Lana Borden Teaching Nursing in Zambia

June 23rd, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Healthcare Education, INMED Grads In Action|



In 2013 Lana Borden, an RN from Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital, we recognized with the INMED Diploma in International Public Health, which included her formative service-learning experience at Mushili Health Center in Zambia, southern Africa.


“In January I was in the Copperbelt area of Zambia again,” says Lana “to visit nursing colleges and interview for professorship. A private college called Nkana wants me to return for an internship as a sort of working interview and orientation process with the dean of nurses. I would be working alongside 6 other nursing ‘tutors’ to train about 350 students through their three year nursing program. This was just the sort of thing I was hoping to do, as I believe the impact of training the next generation of nurses from the beginning of their studies will have an exponential effect on healthcare in Zambia. Doctors are scarce, especially in rural areas, and nurses are often the primary healthcare providers in their communities. INMED’s public health program was instrumental in getting me started on this journey.


“As a Christian and missions-minded nurse, I am excited at the opportunity to earn a living in the country I’ll be serving, although some may think it unusual. It is similar to the way the apostle Paul was able to generate income with his tent making trade as he traveled abroad and shared the gospel. It will be a challenging endeavor, but I am excited for what may be to come.”


Transformation In Healthcare Education

June 10th, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Healthcare Education|



Paul Larson, INMED Faculty and family medicine instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, notes how in 1956 Benjamin Bloom and collaborators developed a framework for classifying educational objectives. This image describes categories of behavioral learning of increasing cognitive complexity. In its most primitive form, learning is confined to recitation. With increasing maturity, learning expands toward application of what is learned, analysis of the validity of that information, and even to creation of new information.


This model of understanding has lead to tremendous shifts in healthcare education; moving the field from knowledge-orientation toward competency-accomplishment. Associated with this transformation has been the role of the teacher. She or he is no longer simply a source of information, but rather one who facilitates learning through creation of effective learning opportunities. Hence, the Bloom’s Taxonomy impacts both the Learner and the Teacher.


Why Construct A Ship Underway At Sea?

June 3rd, 2016 by INMED
Posted in INMED Action Steps For You|



Sounds like nonsense. Why construct a ship while plowing oceans waves? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to pull into a dry dock for a few months of focused building? The fact is, however, that once the hull is complete and engine installed the ship can technically start hauling passengers. 2003 was the year of INMED’s basic construction. Since then, the demand for ‘passenger service’ has been so steady that the we have not enjoyed the luxury of making people wait for our services. After all, equipping well-meaning healthcare personnel to serve the world most marginalized is one of the very most compelling payloads to bear.


During the coming year watch for several new additions presently being built onto INMED’s ship:


  • Establishment of a scholarship fund to facilitating healthcare students earning an INMED Diploma.
  • Expansion of the INMED Conference to address a broader audience of healthcare professionals and students.
  • Concentrated analysis of the impact of INMED training on the careers of our graduates.
  • Provision of augmented assistance for schools and programs to obtain global health accreditation
  • Introduction of healthcare education training to the core INMED curriculum.


Constructing a ship at sea has particular challenges: rough waves, extreme temperatures, exposed pilot house. But this also carries special benefits: the enthusiasm of the travelers and the joy of those in the harbors who great them.


2017 INMED Humanitarian Health Conference

May 27th, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Global Health News & Inspiration, INMED Action Steps For You|

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At this moment 400+ individuals and 28 exhibiting organizations are taking part in the 11th annual INMED Exploring Medical Missions Conference. When first conceived in 2006, this event was primarily intended to bring together well-meaning volunteers with sending organizations, most often for shorter-term commitments. Since that time, the developments within INMED and the healthcare professions have shifted focus toward longer-term personal investments and toward those health interventions that are more comprehensive and potentially sustainable in nature.


In step with these developments, we at INMED are pleased to announce the new identity of this event: the INMED Humanitarian Health Conference. Look for the 2017 event to be inclusive of all healthcare professions, interactive and personal in nature, and populated by both inspired individuals and inspirational organizations. Given the previous frequent overlap with graduation events, the INMED Humanitarian Health Conference will also be earlier in the year: Friday and Saturday morning, March 24-25, 2017. Please save the dates and join us!


Tomorrows International Health Volunteers

May 20th, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Global Health News & Inspiration|



What do you want to do with your life? Let me introduce you to some who already know: The 200 graduate and undergrad students, photographed here at the event, who received scholarships to participate in this year’s INMED Exploring Medical Missions Conference.


One is Jordan Crawford, whom I originally met through Joe White of Kanakuk Kamps. “As Joe and I talked about medicine, missions, purpose,” says Jordan, “Joe was convinced that he needed to connect us. He briefly told me about INMED I was more than intrigued to learn more.”


My extreme gratitude goes out to the fifty-two individuals who provided funding – and the associated vision-casting – for these students. I hope you’ll save the dates of March 24-25 to join INMED again for our 2017 event: the INMED Humanitarian Health Conference.


Kim & Ted Higgins – 2016 INMED Award For Compassionate Service To Humanity Recipients

May 13th, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Global Health News & Inspiration|

higgins-ted-kimThis award was established by the INMED Board of Directors to recognize people who demonstrate care and concern for those in need, who give selflessly of their time and resources, and who inspire others to take similar action. The 2016 INMED Award For Compassionate Service To Humanity Recipients are Kim & Ted Higgins.


As a general surgery resident at Yale University, Ted leaped at the opportunity to serve under mentors for six months at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. Inspired through that experience, Ted and his wife, Kim, embarked on a twenty-five-year schedule of providing surgical care in Haiti and Dominican Republic – a pattern of service that continues even today. With the vision of further expanding continuity care for residents of these nations, the Higgins mastermined and funded establishment of the Higgins Brothers Surgical Center in partnership with Haiti Christian Missions. With a parallel vision of inspiring future international healthcare volunteers, the Higgins have both funded and provided their expertise for the INMED conference event since its inception.


Tom Kettler – 2016 INMED National Healthcare Service Award Recipient

May 6th, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Global Health News & Inspiration, INMED Training Sites In Action|

kettler-tomMany health care professionals within their own nations are sacrificing personal comfort in order to care for their neglected neighbors. The award recipients listed below are role models in providing health care for their own people. The Institute for International Medicine is touched to announce the 2016 INMED National Healthcare Service Award Recipient: Tom Kettler.


Known to hundreds of patients in Stanley, Kansas, as a quality family physician, Dr. Kettler has remained unswerving in his commitment to Kansas City’s most needy populous: those residing in the urban core. There was once no primary care facility available in the immediate neighborhood – a particular obstacle for the numerous patients without transportation. After years of vision casting and overcoming financial challenges, in 2009 Dr. Kettler saw his vision birthed into reality with the formal opening of Hope Family Care Clinic (HFCC) at 3027 Prospect Ave.


But the young HFCC required nurturing. For two years Dr. Kettler himself staffed the clinic part-time on top of his normal medical responsibilities in Stanley. This year when HFCC became under staffed he again returned to this role. Says Kettler, “My Christian faith was primary in my pursuit of a medical career. I enjoy helping others and the challenge of solving problems. Medicine is a great field for life-long learning and service to others.”


Hunger Games: Starvation And Hope In Syria

April 29th, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Global Health News & Inspiration, INMED Action Steps For You|



Just yesterday our United Nations humanitarian leader disclosed how hunger is being used as a subjugation tactic in the Syrian conflicts. “Current levels of access leave civilians starving and without medical care,” declares Stephen O’Brien, who points out the deliberate theft of food and medical supplies from what few relief convoys are permitted into cities under siege like Aleppo and Madaya. Compounding aid efforts are repeated military attacks on rescue workers, including 60 people were killed today in Aleppo in when an MSF hospital was targeted.


Indeed, hunger and illness impair resistance against aggression. But what about the power of hope? This year’s Exploring Medical Missions Conference theme is The Evidence Behind Medical Missions. My keynote address will celebrate the courageous and merciful actions of individuals like Lani Ackerman in Nepal, John Zhangpeng in China, and Howard Searle in India. I’ll also recognize today’s bold acts of compassion by Heart To Heart International, Medical Missions Foundation, and Kansas City’s own Hope Family Care Center.


Best of all, this event is your opportunity to step into a role in ending the hunger games being played out around the globe. The evidence behind medical missions could actually include you.


Scott Kujath – 2016 INMED International Medicine Award Recipient

April 22nd, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Global Health News & Inspiration|

kujath-scottThis award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to health in developing nations. Award recipients have demonstrated uncommon dedication and endurance in pursuit of this cause. The Institute for International Medicine is overjoyed to announce the 2016 INMED International Medicine Award Recipient: Scott Kujath.


Well known in Kansas City as an exceptional vascular surgeon, Dr. Kujath’s service reaches beyond the city’s borders. In cooperation with First Baptist Church of Raytown, Missouri, he leads the Mission of Hope Clinic, providing primary medical care and dental care to the region’s most under resourced people.


Dr Kujath also consistently serves in eastern Africa, both in providing direct medical care as well as pioneering in the innovative field of hospice and palliative care in connection with The Living Room, who provides quality of life for Kenyans affected by HIV-AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Casting an effective vision for others to follow, Dr. Kujath has generous supported student scholarships for the INMED Conference since 2013.


Howard Searle – 2016 INMED Cross-Cultural Healthcare Leadership Award Recipient

April 15th, 2016 by INMED
Posted in Global Health News & Inspiration, INMED Training Sites In Action|

searle-howardThis award recognizes one who has made significant leadership contributions to bridging cultural gaps in healthcare services and has set an example for other leaders to emulate. The Institute for International Medicine is very proud to honor the 2016 INMED Cross-Cultural Healthcare Leadership Award Recipient: Howard Searle.


In 1965 – fully fifty-one years ago – this Canadian surgeon was on his way to Mukinge Hospital in Zambia with AEF – Africa Evangelical Fellowship. Discerning that Mukinge was too well-established for his intentions, Dr. Searle instead turned towards the unique needs of India. In 1965 the Indian government began rejecting visa requests of US healthcare personnel. But Canadians still enjoyed ready access.


In the critical years between 1969 and 74, Dr. Searle was part of the innovative team of Indian leaders who guided Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) from reliance on international staff and donors to becoming entirely self-sufficient. Since then, EHA has grown to become the world’s largest indigenous medical mission; self-governed, self-funded, and self-staff. Dr. Searle continued serving at their side until 2005, when he retired to become Executive Director of EHA’s United States affiliate, a role in which he continues to serve today.