The 2018 National Health Science Conference Leaves a Lasting Professional Development Impact

A unique National Health Science Conference recently concluded at the Downtown Denver Embassy Suites and Conference Center. The conference was organized by the National Consortium for Health Science Education, a collaborative of health science state leaders representing state education agencies, health-related organizations, and publishers and education resources providers.

Over these three and half days, the National Health Science Conference provided two pre-conference sessions, Clay and Cadaver hosted by Anatomy in Clay® Learning System and The Power of Simulation hosted by Realityworks®, three general sessions featured three keynote speakers, Bill Coon, Michele Deck and Barbara Bancroft along with seventy-two health science focused breakout sessions provided by teachers, resource provides, health professionals, and postsecondary educators and an evening event watching a major league baseball game. Colorado Rockies vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. An exhibit area included thirty-one education and technology vendors showcasing a wide of resources and instructional materials to enhance the delivery of health science education. NCHSE offered the newly revised Health Science Curriculum Enhancements at special conference pricing which is open to conference attendees through October 15. Conference participants departed Denver, Colorado with fresh, new classroom approaches to introduce and engage students in future health professions while also supporting young people in preparation for their next stage of health science education.

A special thanks HOSA–Future Health Professionals for sponsoring conference bags and Today’s Class for sponsoring conference notepads. NCHSE enjoyed having two members of the HOSA Executive Council, Sarah Fleischman, President and Kartik Tyagi, Secondary Board Representative in Denver. In addition, Bailee Gardunio, CO HOSA State Advisor and CO HOSA State Officers volunteered their time to assist with conference delivery. The conference served to advance health science education curriculum and prepare students to be college and career ready. Three hundred and thirty teachers, administrators, state health science leaders and health professionals representing forty-three states participated in and delivered workshops to showcase their programs and best practices, communicate their innovative teaching strategies and connect with other health science educators to enhance health science programming. Announcements about future conference dates and locations will be forthcoming in the near future.

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.