2018 National Health Science Conference

The 2018 National Health Science Conference Leaves a Lasting Professional Development Impact

A unique National Health Science Conference recently concluded at the Downtown Denver Embassy Suites and Conference Center. The conference was organized by the National Consortium for Health Science Education, a collaborative of health science state leaders representing state education agencies, health-related organizations, and publishers and education resources providers.

Over these three and a half days, the National Health Science Conference provided two pre-conference sessions, Clay and Cadaver hosted by Anatomy in Clay® Learning System and The Power of Simulation hosted by Realityworks®, three general sessions featured three keynote speakers, Bill Coon, Michele Deck and Barbara Bancroft along with seventy-two health science focused breakout sessions provided by teachers, resource providers, health professionals, postsecondary educators, and an evening event watching a major league baseball game, Colorado Rockies vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. An exhibit area included thirty-one education and technology vendors showcasing a wide array of resources and instructional materials to enhance the delivery of health science education. NCHSE offered the newly revised Health Science Curriculum Enhancements at special conference pricing which is open to conference attendees through October 15. Conference participants departed Denver with fresh, new classroom approaches to introduce and engage students in future health professions while also supporting young people in preparation for their next stage of health science education.

Two of HOSA’s Executive Council members, President, Sarah Fleischman, and Secondary Board Representative, Kartik Tyagi, had the opportunity to present at the NCHSE Conference. Their workshop was centered around why HOSA is the Pipeline for Future Health Professionals! Workshop attendees learned how to integrate HOSA into their classroom and why over 235,000 members are affiliated with HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Additionally, the workshop addressed the new 2018-2019 initiatives—STEM Premier; the rapidly growing Middle School Division; the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (HOSA’s new service project); and, what’s new in HOSA’s 60 competitive events. Sarah and Kartik also shared the variety of opportunities for HOSA members such as the HHS sponsored Public Health Leadership Scholars Program, the Washington Leadership Academy for state and local HOSA officers held in D.C. annually, and plans for the 2019 International Leadership Conference in Orlando this June.

A special thanks to conference sponsors:  HOSA-Future Health Professionals (conference bags) and Today’s Class (notepads). NCHSE enjoyed having two members of the HOSA Executive Council, Sarah Fleischman, President, and Kartik Tyagi, Secondary Board Representative, in attendance. In addition, Bailee Gardunio, CO HOSA State Advisor and the CO HOSA State Officers volunteered their time to assist with the conference delivery. The conference served to advance health science education curriculum and prepare students to be college and career ready. Three hundred and thirty teachers, administrators, state health science leaders and health professionals representing forty-three states participated in and delivered workshops to showcase their programs and best practices, communicate their innovative teaching strategies and connect with other health science educators to enhance health science programming. Announcements about future conference dates and locations will be forthcoming in the near future.