KC HealthTracks Students Advance to International Leadership Competition

KC HealthTracks students, representing area high schools, recently were recognized by the Missouri chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) – Future Health Professionals, and will advance to an international competition.

KC HealthTracks, a grant program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, includes students from 11 high schools in seven districts in the Kansas City area who are interested in future health careers. The HOSA state conference, held at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, provided leadership development, business meetings, campaigning and election of officers, competitive events and informative workshops. A formal awards program was held featuring the presentation of national awards and installation of newly elected state officers.

The International Leadership Competition will be held June 27 to 30 in Dallas, TX.

“Our KC HealthTracks state-award-winning students are leaders in their schools, in their innovative endeavors and in their utilization of academic supports in the grant,” said Ann Cary, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies and principal investigator of the Kansas City HealthTracks grant. “We know they will compete admirably at the international competition in June. Our entire project team applauds their accomplishments.”

The following KC HealthTracks students received competition recognition:

  • Nargiz Agayeva, North Kansas City High School, first place in Forensic Medicine Team event and qualified for the International Leadership Competition
  • Trinity McGlowen, Oak Park High School, top five in Human Growth and Development Knowledge Test
  • Abby Oyesam, Oak Park High School, second place in Pharmacology Knowledge Test and qualified for the International Leadership Competition
  • Leah Cooper, Emily Kilventon, Alliyah Tripp, Litzy Alvarado-Islas and Jessica Estrada, Van Horn High School, accepted the award for HOSA Happenings Communication and Outstanding HOSA Chapter of the Year. Recognition will be made at the International Leadership Competition

About HOSA

HOSA-Future Health Professionals is a state and international organization for students interested in pursuing and preparing for a career in health and biomedical professions. HOSA is the largest international organization operating in schools for students enrolled in health science and biomedical sciences programs. HOSA’s purpose is to develop leadership and technical competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the instructional program. This student-led organization provides opportunities for students to practice and refine their academic, technical, leadership and teamwork skills to achieve seamless transition from education to careers.  Since 1976, HOSA has served 2.5 million students interested in pursuing careers in health. HOSA is the vital pipeline for the health industry—an industry that is projected to add 5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022, growing faster than jobs across all other sectors.  For more information, visit the Missouri HOSA website.

About KC HealthTracks

UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies received a five-year workforce diversity grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to develop innovative strategies to identify promising students in their first year of high school and provide them with a foundation to pursue successful careers in the health professions. The program seeks to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by supporting networks of institutions focused on and with demonstrated commitment and capacity to establish pipeline programs to increase minority and disadvantaged students’ awareness and pursuit of careers in health care including behavioral health, and to increase the availability of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs.

Partners of the grant include KC STEM Alliance, West Central Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC), MCCKC Health Science InstituteProject Lead the Way, and Missouri HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). Independent evaluation of KC HealthTracks will be provided by the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium.  Eleven high schools from seven school districts participating in KC HealthTracks are Center High School (Center School District); Fort Osage High School (Fort Osage School District); Grandview High School (Grandview School District); Ruskin High School (Hickman Mills School District); Truman High SchoolWilliam Chrisman High School and Van Horn High School (Independence School District); East High School (Kansas City Public Schools); and North Kansas City High SchoolOak Park High School and Winnetonka High School (North Kansas City School District).  For more information, visit the KC HealthTracks website.

Partial funding for KC HealthTracks in the amount of $500,000.00 is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of Minority Health (grant number: CPIMP151115-03-00) to the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on its six-part mission: placing student success at the center; leading in life and health sciences; advancing urban engagement; excelling in visual and performing arts; embracing diversity; and promoting research and economic development. For more information about UMKC, visit umkc.edu. You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, see us on Instagram and watch us on YouTube. Read our students’ stories at #UMKCGoingPlaces.