Welcome to the MedicalMissions.com Podcast

This is a series of sessions from leading experts in healthcare missions.

Community Health Evangelism

Public Health as Mission: Historically, the focus of medical missions has often been individual, curative health care services. However, many field practitioners have realized after years of hard (and occasionally frustrating) work that an intentional approach to population health leads to improved health for larger numbers of people and a decline in acute, treatable but preventable diseases. When population health is combined with a clear message of the Good News of Christ, the result is often wholistic transformation of bodies and souls for both individuals and communities. This subtopic examines the principles of population or public health and how these principles facilitate community transformation. Integrating CHE into Primary Care Practice: The WHO and our most respected medical journals, such as The Lancet, have long reported that the integration of community health into primary care practice is the key to the very future of healthcare. (For example, see WHO's "Building from Common Foundations" and "Primary Care, Now More Than Ever" and The Lancet Volume 372, Page 872) Best Practices in Community Health: Sustainable community health development requires participatory approaches that put the community at the center of its health and development. Explore principles, practices, and example activities in community health that effectively engage communities and facilitate transformation. CHE/Transformation Development Case Study: Transforming lives and Communities through the seamless integration of evangelism, discipleship, disease prevention, and community owned development. This subtopic will explain and explore the core values that make CHE work across the globe: Multiplication, Wholistic & Integration, Community Ownership, Development verses Relief by looking at a case study of a community which has been transformed in measurable ways. Transitioning from Short-term Medical Teams to Sustainable Community Development: This session will focus on how to transition from typical short-term medical teams to models that result in sustainable community development


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Biblical Foundations

Knowing and Engaging God's Will: Approaching God's will as guidance and leading, rather than a roadmap God's Peace in a World of Chaos: We have far more to do than can possibly be done and we feel pulled in every direction. On top of that, the world around us seems increasingly chaotic What must we do to live and experience God's peace in our lives? Living Missionally in Your Life and Career Path: Missions is just for full-time missionaries. Everyone is called to live missionally wherever we are and whatever we do. How can we learn to live missionally with our various gifts, jobs, and career-paths? Crosscultural Living: Living crossculturally is something we sometimes have to do, like when we move to another country or even a different part of this one, or we have to pursue in our own cities and towns. How do we approach crosscultural living and how do we engage others from different cultural backgrounds, whether around the world or right here at home. Engaging My Muslim Neighbor: It's one thing to study and try to understand Islam, it's another to meet and engage Muslims. In this session we will consider some basic issues and explore practical ways to meet and minister to our Muslim neighbors.


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Medical Education

International Healthcare Professional Education - What You Need to Know: This session will discuss (1) the advantages of teaching overseas, (2 ) its limitations, ), and (3) lessons learned from experience teaching overseas. Long Term Medical Teaching Overseas: This session will discuss opportunities for and the benefits of long term healthcare professional training overseas, using the example of residency training of Africans in Africa. Opportunities for paid professional medical teaching positions overseas, some in English, will be briefly discussed. Short Term Medical Teaching Overseas: This session will discuss different types of short term healthcare professional teaching opportunities overseas and give examples of their impacts. Whole Person Medicine and Whole Person Teaching: This session will outline the nature, benefits, and wide acceptance of whole person medicine education and the wholistic teaching methods used to teach it. Whole Person Medicine Education – The Kenyan Story: This session will tell the story of how whole person medicine education was brought to Kenya and how it has become an indigenous ministry with wide impact.


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Human Trafficking

Awareness and Education on human trafficking: This session will describe the importance of raising awareness among healthcare professionals regarding the issue of human trafficking, and educating them to recognize potential victims of human trafficking within the healthcare setting. The session will provide educational resources on human trafficking as well as resources that will enable the participant to raise awareness of human trafficking among his/her colleagues. Engaging local survivors: This session will discuss the importance of utilizing local survivors of human trafficking in efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking as well as educating healthcare professionals regarding the types of human trafficking that occurs within their location. The session will also emphasize the importance of incorporating survivor input as hospitals and clinics begin to develop response protocols for human trafficking. Developing an institutional response: This session will emphasize the importance of developing a full and multidisciplinary response to victims of human trafficking encountered by a healthcare institution such as a hospital. The session will provide various resources for developing an institutional response including a toolkit for developing a response as well as sample protocols that have been developed. Responding as a community: This session will focus on the various aspects of how a local community should respond to both international and domestic victims of human trafficking in terms of prevention, identification, and aftercare. Special attention will be given to the development of a dedicated clinic that specializes in the healthcare of victims of human trafficking. Responding globally to human trafficking: This session will describe current short term overseas medical mission opportunities available through CMDA that specialize in the care of human trafficking victims. The session will also explore the unique issues surrounding the development of an adequate response to victims of human trafficking within a mission healthcare setting.


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Sustainable Models of Healthcare

The Biblical Foundation for Meeting Physical Needs as Ministry: When we look at the life of Jesus, we see that His ministry had components of preaching (to the crowds), healing (individuals), and discipling (primarily the 12). As followers of Jesus, we want to do as He did. “Preach and heal” are not mutually exclusive things. While the spiritual realm is eternal and the physical realm is temporal, people still have real physical needs. Jesus did not ignore these needs. At the same time, many get so concerned about physical needs that they forget about the spiritual origin of these physical needs. As Christians, we know that the origin of death, pain, and disease ultimately goes back to man’s rebellion against God in the Garden. This discussion will attempt to establish a Biblical framework for healthcare ministry. How God introduced me to His way of missions, that brought Him the glory due Him alone: After experiencing the exhilaration of seeing God use my dental skills to serve His Kingdom, I became overwhelmed by the futility of going and doing. It was time for a new model, one that was consistent with the way God works. 12 years ago a group of us started training local believers to meet the dental needs of their community and witnessed, amazing God-sized results. Allow me to share what God did. Short-Term Medical Missions Effect on Long-Term World Healthcare and the Kingdom of Heaven: Short-Term Medical Missions are becoming a major factor in global healthcare that accounts for millions of dollars spent on travel, accommodations, personal time and effort, but are we truly impacting the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no standardize governing body to evaluate the quality, sustainability or accountability of Short Term Medical Mission’s. Since most organization reports are somewhat biased by their own reporting and when we stop and evaluate cost, efficiency and sustainability are we influencing world health without creating dependency and effectively sharing the good news? When we look at specific metrics, education is usually not a primary goal and in fact, the belief that any care is acceptable regardless of the quality, is widespread. It is the goal of many like-minded mission organizations that “education” of indigenous believers is the answer to the problem of dependency, sustainability, long-term world health and expanding the Kingdom of Heaven. How to Develop Sustainable Healthcare on a Short Term Trip: It is a general perception that the short-term missions is one sided. Often creating dependency- teams from USA go to the underdeveloped country to help and bring short term relief and address felt needs in the comminutes of the countries they visit. While that may be true, short term teams could actually do lots more by way of ‘passing on of skills’ and change the trend to make optimum use of the time and resources. Short term team could provide long term and sustainable projects and help move from ‘relief’ to ‘development’ and in establishing self sustaining projects that could be carried out by the local partners on an ongoing basis.Passing on the skills would thus make an impact on the ground. The Long Term Impact of a Sustainable Healthcare Model: A sustainable healthcare model is based on several factors: Preparing the local church through training, selecting the right students; practical and relevant training for the students; and follow up till the clinic volunteers become competent. The result they are able to minister wholistically to many patients over time and have a good business model that generates income to keep the medical ministry running.


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