2018 Humanitarian Health Conference

Purpose: The forgotten people of this world are not all the same. Unique cultures and disparate resources means they face different challenges and require diverse partners. Those who seek to serve the forgotten are just as diverse in their knowledge, skill sets, and resources. How do we successfully bridge the gap between those serving and the forgotten? By focusing on creatively serving the uniqueness of every human being.

The 2018 Humanitarian Health Conference (formerly EMMC) is a forum to equip those who want to holistically serve the forgotten of this world. This conference will bring together leading experts in the field, offer hands-on learning opportunities (including simulation), provide courses that offer certification upon completion, present excellent networking settings, and equip learners to take the next step in partnering with the world’s most marginalized people. The theme, “the art of serving,” will focus on inspiring those who serve and equip them with the practical skills needed to navigate the unique challenges of serving the forgotten.

Target Audience: The 2018 HHC is focused on educating those involved in humanitarian health around the world.  This includes physicians, pharmacists, dentists, advance practice providers, nurses, allied health professionals, public health professionals, students, and service-minded volunteers.

2018 Humanitarian Health Conference Schedule (April 12 – 13, 2018)

Attendees are invited to visit Exhibitors and Poster Presenters during all breaks

DAY 1: Thursday, April 12th

9:00 – 9:10 am Opening

9:10 – 9:50 am Plenary Session 1

10:00 – 10:50 am Breakout 1

  • Clinical Track
    • Pediatric Care in the Limited Resource Setting
    • Diseases of Poverty
    • Triage in a Low Resource Setting
  • Professional Track
    • Careers in Global Health
    • Cultural Influences of Health
  • Development Track
    • Development Programs to Stop Human Trafficking
    • Humanitarian Relief
  • Holistic Health Track
    • Culture and Faith*

11:00 – 11:50 am Breakout 2

  • Clinical Track
    • Pediatric Care in the Limited Resource Setting
    • Wound Care
    • Diseases of Poverty
  • Professional Track
    • Cultural Influences of Health
    • Careers in Global Health
  • Development Track
    • Response vs Development
    • Humanitarian Relief
  • Holistic Health Track
    • Spiritual Health on the Field*

12:00 pm Lunch/Poster Presentations/Visit Exhibitors

1:30 – 2:20 pm Breakout 3

  • Clinical Track
    • Trauma Induced Mental Health
    • Medical Needs of Refugees
    • Triage in a Low Resource Setting
  • Professional Track
    • Tools to Mitigate Compassion Fatigue
  • Development Track
    • Community Assessment and Planning
    • Response vs Development
  • Holistic Health Track
    • Spiritual Health Assessment
    • Culture and Faith*

2:20 – 2:40 pm Break/Visit Exhibitors/Posters

2:40 – 3:30 pm Breakout 4

  • Clinical Track
    • Trauma Induced Mental Health
    • Medical Needs of Refugees
    • Wound Care
  • Professional Track
    • Tools to Mitigate Compassion Fatigue
  • Development Track
    • Development Programs to Stop Human Trafficking
    • Community Assessment and Planning
  • Holistic Health Track
    • Spiritual Health Assessment
    • Spiritual Health on the Field*

3:30 – 3:40 pm Announcements

3:40 – 4:20 pm Plenary Session 2

*Faith-Based Sessions, Not Accredited for Continuing Education Credit: Spiritual Health on the Field and Culture and Faith

DAY 2: Friday, April 13th

Certificate Courses Bring the Certificate of Completion from the online section of the course in order to enter the in-classroom section of the course.

8:00 – 9:30 am Session 1

9:40 – 12:00 am Session 2

12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm Session 3

2:00 – 2:10 pm Break

2:10 – 3:30 pm Session 4

3:40 – 5:00 pm Session 5

End of Conference 

*Faith-Based Session, Not Accredited for Continuing Education Credit: Global Missions Course

Meet our distinguished faculty for the 2018 conference. More speakers will be added closer to the event. ​​​

Hayley Stolzle, MPH

Hayley Stolzle, MPH has over 10 years of experience in public health including experience in project management, health research, and health education initiatives in both clinical and community-based settings. Prior to her position with the CDC, Ms. Stolzle was a health promotion officer and health management capacity builder with the US Peace Corps in Tsabong, Botswana overseeing a national gender committee and multiple health education projects for the Kgalagadi South District Health Management Team.

  • Response vs Development (Thursday)


Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH

Dr. Comninellis is President of INMED and board certified in both public health and family medicine. Nicholas trained in tropical medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and served four years in Shanghai, China, and Angola, Africa. Today he teaches public health at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

  • Diseases of Poverty (Thursday)


Betsy Sutherland

Betsy Sutherland has been using her background in education and medicine to educate healthcare students and professionals on the facets of human trafficking for over three years. She received her BS in Education in 2008 and will complete her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 2018.

  • Development Programs to Stop Human Trafficking (Thursday)


………………………………….. Micah Flint, MPA, RN, DINPH

Micah Flint, MPA, RN, DINPH is the Chief Innovations Officer for INMED.  Micah’s expertise is in the fields of humanitarian relief, innovative entrepreneurship, and public health.  He is the co-author of Disaster Response: Pocket Book for Volunteers, Overview of Disaster Management in Limited Resource Settings and has presented at national conferences.  He is the founder of the annual INMED Humanitarian Health Conference.

  • Humanitarian Relief (Thursday)
  • Humanitarian Relief Course (Friday)


Lori Clements

After living in Angola for 3 years, Lori Clements started a scholarship fund for Angolan college students encouraging them in their education–knowing that improvement of education will develop into improvement in society. During her time in Angola, her blogging on individual people resulted in life changing projects for the Blind Association. She was able to raise money to refurbish or build houses for widows, and to build store fronts for blind people to manage to create a sustainable living for their families.  She is a woman, who started her ministry feeling insignificant, but somehow, by saying Yes, has found herself helping and influencing many the people in her life.

  • Plenary Session 2 (Thursday)


  Jay Grimwood

Jay Grimwood is the International Development Pastor at Graceway. Jay has led international pastoral/teacher training teams to South Korea, the Philippines, India, Nepal, and Egypt. He has also helped develop educational and humanitarian programs in Mongolia, Zambia, Japan, Taiwan, and Kurdistan.

  • Culture and Faith (Thursday)
  • Global Missions Course (Friday)
………………………………….. Elisha Katamura

Elisha Katamura serves as Outreach Pastor at Graceway. After serving as a lead pastor in Tokyo, he and his wife are back in Kansas City, building bridges with international students, immigrants, refugees, and training pastors and leaders in multiple international locations.

  • Global Missions Course (Friday)


Fred Loper, MD

Fred Loper, MD is a primary care physician in practice since 1979 with wide experience in volunteer medical missions.  He enjoys the variety of general practice and considers it an honor to care for patients. He also likes to hang out with family, backpack, bicycle, and work on his old house.

  • Plenary Session 1 (Thursday)
  • Tools to Mitigate Compassion Fatigue (Thursday)


Tim Myrick, MD

Tim Myrick, MD and his family have worked in various government hospitals and mission hospitals in diverse locations in Africa and the Middle East for the past 20 years.  They have learned several languages and experienced valuable opportunities for service along the way.  Dr. Myrick continues to serve refugees throughout the Middle East and Africa.

  • Medical Needs of Refugees (Thursday)


………………………………….. Glen Talboy, MD

Glenn Talboy, MD is the Chairman of Surgery at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the Program Director for the general surgery residency program.  I have been involved in international surgical missions for 12 years and lead author on two surgical wound care chapters entitled “In Essentials of Surgery.”

  • Wound Care (Thursday)


Ben Wolf
Ben Wolf has served overseas for over 28 years.  Ben has been the Baptist Global Response (BGR) Area Director for Asia Rim since the beginning of the organization in 2006. BGR and its partners respond to people with critical needs, whether those needs arise from chronic conditions—like extreme poverty, contaminated water, or endemic hunger—or acute crises—such as natural disaster, personal trauma, or social upheaval.

  • Community Assessment and Planning (Thursday)
  • Community Development Course (Friday)


………………………………….. Judith LeMaster, RN

Judith LeMaster, RN is a UK trained nurse and midwife.  She worked in Nepal for 15 years in medical missions, the last 10 with her American physician husband and two children. Judith and her family resettled in the USA in 2000, and have most recently been working with Bhutanese refugees in Kansas City.

  • Spiritual Health on the Field* (Friday)



Room Block Arranged at Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza

Photo Cred. www.sheratoncountryclubplaza.com/en/gallery

Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza, 770 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64112  Click for Directions

  • Reserved Room Rate: $139 (for evenings of April 11 and 12, 2018)
  • Each guest must make his or her own reservation here: INMED Conference April 2018
  • OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser (this link is unique to the 2018 HHC): https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1709224019&key=81ECD6E

In order to receive the quoted room rate, reservations must be made by the cutoff date of March 12, 2018. After this date, reservations will be accepted upon availability. All guests will be required to submit a credit card at check in to be authorized for incidental charges. Reserved room rate does not include applicable taxes.

Hotel Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pools
  • The Gallery Restaurant & Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Parking (Self-Parking $16 per day, Valet Parking $20 per day)
  • Located on the Country Club Plaza with over 180 shops and restaurants
  • Visit the hotel website for other hotel features

Photo Cred. www.sheratoncountryclubplaza.com/en/gallery

Questions about the hotel? Please contact Amy Ridgeway, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza at 816-360-4737 or aridgeway@sheratonkc.com

2018 Humanitarian Health Conference Cost

Attendees will receive:

  • Admission to the conference
  • Access to the exhibitor hall
  • Lunch on Thursday and Friday (select breakfast and snack items will also be provided)
  • Certificate of attendance

Attendee Registration Options

Please note, you must select a ticket for both Day 1 and Day 2 in the registration form, if you wish to attend the entire conference. Those who wish to receive Continuing Education Credit (CME / CEUs) must select a registration with Continuing Education Credit at the time of registration. Continuing Education Credit is for practicing professionals and residents who need continuing education hours to maintain licensure. Students and non-healthcare professionals do not need Continuing Education Credit.


Conference Day 1, Without CE Credit 

Conference Day 1, With CE Credit

Attendee Registration $75 $125

Conference Day 2, Without CE Credit

Conference Day 2,  With CE Credit

Ultrasound for Primary Care Course $315 $415
Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Course  $270  $370
Humanitarian Response Course  $120  $220
Basic Life Support (BLSO) Course  $270  $370
Community Development Course  $120  $220
Global Missions Course  $120  n/a

Accepted Payment Methods

Payments will only be received via credit or debit card online.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued once registration payment is completed. Registrants may apply the amount paid to next year’s conference registration, or the registration may be gifted to a friend or colleague. Office@inmed.us must be notified prior to the conference if registrants wish to defer his/her registration. “No shows” will not be deferred or refunded.

2018 HHC Poster Presentation Information 

Poster Presenter from the 2017 HHC


The 2018 Humanitarian Health Conference theme is “The Art of Serving.” Conference Posters will be highlighted throughout the conference to enhance the theme.

Conference organizers welcome all participants to present posters of their completed and/or ongoing professional work during the conference. Posters presenting student work are highly encouraged. Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference and may focus on any global health topic. The content may be global health education, research or innovation based, or case study. Special consideration will be given to the following topics:

  • Impact of international rotations and experiences on learner development
  • Impact of implementing public health services in communities with limited resources
  • Clinical issues in resource-poor communities
  • Sustainability implications for short-term international projects or partnerships
  • Global impact of medical mission
  • Innovative approaches in global health
  • Global health research

During poster presentations hours; presenters can discuss their work with interested parties and answer questions. Judges will interact with poster presenters during the designated poster presentation hours.  Poster presenters must be available during the following scheduled poster presentations times:

Poster Presentation Schedule

Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • 9:50am – 10:00am
  • 10:50am – 11:00am
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Presentation to judges and attendees in room 102 (only 3-minute presentation with 2 minutes of Q&A). You will receive a deduction for going over 3 minutes.
  • 2:20pm – 2:40pm
  • 3:40 – Poster presentation award winners announced

Please be available during conference breaks to answer questions from attendees.

Poster Presentation Guidelines
  • Presenters must be available to present during the dates and times specified on the poster presentation schedule.
  • Acknowledgment of receipt of submissions will be sent by e-mail to the lead presenter after you complete your submission. Letters of acceptance will be sent by e-mail to the lead presenter after the peer review process is completed.
  • All presenters must pay the Humanitarian Health Conference registration fee. Student scholarships are available. No honoraria or travel expense reimbursement will be provided.
  • Presenters may not use any poster presentation to market products or services; exhibit space and literature displays are available for that purpose.
  • Please bring handouts and business cards to enhance your networking opportunities.
  • Poster size must not exceed 60 x 40 inches.
  • Bring copies of the abstract with you to the conference.
  • Bring your poster presentation on a flash drive to be used during judging
  • Posters in ppt format must be submitted to micah@inmed.us by April, 01 2018
Downloads for Review
Poster Presentation Awards

Six cash prizes for top poster award winners.  Three award winners will be chosen in the student category and three award winners will be chosen in the professional category. Definition:

  • Student category are currently enrolled into an undergraduate or masters level program
  • Professional category are individuals in doctorate programs or post academic training.

If you are interested in presenting a poster, please submit the following by March 15, 2018 to Micah Flint, micah@inmed.us:

The subject of the email message should be “INMED Poster Interest.” A separate email should be submitted for each poster to be presented. Space is limited, so if you have an interest, please advise us as soon as possible.

If you have further questions, please contact Micah Flint, micah@inmed.us

2018 HHC Continuing Education Information


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Institute for International Medicine is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for International Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Institute for International Medicine is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for International Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Desirable Physician Attributes:

ACGME/ABMS: Patient Care & Procedural Skills; Medical Knowledge

IOM: Provide Patient-Centered Care; Work in Interdisciplinary Teams; Employ Evidence-Based Practice

IEC: Value/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice; Roles/Responsibilities; Interprofessional Communication; Teams and Teamwork



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Institute for International Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

MW MSD Provider Approval # MO620-2

Contact hours: 4.75

Friday, April 13, 2018

Institute for International Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

MW MSD Provider Approval # MO620-2

Contact hours: 7 

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion is provided to all participants upon request via the activity evaluation form.  It is the responsibility of the individual to submit their certificate of completion and supporting documentation (if applicable) to their required oversight board for credit.

Planning Committee Disclosures:
Micah Flint, MPA, RN, DINPH INMED Nothing to Disclose
Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH INMED Nothing to Disclose
Elizabeth Burgos, MPA INMED Nothing to Disclose
Nathaniel Uhl, BSN KU Med Nothing to Disclose
Jay Grimwood Graceway Nothing to Disclose
James Fyffe, BSN INMED Nothing to Disclose
Donald Philgreen, MD Research Family Medicine Residency Nothing to Disclose



Not all presentations are accredited for continuing education.  Please see the agenda for those presentations marked as not being accredited. 

At the completion of this activity, I am able to:

  • Discuss the art of serving those in need holistically
  • Analyze medicine as an art and not strictly science.
  • Review evidence-based pediatric care in limited resource setting.
  • Articulate the prevention, diagnosis, and management of common diseases of poverty.
  • List priorities of triage in low resource settings.
  • Articulate the diversity of careers in global health.
  • Relate culture with health.
  • Evaluate the role of development programs to mitigate human trafficking.
  • Explain humanitarian relief strategies and challenges.
  • Discuss the correlation between culture and faith.
  • List steps to assessing and managing wound care with limited resources.
  • Analyze the goals and outcomes of response vs. development strategies.
  • Review best-practices in providing trauma induced mental health services.
  • Assess the medical needs of refugees.
  • Develop tools to mitigate compassion fatigue.
  • Evaluate community assessment strategies and plans.
  • Express the role of spiritual health assessments integrated into a history and physical.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Conference?

Graceway 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City, Missouri 64133

Where Should I Park? 

Plenty of free parking is available on site at the conference. If the main lot should fill up, there is overflow parking across the street from Graceway. Please only park in designated parking spaces.

What Should I Wear? 

Recommended attire for the conference is business casual. We recommend bringing a light jacket with you to the event in case the temperature at the conference is cooler than your preference.

What Should I Bring?

Be sure to bring a copy of your schedule. The breakout sessions you selected at registration were included in your registration confirmation email. You may wish to bring a smart phone or tablet device to access the conference app and presentations. You may wish to bring printed copies of some materials, in case the Wifi connection becomes unreliable. If you food allergies, you may wish to bring food with you, in case the catered food is unsuitable.

Will There Be Internet Access? 

Guest Wi-Fi Internet access will be available during the event.

How Can I Access the Speaker’s Presentations? 

We do not provide paper handouts of the presentations at the conference. Downloads of the powerpoint presentations will be made available prior to the conference on our website. Additionally, if you would like to take notes during the conference presentations, please bring a notepad or a mobile device with you to do so.

Is This A Religious Event?

The Humanitarian Health Conference is an educational event hosted by INMED and accredited by ACIHE – the America Council For International Healthcare Education. Any faith-based presentations are denoted in the name and description of that individual presentation or in the description of the speaker. People of all backgrounds are invited to attend.

2018 Humanitarian Health Conference Exhibitor Information

  • Conference Dates: Thursday and Friday, April 12 – 13, 2018

    Exhibitor from the 2017 Humanitarian Health Conference

  • Exhibitor Setup: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (4:00 – 6:00 pm)
  • Location: Graceway, 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, KCMO 64133
  • Theme: “The Art of Serving”


Exhibit Space Includes:
  • One 6 Foot Table
  • Name Tags and Lanyards
  • Registration for 2 Booth Representatives
  • Booth Signage
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • 50 Word Description in Conference E-booklet
  • Internet Access
  • Access to all Plenary and Breakout Sessions
Exhibit Cost

Exhibitors will only need to register once, two exhibit representative registrations are included in the cost of the booth space.




Other Booth Options

Electricity $50.00
Extra Representative $95.00
Chair $10.00


Exhibitor Schedule 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Exhibitor Setup

Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • 7:30 – 8:00 am, Late Exhibitor Setup
  • 7:30 – 9:00 am, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 9:50 – 10:00 am, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 10:50 – 11:00 am, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 11:50 – 1:30 pm, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 2:20 – 2:40 pm, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 4:20 – 4:30 pm, Designated Exhibitor Time

Friday, April 13, 2018

  • 7:30 – 8:00 am, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 9:30 – 9:40 am, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 11:10 – 12:50 pm, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 1:50 – 2:00 pm, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 3:30 – 3:40 pm, Designated Exhibitor Time
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Dismantle exhibits


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