2020 HMA National Conference

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September 13-15, 2020

One Voice, One Vision: Wisdom for Healthier Communities

Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center
Techny, IL (Chicagoland)

Check back for more information on our 2020 Conference. In the meantime, please see the 2019 Conference content below, and photos on the Gallery page.

2019 HMA National Conference


Faith-Based Approaches to Cultivate Healthier Communities

— 30th Anniversary —

Was held

Oct. 11 – 14, 2019
St. Elizabeth Training and
Education Center
3861 Olympic Blvd.
Erlanger, KY


Thank you for joining us at the 2019 Annual Conference Program! Click here for the Program.
Photographs and more information about the 2020 Conference will be posted very soon!
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in 2020.


Exhibitors/SponsorPurpose/ObjectivePre-ConferenceKeynote SpeakersAccommodationsPosters

Exhibitors and Sponsor

“The HMA attendees responded well to my work and I love to serve them in this way,” 2018 conference vendor comment.

Exhibitors – The Health Ministries Association invites you to showcase your services at our 30th National Conference in Erlanger, KY! This is an excellent opportunity to network with faith community nurses, health ministers, clergy and others representing health care agencies, faith communities, health clinics/hospitals, colleges/universities from across the nation.

Go to the Exhibitor Submission page for more information and to sign up.

Sponsorship – 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.

For more information please read the Invitation to Sponsor from the HMA President, Karen MacDonald, M.Div

Click here for the 2019 Prospectus for Sponsorship
For additional information call: (800) 723-4291 or email: info@hmassoc.org


Statement of Purpose/Objectives

  • Engage individuals nationwide who practice at the intersection of faith and health.
  • Examine whole person health as a dynamic process that embodies integration of spiritual, physical, mental and social dimensions.
  • Discuss approaches and impact of collaborative partnerships that are key to building healthier communities.

Pre-Conference Offerings

Pre-Conference A: Creating a Good PITCH – Leaving Your Audience Wanting More – Shane Meeker
Friday, October 11, 2019: 8:00 am – 3:15 pm

Join us for a session on how to create a powerful ‘elevator pitch’ for your work or ideas. When you have a memorable story about who you are and what your mission is, it transcends boundaries and opens doors. Stories have the power to move us to take action.

Do you know what the most powerful part of your story is, how to share it and leave the audience wanting more? If you are approaching a funder, presenting an idea to church leadership or a board of directors, you need to be able to effectively share the passion and power of your story to engage them.

Storytelling in our work is just like storytelling in film, theatre, literature and communication –it is an integral part of our lives. Shane will cover some fascinating techniques that can be used for any situation, in a fun mix of information and hands-on practice.

Read more about Shane Meeker on the Keynote Presenters tab.

Pre-Conference B: Creating Sanctuary: Challenges Facing LGBT Youth – Andy Buechel, PhD
Friday, October 11, 2019: 8:00 am – 12:15 pm

Today’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has unique risks and needs from the health care community. All health care providers, those with religious affiliations and those without, interact with LGBT patients and need to know the challenges they face. During this pre-conference session Andy will provide participants information on the following key points:

  • Basic ways to help you better communicate with LGBT patients
  • Learn the health risks that are common to the LGBT community and their causes
  • Understand how health care professionals can help mitigate these risks

After completing his doctorate in Theological Studies at Emory University, Andy was an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and Xavier University. His area of research was the LGBT experience and what insights it could bring to Christian theology. Since then, Andy has joined Safe and Supported, a program of Lighthouse Youth and Family services in Cincinnati, to work to end LGBT youth homelessness and family rejection.

Pre-Conference C: Mindfulness: A Practice to Rekindle Your Flame – Kim Lauch, , E200RYT, 500RYT, RCYT, YACEP, AADP
Friday, October 11, 2019: 12:15 pm – 4:15 pm

What is mindfulness? In this workshop the definition unfolds as you begin to cultivate awareness through holistic practices. You will learn how to maintain a mindful state. In stressful situations, you can be fully present, aware of where you are, what you are doing, and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. It’s time to wake up to the inner workings of your mental, emotional, and physical processes to gain self-understanding and mindfully respond.

Kim Lauch is a corporate, group, family, school, and personal board certified holistic wellness provider with a passion for cultivating her client’s mind-body-spirit awareness through the practices of IAYT Sattva Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness, Mindful Communication, and Holistic Nutrition Coaching.

She is the Founder of RELAZENSHIPS whose mission is, “Through holistic practices we foster and cultivate mindful relationships with one’s self, family, work, community, and nature.” All RELAZENSHIPS programs are certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Kim was called to the practice of mindfulness and yoga in 1999 while earning her Bachelor of Science in Economics and began her mind-body wellness facilitator journey in 2005. She has studied with many practitioners such as yogi masters, mindfulness educators, doctors, and psychotherapists, to medical neuroscience professors and monks from around the world. She has helped many adults and children lessen their suffering from a diagnosed illness or disease or structural imbalance, as well as those in recovery. She has also conducted training on being more efficient in the workplace and at home through mindful communication. Kim leads retreats all around the globe, as well as workshops, trainings, groups, and private sessions. Her passion is to serve selflessly those in need.

Keynote Speakers

We are very pleased to announce our 2019 Keynote speakers!

From a nationally recognized author, an NFL chaplain, to company historian and corporate storyteller, a Police officer and security expert on the front lines working to improve safety in congregations, attendees will enjoy a variety of approaches to our conference theme – Faith Based Approaches to Cultivate Healthier Communities! Here is a bit of information on each of them. Stay tuned as more details will follow.

LaMorris Crawford, BS, MS – Saturday, October 12th
Born on the south side of Chicago, LaMorris Crawford was only ten months old when his mother was shot to death at the young age of seventeen; to this day he still has no idea who his father is. Growing up without parents, in poverty and a city of violence, LaMorris found his own way of survival through gangs, drugs, popularity, and basketball. Although he was a popular athlete, this attention could not fill the void in his life. When LaMorris was nineteen years old he had an encounter with Jesus Christ that changed him forever. Christ completely changed the course of his life.

The first in his family to attend college, LaMorris earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree. Today, LaMorris and his wife Megan have four beautiful children, and they serve as the team chaplains to the Cincinnati Bengals. He has a passion for preaching, communicating clearly and effectively the Word of God by sharing with others how God can also do an incredible work in their lives.

Shane Meeker – Saturday, October 12th
An industrial designer with a love of movies, Shane Meeker went on to become the company historian and corporate storyteller for the largest consumer products company in the world, Procter & Gamble. His two great passions merged when he began to connect what worked in his favorite movies and how to tell better business stories. In fact, he often tells groups that almost every business problem can be solved with what works in Star Wars.

Shane has been sharing his content around the world for over 12 years and does keynotes and workshops for the world’s biggest companies and brands, including: Walt Disney, Ford, P&G, American Express, Exxon Mobil, US Bank and Nationwide just to name a few.   Shane also just published his first book on the subject called StoryMythos: A Movie Guide To Better Business Stories. It was recently rated a #1 New Release Best Seller in Business Writing and Skills. 

Kay Francis, MBA, BS, CSP – Saturday, October 12th

Motivational Humorist, Kay Frances, has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 49 states and Canada for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Health and Education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She was also a family caregiver for 7 years.

Kay is the author of “The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.”

When it comes to humor, Kay is the “real deal” having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs including Lifetime Cable’s “Girls Night Out” and NBC’s “America’s Funniest People”. She also lived and performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs such as “The Improvisation” and “Catch a Rising Star.”

Dana Trent, M.Div – Sunday, October 13th
The Rev. J. Dana Trent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and professor of World Religions and Critical Thinking at Wake Tech Community College. An ordained Baptist minister and former hospital chaplain, her work has been featured on Time.com, Religion News Service, Religion Dispatches, as well as in Sojourners and The Christian Century. Her fourth book, Dessert First: Beginning with the End in Mind (September 2019) chronicles lessons on life and death from the bedsides of the dying, including her mother—who served as a psychiatric and public health nurse for over 30 years.

Dana is also the award-winning author of books on wholistic wellness and multi-faith spiritual practices: One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation; For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, and Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk. She is a certified group fitness instructor and teaches for the YMCA. She and her husband, Fred, are long-time vegetarians and live in Raleigh, N.C. with their orange tabby cat.

Glen Evans, BA, EMT-B – Monday, October 14th
When he graduated from Cedarville University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 1993, Glen set out on a course to serve and protect people through a career in law enforcement. Wanting to do more, he became a firefighter and an EMT a few years later and currently serves a local community near Dayton, Ohio. While serving as a SWAT officer, he observed how effective training could mean the difference between life and death.
After the terrorist attacks in 2001, he realized how people perform in a dangerous and stressful environment is dependent upon the quality of the training they received prior to the event.  Having the right knowledge and skill can be the difference between living and dying. Armed with this knowledge, Glen developed personal safety and self-defense seminars for people interested in protecting their families.

In 2008, he co-founded the Church Security Alliance and authored Church Security Basics.  He currently travels throughout the United States training church safety and security teams in violence prevention and response techniques.


Hotel Accommodations

You have the choice of two hotels, and both are located on the same block as the conference site.

      Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport and

         Courtyard Cincinnati Airport

Room blocks have been secured offering these special group rates for the Health Ministries Association:

  • Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport for $129.00 – $179.00 per night (includes Daily Buffet Breakfast)
  • Courtyard Cincinnati Airport for $112.00 per night (includes Daily Continental Breakfast)

Start Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
End Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Use this link to book your hotel stay today: Book your group rate for Health Ministries Association

Hall of Excellence:
A Panel of Poster Presentations
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Our unique poster presentations are designed to share programs of excellence in a creative format that has been very well received by past conference attendees. We will again highlight five poster/mini presentations offered in a general session. Each presenter will have the opportunity to share their program of excellence then connect one-on-one with attendees afterwards. We know you will be pleased to learn from these colleagues who are willing to share their outstanding and diverse ministries!

Mosque Community Health Assessment
Nancy Romanchek, BSN RN CHPN MPH
This poster relates to the 2019 conference objectives of both whole person care and the importance of collaborative efforts. This incorporates whole person health within the context of a Mosque Community. The Health Assessment will include spiritual, physical, mental and social dimensions. Program development in response to actual identified needs in the community will necessarily also apply culturally appropriate interventions for this specific population. Collaborative partnerships are important to anchor the Mosque community in the wider community by connecting Mosque members with existing resources already in place, which provide Islamically informed care.

Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for Faith-Based Organizations
Deborah Dixson, BSN RN-BC
Emergency preparedness involves careful planning to prevent and minimize danger. In order to keep faith-based organizations and the individuals within safe, careful preparation is vital. This toolkit contains general information to get the process started. The first step is communication and collaboration between teams involved in emergency preparedness planning. The second step is to assess safety needs by completing surveys included in the toolkit. The guide to using the Toolkit will help to generate a site specific emergency preparedness plan. Recommendations are to review and update the emergency plan as needed.

Presence Under Pressure: Incorporating Intentionality into Blood Pressure Ministry
Angela Combs, MSN MPH RN
Full bladder…. +10mmHg. Legs crossed…….+2-8mmHg. Although it may seem common, checking a blood pressure in the faith community presents many challenges and opportunities. The 2017 ACC/AHA hypertension guidelines emphasize proper technique, self-monitoring and patient education. As community based screeners, faith community nurses are well situated to make an impact on the millions of people in the United States with hypertension. Although BP ministries provide a valuable point of contact for care and support, FCNs must be creative when balancing opportunities to utilize evidence based practice and provide intentional support. Twenty one (21) individuals attended a training course on the new BP guidelines addressing issues specific to faith communities. In a pre-post-test evaluation, participants improved in awareness of new guidelines. A 3 month follow-up survey was also distributed to assess the usefulness of supportive tools for BP ministries in faith communities.

Come Plan with Us: Desert Community Partners Inspire Full Lives & Meaningful Deaths
Suzanne Morrison, PhD MDiv
Interfaith Community Services is a key partner within the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, which originated early in this decade but received a new name and extensive foundation grants during the summer of 2017. We seek to transform the manner in which the people of this state think and talk about death and dying, and we endeavor to engage them in helpful planning for the inevitable. By working together as social service agencies, health clinics, hospices, senior centers, tribal groups, and interested residents we are constructing a model for inspiring individuals, families, and communities to deal with the issues raised by death in culturally appropriate and timely ways. This poster will revolve around our efforts to unite medical professionals, local governments, and overseers of housing complexes, parks and recreations employees, social workers, caregivers, faith communities, legal experts, and volunteers of all stripes in striving to make “the good death” a possibility for the entire population.

Communities of Compassion: Collaboration for Mental Health
Margaret Jacques, MS RN-BC
Communities of Compassion” was a mental health educational intervention created for persons working and volunteering in two impoverished zip codes in Peoria, Illinois. A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) with OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center serves as an outreach nurse to the patrons of Sophia’s Kitchen, a sack lunch ministry program for persons living in and near the impoverished areas, through nearby Sacred Heart Church. The FCN collaborated with designees of the Diocese of Peoria, the Peoria Human Service Center, several faith-based online mental health organizations, the Institutional Review Board (University of Illinois), the Director of Behavioral Health and the research council of the medical center, the local FCN network and multiple Peoria community agencies. The intervention included obtaining grant funding, presenting a mental health educational series, and measuring outcomes with a research approved pre/post-intervention survey, which indicated attendees reported less apprehension and more compassion in interacting with patrons.

If you would like to view photos from the 2018 Conference, visit our 2018 Conference Photos page.

2019 Conference Sponsors!

Major Sponsor:

“Hall of Excellence” Poster Presentation Sponsored by:

Award Sponsors:

~ Marilyn Harris – Ronnette Sailors ~





General Sponsors:

~ Dr. & Mrs. Don Welsh ~