Advisors: Lynn Blalock and Dena Nelms
HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, post-secondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs. HOSA is 100% health care! Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching nearly 90,000 members through 44 chartered HOSA State Associations and approximately 2,600 secondary and post-secondary/collegiate chapters in 2007-2008. HOSA is not a club to which a few students in school join. Rather, HOSA is a powerful instructional tool that works best when it is integrated into the HSTE curriculum and classroom. HSTE instructors are committed to the development of the total person. Those who join the HSTE-HOSA Partnership recognize the importance of providing students with training far beyond the basic technical skills needed for entry into the health care field. The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team. HOSA's mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry. It is essential that the HSTE-HOSA Partnership maintain its momentum and encourage all HSTE instructors to integrate HOSA into their curriculum and classrooms.
The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.
The CDC / Center for Disease Control and Prevention is located in Atlanta, GA. It's main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability. On February 12, 2016, the HOSA / Health Occupations Students of Northeast and Main Campus toured the facility and enjoyed the exhibit learning the story of the CDC. Students were guided by an epidemiologist scientist who explained various major events in the history of the CDC and on topics of world diseases and public health concerns.