Educational Opportunities


11th Annual Medical-Spirituality Conference

Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 8:45 am – 4:30 pm, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will be hosting the 11th Annual Medical-Spirituality Conference: Addiction.Healing.Hope: Integrating Science and Spirituality to Support Recovery at Sinclair College Conference Center, Building 12.  

On a daily basis, the medical field sees the devastating effects of the opioid crisis. This national epidemic has been felt particularly close to home, as our communities have been greatly affected by its negative impacts.

The crisis has exposed the shortcomings of our medical system in helping those with addiction, a chronic brain disease leading to biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dysfunction. Thankfully, evidence-based and integrated approaches are available that can help patients who suffer from this life-threatening disease.

The eleventh Medical-Spirituality Conference is an invitation to explore the challenges and opportunities with experts from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a national leader in addiction treatment and recovery. Please join us to learn ways that you can offer healing and hope to those who suffer from addiction.

Click here to register now!

“Through the Eyes of the Behoarder” The Health Care Professionals Guide to Understanding Professional Hoarding

Thursday, May 16, 2019, The Health Ministry Program of Premier Health, in partnership with Episcopal Retirement Services, will be offering “Through the Eyes of the Behoarder” The Health Care Professionals Guide to Understanding Professional Hoarding, at Church of Ascension from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Speaker Kristy Matheson, LSW, CDP, Community Educator from Hospice of the Miami Valley will be presenting this topic. This seminar will define hoarding through the eyes of those who struggle with this disorder and will define the DSM-V diagnostic criteria for compulsive hoarding. Participants will understand the stages of hoarding and the thought processes involved. Interventions, treatment modalities and safety concerns associated with hoarding will also be discussed.

One contact hour is available, and registration is required. Go to our website to download the flyer/registration or call the Health Ministries Program for more information at (937) 227-9454(937) 227-9454.

2019 Police and Community Engagement Conference

You are invited to attend 2019 Police and Community Engagement Conference on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Belmont High School, 2615 Wayne Ave., Dayton, OH, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

There will be eight exciting classes to choose from: 2 Interactive Experiences, Taser Demonstration, Emergency Vehicles Display, and K9 Demonstrations.

This is a free event, but you must register by going to the event website.

2019 Health Ministries Association Annual Meeting and Conference

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend a National Conference on Oct. 11 - 14, 2019.  The Health Ministries Association will again be in our region, at the St. Elizabeth Training and Educational Center, Erlanger, KY.

LaMorris Crawford will be presenting on Saturday, October 11. Born on the south side of Chicago, he was only ten months old when his mother was shot to death at the young age of seventeen; to this day he still has no idea who his father is. Growing up without parents, in poverty and a city of violence, LaMorris found his own way of survival through gangs, drugs, popularity, and basketball. Although he was a popular athlete, this attention could not fill the void in his life. When LaMorris was nineteen years old he had an encounter with Jesus Christ that changed him forever. Christ completely changed the course of his life.

The first in his family to attend college, LaMorris earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree. Today, LaMorris and his wife Megan have four beautiful children, and they serve as the team chaplains to the Cincinnati Bengals. He has a passion for preaching, communicating clearly and effectively the Word of God by sharing with others how God can also do an incredible work in their lives.

Shane Meeker will be presenting Saturday, October 12 the topic A Movie Guide to Better Program Stories. An industrial designer with a love of movies, Shane Meeker went on to become the company historian and corporate storyteller for the largest consumer products company in the world, Procter & Gamble. His two great passions merged when he began to connect what worked in his favorite movies and how to tell better business stories. In fact, he often tells groups that almost every business problem can be solved with what works in Star Wars.

Shane has been sharing his content around the world for over 12 years and does keynotes and workshops for the world's biggest companies and brands, including: Walt Disney, Ford, P&G, American Express, Exxon Mobil, US Bank and Nationwide just to name a few. Shane also just published his first book on the subject called StoryMythos: A Movie Guide to Better Business Stories. It was recently rated a #1 New Release Best Seller in Business Writing and Skills.

J. Dana Trent will be presenting Living Wholly, Serving Faithfully: Contemporary Issues and Practices in Health Ministries on Sunday, Oct. 31. The Rev. J. Dana Trent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and professor of World Religions and Critical Thinking at Wake Tech Community College. An ordained Baptist minister and former hospital chaplain, her work has been featured on, Religion News Service, Religion Dispatches, as well as in Sojourners and The Christian Century. Her fourth book, Dessert First: Beginning with the End in Mind (September 2019) chronicles lessons on life and death from the bedsides of the dying, including her mother—who served as a psychiatric and public health nurse for over 30 years.

Dana is also the award-winning author of books on wholistic wellness and multi-faith spiritual practices: One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation; For Sabbath's Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, and Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk. She is a certified group fitness instructor and teaches for the YMCA. She and her husband, Fred, are long-time vegetarians and live in Raleigh, N.C. with their orange tabby cat.  

Glen Evans will be presenting on Monday, October 14 with a topic of Safety in Today’s World: Is Your Faith Community Ready? When he graduated from Cedarville University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 1993, Glen set out on a course to serve and protect people through a career in law enforcement. Wanting to do more, he became a firefighter and an EMT a few years later and currently serves a local community near Dayton, Ohio. While serving as a SWAT officer, he observed how effective training could mean the difference between life and death.

After the terrorist attacks in 2001, he realized how people perform in a dangerous and stressful environment is dependent upon the quality of the training they received prior to the event. Having the right knowledge and skill can be the difference between living and dying. Armed with this knowledge, Glen developed personal safety and self-defense seminars for people interested in protecting their families.

In 2008, he co-founded the Church Security Alliance and authored Church Security Basics. He currently travels throughout the United States training church safety and security teams in violence prevention and response techniques.

Conference Schedule:

Optional Pre-conference day:
Friday, October 11, 2019: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Creating a Good PITCH: Leaving Your Audience Wanting More – Shane Meeker, Friday, October 11, 2019: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  OR
  • Creating Sanctuary: Challenges Facing LGBT Youth – Andy Buechel, Friday, October 11, 2019: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • More information on the afternoon portion of this second pre-conference offering will be available soon!

General Conference:
Saturday, October 12, 2019: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 13, 2019: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Monday, October 14, 2019: 7:30 am – 12:45 pm

30th HMA Anniversary Dinner and Gala

Please join us for an evening of celebration on Sunday October 13th as we rejoice in the achievement of 30 years of ministry service to the faith-health movement.

We will gather for fellowship at 6:30 pm to connect with friends old and new. Dinner will follow, and our evening will also feature musical entertainment. We want everyone to feel special, so please consider dressing up for the occasion – from business casual to your ‘Sunday best’!

Updates available on their website!

Contact Us

The health ministries program is honored to be serving faith communities in Southwest Ohio for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their congregations. To learn more about how we can assist your faith community, contact us.

Michelle Randall, Program Coordinator
1046 Brown St. (Catholic Social Services building, second floor)
Dayton, Ohio 45409
Phone: (937) 227-9454(937) 227-9454
Fax: (937) 341-8838

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are often out in the community at meetings and working with faith communities. If you want to stop by the office, we recommend that you call or email first.