2017 Preparedness Summit

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Wednesday, April 26

HOSA-Future Health Professionals, represented by Candy Leopold, Minnesota State Advisor and MRC Coordinator, served as a panelist at the MRC Town Hall Session during the 2017 Preparedness Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.  The focus of the Summit is to explore the factors driving change in our world, analyze how they will impact the future of public health preparedness, and identify opportunities we have today to drive action toward meeting our future needs.

As public health professionals look towards the next two decades, one thing is certain, the world will not look the same as it does today.  Our changing environment, technological innovation and increasing population density in urban areas are just some of the driving forces that will test our ability to take actions to prepare, respond, and recovery from disasters.

As a part of the Summit, the Medical Reserve Corps hosted a MRC Town Hall on policy-related issues with volunteerisms (strengths and concerns with utilizing volunteers; legal protections; how to maintain volunteers while funding is decreasing; youth engagement, etc.).

Candy had the opportunity to share her perspective on HOSA’s involvement with the Medical Reserve Corps and how HOSA members are engaged and involved. 


HOSA-Future Health Professionals and MRC began their partnership in 2006 when Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu, then-Deputy Surgeon General of the United States, spoke at HOSA’s National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.  Admiral Moritsugu saw the synergies between HOSA and MRC and asked CAPT Rob Tosatto to connect the dots.  Eleven years later, HOSA and MRC have a very strong youth engagement pipeline for future health professionals.


Congratulations, MRC for 15 successful years of engaging local communities to strengthen public health and improve preparedness, response and recovery capabilities and, most importantly, to believe in the future by engaging youth in public health activities!