2019 Conference

CARE - Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education

and the Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association






Two Amish-themed conferences will be held back-to-back summer 2019:

(1) Thursday, Aug. 1: The bi-annual Amish Health Conference of the Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education (CARE) / Project Hoffnung

(2) Friday, Aug. 2: The annual mini-conference of the Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association


The ongoing growth of the plain people—the Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, German Baptists, Apostolic Christians, and others—means that more and more people are encountering these subcultures in the public sphere. For this reason, those who specifically study or work with the plain people—including health practitioners, public servants, and social researchers—must continue advancing our bodies of knowledge and best practices through critical evaluation of old paradigms and introduction of new concepts. The goal of this two-day joint conference is to discuss advances in theory—the conceptual understanding of the plain people—and practice—the hands-on experiences of practitioners working with the plain people. We will also explore the connection between the two, how the lessons of one can be used by the other.


We invite proposals for paper presentations, panel discussions, and organized sessions that address the conference theme, from theoretical expositions to cases of best practices. We also welcome proposals addressing other topics about any plain Anabaptist group.  Community members, agencies, health care providers, faculty and researchers are all welcome.

Submissions and Registration

Submit proposals at the APASA website by Friday, March 1, 2019. Decisions will be made by Friday, March 29. Early bird registration will be available until Friday, June 21.

About the Conference

Thought-provoking conversations, presentations, and panels, all within a collegial context, have characterized past meetings of CARE and APASA. We strive to make our meetings affordable and this year will be no different. As with prior CARE conferences, continuing education credit hours will be available. By offering our meetings side-by-side, we hope attendees will be able to attend both; however, attendees may opt to attend just one or the other.


For questions about the conference, contact:

Melissa Thomas, CARE Founding Director

Email:  melissa.thomas@appalcare.org

Phone:  800-614-5857

Cory Anderson, Editor, Journal of Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies

Email:  editor@amishstudies.org