2022 Humanitarian Health Conference

2022 Humanitarian Health Conference


June 10 – 11, 2022
(Friday and Saturday)
Pre-Conference Courses: June 9, 2022 (Thursday)

Where: Graceway, 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Raytown, MO 64133

The 2022 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. Participants will also connect with organizations with whom they can serve.

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Optional Pre-Conference Day Courses

Optional Certificate Courses will be offered on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 8:00 am – 5:00 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 9, 2022. 

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) 

Thursday, June 9, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Graceway, Room 101
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
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Ultrasound for Primary Care

June 9, 2022
8:00 – 5:00 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 

Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies

Thursday, June 9, 2022
9:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Graceway, Room 257
Instructors: Nicholas Comninellis, MD

The INMED Professional Certificate Course in Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies (ECEB-ECSB Master Trainer Course) is an evidence-based educational program to prepare learners to teach basic baby care techniques in low-resource locations to benefit midwives, mid-level providers, and community health workers. At the completion of the course, learners will be able to demonstrate how to: 

  • Provide essential care needed by every newborn
  • Identify danger signs in newborns who require special care
  • Provide feeding for small babies
  • Educate parents in home care
  • Transfer baby healthcare skills to other providers

Cost: $275
View Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies Course Details
Register for Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies Course


Advanced Mother Baby Outcomes (AMBO)

Thursday, June 9, 2022
9:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Graceway
Instructors: Donald Philgreen, MD, Peter Greenspan, DO and Shari Ommen, MD

Advanced Mother Baby Outcomes (AMBO) is designed to improve the results of pregnancy, delivery, and newborn survival by equipping healthcare professionals and learners the most essential, evidence-based skills in prenatal, obstetric, and neonatal care. AMBO skills are especially applicable for low-resource and cross-cultural healthcare settings. At the completion of the Professional Certificate Course in Advanced Mother Baby Outcomes (AMBO), learners will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in contraception & family planning counseling
  • Management of normal labor & deliveries
  • Recognition and management of common prenatal complications
  • Recognition and management of common obstetrical emergencies
  • Basic skills in newborn resuscitation
  • Recognition and management of common newborn diseases

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

Breakout Sessions Available in Four Tracks: Hands-On Skills, Community Health, Patient Care, and Career Development.

Friday, June 10, 2022 Agenda

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast, Registration & Exhibitor/Poster Time (Lobby/Exhibit Hall)
8:45 am Enter Auditorium
9:00-9:10 am Conference Introduction and Welcome (Auditorium)
9:10-9:40 am Plenary 1 “Equip” by Sam Fabiano, MD (Auditorium)
9:40-9:45 am INMED Awards (Auditorium)
9:45-9:55 am Travel Time

9:55-11:35 am BREAKOUT BLOCK 1

9:55-10:25 am Breakout Session 1   

  • “Ultrasound Overview” by David Culpepper, MD (Track: Hands-On Skills*) – This hands-on skills session runs until 11:35 am
  • “Design of Community Health Programs in Nepal” by Allison Judkins, MD (Track: Community Health)
  • “Covid-19 Care in Resource-Limited Settings” by Daniel Hinthorn, MD (Track: Patient Care)
  • “Career Development for Global Medical Professionals” by Barry Bacon, MD (Track: Career Development

10:30-11:00 am Breakout Session 2 

  • “Challenges of Sustainable Global Health Interventions” by Calvin Wilson, MD (Track: Community Health)
  • “Primary Care Eye” by John Clements, MD (Track: Patient Care)
  • “Power of Teams/Living in Community” by Jimmy Dodd, MDiv (Track: Career Development

11:05-11:35 am Breakout Session 3 

  • “Care for the Urban Poor” by Tom Kettler, MD/Jordan Crawford, PA-C (Track: Community Health)
  • “Chest/Abdominal Trauma Assessment” by Glen Talboy, MD (Track: Patient Care)
  • “Launching Your International Healthcare Career” by Nicholas Comninellis, MD (Track: Career Development)

11:35 am-1:00 pm Lunch & Visit Exhibits (Lobby/Exhibit Hall)

1:00-2:05 BREAKOUT BLOCK 2

1:00-1:30 pm Breakout Session 4     

  • “Elimination of Cervical Cancer via VIA Screening and Treatment Model” by Susan Aycock, MD (Track: Hands-On Skills*) – This hands-on skills session runs until 2:05 pm
  • “Building a Sustainable In-Country Medical Project” by Ted Higgins, MD (Track: Community Health)
  • “Management of Lumps and Bumps” by Glen Talboy, MD (Track: Patient Care)
  • “Finding a Calling” by John Clements, MD (Track: Career Development)

1:35-2:05 pm Breakout Session 5     

  • “Vaccines for Global Use” by Daniel Hinthorn, MD (Track: Community Health)
  • “Undifferentiated Fever in the Tropics” by Calvin Wilson, MD (Track: Patient Care)
  • “The Spiritually Informed Career” by Jimmy Dodd, MDiv (Track: Career Development)

2:05-2:45 pm Visit Exhibitors (Exhibit Hall)

2:45-3:50 pm BREAKOUT BLOCK 3

2:45-3:15 pm Breakout Session 6     

  • “HBB Introduction” by Debra Conley, PA-C (Track: Hands-On Skills*) – This hands-on skills session runs until 3:50 pm
  • “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” by Daniel Hinthorn, MD (Track: Community Health)
  • “Typhoid” by Sam Fabiano, MD (Track: Patient Care)
  • “Connecting with Local Medical Establishment” by Ted Higgins, MD (Track: Career Development)

3:20-3:50 pm Breakout Session 7     

  • “Progress Treating Malnutrition in India” by Allison Judkins, MD (Track: Community Health)
  • “Evaluation of Cough” by Susan Aycock, MD (Track: Patient Care)
  • “Overcoming the Inevitable Obstacles to a Global Health Career AKA ‘Giants in the Land’” by Barry Bacon, MD (Track: Career Development)

3:50-4:00 pm Travel Time 3
4:00-4:10 pm “Who is INMED?” by Nicholas Comninellis, MD (Auditorium)
4:10-4:40 pm Plenary 2 “Connect” by Sean Mark
4:40 pm Poster Presentation Judging (Lobby/Exhibit Hall)

*Please note, hands-on skills sessions are longer in duration and will run to the end of a breakout block.

Saturday, June 11, 2022 Agenda

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast & Visit Exhibits (Lobby/Exhibit Hall)
9:00-9:10 am Welcome & Simulation Instructions (Auditorium)
9:10-9:20 am Travel Time
9:20-10:50 am Simulation 
10:50-11:20 am Visit Exhibits (Exhibit Hall)
11:20-11:30 am Poster Awards (Auditorium)
11:30 am-12:00 pm Plenary 3 “Go!” by Nicholas Comninellis, MD (Auditorium)

Conclusion of Conference 

Introducing Our Speakers!

Check back for faculty bios.

Allison Judkins, MD

Dr. Judkins serves as Associate Director for Global Health Research in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, mentoring students, residents and other allied health care professionals in various quality improvement projects overseas. She also works closely with Dr. Bernhard Fassl through the CMI, operates global programs in India, Nepal and Kenya with the goal to improve access and quality of health services sustainably and improve population health through innovation and research projects primarily focusing on maternal-child health. As site leader in India, Dr. Judkins has been the primary US contact in the design of work and research processes which allows us to overcome challenges in low income countries, and improve access and quality of care for women and children in rural Gujarat. Throughout her global work, innovation and improvement of systems has been a major priority. She has presented at both regional and national conferences regarding this important work.

Barry Bacon, MD

After completing medical school and family medicine training, Dr. Bacon worked at a mission hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, and was medical director for 16 remote site clinics for 3 years from 1987-1990. Upon returning to the US, he practiced and taught full-spectrum family medicine in rural northeast Washington. Dr. Bacon has looked for ways to stay connected to global health and has realized by teaching physicians in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, and elsewhere that one of the most significant contributions we can give to the world is medical education.

Calvin Wilson, MD

Dr. Wilson has been involved in the development of family medicine and education in a variety of settings for over 30 years, and in international community and medical development projects for over 22 years. Although currently retired, he continues as a clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine. He serves as an associate medical director of the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians of Colorado. Dr. Wilson was the founding director of the Center for Global Health of the University of Colorado Anschutz Health Sciences Center, which is dedicated to promoting and coordinating a variety of global health-related activities. He most recently worked in Rwanda as the director of a partnership between the University of Colorado and the National University of Rwanda to develop their newly reopened residency programs and develop a new family and community medicine residency. In the past, he developed a primary healthcare continuing education program for the physicians, nurses, midwives, health workers and laboratory technicians of the public sector of Jordan, as well as consulting with the Jordan Medical Council in the development of their national CME initiative. He also initiated the training of the rst primary health care trainers in post-war Iraq and Ecuador. He has been a past President of the Advisory Board of the Center for International Health Initiatives of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and has received a number of awards for his global health activities.

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.

David Culpepper, MD

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.

Debra Conley, PA-C
Glen Talboy, MD

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.

John Clements, MD

After graduating medical school at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Clements completed an Ophthalmology residency at Loyola University Medical Center and then Cornea and External Disease fellowship at Harvard. Subsequently, he and his family spent 3 years running a blindness prevention program in Angola Africa. Since 2014, he has been on faculty at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon where he lives with this wife Lori, and 4 children.

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.

Nicholas Comninellis, MD

Nicholas Comninellis is Dean and President of INMED, the Institute for International Medicine. He is also faculty in the Department of Medical Humanities at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and faculty at Research Medical Center Family Medicine Residency. Over two years Dr. Comninellis served inner-city citizens at Shanghai Charity Hospital. Over another two years, he led a healthcare ministry in the war-besieged nation of Angola in southern Africa. Dr. Comninellis next served for six years in the Kansas City public hospital before launching INMED in 2003.

Sam Fabiano, MD

Susan Aycock, MD

Dr. Aycock started her career as a full spectrum family practitioner in rural, eastern North Carolina. She chose the residency track that prepared her for a concentration in women’s health to include obstetrics and colposcopy. After 25 years of full-time work, she went to the local health department working 2 days per week in family planning and running the colposcopy clinic. This freedom allowed her to pursue her interest in world missions. As part of her preparation, she earned the Diploma in International Medicine and Public Health through INMED and is currently transitioning to the Masters in International Health. The service-learning component took her to Roatan, Honduras where she explored their women’s health program. Dr. Aycock is currently developing a public health tool to help women win the battle against cervical cancer.

Ted Higgins, MD
Tom Kettler, MD

Directions to Conference


5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off,

Raytown, Missouri 64133


2022 Poster Presentation Information

The 2022 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. If attending in person, posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference and may focus on any global health topic. Virtual participation is also allowed. 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.

In-Person Poster Presentation Schedule

Friday, June 10, 2022
Time tbd             Poster setup (Lobby)
Time tbd             Present your poster to interested parties
Time tbd            Judging of Posters

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Time tbd          Present your poster to interested parties
Time tbd          Poster Awards (Auditorium)

Poster Presentation Guidelines 

  • Abstracts, posters in ppt format, and video presentation must be submitted by May 25, 2022 to [email protected]
  • Presenters must be available to meet with poster presentation judges to answer questions either virtually (in advance of the conference) or on Friday, June 11 between 4:45 – 5:30 pm in the Lobby. 
  • 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, if attending in person.
  • 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. 

2022 HHC Poster Abstract Guidelines

Check back soon for the complete 2022 HHC Poster Guidelines

 Attendee Registration Cost: June 10 – 11, 2022

(Friday and Saturday)

Early Bird Registration

(Ends March 15, 2022)

March 16 – May 15, 2022

May 16 – June 10, 2022


Attendee Ticket $130 $150


2021 Student Scholarship Recipients

Attendees will receive:

  • Admission to the conference
  • Access to the exhibitor hall
  • Certificate of attendance 
  • Conference Meals 

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 courses being offered Thursday, June 9, 2022 and costs. Separate registration and payment is required for pre-conference courses. 

Student Scholarships

A limited number of discounted student scholarships are available. These scholarships are for first-time, undergraduate students. If registering with a student discount code, no Accredited Continuing Education (CME) is provided. Please contact [email protected] for more information on student scholarships. A valid university-issued email address must be provided when requesting student scholarship.

2022 Exhibitor Details

Check back soon for Exhibitor Registration. 

Dates:  Friday and Saturday, June 10 – 11, 2022
Exhibitor Setup: Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Late Exhibitor Setup: Friday, June 10, 2022, from 7:30 – 8:00 am
Theme: Equip, Connect, Go!

Non-Profit Rate

For Profit Rate

Early Bird Exhibitor Registration Cost

(Early Bird Rate Ends March 15, 2022)



Exhibitor Registration Cost

(March 16 – June 10, 2022)



Exhibit Registration Includes:

  • One 6 Foot Table
  • Name Tags and Lanyards
  • Registration for 2 Booth Representatives (Additional representatives may be added for $90)
  • Booth Signage
  • Breakfast Friday and Saturday, Lunch on Friday
  • Internet Access
  • Access to Plenary and Breakout Sessions
  • Designated exhibitor times with in-person attendees
  • 1/2 Page Ad in Conference E-Booklet
  • 50-Word Booth Description in Conference E-booklet

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Conference?

The conference will be held at 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. 

Are there Accommodations? 

No designated room blocks have been reserved at area hotels. We recommend 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 severe food allergies, you may wish to bring your own lunch. 

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.

How Can I Volunteer at the Event?

Complete the Volunteer Registration Form.

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.

Who is INMED? 

The Institute for International Medicine (INMED) exists to equip healthcare professionals & students with the unique skills necessary to effectively serve the world’s most forgotten people. INMED is a nonprofit educational organization that offers didactic instruction in the full range of global health topics via online, hybrid, and in-classroom courses, as well as through conferences. We also complement such instruction with supervised service-learning experiences at over 45 INMED Training Sites in 25 low-resource countries. INMED learners can earn a Professional Diploma or a Professional Master’s Degree in International Health (MIH). Learn more at inmed.us

Check back soon for Accredited Continuing Education (CME) information.