GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Church of the Dunes UMC, in Grand Haven, Mich. is hosting a Medical Team Consultation May 1-3.

Teams and individuals will learn how medical United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) teams can incorporate components of Community-Based Primary Health Care when they go to serve.

Volunteers interested in United Methodist Missions, medical UMVIM teams, and/or the new Mission Focus areas of the General Church should attend this event. They will be focusing on one of the areas, Global Health, and how medical UMVIM teams can fit into the goal of taking at least one component of Community-Based Primary Health Care to leave behind in whatever community or clinic they serve.

Dr. Cherian Thomas of the General Board of Global Ministries will lead participants through the new plan for the Global Health Initiative.

Landon Taylor, coordinator of Individual Volunteer program for Mission Volunteers will lead a workshop on the need for health professionals as Individual Volunteers and where they might serve for two months or longer.

Dr. Roger Boe, veteran participant in our consultations will address two topics, MRSA, (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) and Maternal and Child Health.

Other workshop topics include Spiritual Formation, Dental Teams, Appropriate Technologies for Overseas, Pharmacy Information, Nutrition program at Kissy UMC Hospital, and Anesthesiology in the Developing World.

The consultation is sponsored by the West Michigan Conference, Church of the Dunes UMC and the Rx ConneXion Steering Committee.

Information and registration forms are available online at or write Lorna Jost, coordinator, UMVIM-NCJ, for more information and registration.

Questions related to the Host Church or area should be directed to Bronwen Kram