National Health Science Curriculum Conference 2015 Blog Feature
Sarah Layton

By: Sarah Layton on February 9th, 2015

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National Health Science Curriculum Conference 2015

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I had the privilege to attend the 2015 National Health Science Curriculum Conference held January 28-29, 2015 in Charleston, SC.

The conference is produced by the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE).

Emerging Careers in Healthcare

This year's keynote speaker was Mr. Lynn Brooks. Lynn is a retired hospital management executive who belongs to the Health Professionals Network (HPN).

His presentation was entitled “Healthcare Trends and Issues” and was very well received. Here are the highlights that I took away from his presentation about emerging careers in healthcare.

  • We have extended the length of life—but at what cost? Is the quality of life better?
  • The traditional hospital that many of us know is not coming back. The emphasis now is on primary and preventive care.
  • Healthcare providers are now asking themselves the following question--“What can we do to keep you out of the hospital?”
  • Look at Walmart. They are now offering medical services to customers, in a “one stop shopping model” of preventive care.
  • Telemedicine is growing.
  • Nursing/residential care is growing.
  • Home healthcare services are growing.
  • Physician offices are now offering services that hospitals used to offer.
  • Hospitals are now being run by “money guys” and they are looking to cut expenses as much as possible---reducing positions or benefits to employees.
  • Health Science and Allied Health students need to be better informed of the wages offered for various positions in the healthcare field

Brooks also suggested the following magazines as being helpful to educators in the allied health/health science field: Health and Hospital News and Modern Healthcare. Be sure to check those out.

National Health Science Curriculum Conference: State Reports and Updates

One of my favorite parts of the National Health Science Curriculum Conference is getting in touch with what is going on state-to-state in healthcare education. Here are the state reports and updates that stuck with me.

Colorado is focusing on their nurse aide programs and looking at curriculum in that area.

Connecticut has strong CNA Pathways and have opened a few Health Science Academies.

In Delaware, CTE literacy is a big deal right now. They are looking to address the area of behavioral/mental health in their curriculum in the near future.

national health science curriculum conferenceIn Georgia, health information technology is big. In fact, the Atlanta area is  becoming a hub for HIT jobs (about 5K HIT jobs in that area).

Iowa is working to get health science taught as part of STEM.

Kansas is focusing on project-based learning content. They are also try to answer the question of "When/Why are students going to need to know __________ ?" They are using this question to help them as they build their curriculum requirements.

In Michigan, standards are big! And students can get academic credit by taking CTE classes.

Missouri's current goal is to find the greatest needs of their teachers, which is really refreshing. CNA is big here.

Nebraska reported that health science is a growing area of study in their programs.

Nevada is focusing on some assessment programs and public safety and emergency preparedness are curriculum areas they find important.

Oklahoma is studying data and trends and asking the big question is "Where are we weak?" Again, I found this a refreshing focus.

In Washington, CTE courses can count as academic courses. They reported that their HOSA population is growing significantly. Nice!

Wisconsin shared that CTE is getting more attention from the state government. ACT 59 stipulates that districts get $1,000 per student who achieves a work-based learning or industry-standard certificate. The state is also big on Project Lead the Way.

News from the NCHSE Publishers Coalition

In addition to updates and reports from the states, the National Health Science Curriculum Conference allows time to share what's new with curriculum developers and publishers, know as the NCHSE Publishers Coalition.

Here's what I learned...

FA Davis is coming out with an online medical terminology course and creating more nurse prep content.

GoodHeart-Willcox is working on a new medical terminology textbook, written by classroom teachers.

Paxton-Patterson's main message is their continued commitment to project-based learning.

Pearson Ed is offering a library of online content that can be customized.

Today's Class is developing a work-related continuing education program.

And of course, I was there to share AES's continued commitment to providing quality, relevant, time-saving HealthCenter21 resources for health science teachers and students.

The National Health Science Curriculum Conference was fantastic as always. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it as an important part of keeping on top of health science education in the US.


About Sarah Layton

Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care.