In collaboration with the Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford, or CoRDS, South Dakota HOSA will be offering a partner event involving interviews and research regarding a rare disease.The actual competition will take place in February during the Rare Disease Symposium at Sanford Research.
Teams of two will develop a visual display describing specific rare disease as well as a proposed cure/treatment or way to improve a quality of life issue related to the rare disease. The display allows the students to express ideas through an artistic medium to highlight what they have learned about a particular rare disease through research, interactions with a patient and their family, and interactions with a researcher, clinician and/or other healthcare professional.
Students who compete in this event will still be able to participate in two other events at the SD HOSA State Leadership Conference in April. The display is similar to the Health Career Display event many HOSA students already take part in.
"I see this as a win-win. HOSA students get a chance to come alongside someone with a rare disease to learn more about it and HOSA helps shed some light, or awareness, on some of these diseases that nobody knows about." Brock Rops, HOSA State Advisor said.