The Houston Global Health Collaborative (HGHC) SUSTAIN Conference 2017 in collaboration with Rice Business and Texas Children’s Global Health will be held Thursday, March 23rd to Saturday, March 25th at Rice Business Jones Graduate School of Business. The mission of HGHC is to involve, connect, and unite individuals, groups, and member institutions of the Texas Medical Center to address global health challenges through education, research, and service. Over 60 speakers from organizations like Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative, Baylor Global Initiatives, Rice Business, aligned with the World Health Organization, and more will cover a variety of topics centered on the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference includes poster presentations and an exposition for student organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses to showcase/connect their work. Additional information about the conference, submitting poster presentations, exposition opportunities for student organizations/businesses, and benefits of sponsorship may be found here: advertising folder. The priority deadline to register is February 28th. Registration is now open!  If you have questions about the conference, please e-mail:

We wanted to let you know about this event happening in Houston and to highlight one of the keynote speakers, Rev. Linda L. McCarty from Faith In Practice- one of M3’s partners!

Linda is the president and CEO of Faith In Practice, a national ecumenical Christian not-for-profit that sends volunteer medical teams to Guatemala. Each year more than 1,200 U.S. and 900 Guatemalan volunteers provide medical, surgical, and dental care to the poor of Guatemala through Faith In Practice. These teams serve more than 25,000 people on an annual basis, emphasizing continuity of care within the context of short-term medical mission. Faith In Practice’s network of care begins in the remote villages in clinics established to treat patients with the greatest need and least access to care. Patients requiring surgery are guided through the entire process—accompanied to one of Faith In Practice’s partner hospitals, provided with room and board as they heal in one of the patient guest houses, and accompanied safely home. This integrated approach to healthcare is designed to treat the entire person, not only as a patient, but as a brother or sister in Christ. Rev. McCarty has served as president and CEO of Faith In Practice since 2007. In this time, Faith In Practice has continued to grow, deepening relationships in Guatemala and developing a more integrated structure. For the past 12 years, Faith In Practice has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top one percent of charities rated for fiscal responsibility. Rev. McCarty is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an attorney, with degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School and DePaul University College of Law. She is motivated by a strong sense of call, recognizing that even as we seek to bring healing to others, we ourselves are healed.