HOSA (organization)

HOSA – Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), is an international career and technical student organization (CTSO) endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA is composed of middle school, secondary, and post-secondary/collegiate students, along with professional, alumni, and honorary members. It is headquartered in Southlake, Texas, and is the largest student organization that prepares students to enter the healthcare field, with membership in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, China, South Korea, and Mexico.

HOSA
HOSA Logo.jpg
Formation1976; 45 years ago (1976)[1]
TypeCareer and technical student organization (CTSO)
Headquarters548 Silicon Drive, Suite 101
Southlake, Texas 76092
United States
Membership
200,000[2]
Executive Director
Jim Koeninger[3]
Websitehttp://www.hosa.org/

HistoryEdit

 
HOSA youth meeting with Senator Mazie Hirono in 2013.

HOSA was founded in 1976 out of a task force from the American Vocational Association in order to determine whether a new student organization accommodating healthcare students was necessary.

From November 4–7, 1975, the State Department of Education and Division of Vocational Education in New Jersey with 18 representatives from Alabama, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas voted to form the American Health Occupations Education Student Organization.

On November 10–13, 1976, in a constitutional convention in Arlington, Texas AHOESO adopted bylaws, which also changed the organization's name to Health Occupations Students of America; elected national leaders; selected colors and a motto; made plans to design an emblem; and set the first National Leadership Conference for the spring of 1978 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[1]

In 2004, the organization dropped the acronym from its name, and began publishing all documents under the brand "HOSA – Future Health Professionals."[4]

Chartered associationsEdit

As of 2020, HOSA has grown to more than 50 chartered associations in several countries, including the United States and its territories, Canada, China, South Korea, and Mexico. HOSA's chartered associations are:

  • Alabama HOSA
  • Alaska HOSA
  • American Samoa HOSA
  • Arizona HOSA
  • Arkansas HOSA
  • California HOSA
  • Canada HOSA
  • China HOSA
  • Colorado HOSA
  • Connecticut HOSA
  • Delaware HOSA
  • District of Columbia HOSA
  • Florida HOSA
  • Georgia HOSA
  • Hawaii HOSA
  • Idaho HOSA
  • Illinois HOSA
  • Indiana HOSA
  • Iowa HOSA
  • Kansas HOSA
  • Kentucky HOSA
  • Korea HOSA
  • Louisiana HOSA
  • Maine HOSA
  • Maryland HOSA
  • Massachusetts HOSA
  • Mexico HOSA
  • Michigan HOSA
  • Minnesota HOSA
  • Mississippi HOSA
  • Missouri HOSA
  • Montana HOSA
  • Nebraska HOSA
  • Nevada HOSA
  • New Hampshire HOSA
  • New Jersey HOSA
  • New Mexico HOSA
  • New York HOSA
  • North Carolina HOSA
  • North Dakota HOSA
  • Ohio HOSA
  • Oklahoma HOSA
  • Oregon HOSA
  • Pennsylvania HOSA
  • Puerto Rico HOSA
  • Rhode Island HOSA
  • South Carolina HOSA
  • South Dakota HOSA
  • Tennessee HOSA
  • Texas HOSA
  • Utah HOSA
  • Vermont HOSA
  • Virginia HOSA
  • Washington HOSA
  • West Virginia HOSA
  • Wisconsin HOSA

Mission statementEdit

The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience.[1][2]

UniformEdit

The official HOSA uniform consists of a navy-blue suit with maroon accent in the form of a tie for men or a scarf for women. The HOSA emblem is affixed to the suit jacket.[5]

International Leadership Conferences (ILCs)Edit

 
2003 NLC in Atlanta

Members meet annually at an International Leadership Conference held in late June in cities across the United States. Selected major cities for hosting the conference rotate every few years. Over 7,500 students participate in general sessions, competitive events, and leadership experiences, all while networking with health sciences students representing nearly all 50 states and countries including Canada, China, and Mexico.[6]

Previous and scheduled upcoming ILCs
Year Dates Convention center City
2002 June 26–29 Anaheim Hilton and Marriott Anaheim, California
2003 June 18–21 Atlanta Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton Atlanta, Georgia
2004 June 23-26 Marriott World Center Orlando, Florida
2005 June 22-25 Gaylord Opryland Hotel Nashville, Tennessee
2006 June 21-24 Anaheim Hilton and Marriott Anaheim, California
2007 June 20-23 Marriott World Center Orlando, Florida
2008 June 18-21 Adam’s Mark Hotel Dallas, Texas
2009 June 24-27 Gaylord Opryland Hotel Nashville, Tennessee
2010 June 23-26 Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Orlando, Florida
2011 June 22-25 Hilton Anaheim Anaheim, California
2012 June 20-23 Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Orlando, Florida
2013 June 26-30 Gaylord Opryland Hotel Nashville, Tennessee
2014 Jun 25-28 Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Orlando, Florida
2015 June 24-27 Hilton Anaheim Anaheim, California
2016 June 22-25 Gaylord Opryland Hotel Nashville, Tennessee
2017 June 21=24 Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Orlando, Florida
2018 June 27-30 Dallas Convention Center Dallas, Texas
2019 June 19-22 Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Orlando, Florida
2020 June 24-27 Virtual ILC Virtual Conference
2021 June 23-26 Virtual ILC Virtual Conference
2022 June 22-25 Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center Nashville, Tennessee
2023 June 21-24 Dallas Convention Center Dallas, Texas
2024 June TBD TBA TBA
2025 June 18-21 Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center Nashville, Tennessee
2026 June 24-27 Dallas Convention Center Dallas, Texas

Competitive eventsEdit

HOSA offers 82 competitive events, ranging from skill-based to leadership and team-based. The event groups are as follows: Health science, health professions, leadership, and recognition events. Members compete at the regional, state, and international levels. Those who place in the top three positions at the state level are given the opportunity to compete at the international level.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Student Membership Handbook, p. 6
  2. ^ a b Davis, Kevin. "What is HOSA?". Health Occupations Students of America. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  3. ^ Davis, Kevin. "HOSA Headquarters". Health Occupations Students of America. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  4. ^ Lauver, Lori S., et al. "Kids Into Health Careers: A Rural Initiative." The Journal of Rural Health 27.1 (2011): 114–121.
  5. ^ HOSA Handbook Section A
  6. ^ Student Membership Handbook, p. 13
  7. ^ Student Membership Handbook, p. 10

BibliographyEdit

External linksEdit

  • HOSA — national website