GMSD students will grow up to become teachers, writers, engineers, artists, and everything in between, and, as educators, GMSD prepares students for these futures through a variety of programs for a variety of careers. One such program is Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA). Houston High’s HOSA, a program dedicated to building up the medical professionals of tomorrow, took their skills on the road last month, providing medical screenings for other GMSD students.
This unique partnership is valuable, as the screenings in the past were conducted by dozens of parent volunteers. "Each new day, we might have to train new parents--but these students have it down to a science. As a result, less time is spent conducting the screenings, and parent volunteers are freed up to help schools in other ways," said Brian Fisher, Supervisor of School Coordinated Health.
In groups of twenty-five, HOSA students traveled to Dogwood, Farmington, Riverdale, Houston Middle, and the gym of Houston High to provide thousands of students with medical screenings. Having been formally educated in these medical procedures in health science and diagnostic medicine classes offered at HHS, they measured height and weight, tested blood pressure and hearing, found BMIs, and practiced patient interaction.
“I feel the experience they are receiving in an actual health
care setting is so important. They are learning to communicate by explaining to
the patient their procedure and patience that is needed as a health-care provider,”
says Danita Mullings, the HOSA teacher sponsor, of the value this first-hand
experience has for students.
For students who are interested in growing up to be medical healthcare workers in the future, Houston High School offers coursework and these remarkable programs to promote, inspire, and prepare them. If you have questions about the health science programming at Houston High School, please contact Danita Mullings.