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HOSA Hunger Banquet

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Diane Gardner,
Health Science Education Specialist and HOSA Advisor,
Timpanogos High School, Alpine School District

At Timpanogos High School, our HOSA Community Awareness Team wanted to focus on the alarming statistics of rising hunger rates in our community. As a HOSA chapter, we discussed the importance of raising awareness of both the need in our own community and worldwide. In the fall we held a food drive, we aired a public service announcement informing the school of the growing need to donate food, put signs around the school with hunger facts, and collected almost 3,000 cans of food for our local food bank. But, we wanted to do more! Our HOSA Community Awareness Team contacted OxFam, a national organization who works internationally with raising awareness about hunger, and we started to “do more.”

On February, 19, 2014 we held a Hunger Banquet at Timpanogos High School, which was AWESOME! More than 140 students attended from Timpanogos High School, Mountain View High School, Orem High School, and Pleasant Grove High School. We divided the groups into First World, Second World, and Third World populations, proportionally. The First World group was served a nice pasta dinner—with extra-large helpings—while sitting at a beautiful table setting. The Second World group was served a dinner of rice, beans, a tortilla, and an apple, while sitting at tables with paper plates and cups, plastic forks, and had water to drink. The Third World group was served a dinner of only rice, and ate their meal while sitting on blankets placed on the floor. This group had to dip water out bucket into paper cups and had a reed basket that held a few wooden forks and paper plates. There were not enough wooden forks for everyone in the group, so some had to eat with their fingers.

Karina Holt, a junior at Timpanogos High School and member of the HOSA Community Awareness Team, said this about the banquet, “From this [experience] I learned that I am so blessed and I have the resources to help others. So many people are suffering in the world while a lot of us are here and have more than we can imagine. Another thing I realized was that living where we are we have so many more opportunities. Hunger is a real problem, yet we can all do something to make a difference. I am so glad that we were able to do a Hunger Banquet at our school. I learned so much and I know that it moved others.”

At the event we listened to several speakers including, Levi Marshall, a student at Timpanogos High School, who lived in Haiti during the earthquake; Genna Lasko, from Hadley Impact Consulting, who spoke about world poverty and hunger; and HOSA president McKay Jones who spoke on hunger in our own community. All of the students learned the importance of making a difference and were shown several ways they could help raise awareness, donate, and be involved in changing the world hunger problem. We had more than 100 people come to support and listen to our program.

During the event we held several raffles, auctioned off donated gift baskets, Jet Blue tickets, and other items. We raised approximately $1,500! The money will go to help several farmers on KIVA.org, as well as our local food bank. The money from the Jet Blue tickets will go towards a Utah HOSA scholarship program.

The Hunger Banquet was a huge success! Thank you to those who participated in the event, and to those businesses who generously contributed to the auction.

HOSA Members Join STEP Express to Battle Childhood Obesity

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

In an effort to battle childhood obesity, Delta Elementary School kicked off the STEP Express Program with a Fun Run/Walk from the Delta Community Medical Center to the elementary school on September 27, 2013.

All fourth graders, along with many parents, teachers, and nurses from the Delta Community Medical Center assembled to start the first step of the program. Other students from the school cheered them on as they made their way down Delta Main Street.

High school students in HOSA: Future Health Professionals (Advisor: Stephanie Bayles, R.N.) and Sterling Scholar candidates helped keep runners going in the right direction, offered encouragement, handed out drinks, and challenged each other to run the entire distance.

SelectHealth created STEP Express a free fitness program to fourth graders, after the Department of Health published a study that revealed a dramatic increase in overweight and obese children between the third and fifth grades. STEP Express attempts to target that problem age and make children aware of how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Jill Bogue, a nurse at the hospital, and Marsha Pack, a PE teacher at the school, teamed up with Intermountain Healthcare and Central Utah Public Health to start the eight week program.

HOSA Members also helped with an assembly about the STEP Express Program for the entire school after the Fun Run. Participating fourth graders received a backpack, stickers, and a water bottle to help them start on the path to a Healthy Lifestyle.

Delta High School HOSA members at STEP Express Fun Run
Photo courtesy of Linda Payne, Millard County Chronicle Progress

This blog post was originally published in the Millard County Chronicle Progress.

 

Q&A with Omar Ramirez: HOSA Alumni Division Representative

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Omar Ramirez, a graduate of PineView High School and a freshman at Southern Utah University, is a HOSA Alumni Division Representative who recently traveled to two local high schools, with other HOSA representatives, to share experiences about HOSA and to give encouragement to student members.

Why did you visit PineView and Dixie High Schools?
Omar: The purpose of school visits is to get in contact with new local chapter officers, to create a connection with others in the area, and to communicate with chapters for better success in order to create a better year for everyone.

What did you do at the schools?
Omar: Along with creating connections, we also went to give a presentation to the new chapter officers and members about HOSA: Future Health Professionals. We began by introducing ourselves, then continued with what HOSA is, introduced the topic of what leadership is, and how they could get involved. We introduced them to the National Leadership Conference, and many other facts, including HOSA’s history, our mission statement, and service projects and partnerships.

Omar Romeriz with PineView HOSA and advisor Ray Miller

Why is being a member of HOSA important?
Omar: HOSA is important to those who have an interest in the healthcare field. Through participation in HOSA student members learn important leadership skills that will prepare them for a career in healthcare. HOSA provides members with opportunities for knowledge and skill development. These include having professionals come to the classroom where the students can learn from someone working in the profession, to competing in an area of the healthcare field, and much more.

Is it important for members to attend HOSA conferences?
Omar: Our State Leadership and National Leadership Conferences are valuable to student members. Each conference gives students an opportunity that provides them with experiences in their field of interest and shows others what they have learned. Last year, after competing for my first time, I learned about community awareness and how important it is to be prepared for a natural disaster, especially when it involves the younger generation. If it weren’t for the competition I would not have been driven and determined to begin or accomplish what I did, and the younger students would not have taught their families about what they had learned.

Was there universal question HOSA members asked?
Omar: Throughout our presentation, the biggest question we were asked was, “Is HOSA for everyone?” The answer is yes! HOSA truly is for everyone. HOSA is an organization that provides vital skills and experiences to everyone, even if a student isn’t interested in the healthcare field. Everything a HOSA member learns can be applied to different aspects of life and to a career.

Omar Ramirez with Dixie High School HOSA and advisor Laurene Brown

HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects. Utah has more than 4,000 members in 78 chapters.

If you’re not a member of HOSA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the HOSA advisor in your school.

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Q&A with Alec Jenson: Utah HOSA President

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Alec Jenson, a senior at Jordan High School and Utah HOSA President, tells UtahCTE.org about his goals for HOSA this year and the goals for the upcoming Fall Leadership Conference that will be held November 5, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah.

What are your goals for HOSA this year?
Alec: This year I want to make an impact on members by connecting with them via social media, and possibly a Utah HOSA website. I want to prove to them that they CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. I also want to spread our mission by having a large membership increase and getting new chapters established.

What are your goals for the Fall Leadership Conference November 5?
Alec: I want to show our local chapter leaders how to truly lead their chapter to ultimate heights so: 1) they can achieve their goals for their chapter and themselves, and 2) we as a state leadership team can achieve our goals. I want each person to take 3 BIG IDEAS away: 1) YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS, 2) Compete at state, and 3) GROW your chapter, and the people it consists of, to new pinnacles.

How has HOSA helped you to grow personally and professionally?
Alec: HOSA has [impacted my life] beyond what I EVER thought was possible. It has pushed me outside of my comfort zone time and time again. From public speaking, volunteering, to communicating with 150 chapter members, I have been able to gain immense knowledge in operating an organization of influence! It will forever have an impact on my life and my future. HOSA is a part of my DNA!

Alec Jenson participates in a TV interview
spreading the message of breast cancer awareness.

What is the value of State and National Leadership Conferences?
Alec: At State and National Leadership Conferences we are able to learn from the following experiences: creative workshops, symposiums, keynote speakers, networking luncheons, and real world competitive events. These all tie into critical soft skills that are required by all professions. I have been to two National Leadership Conferences and this past June I took 3rd place in the Community Awareness event! It has given me confidence and has inspired me to pursue greater heights in all areas of my life. Conferences are where we develop leadership skills and synergize as an organization. These conferences are necessary ladders of opportunity!

Alec Jenson (right) and his competitive event partner at the
36th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference.
They took 3rd place in the Community Awareness event.

 

HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects. If you’re not a member of HOSA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the HOSA advisor in your school.

Like HOSA on Facebook     Follow HOSA on Twitter     Connect with Alec on LinkedIn

 

Utah Students Excel at HOSA National Leadership Conference

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

On June 26, 2013 more than 7,500 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the 36th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference. Two-hundred Utah HOSA delegates attended the conference with student members competing in 56 skill and competitive events ranging from biotechnology to dental spelling to medical assisting. Utah students excelled as they competed against their peers. Twenty Utah secondary and postsecondary students placed in the top 10 in 16 competitive events.

Congratulations to the HOSA student members, advisors, and state officers who participated and were recognized at the conference. View the list of winners HERE.

Autumn Phelps, a student at Highland High School,
was the U.S. flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies.

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 75 chapters in high schools and colleges throughout the state with a membership of 4,000.

Students to Compete at HOSA National Leadership Conference

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

On Wednesday, June 26 Utah HOSA student members will join thousands of HOSA members from 50 states and territories in Nashville, Tennessee for the largest National Leadership Conference in HOSA history. Members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, and visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations. HOSA student members who were winners of state competitions will compete against their peers in 48 competitive events.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening, recognition, and awards sessions.

> Opening Session: Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Recognition Session: Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Postsecondary College Awards Session: Saturday, June 29 at 4:00 p.m. CST
> Secondary Awards Session: Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. CST

 View: Conference Schedule

HOSA: Future Health Professionals

Courtnee Marthe: Future Radiology Technician

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Courtnee Marthe, a student at South Summit High School, participated in a job shadow at Park City Medical Center during her senior year. Courtnee’s job shadow was in the radiology department. “I interacted and communicated with patients who were receiving scans or test. I watched x-rays, MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds, and mammograms performed. I was able to ask questions and have them answered. The people I shadowed were very kind and informative,” said Courtnee. During the job shadow Courtnee learned, “The elements of radiology tests or scans and how different body parts look during different scans.”

Courtnee offers this advice to students who are thinking about participating in a job shadow, “Do it! It will let you know if this is a career you really want to pursue.”

Courtnee will be attending Utah Valley University in the fall to purse a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She then plans to continue her education at Weber State University to pursue a degree in Radiation Therapy.

Each year hundreds of Career and Technical Education students participate in a job shadow. If you’re interested in participating in a job shadow contact the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at your school.

Maranda Martinez: Future Orthodontist

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Maranda Martinez, a junior at Spanish Fork High School, recently spent one of her class periods participating in an internship at Barrowes Orthodontics in Spanish Fork, Utah. During the internship, Maranda assisted with bonding brackets, learned about slenderizing teeth and teeth numbering systems, learned how teeth move and what affects their growth. Maranda also learned good communication skills and how important it is to treat patients kindly.

Maranda says, “My internship has helped me understand the hard work it will take to become an orthodontist. After being involved in this field I do believe it would be a good career for me. My favorite thing about the internship was working with the people in the office. They were very understanding and helpful. They know how to make working fun!”

If you’re interested in participating in an internship talk to the Work-Based Learning coordinator at your school. To register for a class in the Dental Pathway talk to your school counselor.

Emelyn Nye: Future Registered Nurse

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Emelyn Nye
Occupational Goal: Registered Nurse (RN)

“As a junior I could apply for one of the Career and Technical Education programs offered off campus. My hope was that I would be accepted into the nurse assistant program my first semester. I wanted to know as soon as possible if I would enjoy the field of nursing as an occupation. I was excited when my class schedule was finalized and I learned I would be in the afternoon class.

“I love my nursing class! Leaving Alta after two periods each day and getting to do hands-on learning at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC) was great. My teacher was so upbeat and positive about the profession. We covered a lot of material in one semester, learned many skills, practiced on each other, and went out to care centers and hospitals, where we assisted nurses on their shifts and helped patients like we were CNAs.

“Due to the CTEC nurse assistant program, I found myself extremely motivated to become a registered nurse. There are so many paths I could take after earning my RN license, and I’m excited to have found my career this early in life. I am so glad I was able to take different CTE courses until I found the one that was right for me.”

 —Emelyn Nye, Alta High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Emelyn on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Dixie State University. Emelyn was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

 

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Emelyn Nye
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 

2013 Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Jordan Applied Technology Center invites you to the 6th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium at Utah Valley University on Friday, May 10, 2013. High school students from the Jordan Applied Technology Center will display and discuss their research project. This event is an opportunity for the public, including industry and business partners, to interact with some of Utah’s future scientists.

What: 6th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Who: High school students from the
Jordan Applied Technology Center

Where: Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058

When: Friday, May 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Award Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.)

Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. The bioscience industry is one of the most innovative and important economic drivers in the United States, accounting for over 1.6 million jobs and an additional 5 million jobs in the U.S. due to the economic multiplier effect. Bioscience jobs require a highly skilled workforce and therefore result in jobs paying on average 79 percent more than the average worker in the United States’ private sector.1

Occupations in the field of Biotechnology include:

Biochemists and Biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity.

Biotechnology Technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Immunohematologists perform immunohematology tests, recommends blood problem solutions to doctors, and serves as consultant to blood bank and community: Visually inspects blood in specimen tubes for hemolysis.

Microbiologists study the growth, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, and fungi.

Toxicologists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Students can learn about careers in the field of Biotechnology through participating in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Talk to your school counselor about the Biotechnology Pathway at your school.

 1Biotechnology Industry Organization