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BHS student set to lead Minnesota chapter of HOSA - Future Health Professionals

Phan posing for photo with health related words and pictures in the background (02/15/2024) From a young age, Elaine Phan knew she wanted a career where she would be able to help people in need. Currently, the Blaine High School - Center for Engineering, Mathematics and Science (BHS) junior is gaining valuable experience with both the school and state chapters of HOSA – Future Health Professionals, which will guide her closer to her professional goals.

An active member of the BHS chapter of HOSA since she was a freshman, Phan has taken her experience to the next level and is currently the president-elect of Minnesota HOSA. This year she is the mentee to the president and is in training to become leader of the state organization next school year.

“My entire HOSA experience has been an extremely introspective one,” Phan said. “I’ve learned so many things about myself that I don’t think I would’ve learned if I hadn’t joined HOSA. I’ve learned about how I best communicate, lead others and learn from others. I never stop learning in HOSA.”

“Elaine is very professional and is doing a great job,” said Julie Sinner, BHS HOSA advisor. “She has broadened her skills in communication, leadership and confidence.”

In the school chapter, she is the social media manager and has helped to build a positive reputation for the club. Phan said she has loved the leadership and community aspect of HOSA and networking with professionals in the health industry. 

“Knowing the community Minnesota HOSA has created, I feel excited, comfortable and supported in the transition to my future position as president.”

After high school, Phan plans to study neuropsychology to help those struggling with their mental health. 

“I’m passionate about mental health awareness,” Phan said. “With the prevalence of social media, it is so important to have conversations and to use these platforms positively to help others.”

HOSA has two competitions leading up to the state conference where students can compete in 70 different categories to advance to the national conference. Last year 19 students from BHS attended the state conference and were awarded the Minnesota HOSA Chapter of the Year.

HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA – Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience.