2016 International HOSA Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN
By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor
On June 22, 2016 over 9,200 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the 39th HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) and 40th Anniversary of HOSA. The Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center was the site of 57 competitive events, 147 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, interactive exhibitions, and networking opportunities for the 240 delegates from Utah.
Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday, June 21, with the Utah HOSA State Officers attending a national workshop for state officers. Emma Wood, Naomi Pruett, and Maddie Whittikiend attended the workshop. On Wednesday morning June 22, Utah HOSA delegates attended a breakfast buffet and country line dancing instruction at the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon, led by the Utah HOSA State Officers (Jennifer Duenas, Emma Wood, Naomi Pruett, Dereck Tolua, Sheila De La Cruz, Vismaya Khakar, Ellie Siddoway, Maddie Olsen, Maddie Whittikiend).
The conference officially began Wednesday evening when the delegates were treated to an amazing speech by VADM Vivek Murthy, M.D., the U.S. Surgeon General, who reminded delegates, “We need to step up even when we don’t think it is our responsibility.” He also asked the delegates to “identify anchors in their lives and thank them, reminding them that the anchors are those people who help you and remind you of your dreams.”
The keynote speaker was Brad Montague, creator of Kid President, who reminded the delegates that they need to be “awesome,” to be “more child-like in the world,” and to remember that the “best forms of contagions include joy, hope, and love.”
Both speakers received rousing standing ovations for their amazing words to the delegates.
Thursday and Friday, June 23-24, were dedicated to competitions and educational symposia. Saturday, June 25, included a sight-seeing to the Nashville Parthenon, the Johnny Cash Museum, and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Saturday evening was Grand Awards Ceremonies for both the postsecondary/collegiate and secondary divisions!
We would like to congratulate all the advisors, members, and officers who participated and excelled at the conference. A warm thank you to those advisors who were not able to attend the conference, but spent much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Career and Technical Education department at the Utah State Board of Education, schools districts, superintendents, career and technical education directors, principals, and HOSA chapter advisors for their continued support of Utah HOSA. We would also like to thank our Utah HOSA scholarship sponsors – Utah Hospital Association, Intermountain Healthcare, ARUP Laboratories, Davis Applied Technology College, and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah – who help our members with their healthcare career aspirations.
Congratulations, Utah, for a successful conference!
View the list of competition results, recognitions, and highlights HERE.
Utah HOSA is a student leadership organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Utah HOSA currently operates 83 chapters in both high schools and colleges/universities throughout the state with a membership over 3,600. The Career and Technical Education department at the Utah State Board of Education supports Utah HOSA. The Health Science specialist is Rachel Bolin.
HOSA – Future Health Professionals is the largest international organization operating in schools for students enrolled in the health sciences and biomedical sciences programs. HOSA’s purpose is to develop leadership and technical competencies through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition, which is an integral part of the instructional program. This student-led organizations provides opportunities for students to practice and refine their academic, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills to achieve a seamless transition from the classroom to career. HOSA has exceeded 202,000 members in all states (except Wyoming), Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Canada, Italy and Mexico. Since 1976, HOSA has served 2.4 million students interested in pursuing health professions. HOSA is the vital pipeline for the healthcare industry – an industry that is projected to add 5 million jobs through the year 2022, growing faster than all other professional sector.