By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA State Advisor
HOSA-Future Health Professionals, the largest national organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in the health profession, held its 9th Annual Washington Leadership Academy September 19-22, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 200 state and local HOSA officers from 32 states joined together to learn the importance of Community, Accountability, Relationships and Excellence. This year’s Washington Leadership Academy taught leaders how to CARE by:
> Engaging with their COMMUNITY.
> Understanding the significance of establishing and maintaining ACCOUNTABILITY.
> Learning the value of building healthy RELATIONSHIPS.
> Realizing the benefit of exemplifying the EXCELLENCE during one’s leadership journey.
Throughout the four days, the future health professionals heard dynamic speakers, participated in interactive workshops and leadership building activities, paid tribute to fallen heroes at the Arlington National Cemetery, toured the nation’s landmarks, and saw democracy firsthand by visiting with members of Congress.
The Washington Leadership Academy was attended by Omar Ramirez (Southern Utah University), Utah HOSA State President; Josh Pinnock (Viewmont High School), Utah HOSA Vice President over Davis County; Weston Lee (Weber High School) Medical Reserve Corps Liaison.
In addition to attending workshops and listening to guest speakers, the Utah HOSA State Officers met with representatives from the offices of Congressman Stewart, Congresswoman Love, and Congressman Bishop.
COL Deydre Teyhen, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Health, Office of the Surgeon General, Defense Health Headquarters, was a dynamic opening session speaker challenging HOSA members and advisors to examine their daily habits and stressing the importance of physical activity, sleep, nutrition, emotional and physical health. In being a great leader, don’t forget to care about self! (VIEW speech of COL Deydre Teyhen.)
HOSA-Future Health Professionals was honored to host RADM Boris Lushniak, Deputy Surgeon General, for his final appearance prior to his retirement from public office. RADM Lushniak reflected on medical innovations through his lifetime and envisioned the future of medicine that the students would experience and help in creating. (VIEW speech of RADM Boris Lushniak.)
Byron Garrett, award winning author and educator, demonstrated his great commitment to our nation’s youth as he challenged those in attendance to take hold of their future and become a dream maker. (VIEW speech of Byron Garrett.)
The Washington Leadership Academy concluded with Kelly Barnes, motivational speaker and trainer, by reminding HOSA leaders their purpose, their responsibility to others and to the organization, how to value each other, and the importance of serving others. (VIEW speech of Kelly Barnes.)
Health science/biomedical science education teachers attended the conference learning how to motivate and help develop their officer teams’ leadership potential and how they can help maximize their state initiatives throughout the year.
HOSA members left Washington with increased knowledge, new skills, and confidence to act in ways that will help their state organization, their schools, their communities, and their country.
Left to right: Weston Lee, Josh Pinnock,
Stephanie Dearie, Legal Assistant for Congresswoman Mia Love,