Month: June 2017

HOSA Report

If you missed us at the 2017 HOSA International Leadership Conference, below is a quick recap of the breakout sessions given by NCHSE and the scholarships awarded by the Consortium.

2017 National Consortium of Health Science Education $1,000 Scholarship Recipients

During the 2017 HOSA International Leadership Conference, NCHSE was excited to award five $1000 HOSA Scholarships to some incredible students. Congratulations to our 2017 scholarship recipients!

Alyssa Polizzi, (MI)
Career Goal: Veterinarian
School: Adlai Stevenson High School
Advisor: Susan Rawling
Cathy Nguyen, (TX)
Career Goal: General Practitioner
School: McNeil High School
Advisor: Shirley Shofner
Rachna Patel, (GA)
Career Goal: Dentist
School: Chattahoochee High School
Advisor: Tangela McCorkle
Sonja Moore, (WA)
Career Goal: Medical and Public Health Social Worker
School: Newport High School
Advisor: Saraya Pierce
Priyanka Rao, (SC)
Career Goal: Surgeon
School: Spring Valley High School
Advisor: Lorie McDuffie

Building, Retaining and Sustaining Clinical and Community Partnerships

Over 50 HOSA advisers participated in discussions about getting to know their community partners and cultivating working relationships. In an effort to build and retain clinical sites and develop sustainable community partnerships in support of their health science education programs, participants exchanged ideas of how to show community partners appreciation and how to “think out of the box”.  To give students a chance to explore careers in participants discussed expanding their ideas about who might be a partner in their communities. Suggestions included grocery stores, insurance agencies and construction companies. Participants were introduced to the new NCHSE resource Partnerships: School, Community Health Care.
For additional information, you may access a copy of the presentation here.

Look Beneath the Surface for Human Trafficking

An FBI Special Agent and a nurse  provided the medical perspective of trafficking victims and the legal scope of the problem. Human trafficking is a global problem and is prevalent in the United States.  Participants were given the facts and strategies for asking the right questions will to help determine if someone is a victim who needs their help. References and resources were distributed to learn more about this growing problem. How individuals and local HOSA chapters could help was part of the discussion. Providing backpacks to local ER’s and police departments with items a trafficking victim might need (underwear, hygiene and grooming products ) was one of many suggestions.
For additional information, you may access a copy of the presentation here.

Refresh and Recharge: Promoting Student Active Engagement

Lara Morris presented to fifty state advisors and instructors the features of the Health Science Enhancements.  This updated resource, taking the place of the Health Science Curriculum Supplements, was being sold at the bargain price of $250 for anyone purchasing at HOSA!  The improved content outlines, new web links and refreshed activities were well-received by attendees.

There is still time to review the flash drive and incorporate the activities into your 2017-2018 lesson plans or as part of a substitute toolkit.  It’s especially helpful for those areas that are a challenge to teach, like Health Care Systems, Health Maintenance Practices and Information Technology Applications.  Visit our online store at http://www.healthscienceconsortium.org to see what the buzz is about.

NCHSE Expands Certification Options with Precision Exams as their Exam Delivery Partner

Michigan; June 13, 2017 – National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) today announced a partnership with Precision Exams for the company to serve as the primary exam management partner for the Consortium’s career and technical education exams. In this role, Precision Exams is responsible for collaborating with NCHSE to build, maintain and promote relevant assessments aligned to the National Health Science Standards and to create reports that will support health science state leaders and teachers in making better decisions about curriculum and classroom instruction. Precision Exams will oversee the administration and data. With this support, teachers will have access to information they may use to adjust their curriculum based on performance of their students.

The Precision Exams partnership reflects a strategic effort to provides a strong foundation to reach a broader audience of health science students and teachers, while opening the door for greater and more direct industry and post-secondary engagement. NCHSE and its committees focus on thought leadership, educational standards and outcomes, and providing direction on best practices and policies across the nation.

Carole Stacy, NCHSE Executive Director, said, “As the leader in the health science pathway the number of educational options continue to grow rapidly, so does the pressure on the teachers to prepare students for a future as a health professional. The end goal of NCHSE is to open opportunities for careers by providing simple pathways to certification. However, that is no easy task in the complex healthcare environment. We are excited about partnering with Precision Exams to transform the way the next generation prepares for their careers and to help ensure they are able to succeed in those careers.”

Based in Utah, Precision Exams is a recognized technology and operational leader in the career and technical education exam development and delivery industry. Offering over 170 focused exams across all 16 career clusters, they have the largest repository of industry recognized certifications offered to high school students nationwide.

“We are thrilled to become more involved with NCHSE to help teachers offer a wider range of certifications to their students. These additional exams that NCHSE is offering will open healthcare certification opportunities for all students and not just a select few,” said Edson Barton, CEO, at Precision Exams. “The combination of strategic vision, experience and industry involvement from NCHSE will help many healthcare teachers transform the way they help prepare students for their healthcare careers.”

Together, NCHSE and Precision Exams will focus on designating clear and consistent standards for health science teachers and students; meeting the needs of all health science education programs by offering greater flexibility for students to engage at the course level; and expanding the essential knowledge across health professions to prepare and increase the number of students that are college and career ready. As organizations dedicated to delivering next-generation health science education products and resources, NCHSE and Precision Exams work to deliver industry-leading stackable pathway solutions.

ABOUT NCHSE

The National Consortium for Health Science Education is a partnership of state education agency leaders, organizations, and publishers and resource providers with a vested interest in health science education. NCHSE was organized in 1991 to stimulate creative and innovative leadership for ensuring a well-prepared healthcare workforce. Driven by high cost, rapid technological changes, increased demand for health services, and dramatic employment growth in the health community, the Consortium is positioned as the educational leader impacting on health science education programs nationwide that prepare future health professionals.

The NCHSE organizational structure and support systems are designed to collaboratively define and advance the framework of health science education. This effective collaborative is responsive to the needs of health science education and the healthcare industry and has active communications to connect with all stakeholders affecting and contributing to health science education. NCHSE’s significant leadership role is shaping the future of a high quality healthcare workforce. healthscienceconsortium.org

ABOUT PRECISION EXAMS

Precision Exams is built on the belief that the future of America depends on the next generation’s ability to create. In today’s hyper-competitive markets, we need makers, doers, artists, and craftsmen to solve the problems of tomorrow. With over 4,000,000 assessments delivered across the country, Precision Exams provide comprehensive solutions with a client-focused approach to test development and delivery, stockholder reporting, and psychometric analysis. With schools and districts using their exams in nearly every state in America, Precision drives innovation to improve the way the next generation works and lives.