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What is HOSA? This seems to be the million dollar question. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America and it is a student organization where all students involved are interested in the field of healthcare. As many of you know, we are in desperate need of health care professionals in this day and age. Because of advances in technology and medicine, people are living longer. Since many of the professionals that are currently employed will retire soon, we need to find people to fill the empty positions. This organization helps us get there.
HOSA prepares students for a future career in healthcare and promotes leadership and responsibility. This student organization is part of the Delta Schoolcraft ISD Health Occupations class. The class allows students to shadow health care professionals on the job and participate in hands on activities. Class work is also incorporated into the program to help members learn more about all aspects of a person and their health, which include legal, ethical, cultural, medical, and emotional well-being. Another part of HOSA is competing in health related competitions against students from throughout the state and even the entire nation if you qualify.
In addition to studying and practicing health related activities, HOSA students perform multiple forms of community service. The Manistique chapter helps its community by painting pumpkins with elders, decorating for holidays at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility, and putting on a fashion show also at the Medical Care Facility. They also organize events, such as bake sales to raise money for people in need that have health related illnesses, hand washing seminars for elementary students, diabetes awareness day for high school students, and showing younger health classes how to perform basic vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, respirations, and pulse. Each chapter may have different acts of service they perform, but they all do their part to help as much as possible. They are all HOSA students.
—— — Kristen Demers, area HOSA instructor.