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Disaster & Refugee Response: Global Principles & Practice

Disaster & Refugee Response:

Global Principles & Practice

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, this course has been cancelled in 2020.


Deborah Lammert


John Pyron

John Pyron BA

Greg Seager

Greg Seager RN, MSN

Laura Smelter

Laura Smelter MD

Robert Thorp

Robert Thorp MS

Joel White

Joel White MHA

Lisa Yoder

Lisa Yoder LBSW, MSOL

Course Description

*We are disappointed to announce that due to the Covid-19 global pandemic this in-person course will not be offered as a preconference to the 2020 Global Missions Health Conference.

*Please check for updates on the Global Missions Health Conference.

*Check out the online training and resources on humanitarian response offered by Sphere at

*Please watch our training webpage for future offerings:

Learn how to respond to humanitarian crises! Daily headlines of disasters and crises can overwhelm or prompt us to action. In this program you will gain resources to put principles into practice, engage with coordinated relief efforts, minister to affected populations, and maintain resilience.

This program empowers participants to effectively contribute to global response efforts through knowledge and application of life-saving and dignity-upholding measures as outlined in the Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. Developed by the international response community, the Sphere Handbook puts affected populations and the right to life with dignity at the center of humanitarian response.

Interactive sessions contextualize the Sphere universal minimum standards, key actions, and key indicators and cover four core life-saving areas:

  • water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH)
  • food security and nutrition
  • shelter and settlement
  • health

Open to all who are interested, this program will greatly benefit humanitarian relief workers, medical professionals, and social workers.

For more on Sphere see – What is Sphere?

For more information please contact Director of Training Laura Smelter – [email protected], 903-962-4000 ext 3.

Continuing Education

CEU – CEU provided by Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing – T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16383 for up to 26.25 CEU. Contact hours awarded based on session attendance.

CME – This Live activity, Disaster and Refugee Response: Global Principles and Practice, with a beginning date of 11/09/2020, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 26.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Healthcare providers should check with their licensing and credentialing boards to confirm acceptance of credit.