Sophomore HOSA- Future Health Professionals’ team members from South Texas ISD Medical Professions (Medical Professions) in Olmito, have not allowed COVID to interfere with their duties to advocate for health and wellness.
The team is part of the HOSA Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Partnership, which is a national network of local volunteers who strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability and disaster risk, build resiliency and adaptive capacity, and improve community preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.
Team members consist of: Jenna Bauer of Harlingen, Celine Garcia of Brownsville and Chantal Patino of Brownsville.
Due to COVID, the team has been limited in hosting in-person community events, but has still found ways to spread the word about the importance of health and wellness.
The team’s most recent initiative — “Awareness Fridays” — was designed to bring about awareness for specific health-related issues and diseases, and it has already generated participation from the campus community, including students that are attending classes virtually.
Each Friday, expect to see the team’s Instagram story: @hosamrc_mp dedicated to a specific cause. The latest stories were flooded in blue and purple, as it showed students, faculty and staff sporting all things blue and purple to bring awareness to diabetes and epilepsy.
Before COVID, the team hosted various blood drives and first-aid demonstrations, and also partnered with a local fire department and assisted with issuing emergency communications.
The team will compete in the HOSA Area Competition, which will be held virtually throughout the month of January to accommodate all competitions and the over 1,700 competitors expected.
With freshmen members, the team advanced to the State HOSA Competition, and the team looks to do the same this year, with the opportunity to also compete nationally. Until then, the team will continue prepping and working alongside the RGV MRC Youth Preparedness organization to increase their efforts in advocating for health virtually.