The Blog to Transform Advanced Care

Advancing Care through Innovation, Observation and Collaboration.

By: Kacy Ninteau, Policy & Advocacy Intern

From June 24 through June 27, HOSA-Future Health Professionals presented their annual International Leadership Conference for middle school, high school, and college students who wish to pursue careers in the healthcare industry. During the four-day event, students were able to attend educational workshop sessions, meet other students from around the world, and participate in competitive events focused on professional and technical skills. Events at the conference were centered around HOSA’s mission to give students the tools and knowledge they need to become leaders in addressing urgent, global health issues. 

C-TAC was proud to present at this conference, which boasted nearly 8,000 registrants. This project was a key step in our ongoing journey of engaging young people in our mission and work to improve quality of life for those living with advanced illness. Members of the C-TAC staff—Luke Scuitto (Partnership Manager), Sarah Park (Outreach Associate), Sage Rosenthal (Policy & Advocacy Associate), and Kacy Ninteau (Policy & Advocacy Intern) —recorded a workshop on advance care planning (ACP), which remained opened for students to view throughout the event. 

The presentation included discussion on how COVID-19 has impacted delivery of ACP services and policy asks, such as eliminating copays, deductibles, and cost-sharing for ACP, which aim to increase access to these services moving forward. We also highlighted the broad range of career paths students may take to influence advance care planning policy and advocacy. More specifically, we engaged in conversation about how professionals in the field are not just providers who facilitate ACP conversations with their patients, but are often members of nonprofits, foundations, affinity groups, and others. Our goal was to motivate students with a wide range of skills and interests to consider how they could become involved in this work. At the end of our presentation, we introduced the game “Hello” from C-TAC member Common Practice, which provides an easy, non-threatening way for students to start conversations with their friends and families about what matters most to them. 

Through this opportunity, we were able to engage students in the individual, clinical, and policy components of advance care planning. Advance care planning is for everyone and is an ongoing conversation, and it is our hope that students who attended the workshop will begin engaging with their peers and families in conversations about what they value most, and that they might become leaders in improving ACP delivery as professionals. C-TAC looks forward to continuing the conversation with passionate and thoughtful HOSA students about more ways to get involved, policy work, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Our presentation is now available to all 250,000 HOSA members as an online resource.

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