2019 HMA National Conference


Faith-Based Approaches to Cultivate Healthier Communities

— 30th Anniversary —


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


Download and share the 2019 Save-the-Date flyer!

2019 Conference Prospectus for Sponsorship Opportunities
Please read the Invitation to Sponsor from the HMA President, Karen MacDonald, M.Div

PostersExhibitors/SponsorPurpose/ObjectivePre-ConferenceKeynote SpeakersAccommodations

Call for Posters

Hall of Excellence: Call for Poster Submissions

Get your creative juices flowing as five Hall of Excellence posters will be selected for presentation.  Poster presentation submissions will need to relate to one of this year’s conference objectives. If selected the lead presenter will receive a $100.00 discount off their conference registration (one registration discount per poster).

 We have opened our online process for poster presentations. Go to the Submission Form page

Submission deadline for all posters is A‌pril 12th, 2‌019
Selected presenters will be notified by A‌pril 22nd, 2‌019

Exhibitors and Sponsor

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: 8:45 am – 4:00 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
Friday, October 11, 2019: 8:45 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: Mindful Stress Management for Healthcare Providers – Kim Lauch
Friday, October 11, 2019: 12:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Kim will address exploring holistic breathing, chair movements, communication and consumption practices customized for healthcare providers to practice at work and home. The definition of mindfulness will unfold as you begin to cultivate awareness through these holistic practices. You will learn how to maintain a mindful and more efficient workplace. Most importantly you will learn who you are in this present moment, what changes may need to be made for your health opportunity, and how to maintain longevity for yourself.

Stressful sensations will always be coming from the environment and sometimes from within. There is no better time than the present to get control over how you react to these stressful environments. Instead of “reacting” without mindfulness its time to be the one in control of how you process stress – be aware of your reaction and mindfully respond with the tools included in this workshop.

For the betterment and longevity of yourself and your community it’s time to be aware of your present state, compassionately be open to any changes needed, and alleviate yourself from suffering.

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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

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

2019 Conference Sponsors!

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