2018 Washington Leadership Academy

Washington, D.C. September 15-18, 2018

HOSA-Future Health Professionals’ 12th Annual Washington Leadership Academy taught leaders the importance of Socially Responsible Leadership through the Social Change Model. This capstone leadership conference, held in historic Washington, D.C., allowed both local and state leaders the opportunity to develop not only as leaders, but as future health professionals. This experience additionally provided opportunities to meet with Congressional Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill, and to visit health industry tours at the Children’s National Medical Center, the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science, the U.S. Army and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the Washington, D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Outbreak Exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History.

The Washington, D.C. Twilight Tour is always an exciting part of the Washington Leadership Academy! HOSA members had the opportunity to witness the beauty of the nation’s beloved capital city and visited various monuments and memorials, including the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam/Korean War Memorials, the FDR Memorial, and the MLK Memorial, to name a few. Moreover, members visited several museums the National Mall prides itself upon, including the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of American History!

On Tuesday, HOSA leaders were on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of HOSA-Future Health Professionals to promote health science education and career and technical education. A special thanks to Rebecca McGrath, the Vice President of Government Affairs at Cardinal Health, who offered advice to attendees as to how to advocate for HOSA and Health Science Education on Capitol Hill.

Throughout Washington Leadership Academy, HOSA members additionally had the opportunity to gain insights from various keynote speakers, including:

  • Captain Paul Reed, MD is a senior US Public Health Service officer currently assigned as Deputy Director at the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. Captain Reed held previous positions as Director of Doctrine and Strategic Partnership at the Center for Global Health Engagement, Deputy Director for Operations in the Division of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC), and Director for Global Health Operations for the US Public Health Service, within the Office of the US Surgeon General. Captain Reed emphasized to HOSA members that it is important to realize one’s purpose, in addition to being able to define it.
  • HOSA was pleased to welcome Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Duque, MD, MBA, of the U.S. Army, to speak at WLA this year. Lieutenant Colonel Duque became the Commander of the Dunham US Army Health Clinic, Carlisle Barracks, PA in 2017, and serves as the Chief of Primary Care for William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss. Lieutenant Colonel Duque obtained her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Lehigh University, her Medical Doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of Health Science, and her Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Lieutenant Colonel Duque inspired members to follow their passions in the field of medicine through insights about her personal journey as a doctor, and as a soldier.

The 12th Annual Washington Leadership Academy allowed HOSA leaders the opportunity to network and build many connections from a multitude of states all over the nation. Led by the 2018-2019 HOSA Executive Council, HOSA leaders developed the skills and mindset needed to learn, lead, serve, and innovate in all aspects of HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

2018 WLA Thinkback Video

2018 WLA Photo Album