Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable

HOSA-Future Health Professionals was pleased to have two National Officers and two Past National Officers represent HOSA at the Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable held at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

  • Elizabeth Carnesi, 2015-2016 President-Elect (AZ)
  • Aditya Vinjmauri, 2015-2016 Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President (NJ)
  • Rahma Mkuu, 2010-2011 Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President (FL)
  • Jessica Fults, 2013-2014 Region II Vice President (TN)

The conference was titled “Creating Strategic Effect in an Austere Environment.”  During the plenary session, attendees had the opportunity to hear experts in global and strategic health discuss ways to implement partnerships that address current and emerging global health security and diplomacy challenges.  Educational leaders provided insight into distributive and non-traditional learning methods being used in health education that can further advance interagency health leadership development.  Technology and its role in innovative medicine was also discussed.

After hearing briefings from leaders in agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Health Board, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, NASA, and National Defense University, participants broke out into working groups.  The small group setting allowed for strategic discussion regarding possible futures for global and strategic health, interagency health leadership development, and technology and innovative medicine.  HOSA members were able to provide a unique perspective on the issues discussed and were integral to formation of the final deliverables of the working groups.

The roundtable provided HOSA members insight and prospect of where the future is moving towards and how they can influence and take ownership of contributing to the future of tomorrow.  The opportunity to learn from and engage in discussion with senior leaders of various professions, including Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson, was an incredible experience.  This is the third Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable HOSA has participated in.  HOSA was one of the non-federal organizations present and the only organization to represent students who are future health professionals.  We are very thankful to our partners at the National Defense University for providing this great opportunity.