HOSA : Future Health Professionals
Advisor: Karen Brescia, RN
Health Occupations Teacher MHHS
HOSA, Health Occupations Students of America, is an international program that helps to promote and meet the needs of health care students. At the secondary level they offer competitive events that help the students through researching, promoting and presenting their future health interests. HOSA uses classroom based assignments for their competitive events. Our organization teaches real work experiences that they will need in their future careers. We also do many community activities to promote well rounded individuals that give back to their society. HOSA helps students academically as well as socially and provides networking opportunities, leadership opportunities, scholarships and even internships with the US Office of the Surgeon General.
MHHS students are active at many levels. As part of the overall education of our students, we have the opportunities to expand their experiences in areas not readily covered in a normal school setting. It is expected that schools that offer the Health Occupational Classes also offer membership to this organization. Therefore, any student who takes a health occupations class and registers with HOSA can become a chapter member and compete at the state level. At Mountain Home High School, we even offer honorary membership to those students who may not meet the criteria for membership but wish to participate in our community service activities, promote positive choices, wish to be certified in programs such as Teens Against Tobacco Use and raise money for charitable causes and community improvement. Any student is welcome to join us.
In my second year as an advisor I was very excited to take 4 students to the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. The experience in both State and National Competitions left our current members wanting to make our HOSA Chapter even greater. So this year our goal is to focus on making MHHS HOSA a student led organization that is FUN as well as competitive, with more opportunities for leadership, while continuing to serve our community.