group.

What is Service Learning?

Let’s take a look at three types of voluntary service and the characteristics of each. (Barbara James Service Award)


Community Service

Service Learning

A volunteer is a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.  Volunteerism may provide a benefit to a group or the community.
A person can practice volunteerism that is not considered to be “community service.”

Community service involves services volunteered by individuals or an organization to benefit a community or its institutions.   
People who perform community service are volunteers.

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Because community service is involved, service learning activities are done by volunteers.

Up until this point, our learning about HOSA partnerships has focused on activities that provide opportunities for volunteerism or community service.  Service learning takes volunteerism and community service to the next level by including an educational purpose.  Many experts would say that service learning is an important key to health science education success.

Service learning is a perfect fit for Health Science Education and HOSA.  The HOSA advisor should take advantage of HOSA activities and assure that they are learning activities as well. 

Take It to the Next Level

Most HOSA chapters regularly schedule community service activities.  You can take it to the service learning level with a little planning.

For example, if your chapter members are going to assist with a Red Cross Bloodmobile, you could create a one-page information sheet with facts about blood needs to give to your chapter members.

Sample student information sheet:

Facts About Blood Needs

  1. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
  2. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day
  3. One out of every 10 people admitted in a hospital needs blood
  4. Total blood transfusions in a given year: 14 million (2001)
  5. The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints
  6. The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O
  7. The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs
  8. Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98% of whom are African American; Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives
  9. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year; Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatments
  10. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood

Following the Bloodmobile, find time to follow up with chapter members.  Answer HOSA member questions about the process.  Ask them what methods of infection control they observed.  Ask what fact on the student information sheet surprised them the most, and why. 

It doesn’t take a lot of planning to turn a good community service activity into an effective service learning opportunity.

For more information about service learning, visit the National Service Learning Clearinghouse at 

HOSA members are encouraged to put their service learning hours to work by completing the Barbara James Service Award event.  The event guidelines can be found at  HOSA members who complete 100 or more hours of community service and attend the National Leadership Conference can also be recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Tee Off for HOSA

The HOSA Golf Tournament may not initially seem like a typical HOSA fundraising activity, however, we invite you to take a closer look.

Many HOSA chapters find it difficult to raise money because of restrictions imposed by local Boards of Education.  Many HOSA advisors do not have extra time for fundraising.  Under circumstances such as these, a HOSA Golf Tournament might be just the thing.

How does it work?  We recommend you read the information on the HOSA website about the HOSA Golf Tournament to determine if this type of fundraising activity has potential for your chapter.

Golf Tournament Guide

HOSA and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded after President Bush challenged all Americans to volunteer in support of their community in his 2002 State of the Union address.  HOSA has established a partnership with the MRC which will result in the doubling of the volunteer force of the Medical Reserve Unit. 

HOSA’s partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps will provide HOSA members with the opportunity to participate in emergency preparedness in their communities.  The partnership will also reinforce the value of HOSA chapter and member involvement in disaster preparedness and addressing the priority issues of the Office of the United States Surgeon General.

For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, visit the MRC website at

For more information on HOSA’s partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps, visit the HOSA website.

Medical Reserve Corps Logo

Corps Letter head

Medical Reserve Corps Logo
Medical Reserve Corps Logo

Partnership Opportunities – HOSA and MRC

  • MRC Recruitment
    • HOSA members can join the local MRC as non-medical volunteers and transition to medical volunteers as they complete their healthcare education.
    • HOSA members can invite their parents to join the local MRC.
    • HOSA members can staff recruitment booths at malls and community functions, handing out brochures, flyers, and applications.
  • Emergency Shelters
    • HOSA members can help staff evacuation and special needs shelters.
    • HOSA members can hold food drives and other activities to help stock emergency shelters.
  • Community Flu Clinics and Health Fairs
    • HOSA members can distribute information flyers throughout the community.
    • HOSA members can help with mailings and registration.
    • HOSA members can take blood pressures at the Health Fair.
    • HOSA members can create Health Fair displays.
  • Health Literacy
    • HOSA members can provide health information to school and community groups.
    • HOSA members can conduct community awareness projects related to specific health issues.
  • Disaster Drills
    • HOSA members can act as victims in county disaster drill and simulations.
    • HOSA members can participate in emergency response training.
  • HOSA State Conference Involvement
    • The MRC could offer a bio-readiness training session for HOSA members during the state conference.
    • The MRC could have a booth/table at the conference to talk with interested students and advisors.
    • The MRC could distribute judge invitations to all their members.

Talking Points: Introducing HOSA to the MRC Director

The Medical Reserve Corps is sponsored by the Office of the United States Surgeon General and is dedicated to establishing teams of local volunteer medical and public health professionals to contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need.

  • Read about the MRC before making a call.
    • Visit the MRC website at  The site includes everything you need to know about the national initiative and MRC goals.
    • The MRC website will provide a link to MRC chapters that serve your state and local community.  Visit that site to determine the status of your local MRC and for contact information.
  • Call and make an appointment with the MRC Director.
    • Call and introduce yourself.  “I am ______ with HOSA, an organization of high school and college students who are planning to pursue a healthcare career.  Our National organization is working with the Medical Reserve Corps office in Washington D.C.  We would like to create a partnership with our local MRC unit here in _____________.  Is there a date and time that we could meet to talk about how HOSA could support your efforts?”
    • Confirm your meeting via e-mail, and include a link to
      which is the location on the MRC website that addresses the HOSA partnership, and a link to HOSA’s website at
    • Read the letter from Captain Robert J. Tosatto, Director of the Medical Reserve Program, to the Executive Director of HOSA, Dr. Jim Koeninger, that was published in the 2007 NLC Program to announce the partnership between HOSA and the Medical Reserve Corps and the Public Health Service.
  • Meet with your MRC Director.
    • It is recommended that the visit include a chapter or state advisor and at least one student officer.
    • Begin the meeting by telling the HOSA story. (Goals and purposes of our organization.)  This is something that a HOSA officer could prepare ahead of time that answers the question “What is HOSA?” and provides a summary of HOSA’s mission and activities.  This explanation should take 2-4 minutes and should be delivered in an extemporaneous and confident manner.
    • Ask about the MRC unit.  Find out as much as you can about the location, sponsorship, and specific goals of the MRC unit.
    • Talk about MRC activities in which HOSA could participate.  Use your list of “Partnership Opportunities – HOSA and MRC” as a springboard. 
    • Take notes with specific dates and times of MRC activities that could involve HOSA members.
    • Explain that you will develop a draft partnership agreement and follow up within the week.
  • Draw up a draft partnership agreement.
    • The draft agreement should be written and should include at least one MRC activity in which HOSA could get involved.  Include as many specifics as possible.  The agreement does not need to be formal and elaborate, but it does need to be specific. 
    • Start simple.  It is fine to plan one activity and see it through to completion before making additional plans.   
  • Submit a HOSA-MRC Partnership Report Form
    • The form lets National HOSA know what is happening at the local level, and gives us tracking data to forward to the Surgeon General’s office.
  • Notify local school administrators and media of the partnership
    • Once the partnership is established, be sure to notify local school administrators of HOSA’s involvement with the MRC.
    • This is also an excellent opportunity to contact TV and newspaper outlets to let them know about the partnership and the value of HOSA in contributing to the future of health care as well as the common good.
  • Add MRC activities to the HOSA Plan-of-Work
    • As the partnership progresses and builds, add HOSA activities with and in support of the MRC to the HOSA Chapter Plan-of-Work.
    • States should also consider ways to recognize chapter involvement with the MRC. 

HOSA Booster Club

Years ago, booster clubs were exclusively in the athletic arena.  Every high school and college athletic program had a booster club, and club members were responsible for fundraising, athletic support, and securing the resources for the school’s sports teams.

Today, booster clubs are typically groups of parents who actively support a school group.  There are band booster clubs, academic booster clubs, drama booster clubs, and yes, even HOSA booster clubs.

While a booster club could be considered the most committed form of parental partnership, there are other forms of parental involvement that also have merit. It is up to the local chapter advisor to determine how best to involve parents in supporting their children and meeting the goals of the HOSA chapter.

HOSA booster clubs have been around for some time.  There is an article on the HOSA website at that tells about one specific chapter’s booster club success.


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