2018 HMA Annual Meeting and Conference

The Sacred Practice of Caring: Partnering For A Healthy, Hopeful Future

September 8 – 10, 2018
St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center
3861 Olympic Blvd.
Erlanger, KY 41018

*New York Time 52 places to go in 2018 – Cincinnati is No. 8!

Just over the river from our conference location.

Statement of Purpose/Objectives:
  • Engage individuals nationwide who practice at the intersection of faith and health.
  • Identify progressive approaches for collaboration to promote population health.
  • Examine innovative concepts related to whole person health across life’s continuum.


*Registration and brochure will be available in May!

KeynotersHotelsSponsors/ExhibitorsCall for Posters

Keynote Speakers

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Presentation: Nurse Advocacy – At the Bedside and Beyond
President, American Nurses Association

Dr. Pamela Cipriano is the 35th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses.

A distinguished nursing leader, Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. In 2017, she was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine for the third year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.”

Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was senior director for health care management at Galloway Consulting. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000, and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing.

Dr. Cipriano is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for health care quality. She was elected First Vice President of the International Council of Nurses in 2017 and has served on a number of boards and committees for influential national organizations, including the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission. Dr. Cipriano was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine…Read More!

Cea Cohen Elliott, BS, MA
Presentation: Hearing Your Voice Within

Cea Cohen Elliott’s mission is to help others laugh more and live better. As a motivational speaker, workshop leader and stress management consultant, she brings a wonderful sense of humor and imagination to diverse audiences.

Cea obtained her B.A. degree in secondary English education from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio and her M.A. degree in guidance from the Ohio State University. She also holds certifications as a fitness and wellness instructor from the internationally known Kenneth Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research, Dallas, Texas. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.

In the last ten to forty years (give or take a few in between) Cea has been a belly dancer, a Montessori teacher, junior high English teacher, guidance counselor and fitness instructor on the college level. She currently works with students in middle and high school promoting: Conflict resolution; How to make a difference in the world; Say NO to bullying. As a fitness specialist, she conducts Pilates and Fusion classes and teaches wellness and healing workshops. She has lived her entire life trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up!

Lovoria B. Williams, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Presentation: Faith Based Intervention: A Merging of Faith and Health

Dr. Lovoria B. Williams is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing. She received a PhD in nursing from Georgia Regents University in 2011. Dr. Williams’ dissertation examined diabetes predictors among African-Americans in a faith-based setting. Her research focuses on delivering interventions to reduce health disparities among minority and medically-underserved populations. She utilizes community based participatory research methods to train the trainer on the delivery of behavioral interventions. She is nationally-recognized for recruiting minorities and medically underserved populations and developing culturally-adapted interventions for implementation by community health workers, primarily in African American churches.

Her work has been funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research nationally and internationally.

As an active clinician serving the veteran, homeless and nicotine dependent patients, Dr. Williams adeptly integrates graduate student teaching and research into her family nurse practitioner role. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Phi Kappa Phi, Excellence in Research and Outstanding Published Writing. She is a member of multiple professional organizations such as the National Black Nurses Association, The Obesity Society and the Southern Nursing Research Society where she serves on the Board of Directors...Read More!

Sister Dr. Nancy Linenkugel, OSF, DM, LFACHE
Presentation: Can We See Sacredness From Here?

Nancy is a Franciscan Sister who brings 13 years of experience in the education ministry, 30 years of experience in the healthcare ministry, four years’ experience on the elected Leadership Team of her order – the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, OH.  She has also served on a variety of local, regional, and national healthcare boards, including the American College of Healthcare Executives and the CHI Texas Board.

Sister Nancy is currently chair of the department of Health Services Administration and director of the graduate MHSA program at Xavier University (Masters of Health Services Administration.

She was inducted into the State of Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1999, was one of 12 “Up and Comers” nationally in 1990 by MODERN HEALTHCARE magazine, and was the 1990 National Runner-Up for the “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives…Read More!


Pastor Greg Delaney, BS
Presentation: A “Little HOPE” Changes Everything (Faith’s Response to the ADDICTION Crisis)

Pastor Delaney is the current Outreach Coordinator for Woodhaven Ohio, a Statewide Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center and is a frequent faith partner with/for the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Statewide Outreach on Substance Use, as well as Attorney General Patrick Morrissey of West Virginia’s COMBATING ADDICTION with GRACE initiative. Greg is also the Hope Director for “Reach for Tomorrow Ohio” a non-profit community organization located in Highland County, Ohio where he leads a coordinated effort to educate churches, faith and community leaders about trauma and human trafficking.

Greg also serves as a FAITH partner to many of Ohio Governor Kasich’s Faith-Based Initiatives including the #LOVEEPIDEMIC and is a presenter and contributor to the faith-based efforts of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in Washington D.C. Greg is also the Founder and Recovery Coach for the Jeremiah Tree, a Greene County Ohio non-profit ministry dedicated to community assistance and recovery housing for men and serves on many boards including Ohio Citizens for Advocacy and Addiction Recovery. Greg is a graduate of Wright State University in Marketing.


Courtyard Cincinnati Airport – Health Ministries Association: HMA Block Rate
3990 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, KY 41018


Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport
2811 Circleport Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018


Health Ministries Assn – EARLY BIRD
Start date: 9/6/18
End date: 9/10/18
Last day to book at Early Bird Rate: 6/8/18

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Courtyard Cincinnati Airport for 107.10 USD per night (includes Daily Continental Breakfast)
  • Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport for 125.00 USD – 161.00 USD per night (includes Daily Buffet Breakfast)

Book your group rate for Health Ministries Assn – EARLY BIRD  or call 859.282.7400 (Residence Inn) or 859.647.9900 (Courtyard).

Additional Details:

  • ALL ROOM RATES ARE SUBJECT TO LOCAL SALES TAX AND OCCUPANCY TAXES, if applicable. Sales Tax Exemptions Happily Accommodated with Certificate of Tax Exemption. Current taxes are 6.3% Occupancy and 6% KY Sales Tax
  • Rates applicable 3 days prior to “official program dates” and 3 days post
  • Shuttle Service To/From SETEC is complimentary to all guests with reservations in the group block at either property.
  • The hotels offers complimentary 24/7 airport shuttle service to all guests.

Calling Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors!

The Health Ministries Association invites you to showcase your services at our 29th Annual Meeting and Conference in Erlanger, KY! This is a wonderful opportunity to build new relationships and connections at this national conference that brings together a diverse group of attendees representing hundreds of agencies, including faith communities, health centers/hospitals, and other organizations.
Here are two opportunities to consider:

As an Exhibitor:
Your group, organization or company can benefit by exhibiting at our conference:

  • Networking opportunities with leaders committed to health, healing and wholeness
  • Promotion of your products, services, programs and information
  • Visibility to people from a variety of faith traditions and health promotion avenues
  • Ability to impact many programs with a whole-person health focus
  • All exhibitors will be listed in the conference program information

For more information connect to the Exhibitor Submission form here!

As a Conference Sponsor:
A unifying force for HMA has been a focus on our vision of engaging, educating and empowering people of faith to be passionate and effective leaders for creating healthier communities. This vision and the commitment to whole-person health have allowed HMA to concentrate its conferences on building leadership and equipping people to advance their health ministries across faith traditions.

Your support enables our vision to be realized by preparing a network of faith and health professionals to develop health ministries that bring needed resources to communities throughout the country.  Your sponsorship also highlights for conference attendees your organization’s commitment to building healthier communities through collaboration with groups and individuals engaging faith with health.

All sponsors will be listed in the conference program information.

Look for the Prospectus for Sponsorship to be posted by the end of this month!


Conference Sponsors!

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Hall of Excellence Poster Presentations – Call for Proposals

Thank you to all who have submitted for a poster presentation, see the notification timeline below.

Please note these important POSTER TIMELINES: