2016 Summit offers “TED-like” talks and strategic support

A tropical storm loomed, but that didn’t stop 98 of the nation’s top healthcare missions leaders from gathering in Charlotte, NC, for the 2016 Healthcare Missions Leadership Summit from August 31 to September 2.

This year, the annual meeting co-sponsored by MedSend and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA), kicked off with a series of “TED-like” talks given by Summit participants themselves. Topics included: Strategic planning for healthcare missions; measurement and metrics for healthcare missions and preparing healthcare missionaries for service.

“The presentations were followed up the next day with small group breakout sessions,” MedSend President & CEO Rick Allen explained. “The level of conversation and interaction was outstanding.” He noted that the Summit is intended to be a strategic meeting of healthcare mission leaders.

“The Summit brings together mission leaders involved in global healthcare missions to identify, discuss and partner on issues and opportunities that are of common interest and relevancy,” he said.

Among the most popular presentations was a three-part study on the “Biblical Mandate of Healthcare Missions” given by Stan Key, who is President of the Francis Asbury Society and Spiritual Dean of the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS). ReGenerations founder Jessica Stollings spoke on communications and conflict resolution between generations, also a subject of great interest to missions leaders.

MedSend’s 60-plus Associate organizations sent 64 representatives to this year’s Summit.
“Most of the participants rated this year as the best one thus far,” Allen said.