Resources for students, residents, and healthcare professionals who want to learn more about healthcare missions. Includes sessions from the Global Missions Health Conference.

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Being Single on the Mission Field: Panel Discussion

We will address the challenges and advantages of being single on the mission field.

Jul 25
Seven Principles for Empowering on Short Term Trips

Oftentimes short term mission trips sideline the indigenous church. The local church is the key to transformation and must be empowered to participate in the Great Commission. The members of the local, indigenous church are the best people to reach their community with the Gospel. They speak the same language, look the same, and understand the culture. By giving the local church the responsibility, allowing them to be in the driver's seat, we will be able to empower them with skills that will meet the biggest needs in their own community. Missions is designed to be a relay race. We will discuss seven principles to assist us in our short term mission trips to have sustained, long term impact without creating dependency.

Jul 18
Domestic Health Disparities

The United States spends more money per capita for health care costs than any developed country in the world. It, also, has the worst health outcomes of any developed country. This presentation will review US health disparities in marginalized communities from the lens of health equity, health inequality, health disparities, and social determinants of health. The health care outcome review will be made nationally, regionally, and locally in the context of historical and current policy decisions affecting US health care outcomes. The deficiencies of the current system are underscored in the increased disease burden of COVID-19 cases and mortality in US marginalized communities mirroring similar occurrences in chronic disease manifestations. Recognition and identification of factors contributing to health inequity is the first step in achieving improved health care outcomes in marginalized domestic populations. Participants are encouraged to take the Harvard Implicit Bias test prior to this session at

Jul 11
The Present State of Missions from an African Perspective

The Present state of Missions will give fellow Christians especially from the Global North to see and experience the movement of God's Spirit in the Global South, Africa, Asia, and Latin America! A Taste of Missions on the African Continent

Jul 04
Evidence Based Medicine

The ability to critically appraise the validity of published literature is an essential skill for all physicians. This lecture will explore the principles of evidence based medicine with a focus on critical appraisal of randomized controlled trials.

Jun 27
Public Health and Missions

Public health seeks to provide the conditions for people, communities, and populations to experience physical, mental, and social well-being (to use the World Health Organization definition of health). As Christians, we can broaden this concept to

Jun 20
Evidenced Based Practices for Healthcare Missions to Muslims

The Fruitful Practice research team believes that the mission community should be “good stewards” of the insight and knowledge we have collectively gained about Muslim ministry during the past twenty or thirty years. That is why we have studied best practices of Ministry in the Muslim world for over 15 years. Our goal has been to intentionally learn from successful missionaries, then pass that knowledge along to others who are engaging Muslims with the gospel.

Jun 13
Christian Global Health Movement in Perspective

The purpose of this session is to obtain an overview of the key elements of the new Christian Global Health in Perspective course designed to prepare both those trained in the medical professions and others about the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of evidence-based global health service. Wholeness from the perspective of shalom will form a sustainable framework upon which one can build effective transformational service among the nations, because health concerns everyone.

Jun 06
Healthcare Education Missions, Cultural Competence, Critical Thinking

This session will present how combining cultural competence and critical thinking when teaching healthcare in a global setting, will be more effective if the participant’s previous learning experiences are included in teaching methods.

May 30
The Training Years: Wisdom for What's Now, Pearls for What's Next

For those in training and recently finished, we will learn how to maximize this season. We’ll spend the first half tackling topics like original motivation, long-haul stamina, pearls and pitfalls of living in community, debt, vision for one’s next step to the nations, and helping the needy now tensioned with investing in education to help others later. We pray this will infuse you with the hope of Christ and give you eyes to see this refining, exciting time as He does. For the second hour, we’ll divide into small discussion groups with those from your same stage of the journey (i.e., recent grads, residents, MS1-2, MS3-4, PA/NP, pre-med, RN, PT/OT/ST, dental; optional spouse group). With facilitators who have gone through it before, we’ll dive into the individualized questions you have and brainstorm how God might sustain you now and lead you in the upcoming season.

May 23
Exploring the Journey to Full Time Missions: A Panel of Docs and Nurses

Hear healthcare missionaries share their journeys. In the first hour hear a panel of two docs and two nurses answer your questions as well as: How do I find God’s guidance in the journey? Why and how do I connect with a mentor or agency or team or training? What about student loans, raising financial support? What if my spouse or family are not supportive of me doing missions? The second hour will be small discussion group with a missionary coach and others like you in your current stage: Exploring whether or not to consider full-time missions Heading towards full-time missions Single or married Here are some comments from a previous GMHC: “My group leader was great and answered a lot of the questions that I had.” “My leader did a great job being open and honest about her experiences.”

May 16
Incarnational Equipping: A New Training Model

Our residency and training programs prepare us for professional service. Might it make sense to give heightened attention to preparation for full time kingdom service following professional training? Join Rick, Lance, Kelsey, and Chad as together we explore the need and potential for a new equipping model for long term kingdom service. For senders and those seeking to be sent: all medical, dental, and administrators, join the conversation as we explore foundational spiritual formation, life on life discipleship as we seek to be the missionaries here and now that we want to be then and there.

May 09
Spiritual Warfare for Missionaries

The Bible tells us we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness. Yet many believers don't have any idea of this reality of wrestling (warfare) or have much training on how to prevail. Spiritual warfare is an often misunderstood or neglected aspect in the preparation for missions.

May 02
The Integrated Brain: How primal reflexes and trauma effect developmental milestones

As clinicians we often look at developmental milestones to guide and direct therapeutic sessions but what if there is something underlining that is impeding development? In this session, we will discuss the impact of retained reflexes (reflexes that have not integrated) and trauma on the brain. How we can support those who have experienced these and how to rewire the brain for success

Apr 25
Community Health Evangelism and Transformational Development

This session will present sustainable development strategies and replicable transformational techniques in an interactive format.

Apr 18
Approach to the Care of Undernourished Children

Globally, over 240 million children under five years of age suffer from malnutrition. Approximately 85% of these children are undernourished, manifesting as underweight, wasting, stunting and micronutrient deficiencies or insufficiencies. Under-nutrition contributes to about 45% of deaths in children under five years of age. Children in low-income and resource poor communities and nations are at the greatest risk. Healthcare providers in these communities play a central role in limiting the effects of under-nutrition in this vulnerable population, through early identification, prompt and appropriate care and referral. In this session we will review evidence-based approaches to developing sustainable preventive and early intervention strategies to combat the leading underlying cause of childhood morbidity and mortality in resource limited communities.

Apr 11
Food As Medicine

Nutrition as Medicine: The Role of Food as therapy for chronic disease prevention and management

Apr 04
What Happens When the Global Church Goes Together

We've seen the church thrive around the world through missionary efforts. How do we leverage the impact of the global church to the nations where there is no church sharing all the things God has uniquely given us?

Mar 21
Point of Care Ultrasound: Next Best Thing to Sliced Bread...Almost

Diagnostic dilemma poses one of the challenges in the mission field due to lack of ideal or reliable tools. Integrating ultrasound findings with clinical assessments can help improve diagnostic certainty at the bedside. During this 1-hour session, we will briefly review the capabilities and limitations in assessing intracranial pressure, fractures, and acute tendon ruptures along with a more traditional assessments for pneumonia, heart failure, and DVT, among other diseases. We will also briefly compare some of the available portable ultrasound devices.

Mar 18
Clinical Ethics

This lecture first explores ethics from the perspective of normal human nature. Then the impact of this human nature on every day medical practice, medical education, medical research and medical missions is discussed.

Mar 11
How Short Term Missions Partner with Local Churches for Long Term Impact

My family and I are Kenyan cross-cultural workers based in Kenya. We served for three and half years in Ghana. During that time, we established Hope Alive Initiatives that equips churches in poor and vulnerable communities in wholistic ministry. I have seen the impact left by short term mission teams that come to train local believers to continue ministry after the team leave. Hope Alive Initiatives is now involved in training churches in five countries: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.

Mar 07

Vaccines aren't perfect, but they prevent a lot of disease and save a lot of lives. In this session, we will review vaccination as related to those who travel internationally and to those who live in resource-limited areas. We will discuss new advances in vaccination.

Mar 04
Crash Course in Cyber Security

Any device capable of being connected to cyberspace can be subject to surveillance, hacked, and used monitor behavior in the physical world. The lowest level of threat is probably the thief who wants to steal your smart phone. The highest level of threat is the nation state monitoring you using that same smart phone, supposing you will compromise the local believers. Between these extremes are the criminals who call your contact list, tell them you have been kidnapped and demand ransom, and the criminals who seize your data with ransomware. Mission teams may need to turn to cybersecurity professionals to develop plans for working in closed countries and nations that are fundamentally hostile to the faith or are just corrupt. Knowing when this help is needed is critical to staying safe. This session will provide participants with tools and strategies to enhance their cybersecurity.

Feb 25
Understanding Implicit and Explicit Bias

We see the world through constructed patterns acquired through ordinary experiences in our culture. These experiences embed values, beliefs, and expectations into our worldview. The becomes the framework through which we engage with the world. What happens when this framework is used in a second culture? How does it impact how a person leads, ministers, or gives care to those with a different worldview? This seminar will unpack research examining transformative worldview experiences of missionaries. This seminar will help you understand the worldview tensions and shifts in people working cross-culturally in order to better prepare second culture workers as they consider the impact of worldview on how they lead, minister, and serve.

Feb 21
Pathways to Healthcare Missions

The pathway to healthcare missions is not a linear pathway and there is not one right way. In this plenary session, we are going to hear from experts across the spectrum of healthcare missions, from the initial exploring stage, the preparing process, and beyond. We're going to look at the many varied expressions of healthcare missions, such as the traditional long term medical missionary, but also the non-traditional marketplace worker. We'll explore short term service opportunities, medical education fields, domestic service, and disaster relief. We'll learn about what healthy preparation looks like and end with stories and lessons about thriving in healthcare missions.

Feb 18
Best Nursing Practices for Faith Integration

The purpose of this session is to explore ways to integrate the Lord’s call to love and humbly serve others within the discipline of nursing. God created people to glorify Him, so believers are to present their bodies as a living sacrifice and life of worship (Rom. 12:1). Jesus came to serve others as He touched the untouchable and marginalized. Nurses, and other members of the healthcare team, can use their gifts and talents they have been given, as well as their training, to come alongside the vulnerable, hurting, suffering, and broken in the same way Jesus did.

Feb 14
Past, Present, and Future of Medical Missions

In view of a changing world context, what is the future of medical missions? Does the traditional mission hospital have a place in today's world? Where does medical missions fit into globalization and urbanization and increasing populations where there is high restriction on religion? What are healthcare strategies that will work in the 21st century? This session will review the history of medical missions, where we are today, and what are the new additional approaches that will meet needs and open doors for the Gospel.

Feb 11