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HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

By Denise Abbott, Health Science teacher at Timpview High School and HOSA State Advisor

On November 6, 2012, over 700 HOSA members and advisors participated in the annual HOSA Fall Leadership Conference at the Provo Marriott Hotel. Members were introduced to the new HOSA brand – HOSA: Future Health Professionals and the conference was built around the theme – HOSA: Up and Coming Healthcare Professionals. The keynote speaker was Linda Hill who described her 30 year battle with cancer. She talked about her healthcare heroes and why each one was important. Her inspirational words left members laughing and crying.

West High School HOSA

The leadership training sessions were provided by Patty Hendrickson, an expert in leadership development, whose vivacious and effervescent program motivated everyone to be a better version of themselves.

“Patty was very inspirational to me. I am going to remember her ‘I am glad you’re here’ statement to help all participants feel more valued in whatever activity we are doing,” says Parker Christensen, a student at Timpview High School.

Patty Hendrickson with HOSA State Officers

HOSA has adopted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as the National Service Project. HOSA attendees learned more about cystic fibrosis and spotlighted two families who have children battling with cystic fibrosis – The Ralph Anderson Family (Bonneville High School) and the Robbie Rauzi Family (Park City High School). James Anderson underwent a double lung transplant this past summer and seems to be doing better. Robbie’s wife, Shalyn, brought one of their two children with cystic fibrosis to the conference and described a typical day meeting the needs of cystic fibrosis children. HOSA members certainly left the conference moved to help these families and others find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

“I was so touched about the stories of the Anderson family and the Rauzi family.  I never realized what a person with cystic fibrosis has to do every single day. I am more motivated to really get  involved with this service project to make a difference,” says Mallory Benson, student at Park City High School.

HOSA members were introduced to the extensive competitive events program by Jen Christensen and other advisors who discussed tips and ideas for making the competitions much more successful. There are over 55 competitions that allow students to learn and develop both their leadership and technical skills. The HOSA members also participated in one of twelve leadership sessions or in the Virtual Healthcare Interactive – a live heart surgery presented by Intermountain Healthcare (Kara Kamereth). Many students expressed appreciation for being able to participate in what HOSA has to offer the future leaders and “up and coming” healthcare professionals.

If you are not a member of a 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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