High school club drums up interest in health care industry desperate for workers

Nolan Lister

Members of the Capital High School’s Health Occupations Students of America organization paid a visit to C.R. Anderson Middle School to encourage their younger peers to consider a future career in the health care industry.

The high school students demonstrated basic components of a medical exam, such as how to take and interpret a blood pressure reading, and talked to the visitors about the coursework required for a career in the industry.

Capital’s HOSA co-president RaeAnn Loewen said the television drama “Grey’s Anatomy” inspired her to become a pediatric surgeon and while touring the high school ahead of her freshman year, she was introduced to HOSA and has been a member all four years of high school.

“I’m passionate about the medical industry and learning, and to be in a club centered around my dreams is incredible,” Loewen said.

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Katie Meier has been the state director for Montana HOSA the past three years and advised at a local level for many more.

Meier said the need for health care workforce development in Montana is great, citing a Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services study

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