2021 Virtual Spring Leadership Conference

Thank you for your participation in the 2021 Kansas HOSA Virtual Spring 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 Spring Leadership Conference

Welcome to the 2021 Virtual SLC. I hope you have a successful and engaging conference, and let it be filled with good competition!

These trying times have revealed Kansas HOSA’s resilience. Throughout the past months, the virtual skills you have garnered allowed for the first-ever virtual Fall Leadership Conference, and VSLC will be a second triumph.

Together, we can continue to Learn, Lead, Serve, and Innovate.

Joseph Lee

Kansas HOSA President


conference swag

Just because this year's conference is virtual, doesn't mean you'll miss out on the usual conference swag. Student's participating in this year's conference will still receive a conference t-shirt and pin.


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 March 29-31, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Click the button below to visit the Kansas HOSA Headquarters. 


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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 Spring Leadership Conference. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - HOSA Head Quarters Open

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Competitive Events (see the competitive event schedule for report times)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - HOSA Head Quarters Open

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Competitive Events (see the competitive event schedule for report times)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - HOSA Head Quarters Open

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Competitive Events (see the competitive event schedule for report times)

Thursday, April 1, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Navigate HOSA Expo together as a chapter

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Closing Ceremony

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Kansas HOSA Officer Meeting - This meeting has been rescheduled.


Competitive event results

Results from the competitive events were presented live during the closing ceremonies, however, if you were unable to attend the live session, the results have been posted below.

Click here to view the competitive event results.


Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker


Terry Rusconi

Chief Culture Officer

The University of Kansas Health System

Terry Rusconi is currently serving as the Chief Culture Officer for the University of Kansas Health System.  In this role, he is responsible for developing and sustaining a culture consistent culture across the health system.  That culture supports the provision of safe, effective, and patient-centered care and ensures an organization-wide competency to improve performance.  Key responsibilities include working across all areas of the organization to analyze and improve performance related to patient safety, patient satisfaction, and employee/provider satisfaction, ensure the hiring, onboarding, and supporting staff capable of bringing the organizational culture to life. With record-setting volumes, the hospital now ranks in the top ten percent nationally in key measures of quality and patient satisfaction.  In his current and previous roles, Terry has also facilitated training and improvement activities for business and workgroups ranging in size from just a few members to those numbering in the hundreds.  He has also provided consultative services to numerous companies/businesses as part of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

National HOSA Speaker


Jake Kelley

President, HOSA-Future Health Professionals Executive Council 

Fueled by a constant passion for seeing others succeed, Jake is honored to continue serving HOSA-Future Health Professionals as President. A junior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Jake is studying Microbiology on a pre-medicine track with a minor in Public Health. He plans to become a cardiothoracic surgeon and hopes to continue supporting HOSA on the professional side. Jake is passionate about advancing access to healthcare in rural communities and hopes to use the skills he has learned in HOSA to provide heart-health education to communities in need. He is a Tennessee native and loves to live up to his state’s nickname of being a volunteer. In his free time, Jake can be found volunteering at his local hospital, at a local tourism company, or with the American Red Cross. He is also a tireless advocate for Career and Technical Education and understands the importance of such a curriculum in schools across the country. He wants to ensure every HOSA member is exposed to opportunities allowing them to learn, lead, serve, and innovate. Besides HOSA, Jake loves reading, lifeguarding, cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, and being outside. Jake looks forward to the year ahead and can’t wait to help members Unlock their Potential.


2021-2022 Kansas HOSA Officer Candidates

Below are the 2021-2022 Kansas HOSA Officer candidates. For each candidate, you will find a photo, name, school, and a link to his/her candidate video. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Please refer to the email sent by Kelli Byrne for instructions on how to cast your chapter's vote. If you did not receive the email, please visit HOSA Headquarters.

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Hannah Anderson

Iola High School


Joy Lee
Pittsburg High School

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Alayna Van Long
Olathe Advanced Technical Center


Bilhah Bengi
Wichita North High School


Sabrena Munoz
Chanute High School


Paige White
Olathe Advanced Technical Center


Audrey Jacobs
Southeast High School


Alex Troth

Frontenac High School



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

Be the Match

Be the Match is the HOSA-Future Health Professionals national service project for 2021. Below you will find a recording of a presentation from the 2020 Kansas HOSA Fall Conference giving an overview of Be the Match.

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.

Kansas Hospital Association (KHA)

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.

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.


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


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


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.


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.


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 



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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Chapter Member of the Year

Congratulations to this year's Chapter Members of the Year. These sutends have been nominated by their chapter for their outstanding service to their chapter throughout the year. 


Addison Barg - Winfield High School

Addison has been an essential member in Winfield HOSA. She completed our chapter affiliation, and also helped register our participants for the Virtual Spring Leadership Conference. Addison went out of her way to contact our competitors to confirm their events, ask their shirt size, ensure that they knew how to find their event guidelines, and answer any questions that they may have had. 

Addison also helps me in my Health Careers Program where she creates our job shadowing schedules, trying to ensure that every student gets to choose an assignment that they are interested in. She also creates and posts assignments for our remote learners, grades assignments for in-person and remote learners, and helps enter my grades. 

Addison is dedicated to HOSA, and is always trying to find new ways to increase membership, or get current members involved. She is a Link Leader at our school, and I have heard that she encourages her freshmen to join HOSA if they are interested in obtaining a career in the medical field. 

Addison was also a tremendous help with our HOSA Angel Tree Project. Every year, Winfield HOSA adopts children in our area to purchase Christmas gifts for. Usually we have a group of students that will then go out and shop for these gifts. However, because our district was doing remote learning from November to January, this wasn't an option. Instead, Addison went and shopped for all 27 of our Angel Tree kids. She even bagged up all of their gifts and had them ready to go.  

Addison has been a key part of our Winfield HOSA chapter, serving as Vice President last year and President this year. I am so proud of her accomplishment of becoming Kansas HOSA Vice President.  While I am sad to see her leave Winfield High School, I can't wait to see the things she accomplishes in her future. 

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Addison Hardy - Olathe Advance Technical Center

Addison Hardy stepped up and became our club leader this year. This is our first year of a
HOSA chapter at OATC. The students were not aware of this organization. Addi has been
an advocate for learning more about the club. She is our leading officer and meets with
advisors and runs the HOSA meetings. Things have been difficult with online and hybrid
learning and Addi strives to work with all the students and making sure not any of the
groups are left out. Addi communicates well and includes others in all activities. Addi
always has a smile on her face, she encourages others and is willing to try different things
that might be out of her comfort zone. Addi is an active learner in the classroom and
participates in and initiates activities that we are doing. Addi has outstanding attendance and
is prompt to class and meetings. We are very pleased to nominate Addi as our chapter
member of the year of our charter year!


Ava Waterman - Ottawa High School

Ava has stepped up and taken charge as President of our group. She did an excellent job last year as well. She is super organized, motivated to promote HOSA throughout our campus, and a super role model for younger HOSA Members.

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Darren Rex - Southeast High School

Darin Rex has been an outstanding student and leader for our HOSA chapter at Southeast. He has been our local HOSA president for the past two years and spent quality time improving our chapter. He’s spent time in and out of school helping other members with their competitions, researching new fundraising ideas, and promoting HOSA to other students in the school. This year he’s been working hard to help other members in our chapter to prepare for Spring Conference. Whether it’s helping them practice or making videos for their Tallo uploads. He has set a great example as a HOSA officer for our future leaders. For these reasons, I believe he is a great candidate for Chapter Member of the Year.


Hannah Eckstein - Frontenac High School

I have had the pleasure of working with this highly-determined, innovative, and inspiring young lady for the past five years.  The following attributes set her apart from her peers and make her an excellent scholarship choice: 


Reliability - Hannah’s desire to excel, coupled with her organizational skills and intelligence, make her the ideal individual to have in class, on a committee, or on the job.  She possesses academic and social qualities highly sought after in today’s youth.  I fully trust Hannah to be accurate and/or to provide a correct result in response to any undertaking.


Responsibility - Hannah is capable of making rational, moral decisions.  She understands the true meaning of accountability.  She not only exemplifies a strong sense of responsibility, she transmits a similar sense of responsibility into those around her.  She successfully motivates others with her spirit of collaboration.


Personality - While it is typical to encounter a highly intelligent individual that falls short in terms of social norms and acceptance, this is not the case with Hannah.  Hannah is a very pleasant, well-liked individual amongst both her peers and our adult community.   She is commonly voted and/or placed into positions of honor and leadership.  Her display of empathy and compassion along with her ability to build bridges with various diverse groups of people has led to the aforementioned positions.  


Character - Hannah possesses and steadfastly adheres to a set of ethical principles.  I greatly respect and admire her moral strength and conviction.  She is a veracious young woman.  She is extremely disciplined, steadfast in her faith, and always willing to serve others.


Leadership - Hannah is a captivating student leader in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities.  Most importantly, she always leads others in the right direction.  The extent of Hannah’s leadership success and accomplishments, while balancing her rigorous academic schedule, her work in implementing our new HOSA Chapter, Annual Club Fair, and Journalism Club, and all of her other highly-diverse extracurriculars, is extraordinary.   Hannah displays highly-effective leadership both verbally and simply with her day-day actions.  Whether it be a Forensics/Debate tournament, a swimming meet, a science competition, the hosting of a state HOSA conference, or even campaigning for an international HOSA office, Hannah will not only meet the expectations of others, she will exceed the confines of one’s normal expectations.


Special Qualities - Hannah effectively manages multiple tasks.  She completes those tasks with both great accuracy and creativity.  Hannah’s work ethic is very unique.  She is constantly looking to improve herself and the things around her.  She embraces the opportunity to learn from others. She quickly recognizes an opportunity for growth.  I have taught for thirty years.  In that time, no one has had a greater appreciation for, or yearning for knowledge than Hannah.  Hannah hasn’t just improved existing organizations is our building, she has taken upon herself to implement entirely new programs.  This is indicative of her inner strength and confidence.  As ascertained by the information above and throughout Hannah’s application it is apparent that  Hannah’s successes are astoundingly diverse.  She is extraordinarily well-balanced.


Jacob Guernsey - Chanute High School

Jacob was an integral part of our school’s HOSA (Future Health Professionals) organization.  Three years ago was the first year for the organization and Jacob was not only an officer but also qualified for Nationals with his Biomedical Debate team.  Jacob wanted to further his involvement and ran for president last year.  As President, Jacob was actively involved in all of our activities.  His first role was organizing the Blood Drive at the school.  He also was a crucial organizer and participant in our first HOSA Week.  We had an activity every day that week and Jacob was instrumental in getting this organized.  Jacob is always the first to help when I need something and I can always depend on him to get things done.  

Jacob is currently serving as a State Officer for HOSA. During his term, he has helped plan and implement the first virtual Fall Leadership Conference for our area and is currently working on the Virtual Spring Leadership Conference and Competitions as well.    As part of the CHS HOSA outreach program, Jacob has volunteered to assist with three different vaccination clinics.   Two of the clinics vaccinated the entire staff of USD 413 with the COVID vaccine.   The third clinic was a county-wide vaccination clinic for patients over the age of 65.   Jacob has been extremely helpful during all of these clinics and the feedback from the administration was outstanding.   

In addition to his regular classes, he also enrolled in the CTE Internship program.  Jacob has been able to do two medical internships this year.  He has been able to shadow at a local physician’s office and the optometrist's office.  Jacob truly has a passion for medicine and has been able to share this passion with many students across the state of Kansas through different outreach programs.  


Luke Wicoff - Iola High School

Luke has been our most active member this year. He has attended all meetings and the Christmas party, helped organize meetings and items for our HOSA school bulletin board and reminded members of meetings and activities.

Luke has been the only member to volunteer at all of our fundraisers, which is working concessions stands, and has helped our HOSA chapter to raise over $1,000 which has paid for HOSA shirts, dues, and conference registrations.

He is excited about HOSA and has been instrumental in helping our chapter to bridge between the new and old advisors.

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Vedha Penmetcha - Blue Valley Northwest High School

Vedha is the heart and soul of our HOSA chapter at Blue Valley Northwest! She single-handedly started the chapter, recruited members, set up a leadership board, and convinced me to sponsor. She is integral in all aspects of our chapter, its leadership, and decision making.

Vedha is so kind and encouraging to all members of our chapter, always willing to lend a helping hand and answer questions. But as a leader, she encourages the voices of others to be heard.

I am not sure how I am going to survive next year without her. Wherever she ends up, they are lucky to have such a talented and motivated young person!

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Vy Nguyen - Derby High School

Vy has been an active member of our HOSA chapter for three years. She qualified to the ILC her freshman year and was prepared to compete last year until the world stopped. She always has great ideas for club activities, fundraisers, and community activities. This year she suggested the club make Valentine's Day cards for one of our local nursing homes. She is a well rounded student. She not only excels in the classroom but in extra curricular activities too. But the thing that makes her our member of the year is her friendly positive personality. I don't think I have ever seen her have a bad day. She focuses on the positive and what can be done instead of what can't. We have several great students who could easily be nominated but Vy stands out because of her consistent pursuit of excellence. 



On behalf of the Kansas HOSA membership, we'd like to recognize our senior Kansas HOSA officers. Kansas HOSA would not be where it is today if it weren't for their work and dedication. We are grateful for their time and service to the organization. The last year has undoubtedly been a challenge and we have a tremendous amount of appreciation for our seniors. Thank you and good luck in your future endeavors.


Addison Barg

Kansas HOSA Vice President

Winfield High School


Matthew Fleck

Kansas HOSA Representative

Southeast High School


Juana Betancourt

Kansas HOSA Representative

Wichita West High School


Jacob Guernsey

Kansas HOSA Representative

Chanute High School

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Hannah Eckstein

Kansas HOSA Ex-Officio President

Frontenac High School


Joseph Lee

Kansas HOSA President

Pittsburg High School


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.


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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