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The Illinois Health Occupations Association  includes instructors, administrators, applied academics instructors, local and state supervisors, teacher educators and others who are dedicated to educating today’s students for tomorrow’s health care community. Our members serve as advisers for HOSA-Future Health Professionals, bring a wealth of experience directly from industry and prepare youth and adults for such careers as nursing, dental hygiene and dental assisting, home health aide and medical technician professions.

Members include health care educators from middle schools, high schools and secondary career centers, community colleges and other post-secondary technical schools, four-year baccalaureate degree programs, graduate degree programs and other related institutions and organizations. Most members also are advisors for HOSA--Future Health Professionals. Others join similar student associations.

Students preparing for health careers or for teaching careers in health occupations can gain valuable career information and network with other professionals as members of the IHOA and IACTE.  IHOA is aligned with the following career clusters:

  • Education and Training
  • Health Science
  • Human Services

Join Us for the 86th Annual IACTE Conference

February 17th-19th, 2016                            East Peoria, IL

For more information visit: www.iacte.org

Pre-Conference Tour

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Resource Center
Wednesday, February 17, 2015
2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Children's Hospital provides pediatric educational programs for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. The hospital is the major pediatric teaching affiliate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. A new component of this relationship is the collaborative Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center. The core elements of Jump are simple:    professional education for preparing clinicians, clinical service training for a wide range of caregivers, and health care systems and engineering research and development. Present and future health care professionals will benefit from this exciting   collaboration.


Better Brains For Babies

Presented by:

Diane W. Bales, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Development and Family Science Human Development Specialist, UGA Extension The University of Georgia


Better Brains for Babies (BBB) is a collaboration of state and local, public and private organizations   dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children. Overviews of the nervous system and emerging brain research will be explored in   addition to how early interventions by parents and caregivers can impact infants and children.


Portfolio Development

Presented by:

Mary Waters, WatersEdge Consulting

A portfolio is an organized collection of evidence  indicating what a person knows and is able to do regarding a particular academic discipline, topic, or area of occupational competence.  Portfolios can   provide proof of a learner’s growth and development of higher-order thinking skills and complex concepts: critical thinking, synthesis, problem solving, teamwork, etc. The session focuses on two products: a teacher portfolio to meet and exceed PERA guidelines and requirements and/or the development and testing of a CTE students' course and/or program portfolio to meet and exceed the rigor of national academic and technical content standards.