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Developing National Partnerships and Measuring Success - Module Five

Common interests, concerns, and purposes are basic goals or components of a successful partnership.  You should be able to identify these things within your partnerships and National HOSA Partnerships.  A common interest facilitates greater success. 

Ownership fosters responsibility which leads to more involvement and greater success. Spend adequate quality time with your community partner. 

Involvement.  HOSA members should be involved in positive feedback, recognition, and reward. 

Measure partnership success, identify strengths and weaknesses, and implement actions that will strengthen the partnership. 


Healthcare Industry Partnerships with Education

National HOSA enjoys a healthy partnership with the National Consortium on Health Science Technology Education (NCHSTE).

The National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education is a national partnership of individuals and organizations with a vested interest in health science and technology education. The consortium was organized in 1991 to stimulate creative and innovative leadership for ensuring a well prepared healthcare workforce. Driven by high cost, rapid technological changes, increased demand for health services, and dramatic employment growth in the healthcare community, a variety of studies, proposals, and legislative initiatives continue to emerge. Each of these studies, proposals, and initiatives has an impact on Health Science and Technology Education Programs that prepare healthcare employee candidates. Formation of the Consortium followed numerous discussions among health careers educators from several key states. The group recognized the critical need to reduce duplication and fragmentation of healthcare educational efforts and to position the educational system to meet the human resource demands of the healthcare industry.


The NCHSTE has a program called HIPE Week.  HIPE stands for Healthcare Partnership with Education.  All the materials you need to plan and implement a HIPE Week are in the attachments to this module, and can also be found at

HOSA Pipeline Partnership Profile

The HOSA Pipeline Partnership is a partnership to secure sponsorship of the HOSA chapter by an acute care hospital and/or healthcare providers.  This is an advanced partnership, similar some of the partnerships that National HOSA seeks to establish with National partners.

The Pipeline Partnership would provide funds for:

  • Membership in HOSA (National, State, and Local)
  • Participation in Local, State, and National HOSA events
  • HOSA Blazers
  • Awards Unlimited selected items, e.g. HOSA Chapter Blazer
  • Partnership Posters
  • Partnership Brochures
  • Partnership Display Card

For most HOSA chapters, this type of partnership would be at the highest level of partnership integration. 

Description:  Describe the partnership.
Partners:  Who (individuals, organizations, and facilities) is active in this partnership?
History and Development:  Briefly describe the development of the partnership.
Current Activities:  What is the current working relationship between your chapter and the partner?
Resources: What resources are available to the partner?
Results:  What have been the results of this partnership so far?
Sustaining and Replicating:  What results do you want to continue?
Lessons Learned:  What have you learned from this partnership so far?
Contact Information:  Who is your main contact for the partnership?

In addition to the Pipeline Partnership Profile, you will need to be sure you have all the tools and information developed throughout this module when attempting to establish a Pipeline Partnership to support your HOSA chapter.

Pipeline Partnership Profile





History and Development


Current Activities






Sustaining and Replicating


Lessons Learned


Contact Information



A Self-Assessment Tool for HOSA Partnerships

The HOSA Partnership Self-Assessment is a tool to help partnerships at all levels of development to assess and improve the effectiveness of their collaboration.

The 10 principles on which the self-assessment is based are viewed as most critical to partnership success.  The principles include:

Principle 1: Successful partnerships have clear goals.  Partnerships should define goals at the outset to ensure understanding among partners that will help guide the partnership through obstacles and challenges.

Principle 2: Successful partnerships aim to achieve positive results and regularly measure their progress.  For HOSA partnerships to be successful, the educational needs of HOSA members and the healthcare needs of the community must be served.

Principle 3: Successful partnerships involve HOSA chapter members and include them when developing programs and services.  Partnerships are most effective when they are able to draw from a broad range of perspectives, resources, and expertise. The student perspective is important to HOSA partners, and they appreciate opportunities to connect with HOSA members.

Principle 4: Successful partnerships are broad-based and include key stakeholders from the beginning.  Success requires leaders who act as change agents by clearly communicating the goals of the partnership and building a broad base of support.

Principle 5: Successful partnerships involve powerful champions and make their initiatives visible to the public.  Measuring results regularly allows partnerships to assess what goals and strategies are achieving the intended results and what changes should be made to make the partnership more effective.

Principle 6: Successful partnerships establish clear governance structures that define partner roles and responsibilities.  Establishing an effective governance structure is essential for the successful management of the partnership. It is equally important to define the various roles partners will play and to make sure that all the partners understand and accept these roles.

Principle 7: Successful partnerships establish and adhere to a set of ground rules that guide the partnership in its work.  Partnerships should begin with a mutually agreed on set of ground rules to help partners communicate and make decisions.

Principle 8: Successful partnerships are flexible, adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, and adapt to changing conditions and resources.  Partnerships should be flexible, creative, and look for opportunities to be most effective.

Principle 9: Successful partnerships enable all partners to benefit by drawing on their strengths and contributions.  Each partner brings different strengths, knowledge, and resources to the partnership, and sensitivity to these will cement the working relationship of the partners.

Principle 10: Successful partnerships work to maintain momentum and to sustain their work over time.  A shared ownership and sense of collective purpose increases the likelihood that partners will stay involved over the long run.

The Self-Assessment Tool allows the HOSA chapter to evaluate the strength of the partnership, and allows partners to identify options for improving or expanding the partnership.  This tool is most useful when partnerships are on solid footing and both partners wish to continue moving forward in the relationship.

Building and maintaining effective partnership projects require dedicated time and ongoing attention to the collaborative process. The Partnership Self-Assessment Tool can help partnerships to focus on, assess, and improve the quality of their collaborative efforts.


Adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families Child Care Bureau

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