NCHSE Curriculum Conference

Region I Vice-President, Darby Lacey, and Postsecondary/Collegiate Board Representative, Kayla Loomis, traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for the National Consortium for Health Science Curriculum Conference.  While HOSA is a student-led organization, our advisors help make the magic happen. Many of the conference attendees were already HOSA advisors, and others were excited to get started.

Darby and Kayla had the pleasure of introducing three speakers at the conference, each of whom shared inspiring insight to the attendees. Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord was the breakfast speaker on Wednesday morning. Dr. Alvord is a Stanford trained general surgeon, and the first Navajo woman to attain her training. She shared her winding path to where she is today, and explained that bumps in the road do not make our dreams impossible. Zonya Foco entertained the crowd Thursday morning with an energizing and hands-on keynote about making healthier choices in our own lives, which will inspire others to make better dietary choices as well. Finally, conference attendees learned how to help their students stand out with a personal brand with Dr. Edward Junkins, the Dean of Students at the University of Utah School of Medicine and pediatric emergency physician. Dr. Junkins’ words resonated strongly with Kayla and Darby as he detailed the exact process HOSA is going through as we rebranded our image of Future Health Professionals.

The Consortium also sponsors HOSA scholarships at the National Leadership Conference. Conference attendees raised money for these scholarships by purchasing 50/50 and raffle tickets. Thank you to all who supported HOSA by purchasing tickets, and a special thanks to Nevada state advisor, Randi Hunewill, HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors member, Lara Skaggs, and New York Health Science Instructor, Dr. Clarice Morris for helping us sell the tickets. Be sure to apply for this and other HOSA scholarships!

Finally, Kayla and Darby presented a workshop titled “The 4 C’s of HOSA…Community Service, Competitive Events, Career Exploration, and Character Building”. Both enjoyed the opportunity to highlight HOSA’s partnerships and programs, while sharing the personal impact HOSA has had on their lives.

The National Health Science Curriculum Conference brought together exceptional advisors, educators, and professionals with the goal of enhancing the health science classroom for students. Great discussions about HOSA’s role in the classroom were initiated. Darby and Kayla enjoyed travelling to snowy Salt Lake City, and look forward to seeing the way attendees help their students “Build a Better You” in the upcoming year.