Fall Leadership Conference
Friday, October 27 2017
Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Parkway; Waterbury, CT 06708
The theme is “Tobacco Awareness”. Our keynote speaker is Dan Fitzgerald. He is 22 years old and was born and raised in the State of Rhode Island. Dan now works for the American Lung Association as Director of Tobacco Free Rhode Island and has over ten years of tobacco control experience. His educational background is in prevention science, marketing, nonprofit management, and public health. Dan began his journey in tobacco control and prevention at the age of 12 as a youth advocate in his community and for the state soon after.
After founding a local nonprofit in his tri-town area and working with a federally funded prevention coalition, Dan took his passion to affect change to the federal level and began working for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) where he helped oversee substance use prevention services for Rhode Island. During his two year tenor with SAMHSA, Dan became a part of the Truth Initiative Youth Activism Fellowship. During his fellowship, he was able to work with 30 other young professionals to change the culture of tobacco use across the nation. He also implemented a presentation based project in his state which ended up engaging over 21,000 people via social media in a 4 month period, activated over 1,900 youth and young adults in face-to-face trainings, and mobilized nearly 500 young people at a state-wide advocacy event. After completing his fellowship, Dan now serves as a consultant and mentor for the next round of Youth Activism Fellows and is a spokesperson for the national organization.
Mental health awareness and how HOSA members can help. Our overarching HOSA Service Project for last year and this year is NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Youth activism against tobacco use
HOSA State Officers will present on the benefits of HOSA and how to become a state officer.
We hope to offer tours of the state-of-the-art simulation labs at Naugatuck
8:00 AM- Arrival, Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM- Opening Ceremony
2:00 PM- Dismissal
State Leadership Conference
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Waterbury Career Academy
175 Birch Street; Waterbury, CT 06704
Activities of the day will include: continental breakfast and lunch, keynote speaker (TBA), National Competitive Events Program, election and installation of the new state officer team, awarding of scholarships, vendor display, HOSA Bowl for fun.
Exciting new IPE (Inter-Professional Education) simulation event!- Colleges use inter-professional simulations like this to teach future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other therapists. We will once again be running this newest event called Health Care Team. Form a 5 person team and work together to care for an accident victim in a simulated ED setting. Medals will be awarded. This is a pilot event that does not yet run at the International level, so students are also allowed to compete in another event (must be an event with written test only).
The high point of the day is the awarding of gold, silver and bronze medals for each competitive event.
The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.