Ao (Amber) Lu ’21, a member of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s BioScience Center of Excellence Program, was recently elected to be Vice President of Public Partnership in the Chinese chapter of student-organization, Future Health Professionals.
Future Health Professionals is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of the Association for Career & Technical Education. Future Health Professionals was formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, and despite the name change, they still use the acronym HOSA to refer to the organization. HOSA’s mission is to “empower these students to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience.” Founded in 1974, HOSA initially sponsored leadership development programs and activities. Due to popular demand, they eventually expanded their events into six categories: Health Science, Health Professions, Emergency Preparedness, Leadership, Teamwork, and Recognition.
While it originated in the U.S., HOSA now has over 245,000 members worldwide. As a result, the organization decided to develop a chapter in China last year. Through an application, essay, and interview process, Amber was selected as one of 28 members to participate and compete in the International Leadership Conference of 2019 in Florida, which had 13,000 participants. She and eleven other participants became founding team members of China HOSA. She was then elected to the first group of National Officers of China HOSA as Vice President of Public Partnership.
In this role, Amber connects HOSA to other companies and organizations so that HOSA members have more opportunities to explore different aspects of the medical field. For example, China HOSA now partners with Jiahui Hospital in Shanghai, China to create internships for members.
Last week, China HOSA hosted its first-ever National Leadership Conference in Shanghai, with over 500 members in attendance; quite an expansion of the original 28 members! During the conference, Amber presented at the Rewarding Session and hosted the Leadership Meeting, which had 50 local school representatives in attendance.
Amber is also involved in other clubs and activities at SSM, and was selected for the St. Olaf College Honor Band Festival last year.