2019 M3 Breakout Session – Matthew Dacso, MD, MSc, FACP

We are excited to release this 2019 M3 Conference Breakout Session by Dr. Matthew Dacso, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director at the Center for Global Health Education at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), entitled “Bonded Through Service – Exploring Synergies between Academic and Faith-Based Organizations in Global Health.”

In this session, Dr. Dacso will discuss how every year, over 1.5 million Americans participate in short-term international faith-based mission trips.  Similarly, nearly one in every three medical students participates in a global health elective during their medical training.  Meanwhile, the past few decades have seen profound epidemiologic transitions in the global burden of disease complicated by persistent global disparities in the distribution of wealth and human resources for health.  The need to address these complex health system issues, coupled with increased interest among volunteers and the ease of international travel, have driven both academic institutions and faith-based organizations to create and expand global health programs.  Yet despite significant overlap in their mission areas, these entities frequently work in professional silos. This talk explores the shared values, as well as the challenges and opportunities for developing joint programming between academic and faith-based organizations.

Click here to learn more about UTMB Health’s Center for Global and Community Health.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for the next M3 Conference, which is set for February 21-22, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Register by July 31st and save 25% with code: M32020SPECIAL

2019 M3 Conference Videos Released!

We are excited to announce that the M3 Conference video and audio files have been released! An email was sent to all conference attendees with a link to the files. We will also be releasing one each Monday, starting with this inspiring session led by Dr. Anne Alaniz entitled “What’s in Your Hands? A Journey Out of the Village.”  Anne Alaniz, DO, is the Co-Founder of Pothawira (Safe Haven) in Malawi and a Gynecologic Oncologist at Houston Methodist.

In this plenary session from the 2019 conference, Dr. Alaniz shares how a 17 year old girl from a small village in Malawi, Africa with no name, no money and no roots becomes a gynecologic oncologist in the United States of America. And beyond that accomplishment, she becomes co-founder of an organization in her home village that now cares for orphans, widows and the sick. Follow the journey of God’s grace and provision for His call of obedience to a village girl who thought her hands were empty, but God knew she had everything He needed to accomplish what seemed impossible.

The next M3 Conference is set for February 21-22, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Register by July 31st and save 25% with code: M32020SPECIAL

M3 in the News: KHOU TV Great Day Houston

M3 Conference Co-Founder, Dr. Paul Osteen, and Dr. Stephen Spann and Joy Vonk join Deborah Duncan on Great Day Houston to discuss the 2019 M3 Conference, as well as the work of Casa El Buen Samaritano, a Houston clinic serving the low-income, uninsured and uninsurable population in the community. Dr. Spann is the Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine and Co-Founder of Casa El Buen Samaritano where Joy Vonk serves as the Clinician and Clinic Manager.

Disaster Response Nursing: What You Need to Know Before You Sign Up

Kelly Sites, RN, is a member of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) of Samaritan’s Purse.  In this Breakout Session from the 2018 M3 Conference, Ms. Sites shares how DART meets the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. She will discuss how to apply to serve, what a disaster response nurse does, what skills you need, and what life is like before, during and after a deployment.

Click here to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse DART program.

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