Dr. Nicholas Comninellis: Health Through the Eyes of Culture


In this Breakout Session from the 2024 M3 Conference, Dr. Nicholas Comninellis discusses health through the eyes of culture. He cites health interventions that are ineffective due to cultural irrelevancy, explains four principles of cultural competence, and describes the process of observing, understanding, and adjusting to local cultures.

Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH, is President and Professor at INMED, the Institute for International Medicine. He is also faculty Research Medical Center Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Comninellis has decades of experience serving in medical missions, including in Shanghai, Angola, and Honduras. Click here to learn more about INMED and the incredible work and training they are doing around the world.

Dr. Anne Alaniz: A Shepherd, A Builder and A Healer – From Layers of Poverty to Dimensions of Global Health


In this Plenary Session from the recent M3 Conference, Dr. Anne Alaniz shares her incredible journey of how God has used her personal experiences and struggles growing up in a small village in Malawi to now lead survivor driven change in the community where she grew up. She addresses both the spiritual and physical challenges of unstacking the layers of poverty. Her story embodies the power of community, service, grace, humility, and hope.

Dr. Anne Alaniz is a gynecologic oncologist who has been working for Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, since 2012. She is also the Co-Founder of Pothawira (Safe Haven) Christian Mission Organization in Malawi. Click here to learn more about the work of Pothawira.


The 10th Anniversary Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference is set for Friday, February 21, and Saturday February 22, 2025, and will once again be held at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. In preparation for this special event, the call for speaker abstracts is officially opened from now through September 1, 2024!

We are seeking session content that addresses international and domestic healthcare missions and other related community needs that in addition to physical health attends to a community’s spiritual, educational, mental, emotional, social, and economical health as well. Submissions should not focus solely on a specific organization, but instead focus on topics, skills, best practices, and the like.

If you or anyone you know has experience and expertise to share in these aforementioned areas, please CLICK HERE to submit your abstract to be considered.


We are excited to announce that the 10th Anniversary Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference is set for Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, 2025, in Houston, Texas!

We are preparing for a special year and are already working on a couple of new additions, including offering CME credits during some of the conference Breakout Sessions. In previous years, CME’s have only been available during the Pre-Conference Workshop, which will continue to offer CME’s as well.

More information will be coming soon, and announcements will go out when registration opens, so keep an eye out for future updates.

In the meantime, mark your calendars and make plans to join us on February 21-22, 2025!