My Professional Journey

I was introduced to HOSA through my health sciences program my freshmen year of high school in South Florida. Since the first chapter meeting, being a HOSA member has led me through an incredibly rewarding professional journey. The lessons and experiences I’ve gained through HOSA have opened me up to so many professional opportunities and learning experiences.
 
I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Health Education and Behavior and completed my Master of Public Health from Florida International University. It was through my collegiate experiences that I discovered my passion for preventative health and the importance of health literacy. After completing an internship serving as a health coach for a local hospital in Ocala, FL, I began pursuing my Health Education Certification. Shortly before beginning my Public Health graduate program, I received my CHES certification.
 
Upon completing my graduate studies, I reconnected with HOSA. Serving as a competitive events judge at the Florida State Leadership Conference and presenting at the National Leadership Conference educational symposium series, my excitement for the program and the passion exuding from the students I meet, reinvigorates my spirit for professional growth and exploration.
 
In my current position at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, DC, I help to support the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program within the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of volunteers committed to improving the public health, emergency response, and resilience of their local communities. There are over 200,000 volunteers across the country. In many ways, this network of volunteers reminds me of the HOSA network. The passion of the volunteers to help serve and protect their communities in such a meaningful way reflects the lessons and values HOSA instilled in me as a young ambitious student. In many ways, the HOSA spirit still runs through me, and I am proud to call myself a HOSA Alumni.
 
Tahlia Gousse, MPH, CHES
Florida HOSA Alumnus

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