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Disaster & Refugee Response: Global Principles & Practice – 2021 GMHC Pre-Conference

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November 8
November 11
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Southeast Christian Church
920 Blankenbaker Parkway
Louisville, KY 40243 United States
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Disaster & Refugee Response: Global Principles & Practice – 2021 GMHC Pre-Conference

November 8 - November 11

Christian Health Service Corps is excited to offer this continuing education course as a Pre-Conference before the 2021 Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, KY.

Disaster and Refugee Response Course Description

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?

Continuing Education

CME/CEU for this course is pending.

Registration and Logistics

This course is held at Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville, KY 40243. This course precedes the Global Missions Health Conference. For information on Southeast Christian Church, nearby accomodations, and the Global Missions Health Conference click here.

Course activities are scheduled:
Monday, November 8, 8 am-5 pm (lunch provided)
Tuesday, November 9, 8 am-5 pm (lunch provided)
Wednesday, November 10, 8 am-5 pm (lunch provided)
Thursday, November 11, 8am-noon


Course tuition: $350
Students – save $50! Use Promo Code PROMO50.

Previous Disaster and Refugee Response Course Reviews

“Great combo of teaching, practice, stories, and interactions!”

“Appreciated the variety of guest lecturers and different ways to accommodate our different learning styles.”

“I really enjoyed the hands-on work with the handbook – I do feel like I can use it!”

For more information

Contact Laura Smelter – [email protected], 903-962-4000.

You should receive both an email receipt and a registration confirmation letter by email within 5 business days after registering.

Cancellation policy:

If you must cancel your registration, CHSC will refund the full amount paid minus an amount equal to the course deposit ($75).

If CHSC cancels a course (for example, due to low enrollment), we will inform all registered participants 1 month prior to the course start date and will refund the full amount paid. Participants are solely responsible for travel expenses. We encourage registrants to make travel plans after the 1 month course confirmation date.



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