Tennessee HOSA at the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

Tennessee HOSA member recently represented HOSA-Future Health Professionals at the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium held in Chattanooga, TN.  The U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium is the premier event of its kind in the nation — offering an incomparable range of continuing education seminars, targeted training courses, and much more. The 2017 Symposium included the nation's top Federal, Tribal, State and Local public health providers, administrators and emergency responders/planner with attendees from federal agencies such as the Indian Health Service, the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Disaster Medical System, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Medical Reserve Corps, the National Institutes of Health and other components of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, Justice, Transportation, etc. as well as numerous state and local agencies and public health universities.

Below is a recount of the conference from Samantha Donde, Tennessee HOSA President, about her experience at the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium. 

Participating in the United States Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium, by representing HOSA- Future Health Professionals, was an honor. 

The symposium began with an opening session that included guest speakers relevant to the United States Public Health Service as well as a message from the Acting Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams. Getting the opportunity to observe the content and breadth of current events presented at the opening session was an eye-opening experience  and provided insight on the life and duties of Public Health Service Officers. 

Throughout the conference, a HOSA-Future Health Professionals promotional table was setup in the lobby of the conference registration area. I was joined by Dhruva Patel, Tennessee HOSA Secretary/ Treasurer to promote HOSA’s mission and purpose as well as share what HOSA has done for us and our educational journey. In addition to sharing information about HOSA, we were able to have conversations with each USPHS Officer about their own connection to HOSA and Health Science Education. Numerous times, after explaining the importance of delivering quality health care and service as part of the HOSA mission, the Public Health Service Officers gave personal anecdotes as to what health care and serving means to them. It was inspiring to observe the passion the Officers have for serving others.

In addition to meeting Public Health Service Officers, we were able to meet the Acting Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams. Having the opportunity to hear her passion for serving others in regards to public health was a highlight of our week with the USPHS. We are very thankful for the opportunity to represent HOSA at the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium and look forward to seeing the relationship between HOSA and the USPHS grow.