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2021 Virtual Fall Leadership Conference

Thank you for your participation in the 2021 Kansas HOSA Virtual Fall Leadership Conference. On this page, you will find all the information, links, and resources you will need to participate in the virtual conference.

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Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Fall Leadership Conference

Welcome back, Kansas HOSA!  My name is Joy Lee, I am a Senior at Pittsburg High School, and I have the honor of serving you as your Kansas HOSA State President for the academic school year. I would like to take a moment to recognize, empower, and congratulate you for having a successful past year, despite all the hardships that were faced. Whatever was accomplished, no matter how small, is a victory that should be celebrated. Although I cannot promise what this year will look like due to new challenges and ones regarding Covid-19, I can give you my word that the State Officer Team will lead Kansas HOSA with your best interests in mind. Kansas HOSA, I look forward to growing, inspiring, and innovating with you this year. Let’s make it an unforgettable one! 

Joy Lee

Kansas HOSA President

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Welcome to the 2021 Fall Leadership Conference. Like many of you I'm saddened that we're having another virtual conference. It was a tough decision to make but we believe it was the right decision. That said, the Kansas HOSA officer team and I are excited to present a wonderful virutal conference. The team has been working hard to put together quality presentations for you and we hope everyone is able to learn something new or get inspired from today's sessions. Thank you for taking part in this year's Fall Leadership Conference and I look forward to hopefully seeing you in person this spring. 

Seth Nutt

Kansas HOSA State Advisor

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Kansas HOSA Headquarters

If at any time during the virtual conference, you find yourself in a jam, Seth Nutt and Kelli Byrne will be available to answer any questions during the virtual conference. Kansas HOSA Headquarters will be open October 13, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Click the button below to visit the Kansas HOSA Headquarters. 

 
 

SCAVENGER HUNT

Want to learn more about HOSA and Kansas HOSA? Want to win some prizes? Here is your chance! Click the button below to participate in the HOSA Scavenger Hunt.

Prizes for the scavenger hunt will include Amazon and Starbucks gift cards.

Conference agenda

There will be no live Opening Ceremonies as in the past. Rather, the Kansas HOSA Officer team has put together the conference welcome video found below.

Below is the overall schedule for the 2021 Virtual Fall Leadership Conference. Some sessions will be broadcast live (noted on the agenda) others will be pre-recorded. All live sessions will be recorded and available for viewing as soon as possible after the session concludes.

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: Dr. Julie Foucher

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

What it Takes to be a Kansas HOSA State Officer

9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Competitive Event Roundtables: Health Science Events

9:55 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Competitive Event Roundtables: Health Professions and Emergency Preparedness Events

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Competitive Event Roundtables: Leadership and Recognition Events

 

10:45 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Competitive Event Roundtables: Teamwork Events

 

11:05 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Break

 

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Building a Successful HOSA Chapter 
Presented by Hannah Eckstein, Central Region Vice President

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Break

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Leadership Luncheon with State Officers 

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Message from Kansas Hospital Association

 

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

HOSA National Service Project "Be The Match"

1:15 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Health Professions Career Spotlight Videos

Health Professions Student Spotlight Videos

 

2:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremony

 

Competitive event results

The results for Forensic Science, Creative Problem Solving, and Extemporaneous Health Poster will be posted by 12:00 p.m. on October 14, 2021. Results will be posted here as well as emailed to chapter advisors and posted on Kansas HOSA social media pages.

Winners of the mock competitive events will be awarded an Amazon gift card.

Winners for the mock competitive events are:

 

Forensic Science

Winning Team: DaVolt & Robinson of Columbus High School

Creative Problem Solving

Winning Team: Dowling, Howard, Monroe of Junction City High School

Extemporaneous Health Poster

Winner:  Waterman of Ottawa High School

Please send your name and home address to kansashosa@gmail.com so we can get prizes in the mail.

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Julie Foucher

Board-Certified Family Physician

CrossFit Athlete

Dr. Julie Foucher is a board-certified family physician and has completed her coursework through the Institute for Functional Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Biomedical Engineering and completed her medical school and residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. Julie also holds a Master’s in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and has completed the Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum through the University of Arizona. Julie competed in the CrossFit Games from 2010-2015 where she consistently finished among the top 5 women with two podium finishes. Her passion lies in bridging the gap between fitness and medicine to empower individuals to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. She continues to do CrossFit for health and longevity and hosts a popular health and fitness podcast called Pursuing Health.

Learn more about Dr. Julie Foucher at the sites below

For social, Julie is most active on Instagram: @juliefoucher

Facebook: @JulieFoucherCF

Twitter: @Julie_Foucher

CrossFit Health: https://health.crossfit.com/

Wild Health: https://wildhealth.com/

National HOSA Speaker

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Hannah Eckstein

Central Region Vice President

HOSA-Future Health Professionals Executive Council 

Inspiration. Home. Family. These three words are how Hannah would describe what HOSA is for her. Eager to advocate and inspire, Hannah is beyond excited to serve HOSA-Future Health Professionals as the Central Region Vice President. A freshman at Pittsburg State University, Hannah is pursuing majors in Biology Pre-Med, Spanish, and Healthcare Innovations. Through her years in HOSA, she has founded a local chapter, served at the state level, and, most importantly, made lifelong connections with people from around the world. As a member of the Executive Council, Hannah hopes to continue HOSA’s tradition of fostering friendships through new, innovative avenues. She believes in always acting with passion, purpose, and excellence, and she hopes to bring this same philosophy with her as she serves on the Executive Council. Her principal priorities during her term are both growing membership in the Central Region and developing current members everywhere. When not working on HOSA, Hannah can be found coaching her local swim team, drinking an egregious amount of coffee, or studying at her local crêperie. Her cat’s name is Rosie, her favorite author is Neal Shusterman, and her favorite Taylor Swift albums are Reputation and Evermore, depending on the day. This year, Hannah is thrilled to work alongside outstanding leaders, meet talented members, and continue to serve the most exceptional student-led organization in the world – HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

 
 

sPOTLIGHT VIDEOS

Health Career sPOTLIGHT VIDEOS

Nursing
Family Physician
Dentist
Pharmacist
Paramedic
Physical Therapy

Health Student sPOTLIGHT VIDEOS

Medical Student
Nursing Student
Nutrition Ph.D. Student
Physical Therapy Student
Respiratory Therapy Student
 

Kansas Hosa Officer Team

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President

Joy Lee

Senior, Pittsburg High School

Hi, Kansas HOSA! My name is Joy Lee, I am a Senior at Pittsburg High School and I have the honor of serving you as your Kansas HOSA State President for the academic school year. This is my fourth year being a part of this growing organization, and I couldn’t be more excited. My journey with Kansas HOSA has been truly memorable. I attended the International Leadership Conference my freshman year with my Biomedical Debate team, attended the Virtual ILCs the past two years and have since fallen increasingly in love with this organization. HOSA has not only been an activity in which I could thrive academically and speak on health issues I am passionate about, but through HOSA I have gained confidence, have met so many wonderful and inspiring people and built long-lasting friendships with others passionate about healthcare.  

Outside of HOSA, I hold the presidential position in my school’s NHS chapter, serve as an officer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and am a Captain of the girl’s tennis team. I currently compete in debate and forensics and work as a graphic designer on the Student Publication staff. 

I am so honored and humbled to serve as your Kansas HOSA State President. My journey with HOSA has been long and eventful, but I still have so much to learn. Although I cannot promise what this year will look like due to new challenges and ones regarding Covid-19, I can give you my word that the State Officer Team will, to the best of our ability, lead Kansas HOSA with your best interests in mind. Kansas HOSA, I look forward to growing, inspiring, and innovating with you this year. Let’s make it an unforgettable one! 

 

Vice President
Hannah Andersen

Senior, Iola High School

Hello Kansas HOSA! My name is Hannah Andersen, and I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s State Officer Team! I am a senior at Iola High School, and I was introduced to HOSA when I was a freshman. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field, so when I found out about the organization, I wanted to be a part of it! Since then, being in HOSA has given me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise, and I am thankful for that.

To me, HOSA is an opportunity for experiences with healthcare before it is time to actually take that step in the future, and I’ve loved meeting new people and learning along the way. 

Outside of HOSA I love participating in Theatre and Forensics. In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends. I also love to sing and draw. I am currently serving as Players/Thespian president, and this past year I was my local HOSA Chapter’s president. I am also involved in NHS and FCCLA. 

 

I’m so thankful for this opportunity to serve as your state Vice President, and I can’t wait to see what this upcoming 2021-2022 School year has in store! 

 

HOSA State Representative
Bilhah Bengi

Senior, Wichita North High School

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be a part of this 2021-2022 school year as a Kansas state representative! My name is Bilhah Bengi, and I am a senior at Wichita north high school! Kansas HOSA is such an amazing opportunity to help students push and have a taste of what they can possibly have as future careers! This student-led organization has given me so many opportunities and so many friendships throughout the years. I have loved HOSA since my freshman year of high school, and my goal this year is to continue spreading the opportunities HOSA offers, in hopes that others will join and have so many options! I have had the joy of serving as my local chapter’s leader and representing them, as well as competing in events such as Writing and Forensic Science. It is always so much fun to compete with your friends! I have been able to see HOSA happen in person and online throughout the pandemic. Whichever way HOSA has always been memorable. This year the Kansas officer team is more than excited to make those memories and share them with all participants. Even though I am involved with HOSA I participate in other sports and clubs such as cross country, track, wrestling, National Honors Society president, history club president and AVID ambassador. All these clubs and organizations give me the chance to be extremely social! I love making new friends and finding topics to talk about that we all enjoy.  There will be challenges along the way, but this year will be a year to remember. We can all learn and encourage each other to push and strive to be better in what we do! LET’S GO KANSAS HOSA!

 

HOSA State Representative
Alex Troth

Senior, Frontenac High School

Hello, I am Alex Troth. I am a Senior at Frontenac High School. When I learned about HOSA my brain exploded. I was so glad that there was an organization for healthcare. When I went to the Kansas HOSA Spring Conference two years ago I knew that healthcare is exactly what I wanted to do; I want to pursue, help build, and create with HOSA. I want to become a Prosthetist and Orthotist. I plan to give back to the organization in my career. I am currently a State Representative for Kansas HOSA! How amazing right!? Also, I was able to attend the HOSA Virtual International Leadership Conference. The VILC was nothing short of a great time. It was a fun atmosphere, and there were so many things to do. At the VILC I got to speak with so many different organizations about what they do with HOSA and learn how impactful the organizations were. There were organizations that had events for HOSA and there were some that even offered classes for HOSA students. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for our amazing Kansas HOSA events and opportunities.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors. I am a Boy Scout and an avid competitive swimmer. Along with Scouting I love meeting new people, and I cannot wait to meet some of you this fall and/or spring! I hope that you all get to attend our future HOSA conferences and have a wonderful time!

 

HOSA State Representative
Audrey Jacobs

Junior, Southeast High School

Hello Kansas HOSA!!! I am Audrey Jacobs, and I am a Junior at Southeast High school. I first learned about HOSA from my advisor during an event my school holds called Freshman Rush. When I learned about HOSA I was so excited. I always knew I wanted to do something in health care, and HOSA taught me more about what I wanted to do. I went to my first Fall Conference freshman year and walked in knowing nothing about HOSA, and I left wanting to be up on the stage with the state team. Now I am one of those state representatives, and I still haven’t wrapped my head around it. 

Outside of HOSA, I am also involved in many clubs including National Honor Society, FBLA, and our Student Council. I am involved in many sports which are cross-country, basketball, track, and cheerleading. In my free time, I like to go to the lake with my family and make memories. I plan to make my year as a Kansas State HOSA representative the best that it can be!!

 

HOSA State Representative
Sabrena Munoz

Senior, Chanute High School

Hello, Kansas HOSA! My name is Sabrena Munoz and I am a senior at Chanute High School. I first began my journey through HOSA during my sophomore year. I initially heard about HOSA through my, biomedical pathway, PLTW (Project Lead The Way) classes and decided to go to a meeting. There I instantly fell in love with the organization and wanted to get more involved. That following year I became president of my local chapter. From then on, I was inspired by two previous state officers, Jillian Vogel and Jacob Guernsey, and my LOVELY chapter advisors to run as a state officer. My journey has now led me to where I am now and I couldn’t be more grateful!

Outside of HOSA, I am also involved in Student Government, National Honor Society, and even served as an officer of my graduating class. Though I no longer do sports, I have a love for helping others and medicine and hope that I can pursue a career in the medical field. I have so far taken two out of the four classes of the PLTW course and several science classes. In my free time, I am usually on social media or hanging out with my friends and family.

This year, I plan on working hard to ensure that we can take what COVID has left us with and run with it! I anticipate meeting several of you members and getting to coordinate with other officers! 

 

HOSA State Representative
Paige White

Senior, Olathe Northwest High School

Hello, Kansas HOSA! My name is Paige White, and I am a senior at Olathe Northwest High School. I first learned about Kansas HOSA last year when I was introduced to it by my CNA teacher, and from there we started our local chapter and were able to bring in a lot of people. I was able to get a jump start into HOSA during the Fall Leadership Conference by competing in the Community Awareness event. Through this experience, I was shown an organization that is dedicated to building future leaders in the healthcare field. When the opportunity to become a Kansas HOSA state officer arose I took the opportunity to build my leadership skills and share my love for healthcare with others. 

 

At my high school, I am involved in my school's National Honor Society and softball team. Outside of school, I participate in my club softball team and I am also a volunteer at my church. I am very excited to be able to be a part of such an amazing organization and team. I am looking forward to sharing my love for healthcare with my fellow classmates in my local chapter and being able to help and be a part of the Fall Leadership Conference this year!

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Be The Match

Be the Match is the HOSA-Future Health Professionals national service project for 2022. Below you will find a recording of a presentation from the 2020 Kansas HOSA Fall Conference giving an overview of Be the Match as well as some additional information to help you learn more about Be The Match and how HOSA-Future Health Professionals is making a difference.

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In the first year of the Be The Match and HOSA-Future Health Professionals partnership, HOSA-Future Health Professionals were able to achieve:

  • $126,454 dollars raised

  • 167 new Be The Match Registry® members

  • 28 people added to the Under 18 Pre-Registry

  • 330 team pages

  • 1,936 individual participant pages

 

Kansas Hospital Association

The Kansas Hospital Association is a voluntary, non-profit organization existing to provide leadership and services to member hospitals. KHA is the lead organization in a group of companies and affiliates that provides a wide array of services to the hospitals of Kansas and the Midwest region.

With hundreds of occupations, the health care field is a world of possibilities that is growing and evolving every day. The Kansas Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems strive to assist individuals in finding a place in this exciting and challenging field.

Click here to learn more about health careers.

Kansas Health Care Workers in Demand

Health care professionals play a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of Kansans. “Health care professionals” is a broad term that encompasses the many individuals who deliver health care in today’s complex, patient care environment.

 

Kansas hospitals are busy places. The 122 community hospitals in Kansas provided care for more than:

  • 306,000 inpatient visits

  • 33,000 births

  • 8.3 million outpatient visits

  • 1 million emergency department visits

 

Kansas hospitals alone employ nearly 100,000 health care professionals. This does not include physician offices, clinics and the many other places health care professionals work. More than 240,000 Kansans, or nearly 12 percent of the state’s total workforce, work in health care. Throughout Kansas and the nation, hospitals and other health care providers are experiencing workforce shortages. These shortages cause considerable strain on the health care system, especially since an aging population is expected to need more health care services in the immediate future, and many of today’s health care professionals are nearing retirement age.

Click here to for more information about the most demanded health care careers in Kansas

 

HOSA Expo

Take a moment to browse the links below together as a chapter. Click each link to explore the information.

Barton County Community College

Barton County Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Great Bend, Kan. Barton County Community College offers traditional general education courses, fine and performing arts opportunities, a plethora of career and technical training offerings, GED courses, transfer options, online classes and an athletic program that boasts 57 national championships. On-campus housing is available for up to 330 students. Further, Barton is a leader in providing training to the military with service locations at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth

Virtual Career Fair and Student Day

Click the image to the right to visit Barton County Community College's virtual career fair.

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Fort Scott Community College - Nursing Program

The Fort Scott Community College Nursing Department offers students an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing for students who have completed prerequisite courses and four semesters of nursing courses. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to apply for state licensure as a registered nurse. Our program prepares students for beginning staff nursing positions and delivering nursing care to individuals and groups as members of a healthcare team to promote health and wellness.

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

The KU School of Pharmacy is a world-class research institution and one of the country’s premier pharmacy schools. We train the pharmacists who serve the people of Kansas and researchers who help solve the world’s most pressing medical problems.

Click here to learn more about the

KU School of Pharmacy.

If you're interested in the pharmacy profession, you can visit Pharmacists for Healthier Lives to learn more about the profession.

Students & parents can participate in virtual sessions throughout the semester. The schedule for these virtual sessions can be found at https://go2.ku.edu/portal/pharmacy.

Pharmacy For Me also provides a fun, interactive way to explore the pharmacy profession.

Below are some additional resources that may be helpful. (The following resources are .pdf documents).

KU PharmD Program (2020-2021)

KU Pre-Pharmacy Worksheet (2020-2021)

PharmacyForMe Roadmap

Why Pharmacy (AACP)

University of Kansas School of Health Professions

The School of Health Professions is comprised of eight academic units, combining to offer more than 25 programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in addition to several certificate programs. Accreditation applies at the program level; please visit the program's website for specific accreditation information including student outcomes, pass rates on exams, and admission requirements.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Click the links below to learn about the undergraduate programs available.

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Click the link below to learn more about the certificate programs available.

MASTERS & DOCTORATE PROGRAMS

Click the link below to learn more about the master's and doctorate programs available.

University of Kansas School of Medicine

The University of Kansas School of Medicine integrates excellent education, scientific discovery, outstanding clinical programs and dedication to community service. The only medical school in Kansas, KU is acknowledged as a leader in training primary care and rural physicians. In addition to its commitment to educating the physician workforce of tomorrow, the school is an emerging leader in biomedical research and the health of the public.

Take a virtual tour of each of the KU School of Medicine's three campuses.

Kansas City Campus Tour

Salina Campus Tour

Wichita Campus Tour

University of Kansas School of Nursing

The University of Kansas School of Nursing, with nationally ranked academic programs, prepares hundreds of students each year for successful nursing careers, as clinical nurses, advanced practice nurses, educators, leaders, administrators, scholars and researchers.

Students have access to faculty members who also practice and to accomplished nursing researchers. They learn in real-life simulations in the School's state-of- the-art simulation skills laboratory and alongside other future health professionals through the Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center

The KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center (KU AHEC) is an outreach office of the University of Kansas Medical Center. One of the goals of the KU AHEC is to promote healthcare careers in rural Kansas. The KU AHEC has developed many different programs to accomplish this goal.

 

Click the images below to learn about the KU AHEC's health care career promotion programs. 

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McPherson College

McPherson College's Health Science program offers majors in Health Science and Healthcare Management for students interested in areas of allied health such as behavioral health, public health, community health, and healthcare management. Students will have the opportunity to discover their career paths through various field placements.

McPherson College offers two different health care programs. Click the links below to learn about each program.

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Health Science

The Health Science major is ideal for students interested in pursuing health care careers in a variety of settings. The major offers four additional areas of emphasis for students interested in allied health: behavioral health, public health, community health, and healthcare management.

Healthcare Management

A major in Healthcare Management prepares students for a career in planning, directing, or coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Click here to learn more about McPherson College's Health Science Programs

Pittsburg State University

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At Pitt State the in-class experience is matched with out-of-class experience to get you ready for a career or further study of your choice. Pitt State's graduate programs rank among the best in the Midwest and the nation with award-winning technology and business programs.

Click here to learn more about Pittsburg State University's academic programs

Pittsburg State University School of Nursing

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. Our faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest. Students can select programs such as the BSN (Pre-licensure), RN to BSN, MSN (Education Emphasis), MSN to DNP, and the BSN to DNP.

Click on the links below to learn more about our nursing programs and the School of Nursing application process for each program.

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University of Kansas Health System

The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City is a world-class academic medical center and destination for complex care and diagnosis. We offer more options for patients with serious conditions because of our expertise and leadership in medical research and education. Our physicians are researchers and educators expanding the boundaries of medical knowledge. Their major breakthroughs lead to the life-changing treatments and technologies of the future.

Why be a nurse at KU Health System?

Why be a doctor at KU Health System?

KU Health System Nurse Academy 2021

The University of Kansas Health System Nurse Academy 2021 invites high school seniors and juniors who are interested in exploring the nursing profession to apply for participation in the 2-day event.

Click here to learn more about the KU Health System Nurse Academy 2021

Kansas State University College of Health and Human Sciences

At the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University, we focus first on people. From the innate need for clothing and shelter to physical exercise and proper nutrition to mental well-being, our students have dedicated their education to bettering the lives of people.

We inspire and prepare passionate and caring individuals for a meaningful life, and a career that promotes human well-being in the areas of business, design, teacher education, human behavior, and health sciences. Home to the departments of Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design and Fashion Studies; Kinesiology; Personal Financial Planning; and the K-State Center on Aging, our programs will provide students with hands-on experience and the skills needed to make an impact in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Reserach Excellence 

(K-INBRE)

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The purpose of the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) is to strengthen the biosciences in Kansas by building a network of faculty researchers, as well as undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows supported with cutting edge technology within a scientific research theme. The scientific research theme chosen for the K-INBRE is Cell and Developmental Biology. The program brings together NIH-

funded mentors and students through ten educational institutions in Kansas and Oklahoma to build the strength of Kansas in this critical life sciences research area. Participating institutions include: University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, Washburn University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Langston University in Oklahoma.

 

The overall goal of the Undergraduate Research program is to support of improved and expanded biomedical research experiences for undergraduates on K-INBRE campuses. Students are recruited on each campus for and assigned a mentor to work with. Opportunities include obtaining laboratory experience, participating in the Annual Symposium to present research findings, professional development for preparation for the workforce or graduate/medical school, and excellent mentorship. If you plan to attend one of these universities and major in biology, chemistry, engineering, physical therapy, premed, or any other major that would benefit from biomedical research experience, please feel free to contact Sarah E. Velasquez with questions at svelasquez@kumc.edu.

Click here to learn more about K-INBRE

Immunize Kansas Coalition

The Immunize Kansas Coalition (IKC) is a group of more than 40 members with diverse perspectives - healthcare providers, health departments, researchers, healthcare payers, advocacy groups, nonprofits, and more - working together to improve vaccination rates and protect Kansans from vaccine-preventable diseases.

In your preteen and teen years, you're learning how to make decisions for yourself and for your health. Decisions you make now can have lasting impacts!

Learn the facts about vaccines. Talk with your parents and doctor about getting the vaccines you need to stay healthy now and throughout your life.

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Pre-recorded sessions

Don’t Blow It! Vape Prevention in Schools That Works

Vaping is an epidemic in schools today. Over six million youth are vaping and 5,000 begin vaping every day. What direction should schools go? Should they treat it as a discipline issue or as an addiction? In this workshop, participants will learn about the best practices and resources available for schools today. Participants will learn not only about primary prevention, but also about alternatives to suspension and cessation. What support is there for parents? These important issues will all be covered in this workshop.

Diagnostic Detectives - Clinical Laboratory Scientists

Come listen to clinical lab professionals describe the vital and dynamic field of Clinical Laboratory Medicine. You will have a brief overview of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences industry, clinical testing operations, and career information. You will go on a pictorial journey through the sections of a clinical laboratory to demonstrate how clinical testing helps physicians and health providers diagnose and treat their patients. Laboratory professionals provide answers that assist in diagnosing a disease when multiple symptoms are present, revealing cancers of the cervix or blood, choosing the correct antibiotic for treatment and/or providing the optimal blood type for a blood transfusion. Students will be shown national salary statistics and educational requirements to help them advance within this industry.

Because We All Have A Heart - Making a Difference Following a Tragedy

New Prairie High School HOSA, in northern Indiana, is focused on making a difference on the safety of students, athletes, and members of the community. #JAM is a campaign on sudden cardiac arrest awareness, CPR, and AED use in honor of two young men, Jake and Mark, who died from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn how you can evaluate current practices in your community and what you can do to implement an attitude of being rescue ready.

Which Educational and Career Path Fits Your Enneagram

Enneagrams are all the craze these days! Whether you are a 1 or a 9, you can have a successful future in healthcare. Come learn about education and career options that fit your personality with society’s global healthcare needs.

Your Wellness Story: Understanding Where You Are and How You Can Help Others

Hallway conversation: “Hey! How are you?” “Good. You?” “Good.” But are you really? As a society, we have become accustomed to offering a response without truly examining our personal wellbeing. In this session you will examine the six dimensions of health (physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, and social) and how those relate to Your Story of Wellness. Participants will discover the Wellness Wheel, can see where they are on the wheel, and can learn about the resources that are available to them. You will also explore college pathways that lead to careers assisting others on their wellness journeys.

My Unusual Path to Public Health

Some people know exactly what they want to do and how to get there. For others, the journey to a fulfilling career is not a straight path. Your well-intentioned, detailed career path may veer off course and lead to unexpected detours, but all is not lost. You can tap into the GPS of life and re-route yourself to still reach your destination. Hear from a doctorate-prepared nurse who will share their non-traditional career path, including commissioning in the U.S. Public Health Service. Learn how to find value in every experience and continue moving towards your career goals.

I’ll Be There for You: Consider Occupational Therapy

This interactive session will explore why students should consider occupational therapy as a health care profession. Students will develop an understanding of what occupational therapy is, who they serve and where they provide services. Providing therapy and support for humans aged 0 to 100+, occupational therapists take pride in providing clients support they need to fully engage and participate in their desired activities and tasks.

Super Bugs and Antibiotic Resistance

Join current University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy students to learn about the evolution of superbugs and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. How do bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics? Why is this a significant life-threatening problem? What are the roles of pharmacists who specialize in infectious diseases to combat antibiotic resistance?

 

Alumni Membership

Just because your graduate, doesn't mean your connection to HOSA has to end. HOSA offers membership to its Alumni Division so you can keep your HOSA journey moving long after graduation.

Graduating seniors are eligible to Joint HOSA's Alumni Division. Seniors in the Class of 2019 who are HOSA members are eligible to sign up for FREE lifetime membership in HOSA's prestigious Alumni Division.

8 Reasons to Join HOSA's Alumni Division

  • Develop Professional Connections: Connect with other like-minded former HOSA members at local events and through social media.

  • Career Bank: Gain access to HOSA’s Career Center and partner’s Job Banks. Search through thousands of quality job openings across the country.

  • Internships: View health-related internship opportunities from universities, corporations, and governmental agencies.

  • Benefits Program: Receive discounts on test preparations for the MCAT and discounts on Rental Cars through HOSA’s partnership with Hertz. Watch for additional benefits.

  • Become a Mentor: Stay connected with your local chapter and state association and become a role model for future health professionals.

  • Stay Connected with HOSA: Receive updates and news on what is happening with HOSA-Future Health Professionals in your state and throughout the network.

  • Receive HOSA’s e-Magazine: Read articles from local chapters and other alumni members in their journey.

  • Opportunities to Judge and present Workshops: Volunteer your time to judge or present a topic at local, state, and international conferences.

 
 
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Event sponsors

 

Kansas HOSA is grateful to the following sponsors for helping make the 2021 Kansas HOSA Virtual Spring Leadership Conference possible.

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