2018 HOSA International Leadership Conference in Review

HOSA-Future Health Professionals was honored to have nearly 10,000 members, advisors and guests attend the 41st International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, June 27-30, 2018.  HOSA was represented by 54 chartered associations including Canada, American Samoa and Puerto Rico as well as guests from China.

Special congratulations to everyone who made it to the stage at the ILC - what an accomplishment!  2017-2018 was an incredible year and, together, all HOSA members represent the future of health -- it will be exciting to see the future they create!


The week was filled with excitement and opportunities for its members to come together to compete, learn and share their HOSA experiences.  Conference highlights included 60 health-related competitive events; 130 educational workshops; 114 exhibitors; the nation’s #1 doctor – The Surgeon General, VADM Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.; and a keynote address from Rick Rigsby, Ph.D., one of the most passionate speeches ever heard by HOSA members – he made an impact by sharing the wisdom of a third-grade dropout.   

Link to the Surgeon General’s Remarks.
Surgeon General VIP Photos.
Link to Dr. Rick Rigsby’s Presentation.


ILC Led by Outstanding Executive Council (2017-2018)

--- Passion, Empathy, Genuine, Service, Vision, Excite, Magnetic, Earnest --- words that were used to honor the 2017-2018 Executive Council.  Other words that could be used to describe the 2017-2018 Executive Council are:  outstanding, exceptional, dynamic, and great.  Yes, the Executive Council led the 41stAnnual International Leadership Conference with passion, style and excellence.  Congratulations on a great year.  
View Officer Tribute   

Board Chair Peg Enslen, RN, Ed.D. can be proud of the 2018 ILC as one of HOSA’s best-ever!  She did an outstanding job at all meetings – most knowledgeable, efficient and successfully run.


HOSA’s Scholarship Program awarded $480,492 to 70 HOSA members in scholarships at the international level.  When these dollars are combined with the $725,125 awarded by chartered associations, HOSA awarded $1,205.617in scholarships. Special thanks to the U.S. Army for their continued sponsorship of HOSA’s scholarship program.

2018 ILC Scholarship Photos

View video of HOSA Scholarship Sponsors and Recipients


2018 Public Health Leadership Scholars

The 2018 Public Health Leadership Scholar participants were recognized at the 2018 ILC. This week-long seminar is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) with support from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (OSG) and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS).  Make plans to submit your application for the 2019 experience!

The following HOSA members, alumni, and advisors attended the Public Health Leadership Scholars program in July in Washington, D.C. The 2018 HOSA members chosen are:

  • Marissa Bower, Arizona
  • Alexis Guffey, Missouri
  • Kelsey Hearing, South Carolina
  • Kyle Kline, Arizona
  • Sonja Moore, Washington
  • Suzane Nazir, Florida
  • Cassidy Rice, Wisconsin
  • Kyle Southerland, Georgia
  • Hannah Tuckman, North Carolina
  • Jacqueline Valadez, California (Advisor) 

Cassie Springer, Research Assistant, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Dallas campus and senior at UT Southwestern School of Public Health, also attended the weeklong experience. 

HOSA-100 National Advisory Council New Members

Four members were welcomed to the HOSA family:

  • Kevin Cavasco, Lead Architech – IBM Watson Health
  • Patricia Cornet, Director, Global Scientific Societies and Cooperative Groups Global Medical Ocology, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Dr. William Barnes, Interim Executive Director and Chief Program Officer, NACCHO
  • Ann Powell, Director of Healthcare Policy and Advocacy, Johnson & Johnson (not able to be in attendance but award will be presented at next HOSA-100 NAC meeting).

A full listing of the HOSA-100 National Advisory Council Members can be found here.

Hall of Fame

As a part of HOSA's Opening Session, five outstanding individuals were inducted in the HOSA Hall of Fame. The HOSA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and companies who have rendered outstanding service to HOSA, health and biomedical science education and the health industry.

This year’s Hall of Fame members included:

  • State Advisor – Janet Nelson, Pennsylvania
  • Local Chapter Advisor – Gwendolyn Barnett, Indiana
  • HOSA Alumnus – Heath Treadway, North Carolina
  • HOSA Member – Carlos Julian Gonzalez, Puerto Rico
  • HOSA Partner – Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS)

2018-2019 Executive Council

During the annual Business Session, the voting delegates elected eight outstanding HOSA members to serve on the Executive Council. 

  • President – Sarah Fleischman (FL)
  • President-Elect – Vivian Do (CA) 
  • Western Region Vice President – Araoluwa Omotowa (ID)
  • Central Region Vice President – Darius Thomas (AL)
  • Eastern Region Vice President – Riya Gupta (NJ)
  • Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President – Austin Brewer (KY)
  • Secondary Board Representative – Kartik Tyagi (NC)
  • Postsecondary/Collegiate Board Representative – Burgin Mackey (NC)

Read more about the 2018-2019 Executive Council.

HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors

The HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors elected four new members to the HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors who will meet on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas: 

  • Eastern Region – State Advisor: Jim Scott (OH)
  • Western Region – State Advisor: Mike Oechsner (NV)
  • HOSA Health Science Educator Suppervisor/Teacher Educator Representative: Karen Hay (WA)  
  • HOSA Alumni/Director-at-Large:  Adrian Patterson (OK)

2018-2019 HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors

Honorary Life Membership

The 2018 Honorary Life membership was awarded to Brock Rops, SD State Advisor and 2017 HOSA, Inc. Board Chairman.  Congratulations!

Competitive Events

This year 6,916 competitors competed in 60 competitive events demonstrating competencies developed through Health Science and Biomedical Science class instruction, technical training and HOSA activities. HOSA congratulates all middle school, secondary and postsecondary/ collegiate winners in this year's competitive events program. 

View the complete list of competitive event winners and top ten.
View photo gallery of 2018 winners.

HOSA Service Project

HOSA’s new service project is with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  Go to www.nationalpcf.org to learn more and get your HOSA chapter started.

2018-2019 Theme

HOSA-Future Health Professionals is looking forward to a great 2018-2019 membership year.

Theme:  Define Your Purpose

Each person’s life and journey are stories filled with events and feelings experienced or imagined.

2019’s theme encourages HOSA members to open up books and begin writing their life’s story. To live a meaningful life and accomplish your goals, you must first understand what they are and DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE!

In this year’s identity, the open book signifies the possibilities of future goals and aspirations that will come with hard work. The heart is shown to express the COURAGE it takes to find a purpose in life and to resonate with the purpose of HOSA as an organization. The color scheme represents an even balance of blues and reds to reflect patriotism and the homestead of HOSA’s foundation.

As future leaders of the health community, HOSA members can exemplify the defined purpose of the organization through “education, collaboration, and experience.” With these goals in mind, it’s time to develop yourself, find your passion, and put in the work to achieve your professional dreams!

Everything will fall into place once you DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE.