2021 Humanitarian Health Conference

2021 Humanitarian Health Conference

In-Person and Online Registration Options Will Be Available!  

Save the Date for June 11 – 12, 2021
(Friday and Saturday)
Pre-Conference Courses: June 10, 2021 (Thursday)

Where: Graceway, 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Raytown, MO 64133 and/or Online

View conference trailer here.

The 2021 Humanitarian Health Conference is an educational event to equip healthcare professionals and students to provide excellent and appropriate care to the world’s most marginalized people. Breakout sessions will focus on community health, patient care, and career development. In-person attendees can also participate in hands-on skill learning sessions. Participants will also connect with organizations with whom they can serve. Please note: We are continuing to monitor the current public health status to see if a transition to a virtual-only event will become necessary.

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All conference activities and education are focused on working in limited-resource settings. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 am
Breakfast, Registration & Visit Exhibits/Posters
Lobby/Exhibit Hall

8:45 am
Head to Auditorium/Virtual Participants Login

9:00 am
Introduction to the 2021 HHC

9:10 – 9:40 am
Plenary Session 1 “Equip” by Jimmy Dodd, MDiv

9:40 – 9:45 am
INMED Awards 

9:45 – 9:55 am
Travel Time (Virtual Participants View Exhibitor Interviews)

Breakout Block 1

9:55 – 10:25 am
Breakout Session 1 

  • “Food and Waterborne Disease” by Daniel Hinthorne, MD (Community Health Track)
  • “Patient Care in Low & Middle-Income Countries (LMIC)” by Nicholas Comninellis, MD (Patient Care Track)
  • “Finding a Calling” by Jordan Crawford, PA-C (Career Development Track) 
  • “Helping Babies Breathe Overview” by Vydehi Murty, MD and Winston Manimtin, MD (Hand-On Skills 1 track)
  • “Advanced Mother-Baby Outcomes Overview” by Don Philgreen, MD, Peter Greenspan, DO and Shari Ommen, MD (Hands-On Skills 2 Track) 

10:25 – 10:55 am
Breakout Session 2

  • “Trauma Prevention” by Sean Mark, MD (Community Health Track)
  • “Tissue Parasites” by Tim Myrick, MD (Patient Care Track)
  • “Short-Term Medical Trips” by Abby Rattin, MD (Career Development Track) 

10:55 – 11:25 am
Breakout Session 3

  • “Sexually Transmitted Diseases” by Jordan Crawford, PA-C (Community Health Track)
  • “Chronic Diseases” by James Fyffe, RN, MSN (Patient Care Track)
  • “Preparing for Long-Term Service” by Abby Rattin, MD (Career Development Track) 

11:25 – 11:40 am
Block 1 Q & A 

  • Community Health Track Q & A
  • Patient Care Track Q & A
  • Career Development Track Q & A

11:40 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch & Visit Exhibits and Posters (Virtual Participants Lunch and View Exhibitor Interviews)
Lobby/Exhibit Hall 

Breakout Block 2

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Breakout Session 4

  • “Community Health Workers” by Monica Rojas, MD (Community Health Track)
  • “Mosquito-Borne Diseases” by Tim Myrick, MD (Patient Care Track)
  • “Cultural Adaptation” by Christine Hammond, RN, MSN and Nicole Kreimer, RN, MSN (Career Development Track) 
  • “Ultrasound Overview” by David Culpepper, MD and Sean Mark, MD (Hand-On Skills 1 track)
  • “Advanced Mother-Baby Outcomes Overview” by Don Philgreen, MD, Peter Greenspan, DO and Shari Ommen, MD (Hands-On Skills 2 Track)

1:30 – 2:00 pm
Breakout Session 5

  • “Pandemics” by Joeseph LeMaster, MD (Community Health Track)
  • “Cerebral Palsy” by Abby Rattin, MD (Patient Care Track)
  • “Language Acquisition” by Judy LeMaster, RN (Career Development Track)  

2:00-2:15 pm
Block 2 Q & A 

  • Community Health Track Q & A
  • Patient Care Track Q & A
  • Career Development Track Q & A

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Visit Exhibits and Posters (Virtual Participants View Exhibitor Interviews) 
Exhibit Hall

Breakout Block 3

2:45 – 3:15 pm
Breakout Session 6 

  • “Influenza-2021” by Daniel Hinthone, MD (Community Health Track)
  • “Compassionate Healthcare” by Monica Rojas, MD (Patient Care Track) 
  • “Living Without Burnout” by Micah Flint, MPA, RN (Career Development Track)  
  • “Ultrasound Overview” by David Culpepper, MD and Sean Mark, MD (Hand-On Skills 1 track)
  • “Helping Babies Breathe Overview” by Winston Manimtim, MD and Vydehi Murty, MD (Hands-On Skills 2 Track)

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Breakout Session 7

  • “COVID-19” by Joseph LeMaster, MD (Community Health Track)
  • “Mental Health of Refugees” by Martha Baird, PhD (Patient Care Track)
  • “Returning to the US” by James Fyffe, RN, MSN (Career Development Track)  

3:45-4:00 pm
Block 3 Q & A 

  • Community Health Track Q & A
  • Patient Care Track Q & A
  • Career Development Track Q & A

4:00-4:10 pm
Travel Time (Virtual Participants View Exhibitor Interviews)

4:10-4:15 pm
Who Is INMED? 

4:15-4:45 pm
Plenary Session 2 “Connect” by James Fyffe, RN, MSN

4:45-5:30 pm
Judging of Posters

Saturday, June 12, 2021 

8:00-9:00 am
Breakfast & Visit Exhibits and Posters

9:00-9:10 am
Welcome & Simulation Instructions

9:10-9:20 am
Travel Time

9:20-10:50 am
Crisis Simulation 

10:50-11:20 am
Visit Exhibits and Posters


11:20-11:30 am
Poster Awards


11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Plenary Session 3 “Go” by Micah Flint, MPA, RN


-End of Conference 

Optional Pre-Conference Day Courses

Three Optional Certificate Courses will be offered on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Separate registration and payment is required. Due to the length of each course, attendees will only be able to participate in one course during the Pre-Conference Day. Please Note: courses require online work prior to the in-classroom section June 10, 2021. 

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) 

Thursday, June 10, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Graceway, Room 251
Instructors: Winston Manimtim, MD & Vydehi Murty, MD

Helping Babies Breathe is an evidence-based educational program to teach basic neonatal resuscitation techniques in such settings, developed on the premise that straightforward newborn care can save many lives. Topics covered include:

• Causes of Neonatal Death
• Ventilation with Bag and Mask
• Preparation for a birth
• Routine Care (with neonatal simulator)
• The Golden Minute® – (clear airway and stimulate breathing)
• The Golden Minute® – (ventilation)
• Continued Ventilation with Normal and Slow Heart Rate

Cost: $355
View Helping Babies Breathe Course Details
Register for Helping Babies Breathe Course

Ultrasound for Primary Care

June 10, 2021
9:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Graceway, Room 203
Instructors: David Culpepper, MD & Sean Mark, MD

Quality medical care in low-resource settings is often hampered by a lack of objective clinical information. Ultrasound has proven to be a particularly useful technology in such settings, providing vital data to support patient care decision-making. Topics covered include:

• Thyroid & Carotid
• Limited Echo & Thoracic
• Abdominal, Renal, Urinary & eFAST
• DVT Screening
• Joint Space Access (Glenohumeral, Superiolateral Knee)
• Venous Access (Internal Jugular, Subclavian, Basilic, Common Femoral)

Cost: $360
View Ultrasound for Primary Care Course Details
Register for Ultrasound for Primary Care Course 

Advanced Mother Baby Outcomes (AMBO)   

Thursday, June 10, 2021
9:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Graceway, Room 257
Instructors: Don Philgreen, MD, Peter Greenspan, DO, Shari Ommen, MD

This advanced course is designed to equip the learner to provide evidence-based skills in prenatal, obstetrics, and neonatal care. Topics covered include:

  • Family planning
  • Normal Labor & Delivery
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Ultrasound Skills
  • Labor complications
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Newborn Care
  • Evidence-based birthing center design

Cost: $315
View Advanced Mother Baby Outcomes Course Details
Register for Advanced Mother Baby Outcomes Course

Martha Baird, PhD

Dr. Baird retired from the University of Kansas Medical Center as an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Global Health. She graduated from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma: Global Mental Health and was a Fulbright Scholar in Uganda in 2018.  She has published research with refugees and immigrants.

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.


Jordan Crawford, PA-C

Jordan Crawford is a family physician assistant serving since 2018 at Hope Family Care Center in Kansas City’s urban core. Jordan is a University of Kansas and Kanakuk Institute graduate, and served with the After Dark ministry before PA training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.


Jimmy Dodd, MDiv

Jimmy Dodd is an author, well-known speaker and the founder and CEO of PastorServe. Working across denominational lines, PastorServe exists to strengthen the Church by serving pastors. Jimmy serves a number of ministries including Cross International and Unite KC. Jimmy is husband to Sally and father to five amazing kids.


David Culpepper, MD, FACP 

Dr. Culpepper is an internist at HopeHealth in Florence, South Carolina, where he also serves as Associate Faculty for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Culpepper is certified in echocardiography and internal medicine and has provided volunteer medical services to marginalized people in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Romania, and Kenya.


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.


James Fyffe, RN, MSN,

James began his career as a youth pastor in El Salvador, later serving in nursing at Saint Luke’s Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital. In 2015, James moved his family to central Asia where he taught nursing for 4 years.


Peter Greenspan, DO

Peter Greenspan, DO is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since 1997 this Board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist has instructed medical students and residents in the Kansas City area. Dr. Greenspan, a messianic Jew, is a recognized authority on subjects of apologetics, medical ethics, and human cloning.


Christine Hammond, RN, MSN

Christy Hammond, MSN, RN, is Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Professor at Research College of Nursing in Kansas City. She teaches community health nursing to undergraduate students and accelerated program nursing students, while also pursuing her own study towards a Doctor of Education through Baker University.


Daniel Hinthorn, MD,

Dr. Hinthorn is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Infectious Diseases at Kansas University Medical Center. He also serves on the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service and researches antiviral agents.


Nicole Kreimer, RN, MSN 

Nicole graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BSN. After years of working in an acute care setting, she realized the importance of health education and completed a MSN from KU. She volunteered at several nonprofits and helped to found an afterschool program. She is currently an assistant professor at Research College of Nursing. 


Joe LeMaster, MD, MPH,

Dr. LeMaster is a professor of family and community medicine at Kansas University Medical Center and Medical Director of the Johnson County Kansas Public Health Department. He has worked in international medicine and public health for over 30 years.


Winston Manimtim, MD, FAAP

Dr. Manimtim’s research focuses on chronic lung disease and its long-term respiratory and developmental outcomes, specifically those premature infants who developed severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia and dependent on mechanical ventilation at home.


Sean Mark, MD, DIMPH

Sean is a senior emergency medicine resident physician at Truman Medical Center and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He and his wife Kirsten have a passion to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus by serving the forgotten. He has served with INMED in Honduras at Clinica Esperanza and taught for INMED in China.


Vydehi Murthy, MD

Dr. Murthy is a neonatologist with Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, previously serving with as a neonatology fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Dr. Murthy was raised in India, continues to be particularly committed to low-resource communities, and has taught Helping Babies Breathe with INMED since 2012.


Tim Myrick, MD 

Dr. Timothy Myrick has lived and served for two decades with his family in the Muslim world, including locations in Subsaharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Horn of Africa. He is currently teaching family medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He speaks in the U.S. and internationally.


Shari Ommen, MD

Dr. Ommen is a faculty physician at Research Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, where she teaches obstetrics and newborn care to future family physicians. Dr. Ommen began her career of service in the Pacific island nation Papua New Guinea, and continues teaches Advanced Mother Baby Outcomes (AMBO) with INMED.


Don Philgreen, MD

Don Philgreen, MD has been a family physician for 35 years and a faculty member with the Research Family Medicine Residency since 1996. He is also the medical director for the LIGHT House and Rachel House ministries that assist young women who are involved in crisis pregnancy. Don’s medical experience includes four years of service to the Pima and Papago on the Gila River Indian Reservation. In 2004 Don was named the Missouri Family Physician of the Year by the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians.


Abby Rattin, MD

Dr. Abby Rattin is a Family Medicine and public health trained missionary doctor serving in Uganda since 2011. Inspired by her daughter with special needs, Abby focuses her efforts on vulnerable children with special needs and their families.

Monica Rojas, MD

Dr. Rojas has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in at-risk communities in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico helping those most in need. She spent two years developing a free clinic in Costa Rica, coordinating and implementing Health Fairs for underdeveloped communities. Dr. Rojas currently serves as the Director of International Medicine and Cultural Education at ARCOM.


 Attendee Registration Cost: June 11 – 12, 2021

(Friday and Saturday)

In-Person and Virtual Registration Options Available.

Early Bird Attendee Registration Cost

(Early Bird Rate ends March 15, 2021)

Attendee Registration Cost

(March 16 – June 11, 2021)

Virtual Attendee $80 $90
In-Person Attendee $80 $90

Please note: Closer to the event, we will message all in-person registrants with an optional food package for purchase. This food package will include breakfast on Friday and Saturday, lunch and a snack on Friday. 

In-Person attendees will receive:

  • Admission to the conference
  • Access to the exhibitor hall
  • Certificate of attendance 
  • All “virtual attendee” benefits

Virtual Attendees will receive:

  • Access to the virtual event
  • Recorded breakout and plenary sessions
  • Access to the virtual exhibitor hall
  • Certificate of Attendance 

Accepted Payment Methods

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

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued once the 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. [email protected] must be notified prior to the conference if registrants wish to defer his/her registration. “No shows” will not be deferred or refunded. Any discount/coupon codes must be entered before the registration process is complete. 

Pre-Conference Day

View the Pre-Conference Day tab for details regarding available optional in person courses being offered Thursday, June 10, 2021 and costs.

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.

Accreditation Statement:

The 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 Other Activity (blended: Internet Enduring and Internet Live) for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the Activity.

Exhibitor Information:

In-Person and Virtual Exhibiting Options Available!

  • Conference Dates: Friday and Saturday, June 11 – 12, 2021
  • Exhibitor Setup: Thursday, June 10, 2021 (4:00 – 6:00 pm)
  • Location: Graceway, 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, KCMO 64133
  • Theme: Equip, Connect, Go!

2021 Exhibitor Registration Cost

Non-Profit Rate

For-Profit Rate

In-Person and Virtual Exhibit – Early Bird
(Early Bird Rate Ends March 15, 2021)



Virtual Only Exhibit – Early Bird 
(Early Bird Rate Ends March 15, 2021)



In-Person and Virtual Exhibit
(March 16 – June 10, 2021)



Virtual Only Exhibit
(March 16 – June 10, 2021)



Other in-person booth options available for purchase include:

  • Electricity                                 $50.00
  • Extra Representative              $90.00

Your Exhibit Space Includes:

In-Person and Virtual Exhibitors 

Virtual Only Exhibitors 

  • One 6 Foot Table
  • Name Tags and Lanyards
  • Registration for 2 Booth Representatives
  • Booth Signage
  • Breakfast Friday and Saturday, Lunch on Friday
  • Internet Access
  • Access to Plenary and Breakout Sessions (in-person and online)
  • Designated exhibitor times with in-person attendees
  • All Virtual Attendee Benefits, including:
    • Booth in Virtual Exhibit Hall
    • Pre-Recorded Exhibitor Interview
    • 1/2 Page Ad in Conference E-Booklet
    • Live Chat with Virtual Attendees
    • 50-Word Description in Conference E-booklet
  • Booth in Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • Pre-Recorded Exhibitor Interview
  • 1/2 Page Ad in Conference E-Booklet
  • Live Chat with Virtual Attendees
  • 50-Word Description in Conference E-booklet
  • Access to Plenary and Breakout Sessions (online only)

In-Person Exhibitor Schedule

Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Exhibitor Setup

Friday, June 11, 2021

  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am, Late Exhibitor Setup 
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am, Designated Exhibitor Time (Breakfast available in Lobby)
  • 11:40 am – 1:00 pm, Designated Exhibitor Time (Lunch available in Lobby)
  • 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm, Designated Exhibitor Time 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am, Designated Exhibitor Time (Breakfast available in Lobby)
  • 9:00 am – 9:10 am, Welcome and Simulation Instructions in Auditorium (Exhibitors will have a role) 
  • 9:20 am – 10:50 am, Crisis Simulation 
  • 10:50 am – 11:20 am, Designated Exhibitor Time 
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Dismantle Exhibits 


2021 Poster Presentation Information

The 2021 Humanitarian Health Conference theme is “Equip. Connect, Go.”   

Conference organizers welcome all participants to present posters of their completed and/or ongoing professional work. Posters presenting student work are highly encouraged. Posters will be displayed 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 resource
• 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 

To be eligible, you must submit:

  1. An abstract
  2. A digital copy of your poster in PowerPoint format
  3. A video presentation of you describing your poster (3-minute time limit) Video presentations over 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  4. Be present during designated poster times*

Poster Presentation Schedule

Friday, June 11, 2021
7:30-8:00 am             Poster setup (Lobby)
11:40 am -1:00 pm    Present your poster to interested parties
2:15-2:45 pm              Present your poster to interested parties
4:45-5:30 pm             Judging of Posters

Saturday, June 12, 2021 
8:00-9:00 am            Present your poster to interested parties
10:50-11:20 am          Present your poster to interested parties
11:20-11:30 am          Poster Awards (Auditorium)

Poster Presentation Guidelines 

  • Abstracts, posters in ppt format, and video presentation must be submitted by May 25, 2021 to [email protected]
  • Presenters must be available to meet with poster presentation judges to answer questions on Friday, April 11 between 4:45 – 5:30 pm in the Lobby. 
  • Presenters must be present during the poster presentation times specified on the conference schedule above. During these times, presenters will discuss their work with interested conference attendees and answer questions.
  • 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.
  • Please bring handouts and business cards to enhance your networking opportunities.
  • Presenters may not use any poster presentation to market products or services.
  • 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

Poster Presentation Awards

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 includes students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or masters level program
  • Professional Category includes individuals in doctorate programs or post-academic training. 

Download the Complete 2021 HHC Poster Guidelines

Download the 2021 HHC Poster Abstract Guidelines

*INMED will continue to monitor the current public health situation. If the in-person event is deemed too risky, adjustments will be made to allow for virtual poster participation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Conference?

In-Person registrants will attend the conference at Graceway 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City, Missouri 64133. Virtual-Only registrants will attend the conference online. Login instructions to the virtual conference will be provided prior to the event. 

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. 

Are there Accommodations? 

No designated room blocks have been reserved at area hotels. We recommend in-person registrants consider the following: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kansas City Sport Complex Area (3 miles), Stoney Creek Hotel (9.4 miles),  Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza (6.7 miles), Kansas City Mariott Country Club Plaza (6.5 miles). 

What Should I Bring?

Be sure to bring a copy of your admission ticket and schedule. You may wish to bring a smart phone or tablet device to access the conference app and presentation handouts. You may wish to bring printed copies of some materials, in case the Wifi connection becomes unreliable. If you have any food allergies, or if you did not purchase the optional food package, please bring food with you. Fast food/restaurant options near the conference are limited.

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.

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