Advice for a Perfect HOSA Week!

Hello HOSA Members!

With the start of November, comes one of the most exciting events of the HOSA year: HOSA Week! HOSA Week is a spectacular opportunity to promote the health science curriculum, the mission of HOSA, as well as service to others. It officially was from Monday, November 2nd until Friday, November 6th, but HOSA can always be celebrated at anytime during the year! Chapter Officers, make sure that during your meeting you determine the activities your chapter will participate in for the week. You could include different activities, guest speakers, health related career displays, blood drives, bonfires, socials, dress up days, or walks. Also try to strive towards bringing awareness to and raising money for our current National HOSA Service Project: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Remember that anything that your chapter participates in to celebrate HOSA week can be included in the Chapter Reflections (formerly Outstanding HOSA chapter) competitive event.

Here are some ideas to help celebrate HOSA week with your chapter:


Canned Food Drives

Memorial Walk or Run

Volunteering at any Medical Clinic or Hospital

Salvation Army Food Boxing

Health Information Booth

Teacher Appreciation

Mini Lesson on STD’s

Health Career Displays/Presentation

HOSA Appreciation Party


For a full list of some sample activities that your chapter can sponsor for HOSA week, go to the National HOSA website @

HOSA Halloween: How to Avoid an Unnecessary Visit to the Dentist

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With the month of October comes many important dates and events. Among these include Breast Cancer Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, and for us Nevadans, Nevada Day. Following these memorable occasions is Halloween. Halloween is a time to get together with friends and celebrate the previous events that occurred throughout the month. However, there is one catch- the primary object associated with it: candy. Chocolate, taffy, lollipops, you name it! All of these can lead to serious irreversible tooth decay if they are not treated properly. Here are some tips to avoid that unnecessary trip to the dentist office.

Tip #1: Make sure that you brush your teeth often

This may seem obvious, but it is very  important. After candy is consumed, bacteria in  the mouth begin to break down the sugar within  the candy. This process change the sugar into  an acidic substance called plaque. This plaque  contains millions of bacteria and gradually builds up. If plaque is not removed via brushing and flossing the teeth, decay and gum disease will be likely to occur. It is especially important to brush your teeth before you go to sleep. During sleep, less saliva is secreted in the mouth, creating a dry, as well as warm, environment. This combination causes bacteria to proliferate and cause cavities and gum disease, which can lead to even more serious effects. However, that entire situation can be avoided by following this simple tip: brush your teeth often.

Tip #2: Floss

This tip goes along with the above. When eating especially sticky candies, such as caramel, taffies, and gumdrops can get lodged in between your teeth. When this circumstance occurs, it may be difficult to remove simply by brushing the teeth. In this case, it will be necessary to floss. Flossing allows the contact areas of the teeth to be scraped, thereby removing any damaging substances from that area. If the pieces of candy are left without any action being taken, more and more plaque will begin to build up; ergo, more bacteria will grow and cause tooth decay.

Tip #3: Limit the amount of sweets you consume at a time

This benefits not only tooth health, but overall health as well. When you eat a lot of sweets, your teeth are exposed to more sugar; therefore, more plaque will build up and more bacteria will be present that will begin to eat holes in your teeth. Additionally, candy that takes a long time to chew or is held in the mouth for a long time, such as lollipops, have a higher chance of causing damage to your teeth, as the exposure time is longer. In regards to overall health, following this tip will be beneficial. Yes, sugar is a necessary part of a diet, but an excessive amount is not healthy. Consuming too much sugar can lead to obesity and can have negative effects on organs such as the liver (which, after it is broken down into fructose and converted to glycogen, will store it as fat if present in excessive amounts). Eating too many sweets may also make you feel sick, so it is important to limit the amount that you eat.

Tip #4: Be sure to continue to incorporate other vitamin- and calcium-rich foods into your diet

 Incorporating healthy foods into your diet will help to counter  the effects that sugar has on the teeth. Teeth are primarily  composed of calcium and phosphorus, so foods rich in these  minerals will keep teeth healthy and strong. Cheese, milk, and  certain juices are full of them! Vitamin C, as well as other  nutrients found in fruit and vegetables help protect the gums  from infection. Fruits and vegetables are also crisp, which  help to remove plaque from the teeth. Keeping this in mind will help you keep your teeth strong and cavity-free.

Remember: Teeth are an essential part of your life, and without them, you wouldn’t be able pronounce words and talk the way that you do, and you wouldn’t be able to break-down the food necessary for survival, so make sure that you take good care of them.

Stay safe, Nevada, and have a HOSAtastic Halloween!


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Get to Know Your Nevada HOSA State Officers

Good afternoon Nevada HOSA! The school year is quickly approaching, so it is almost time to swing our chapters into high gear! We wanted to take this time to introduce ourselves, as we will be working with all of you soon.


We are always available through email, phone, or social media!

Katherine Chu | State President
Phone: (727) 504-1828

Jenna Wong-Fortunato | State 1st Vice President
Phone: (775) 350-9979

Ojo Ventura | State 2nd Vice President
Phone: (775) 230-3116

Chelsa Edano | State Secretary
Phone: (702) 494-9635

Andres Caja Jr. | State Post Secondary Vice President
Phone: (702) 824-3884

Back to School, Back to HOSA: Tips For Success

August has arrived! You know what that means, right? Yes, that means we are approaching that one word that ends our summer: school.

Now, now; let’s not get too down, because with school comes the one word which we all love: HOSA!

As we draw nearer to the school year, it is important that you learn and understand how to balance your school life and your HOSA life. Here are some tips:

Tip #1: Create a calendar and write in upcoming events and due dates

Knowing what tasks are due on which days helps you to stay on track with your assignments!

When you are aware of due dates and when important events are scheduled, it is easier to plan your extracurricular activities. For example: if you were assigned an important blog to finish by August 1st, and you have it written in your calendar, then you would know to plan your beach day with friends for another day (preferably after the blog is due.) Keeping your calendar handy will help you figure out how much time you have until your project needs to be completed. This is especially important towards the ends of the semester, when finals creep up on you. Knowing when these important tests are scheduled help you plan on how much time you have to study and how much time can be spent working on HOSA service projects and duties. It will help you to plan specific times to work on school tasks and specific times to work on HOSA tasks.


 Tip #2: Organize Your Priorities

Keep your priorities in check!

As the definition states, a priority is “a thing that is regarded as more important than another.” Do what is most important to you first! Getting a more important task done will take a huge weight off of your shoulders, and as a result, will reduce your stress level. If you have a project coming up that is part of your final grade, and a HOSA car wash service project, although you love HOSA, make sure that you keep your grades up, as education is a priority to HOSA. However, it is important to remain an active member of the organization, so check your schedule that you created from Tip #1 for projects that are occurring in your free time!


Tip #3: Don’t Over-Commit Yourself

Don't take on too much! You may break.

Putting too much in your schedule gets you a one-way ticket to StressLand! We are all human and can only handle so much. As much as you think you can take on a lot of responsibility, too much will lead to a breakdown. Although there are some individuals who can handle many tasks, generally, when too much is taken on, it is more challenging for you to do each one to the best of your ability. In order to get everything done, usually an adequate job is done on each assignment. To beat this, take on endeavors that you are truly passionate for, such as a chapter office of the organization that you favor most (personally, we hope it’s HOSA!), and do an excellent job in your duties, rather than taking an office in multiple organizations and clubs. Although you may think that multiple leadership positions look good on a resume, you will learn much more if you put your best foot forward in executing your duties. Make sure, even when holding your office (in whichever organization or club), that you don’t take on all of necessary tasks; learn to delegate and spread them out among your fellow officers, and even the rest of the members if need be so that those tasks don’t become a burden to you and you enable others to act!


Tip #4: Focus on what you are doing

Focus on what is most important!

This may sound simple, but it is important. Make sure you narrow your sights to your duties and are doing them well. Avoiding distractions like Netflix, your multiple social media pages (yes, we know you have many), and texts from friends will allow you to stay focused and accomplish what needs to be done. For example: if you are attempting to finish your necessary beginning-of-the-year HOSA paperwork, keep your cell phone at least 20.238 feet away. This way, if you hear a notification from your phone, you will be less likely to become distracted, as the walk will turn you away. Of course, this will not work for everybody, but for many, it will help you remain focused on your road.


Tips #5: Plan time to relax and be with friends and family!

With all of your hard work in school and in HOSA, relaxing and strengthening friendships are essential to your health. Taking time to kick back and read a good book or spend a day with friends after your responsibilities are taken care of will help reset your brain for future assignments.



The most important tip to balance your school and HOSA schedules is listed in Tip #1: schedule time for when you are to work on each! Nothing is more calming then knowing that you have time to accomplish everything that you set out to do! This is why making a schedule is super important!


Taking these tips into account as you enter this school year will save you the beginning of school freak outs. Now you know how to make time for your school projects and HOSA projects, as well as making time to relax and spend quality time with your friends and family. Get ready for a HOSA-tastic year!


Nevada HOSA wishes you a great year!


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Saving Lives One Ounce at a Time

     Chapter officers and members from HOSA and MRC Southwest CTA hosted a blood donation service for the United Blood Services on Tuesday, July 7th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Smiths at Rainbow and Windmill. It was an amazing opportunity for HOSA members to become involved with the community during the summer. They promoted this event by word of mouth, inviting family and friends, posting the information about it onto social media and contacting their state officers for help. Overall, the event was able to donate fourteen units of bloods.

     Timothy Phanle, an alumni of HOSA and the MRC, said, “Ever since I joined HOSA in high school, it has opened countless doors for me in the medical field. Thanks to my wonderful advisor Mrs. Smith, I have gained more knowledge regarding the medical field and met people with similar interests. Attending the HOSA State and National Leadership Conferences were the highlights of my years in HOSA as I competed against people from different parts of the world in my event. HOSA is my favorite organization in high school as I’ve created countless memories and bonds as the years went on.”

     SWCTA HOSA and MRC have plans to host another blood donation service in August and we are excited to see the turnout for this event. The State Officer team is excited to see HOSA chapters doing amazing work in the community and we are glad to help any chapter with activities. You can find our emails to contact us here.

National Leadership Conference 2015 RECAP!

The beautiful Anaheim Convention Center, right across from the Hilton and the Mariott.

Stepping off of the bus was like walking into a wall of dense humidity, yet the charming greenery and bright skies signaled a happier time. There was no better place for HOSA’s National Leadership Conference than Anaheim, California, where dreams come true. All of the hardcore studying and dedication cumulated into a single event that spanned an exciting five days! We hope you spent your time well, but just in case you missed it, here is a recap of what exactly went down.

DAY 1 | TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

Blindfolded Dodgeball!

Drawing unique characteristics about each other

Most people have not arrived in the city yet, but your State Officers and Advisors were hard at work preparing everything for Nevada’s success! HOSA University began today with 301, specifically created for State Officers. It was an unbelievably mind-blowing experience that gave us a chance to interact with other states as well!

DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015

At the Army Tent, practicing saving lives.

Gap Medics giving students medical internships abroad!

Welcome Nevada! With active icebreakers and the unveiling of our new lightsaber-inspired spirit gear, our state meeting was held early at 10 AM. It was the first time your 2015-2016 State Officer Team addressed Nevada’s chapters! We went over what was expected of each member as a representative of the state, and gave (hopefully) helpful reminders regarding competitive events, schedules, and common

courtesy. The HOSA Expo began today as well, which featured booths from different organizations, companies, and even the U.S. Army. The best part was all the free stuff! The only event this day was the Healthcare Issues Exam.

The famous arena

Finally, at 7:30 PM sharp, with assigned seating for a packed house, the Opening
Session began. The National Executive Council took to the 360 stage in grandeur! Principal Deputy Ed Gabriel outlined the hardships in his life, and keynote speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis, taught us that, “School was cool,” and, “They call you ‘nerd’ today, but they’ll be calling you ‘boss’ tomorrow.”

Speaker, author, and philanthropist, Dr. Sampson Davis signs copies of his novels, such as "Living and Dying in Brick City".

DAY 3-4 | THURSDAY & FRIDAY, JUNE 25-26, 2015

Our Nevadans getting down to business!

HOSA supports our future health professionals, so we should always lead by example. Introducing, “Healthy Start to the Day”, where one could enjoy some fulfilling yoga and exercise with fellow members.

HOSA University included so many innovative activities...

A few hours later, HOSA University started once again, this time, 201: Chapter Officers, 101: Members, and 401: New Advisors!

You never know what to expect from a symposium!

Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) Lemon Challenge has arrived! Cancer bites, but HOSA bites back! Thank you Oklahoma HOSA!

They also participated in educational activities to stimulate their brains and open up a new world of leadership. A multitude of competitive events began early today, as well as the educational symposiums.

Ranging from the crazy “Make Your Dreams Come True!” by Kung Fu Master John Ozuna and “45 Healthcare Careers in 45 Minutes” by Christina Cormier to the essential “Resume and Cover Letter Writing Skills for Successful Teens” by Julie C. Kelly and “Paws 4 Healing: Animal Assisted Therapy” by Dr. Lois Abrams, these symposiums are unforgettable experiences that add to not only your HOSA wisdom, but knowledge about life in general.

Saying goodbye to the 2014-2015 National Officers.

The Recognition Session was on Friday night, and recognized Increased State Membership and Advisors. It was also where the 2015-2016 National Executive Council was finally revealed. Afterward, there was a fascinating Hypnotist Show for anyone to see.

DAY 5 | SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015

The Diamond Celebration


Some even went to Los Angeles!

Here it is! The day that everyone either looks forward to, or deeply despises.

When not going through training, your State Officers had some fun too!

THIS was the day that chapters had free to
spend, whether in Disneyland for the 60th Anniversary, Universal Studios, or wherever Southern California took them. Chapter Day is all about spending time with your club and taking advantage of NLC’s location in Region 1!



But, this was also the day (or should I say night) that truly showed how they ranked with the rest of the country. (It should be noted that the National Council has suggested the event should be renamed “International Leadership Conference” as there are countries such as Canada, Mexico, and Italy present and competing.) The final day holds the Grand Awards Session, and boy, was Nevada successful?!

Certified Jedi

Looking spiffy in uniform


We're so proud of you!

Congratulations to UNLV for achieving 3rd place in Public Health, and Irma Arciga for 2nd place in Extemporaneous Writing!

Immediate Past President Rosalia Salazar grabbed a spot in the Top 10 for Job Seeking Skills!

Woody Hashibata brought home the gold in Medical Photography!


She got to shake Hugo's hand!

Congratulations to Abhishek Soni for achieving Top 10 in Medical Math, and State 1st Vice President Jenna Wong-Fortunato for 3rd place in Dental Science!

Top 10 Finalists get this cool pin and certificate!

We’re proud to recognize Victoria De La Hoya for her 2nd place win in Personal Care, Noah Gradillas’ 3rd place win in Sports Medicine, and Simmy Vong’s Top 10 spot in Extemporaneous Health Poster!

VTCTA took home the bronze in EMT and Rancho teams made it to the Top 10 in both Biomedical Debate and PSA!

Finally, Xueying Zheng achieved a Top 10 spot in Extemporaneous Writing!

The 2015-2016 National Executive Council

The new National Executive Council was shown once again, and as voted in the Business Session earlier, a new Middle School Division will be implemented as a part of HOSA’s goal to touch the lives of prospective students early!

Better than any school dance I've been to

For those who felt the need to celebrate their win, or just have a little more fun before the trip is over, the HOSA Dance was just for them! With their own DJ and personal “photo booth”, the dance was a nice place to forget about all your problems and let loose.

We hope you all had the chance to interact with other states and trade pins!

We might not be as big as Texas or Georgia, but nevertheless, Nevada made a huge impact! We hope that anyone who did not get a chance to attend the National Leadership Conference does not get discouraged! There is always a next year. Do your best at SLC next year, and who knows? Maybe you’ll have the chance to attend NLC in Nashville Tennessee!

Are you no longer attending high school next year? Consider signing up as an alumnus and join (or maybe even create) a postsecondary/collegiate chapter!

Friendships: The Impact They Can Have on Your Health and Life

Hello Nevada HOSA!

With the new HOSA year, it is important to know what you can do to enhance your experience and gain insight that can affect your future. As Future Health Professionals, it is essential that we promote and nourish friendships, not only to expand our connections, but also to enrich our lives and improve our health. Your job, Nevada HOSA, is to interact with your fellow members from around our nation and world, and create memories that will impact your life.

As naturally social beings, we require interaction to keep our mind and bodies healthy. Studies show that, “people with stronger social relationships had a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival than those with weaker social relationships”, meaning that with friends, one may live longer due to the positive connection that influences his or her mind. Along with the boosting of happiness and the reduction of stress, friends are there to comfort you through tough times and encourage you to avoid negative lifestyle habits, such as lack of exercise or smoking. In addition to the mental benefits, a 2006 study discovered that friendships have a physical impact on the Cardiovascular system, Neuroendocrine system, Immune system, and inflammatory processes, by avoiding weak social support that causes depression, cognitive decline, poor wound healing, and delayed cancer recovery.

By being leaders in our schools and community, we allow ourselves to indulge in the interests of others, to strengthen our bonds. Ways to develop good friendships start with your ability to listen closely, empathize, initiate contact, reveal yourself, and respect their limits. While at State, Nationals, or in your community, you should strive to meet hardworking, awesome future health professionals like yourself. Ways to meet new people include: walking around conferences or your community, chat with fellow members, asking different questions such as where are you from, or what event are you competing in, attending different symposiums, serving as Courtesy Corps, participate in HOSA activities like the dance, or even just talking to other competitors in the event holding room. Above all Nevada HOSA, remember to have fun and connect with your fellow HOSA friends!

Look Back at SLC 2015!

Anyone who’s been to a HOSA state leadership conference knows that excitement and anticipation fills the air. From Talents shows, not-terrible karaoke, competitive events, to running for state office, the 2015 (March 15- 17) conference never failed to bring memorable and fun experiences to those who participated!

What Happened during the conference?
In case you were wondering, here’s a recap:

State Officer Candidates

More State Officer Candidates!

On the first day during the opening session, introductions were made, awards were given out to knowledge test finalists, and state candidates made their speeches!

One of the Educational Symposiums!

Symposiums were held all around the Rio, including the one led by 2014-2015 past state officers (Rosalia Salazar and Jakob Tsosie). Members got to see what type of leader they were (strict, democratic, or laissez faire). Four groups were formed to make a building out of straws and marshmallows. The first group had strict leaders; the second, democratic; the third, laissez faire; the last, a dynamic group of all leaders.

Spoiler alert: the democratic group won, even though in theory, the dynamic group should have won. I guess there were just too may awesome democratic leaders!

Another Symposium

Awesome Past State Officers Jenny Ha and Bethany Cooper

Past state officers got to meet up and see the growth of Nevada HOSA.
Look at all of these Future Health Professionals! 
West CTA Chapter

Ojo in his banana suit at the talent show

Of course, after the opening session, there was a talent show to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! We had the privilege of seeing Mr. Ojo Ventura do his banana dance for the show. It was funny, its was awesome.
Snacks at CSN
On the second day of the conference, members were to compete in their event at CSN, and since it was confidential and no pictures were taken during competition, here’s a snapshot of what happened behind the scenes. Long story short: competing makes competitors hungry, especially when they have to wait for their turn to compete. In the end, snacks were sold and devoured, and connections and friendships were made during the waiting time. After all, don’t they say that the best friendships are made while sharing a bag of Doritos?
The third day, aka, the day that your life depends on.
Just kidding, it’s not that serious, but it kind of is. On the third day, there is closing ceremony, which is when all medalists for competitive events are called up. Also, its when the State officers present their tearful farewell speeches and the new state officers are inducted. See? Definitely life-changing.
Winners of the Talent Show!
Of course, the now Past State Officers made their farewell speeches and waved goodbye.

2014-2015 State Officer Team

And then there were amazing and awesome speakers:

One of the guest speakers: Shelley Berkley, CEO of Tauro University

And then there was induction of the new state officers:
Katherine Chu being inducted as the 2015-2016 State President. (I don’t know who she is, but I heard she’s really cool)

Standing on stage are the old and new state officers. The candle is lit and the flame is passed on!

Finally, it’s time to go back home from the conference. Members left with new experiences worth telling. Some were happy. Some were sad that the experience was ending. Others were thrilled by the thought of getting to attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA.
In the end, this conference really changed the lives of many young students-students who share the passion of becoming a compassionate future health professional. Lessons were taught, lessons were learned; experiences were shared, experiences were made. There was personal growth; friendships were made. Perhaps the most important thing to know is that health care, the foundation of our future, is in good hands.

Next stop: HOSA-National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California!!!

January Member Spotlight-Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez, Nursing Assisting Senior at Southeast Career and Technical Academy

This month’s Member Spotlight goes to out Catherine Hernandez from Southeast Career and Technical Academy! Catherine is SECTA’s chapter HOSA president and is really excited for the year ahead. She plans on majoring in biology in college and aspires to become a doctor in her future. As of right now, she is currently majoring in Nurse Assisting and is a senior at her high school.

Catherine feels awesome to have been nominated for the member spotlight and her chapter is super thrilled as well! To Catherine, HOSA is the ideal organization to join where leaders are cultivated. HOSA gives her and her chapter the opportunity to become involved in community service events, raise awareness, and educate to prevent. She encourages all students to join HOSA: Future Health Professionals!

She became involved with this mighty organization her sophomore year in high school. She was introduced to HOSA by her advisor, Mrs. Cram, and decided that she wanted to better engage herself within the organization. She has held two chapter positions and is now proud to be President. She enjoys networking with the members and building connections with the State Officer team to help better serve HOSA.

Catherine has a fun and exciting agenda for her term in office. Her chapter volunteered at the Magical Forest, and is generating innovative activities that will help her chapter fundraise money for our National Service Project: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her chapter previously attended the Alzheimer’s Walk and had a blast spreading the HOSA message! Catherine cannot wait to participate in more events with her chapter.

SECTA is known as the Las Vegas Fall Leadership Extravaganza winners for the MOST ENTHUSIASTIC CHAPTER AWARD! The State Officers presented Southeast CTA with this award not because they were the biggest, but because Southeast CTA brought two very committed members who networked beyond belief and made a ripple in an ocean full of HOSA blues. Catherine and her Vice President, James Mangohig, lead with courage and were ideal candidates for the Most Enthusiastic Chapter award. Catherine and her Vice President proved that no matter how small you may be, you can make a difference anywhere you go.

Catherine is excited to work with her members and get ready for the State Leadership Conference. She hopes to qualify to attend the National Leadership Conference with her chapter next year and create life long memories. Catherine sees great things happening in HOSA and only wants to pay it forward.

December Member Spotlight-Katherine Chu, West CTA

This fellow HOSA member not only went above and beyond in her duties as a member of her chapter and this organization, but she soared above her requirements as a chapter officer as well. Katherine Chu, president of West Career and Technical Academy HOSA, has been chosen as our December Spotlight! Nevada HOSA State President Rosalia Salazar, and I, Nevada HOSA Secretary Amber Yun, had the opportunity to attend West CTA’s Mock State Leadership Conference/Project Based Learning. We were amazed at the magnitude of such event and we couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments of not only the students, but the leaders of the event as well. Katherine was always seen being helpful to members during their competitive events and didn’t hesitate to have fun as well. I recently had an interview with Katherine to get her to know about her passion for HOSA and the process in which she and her officers took to pull off the event. As a junior, she joined HOSA without knowing what her future in HOSA held for her, but after attending her first SLC, she was in it to win it. She realized the passion in HOSA and decided to run for the position of chapter president. Katherine believes that HOSA is a place where she loves to be and a place where her team and her members can grow together. When asked about the process she and her team took to pull off the Mock State Leadership Conference, it amazed me how she managed to lead through it all. The school gave her just one month to plan a conference for 280 members! She spent countless after school hours, as well as weekend time to devote herself to making the event a reality. The conference itself was phenomenal to see come to life and it was a pleasure attending on behalf of Nevada HOSA. She truly displayed aspects of an amazing leader. It is members like Katherine that lead HOSA to amazing heights.