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Published: February 28, 2017

CHENEY, Wash.   The future of health care in the state of Washington could be shaped by many of the 1,000 students visiting EWU Spokane this weekend as part of a health professional leadership conference.

The Eastern Washington University College of Health Science and Public Health and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) are hosting the Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) State Leadership Conference March 10-11 at EWU Spokane.

"Hosting this big conference is such a natural fit," says Krista Loney, director of the AHEC, which is now managed by Eastern. "The University District is home to the health sciences campuses for both EWU and WSU, and the HOSA students are future health professionals."

HOSA is an international student organization that provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in health science education or who are interested in pursuing careers in health professions. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care.

At the state leadership conference, HOSA members will participate in competitions related to fields of health care. The top five students who emerge from the competitive events will then continue on to the HOSA International Competition in Orlando, Florida, this June.

HOSA has been active in Washington since 2012, and the membership in the club is exploding.  Currently HOSA has 50 chapters and nearly 2,000 members in the state, a huge increase over the 30 students participating in 2012.

For more information, please contact Krista Loney, AHEC Director, at 509.828.1381 or  


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