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Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 April 2015 18:04 )
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 )
Christians and Immunization Print
Reports of religious objections to vaccinations can paint a picture that faith communities are opposed to immunization. In this video produced by CCIH, Dr. Richard Lane of Liberty University examines this trend of objections to vaccination and discusses how faith communities are helping protect the lives of children with vaccines.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 February 2015 22:44 )
Baptist Organization Integrates Family Planning with Cancer Sreening Print
If Mardea* had not had the convenience of cancer screening and family planning services available in her rural community in Cameroon, her story is likely to be very different. Fortunately, Mardea’s cancer was detected during screening at a mobile clinic operated by Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) Women’s Health Program (WHP) that offers cancer screening along with family planning services, both provided by trained nurses.  

The cancer screening method is called “digital cervicography” (DC), which uses a digital camera with a magnification lens to project 30X magnified images of the cervix onto a TV monitor visible to both the woman and the nurse. The cervix is first stained with acetic acid (vinegar), which causes pre-cancers to appear white. The nurse explains any abnormalities visible on the TV screen to the woman, thus empowering her to participate in making decisions on treatment.  
Photo: A health worker uses digital photocervicography to record digital images in the woman’s medical record and to send the photos for consultation for difficult cases.  The provider explains the real time images to the woman being screened so that she is empowered in her health care. Courtesy of CBCHS. 

Although Mardea was not having symptoms, health workers discovered a cervical lesion consistent with the early stages of invasive cervical cancer when she was evaluated at the clinic. A biopsy was taken and sent to the Yaoundé Gyneco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital. The results confirmed her cancer. The staff counseled Mardea on her treatment options and she chose radiotherapy over a hysterectomy. She was then referred to the Douala General Hospital where she received treatment and is now home with her family in northwestern Cameroon.   
Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:52 )
Churches on the Front Lines of Ebola Crisis Print
The following is an account of CCIH Board Vice President Dr. Anne Peterson's trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone to evaluate FBOs and the Ebola outbreak on behalf of World Vision in October.
When CCIH Board Vice President Anne Peterson stood in a church in Liberia in late October surrounded by children, she had to resist the urge to touch their hands in greeting, which she found difficult.
Peterson was in Liberia and Sierra Leone conducting an assessment for World Vision of faith-based organizations: what were they doing, what could they be doing and how could they be better integrated with the U.S. government Ebola response?
(Peterson is shown to the far right with Pastor Alfred Yambusa who pastors a small evangelical church in Freetown, Sierra Leone, along with two women from the congregation.)
As of the beginning of December, there have been more than 17,200 Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with more than 6,100 deaths.  “The Ebola virus has drastically changed life for those living in Liberia and Sierra Leone. We have witnessed huge behavior change in a very short period,” explained Peterson. “Everyday life is profoundly different, with no greetings or touching. Businesses are closed, school is not in session and half of children are kept at home without school or social outlet. The usual gregarious and joyful African spirit I have experienced here in the past is not gone but is dampened by the ever present specter of Ebola.”
Peterson also observed more rigorous anti-infection controls practiced on a broad scale in Liberia, but saw less coordination among the faith community. The reverse was true in Sierra Leone, where she observed fewer community level infection control practices but witnessed more action and greater coordination among the faith community. The Inter-religious council led by the United Methodist Church which was instrumental in bringing peace during the civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s is reactivating to fight Ebola.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:48 )
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