HOSA was founded in 1976 to encourage and inspire secondary and post-secondary students to pursue careers in healthcare. HOSA’s nationwide membership exceeds 200,000 members in 4,300 chapters in 46 states and four countries. In South Dakota, HOSA membership totals over 700 high school students in 29 chapters.

Rops has been the Education Coordinator for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the University of South Dakota (USD) since 2011 and has led South Dakota HOSA since its start in the state in 2012. He also serves on the USD Health Science Advisory Board of Directors and Sanford Health’s All About Science festival committee.

Rops is based in Sioux Falls on the campus of the USD Sanford School of Medicine.

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