Annual Conference Print
The CCIH 29th Annual Conference, held June 26-28 in Arlington, VA, USA, attracted 186 attendees from 16 nations, the highest attendance since the conferences began 30 years ago. Attendees ranged from students and recent graduates to CEOs, with four times as many students and CEOs attending in 2015 than attended the conference in 2014. 
 
Christian fellowship has always been one of the highlights of the CCIH Conference. “In past years I have been privileged to participate in a number of CCIH conferences,” said Dick Stellway, PhD, Facilitator for the Children, AIDS and Adversity Forum with Community Vision International, a ministry serving people with disabilities. “The opportunity to meet and learn from and fellowship with Christians who have dedicated their lives to serving others is always a high point for me.  This year’s conference once again ‘filled this bill’—right from the start.” See more about the conference
 
Shown above are Marta Pirzadeh, FHI 360, Tonny Tumwesigye, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau, and Douglas Huber, CCIH FP/RH Working Group Co-Chair. 
 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:26 )
 
Advocates Visit Capitol Hill Print
Christian Global Health Advocates Visit Capitol Hill
 
On June 29, 2015, 25 advocates from 11 different nations visited Capitol Hill to express their appreciation for U.S. support for global health programs, and share their experiences regarding the critical role faith groups play in health around the globe. Advocates came from Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and the U.S and visited 10 offices in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
 
New CCIH member Wilhelm Stoker of Hope Tech Global said he enjoyed working as a team with others to engage the U.S. government. Dr. Samuel Mwenda of the Christian Health Association of Kenya, who has visited legislators on Capitol Hill a number of times, also found it rewarding.  “I have come home more knowledgeable and greatly inspired to push on the vision towards universal health for all in Africa,” he said.
 
Pictured above (from left to right) are Diana Tsara of Liberty University, Patience Flomo of Afro-Medical Community Health and Welfare Service in Liberia, Taylor Silva of the office of Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mirfin Mpundu of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network in Kenya, Emily Godswill from Nigeria, and Sallie Craig Huber from Massachusetts, USA. 
 
Sharing the Role of Faith Communities in Global Health
 
CCIH coordinated a briefing with the offices of Congressman Dave Reichert and Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Global Health Caucus that was held at lunch time on the day the advocates visited Congressional offices. The briefing was on The Role of Faith Communities in Improving Maternal and Child Health and attracted more than 100 attendees representing a variety of offices in the U.S. House and Senate, along with faith-based and other organizations. It was co-sponsored with CCIH by IMA World Health, SANRU and World Vision.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:40 )
 
2015 Conference News Print
 
The CCIH Annual Conference kicked off Friday, June 26 with a preconference session on family planning, followed by a session on Engaging with the U.S. Government to End Extreme Poverty. 
 
We are excited to have global health professionals and students from 15 different nations together to share best practices and Christian fellowship.
 
Thanks to Paul Frank of SIL LEAD (left) Laura van Vuuren, Global Health Consultant and Linda Hiebert of World Vision for a discussion on microfinance and the inextricable link between health and poverty. 
 
Thank you to our generous sponsors.
 

 

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 July 2015 14:58 )
 
Earthquake in Nepal Print
CCIH members continue to respond to the recent earthquakes in Nepal that killed more than 8,000 people and injured many others. Child First Meds (supported by the Lucress and Dick Watson Foundation) recently sent enough emergency medicine and supplies to assist 10,000 people in Nepal for three months. CCIH affiliate, the Dr. Iwamura Memorial Hospital and Research Center is partnering with AmeriCares and delivering supplies to clinics in the Kathmandu Valley. (Photo below of deliveries courtesy of Dr. Iwamura Memorial Hospital)
 
CCIH asks for your prayers for the people of Nepal. We pray for the staff of CCIH member Nepal Christian Hospitals Association and the Dr. Iwamura Memorial Hospital and Research Center and all the people they care for.
 
See information about CCIH members providing assistance, share your organization's work, and learn how you can help and/or partner with others in the CCIH network here.
 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:52 )
 
CCIH Board Names Executive Director Print

The CCIH Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has selected Garrett Grigsby to serve as CCIH Executive Director. Garrett was named Interim Executive Director in August 2014, when Ray Martin retired from the position. 
 
"The Board was unanimous in naming Garrett as CCIH's Executive Director, said Gordon Raley, CCIH Interim Board President. "He has clearly demonstrated his passion for the organization's mission and is committed to its vision for the future. His previous experience working with faith-based global health organizations, his knowledge of government agencies, and his advocacy expertise gained from years of experience on Capitol Hill made us confident that he was prepared to lead the organization to new levels, as we strive to help our members serve those in need around the globe."

Garrett has been a member of CCIH since 2009. He began his career in international development in 1991 on the staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As Deputy Staff Director, he was responsible for oversight of all U.S. Government foreign assistance programs. In 2002, Garrett joined USAID as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. He was appointed in 2005 Director of USAID's Center of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In 2006, Garrett began consulting for Christian non-profits to help expand their work overseas and strengthen relationships with the federal government. 

"I want to thank the Board of Directors for their decision to choose me to serve as CCIH's Executive Director," said Garrett. "It has been an honor and a very rewarding experience to serve as Interim Executive Director since September, so I know how CCIH is blessed to have wonderful and dedicated staff and Board members that care deeply about our mission. It is my commitment to ensure that CCIH remains a vital voice promoting global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective, to enhance member services, and to strengthen the organization so that we can effectively do the work that God has called us to do."
Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2015 18:35 )
 
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