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Kansas HOSA: Future Health Professionals excel at international leadership conference

Multiple members of the growing Kansas chapter of HOSA: Future Health Professionals were honored for their efforts and contributions.

The Kansas chapter of HOSA: Future Health Professionals joined 12,000 attendees for the International Leadership Conference held in Dallas, Texas, June 21-24, 2023.  

HOSA Award: HOSA future health professionals, Kansas HOSA, is recognized for an increase in membership 2022 to 2023
Kansas HOSA Award

This annual conference brings middle school, high school and college-aged students focused on a future career as a health professional together for four days of challenging competitions, intriguing breakout exhibits and the opportunity to network with like-minded students from across the nation. 

The Kansas chapter has been experiencing significant growth, and that upward mobility was recognized by the national organization with a plaque signifying the accomplishment. As a whole, HOSA has seen a 12.5% membership increase with a new total of 264,487 members worldwide — the highest growth of any career and technical student organization in the nation. 

Multiple individuals from the Kansas chapter received awards and accolades for their tireless work with and through the organization. 

  • Outstanding HOSA Leader: Ella Rhuems, Pittsburg High School 
  • Local Advisor of the Year: Brittni Mayagoitia, Wichita 
  • Top Ten Recognition: American Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Career Test ATC Test (Secondary) – Taylor Phalen, Basehor-Linwood High School 
  • Top Ten Recognition: American Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Career Test ATC Test (Secondary) – Prisha Patel, Basehor-Linwood High School 
  • Students wearing HOSA uniforms
    Students Ella Rhuems (left) and
    Emma Eckstein (right)
    2nd Place Extemporaneous Writing, Secondary Division – Caitlyn Costello, Pittsburg High School 
  • Top Ten Recognition: Health Career Display, Middle School Division – Royster Middle School, Chanute, KS. 
  • Top Ten Recognition: Cultural Diversities and Disparities, Post-Secondary Division – Callie Zink, Barton County Community College 
  • 2nd Place Clinical Laboratory Science, Post-Secondary Division – Valeria Gallardo, Barton County Community College 
  • 2nd Place Medical Assisting, Post-Secondary Division – Kaden Baird, Barton County Community College 
Kaden Baird accepting a HOSA award

The KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center (AHEC) holds the charter for Kansas HOSA: Future Health Professionals, with staff providing support for chapters across the state.  

“There are a lot of students throughout the state of Kansas who might want to go into a health profession, but don’t feel like they can, or may not even know where to start,” said Tina Goosz, HOSA state advisor and AHEC health career communications coordinator. “HOSA provides guidance and education that instills confidence, showing them not only is it possible, but they can succeed. And, who knows, maybe one day they’ll return to their rural roots and contribute their skills toward increasing the health and happiness of their home communities.” 

View photos from the conference on the AHEC Flickr page. 


About HOSA-Future Health Professionals 

The purpose of HOSA-Future Health Professionals 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. 

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University of Kansas Medical Center
Rural Health Education & Services
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: 316-293-2649