2016 Fall e-Magazine

HOSA is pleased to present the 2016 Fall edition of the HOSA e-Magazine. We are grateful to the National Executive Council, States and Chapters for contributing to a great e-Magazine. Please take a moment and read all of the informative articles.

Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable

The Joint Medical Chair (JMC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense/Health Affairs (OASD/HA) hosted the 7th Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable on November 15 -16, 2016, at the National Defense University (NDU), Fort McNair, Washington D.C., with three HOSA alumni members and two national officers in attendance. The members representing HOSA were: 

HOSA Announces New National Service Project with NAMI

October 2016:  HOSA-Future Health Professionals and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are pleased to announce a partnership which will focus on engaging youth around mental illness. The partnership was selected by delegates, representing more than 9,300 members, who voted at the 2016 International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN, on June 23, 2016 to select NAMI as their newest service project.


Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge

HOSA members and chapters are invited to take part in the 2016 Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge. The app challenge is a free, STEM-based online competition for students in grades 6th through 12th.  Led by a teacher or mentor, teams work together to solve a problem in their school or community by creating a mobile app concept to provide a solution.


Step It Up Challenge


2 weeks. 1 challenge.
HOSA, get ready to walk as much as possible.

Over the last year, the Surgeon General has been challenging
communities across the country to get up and get moving.


Choosing Schools Part 2

As promised, here is part two of my four-part series on applying to medical school. In the first installment, I discussed crunching the raw numbers to find schools where you’ll be academically competitive, and we also covered some in-state/out-of-state stuff. Now, I’d like to talk about the next step, which is much more holistic. Admittedly, this part of the selection process cannot be complete until you’ve interviewed (which will be covered in part four of this series), but it is essential to narrow your list as much as possible before applying so as to save money.


CVS Health: One Choice Changes Everything

Across the country, many lives in the communities we serve are being touched by the opioid abuse epidemic. One in four teens have misused or abused prescription drugs once in their lifetime, with most getting them from a family’s medicine cabinet. The problem is a complex one, with many causes and challenges, but CVS Health and HOSA are working hard to address the effects of prescription drug abuse and prevent it from affecting more lives. 

Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!

ACTE’s CTE Month® 2017 Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest is open! This contest offers CTE students the chance to create videos that inform viewers of the value of career and technical education while simultaneously showcasing the great work students are doing in their own schools. This year’s video will make use of the CTE Month 2017 tagline, “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!

Surgeon General Announces Turn the Tide Rx Campaign

HOSA-Future Health Professionals was honored to have Surgeon General Vivak Murthy with us at HOSA's 2016 International Leadership Conference and we are pleased to join his Turn the Tide Rx movement against the opioid epidemic.  Every day, more than 75 people in our country die from a prescription drug or heroin overdose. In 2013, nearly 249 million prescriptions were written for opioids – enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills.

2016 HOSA Washington Leadership Academy

HOSA invites all State Officers and Local Chapter Leaders to join us in Washington, D.C. for the 10th Annual Washington Leadership Academy (WLA). WLA features dynamic workshops and interactive activities to teach HOSA leaders to be better advocates of HOSA’s mission and vision.  This action-packed experience is the highest level of leadership development for HOSA-Future Health Professionals.  Learn more at


2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar Blog

The 2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar participants have been writting about their experiences on the PHLS Blog that can be found here - 2016 PHLS/HOSA Blog
The week-long seminar is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) with support from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (OSG) and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS).  


2016-2017 HOSA Theme!

HOSA-Future Health Professionals announces the 2016-2017 theme:  Leadership, Service and Engagement
Leadership--focus on HOSA’s core values (lead, learn, serve, innovate); have the vision to operationalize and sustain an organization to strive for excellence!
Service—focus on exceeding expectations (within your local chapter; with partners; in your school; and in your community)

Health Leader of the Year

Congratulations to CAPT Rob Tossatto, USPHS, for receving the Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS Health Leader of the Year Award.  Captain Tosatto is the Director of the Medical Reserve Corps, a member of the HOSA-100 National Advisory Council and longtime supporter of HOSA.  The COA Health Leader of the Year Award was established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to the health of the Nation.  Contributions can be in research, administration, service delivery, or some other area of public health.


HOSA Announces Keynote Speakers for the 40th Anniversary Celebration

The 40th Anniversary Conference Program for the 2016 International Leadership Conference is now available at

HOSA-Future Health Professionals welcomes Dr. Vivek Murthy and Brad Montague as speakers at the 40th Anniversary Celebration at HOSA’s International Leadership Conference on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 PM at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. 


Standardized Tests

Some people love standardized tests. Their scale is impressive – everyone who takes a particular test is scaled against everyone else. This allows schools and employers to see at a glance how you’ve performed on these often content-based, but even more often critical thinking-based, assessments. Other people hate them, saying that they are the epitome of a system that over-tests and results in students who know how to regurgitate information but not how to apply it in day-to-day life or in a future career.


Medical Reading 2016-2017

Announcing the 5 Medical Reading books for the 2015-2016 school year!

Flyer for Medical Reading Books

HOSA Announces 2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar Attendees

HOSA—Future Health Professionals is pleased to announce the 2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar participants.  The week-long seminar is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) with support from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (OSG) and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS).  

Delaware HOSA at USA Science and Engineering Festival

Delaware HOSA recently represented HOSA at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C on April 16-17.  Delaware HOSA taught festival-goers about the mission of HOSA-Future Health Professionals and provided some hands-on learning with sheep eyes and heart and a pig's lung.