Integration of Faith and Health

    Working Group Issues Paper

    Each of CCIH’s four thematic working groups (including Integration of Faith and Health) was invited to develop an “issues paper” to serve as an agenda for CCIH action. This is one of the four resulting papers. Working groups developed action plans based on these at the CCIH Annual Conference in June 2019. Suggestions and contributions are always welcome. See the paper

    Training Opportunities

    Community Health Evangelism (CHE) Training of Trainers | by Christian Health Service Corps | Participants in the highly interactive CHE Training of Trainers 1 (CHE TOT1) will learn approaches to teaching physical and spiritual topics that equip individuals and communities to identify issues and mobilize resources for positive growth and development. Participatory learning activities are employed through large and small group discussions, various hands-on activities, and methods that can be replicated in the community setting. Check listings for upcoming dates.


    Emergency Survival Guide for Leaders: Faith that Leads the Way and Calms the Storm | June 5, 2018

    In this thought-provoking webinar we heard from two global health leaders, author and Senior Fellow Emeritus at MSH Dr. Jonathan Quick and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President & CEO of Project Concern International and former Peace Corps Director about how their faith guided them during extremely challenging times during their personal and professional lives. The webinar was moderated by Doug Fountain, CCIH Interim Executive Director.

    CCIH Webinar on Integrating Our Faith with Our Work in Health | May 25, 2017

    This thoughtful discussion featuring Victor Nakah, Senior Vice President of Spiritual Ministry with CURE International and Rachel Parrill, Associate Professor of Nursing, Cedarville University, explored questions on how we integrate our faith with our health work. We examined:

    What does the Bible say about integrated ministry?
    How do you integrate health care with spiritual care?
    What Biblical principles apply to working with diverse and vulnerable populations?
    What does it mean to provide whole person care?

    The session was moderated by Paul Hudson, MD, Health Consultant, SIM

    Samaritan’s Purse International Health Forum | A series of webinars conducted by Samaritan’s Purse on a variety of topics in global health and the work of faith-based organizations.


    Best Practices in Global Health Missions | This site of best practices was produced by an international working group of Christian scholars, leaders and practitioners from diverse backgrounds seeking to promote best practices guidelines for the planning, execution, integration and follow-through of cross-cultural health missions.

    Publications and Journal Articles

    Understanding the Roles of Faith-based Health-care Providers in Africa: Review of the Evidence with a Focus on Magnitude, Reach, Cost and Satisfaction | Jill Olivier, Clarence Tsimpo, Regina Gemignani, Mari Shojo, Harold Coulombe, Frank Dimmock et al. | July 2015 | The Lancet | This article reviews a broad body of published work and introduces some empirical evidence on the role of faith-based health-care providers, with a focus on Christian faith-based health providers in sub-Saharan Africa, on which the most detailed documentation has been gathered.

    Strengthening of Partnerships between the Public Sector and Faith-based Groups | Jean Duff and Warren Buckingham | July 2015 | The Lancet | Drawing from both development and faith perspectives, this paper examines trends that could ground powerful, more sustainable partnerships and identifies new opportunities for collaboration based on respective strengths and existing models. It concludes with five areas of recommendations for more effective collaboration to achieve health goals.

    Controversies in Faith and Health Care | Andrew Tomkins, Jean Duff, Atallah Fitzgibbon, Azza Karam, Edward Mills, Keith Munnings, et al. | July 2015 | The Lancet | Faith-linked controversies include family planning, child marriage, famale genital mutilation, immunization, violence against women, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, gender, and faith activities including prayer. This paper outlines some of the controversies, describes how they influence health-care provision and uptake, and identifies opportunities for research and increased interaction between faith leaders and health-care providers to improve health care.

    Faith and Health: Past and Present of Relations between Faith Communities and the World Health Organization | Reverend Canon Ted Karpf | 2014 | Christian Journal for Global Health | The author describes collaboration between the WHO and faith-based organizations in the implementation of primary health care, the role of spirituality in health, community responses to the HIV pandemic, and definitions of Quality of Life containing spiritual dimensions. He also discusses important gaps in the appreciation and measurement of the contribution of faith communities.

    Tearfund Footsteps Magazine – 2017 Issue 102 | This issue of Tearfund’s magazine, Footsteps, focuses on the integration of faith and health and features articles on Faith, the Church and Health Care; a Bible Study on why Christians should go to doctors, Faith Communities and Mental Health; and much more.


    Compendium of Case Studies on Faith-based and Community Initiatives to Achieve U.S. Development Goals | With support from USAID, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities put together a compendium of case studies on faith-based work in global health and development. A story on CCIH’s work under the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities project with the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau is included. In addition, case studies highlighting the work of ADRA International, Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, IMA World Health/Lutheran World Relief, Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision, World Relief, and World Hope International are also included.

    Global Health and Africa: Assessing Faith Work and Research Priorities | 2012 World Faiths Development Dialogue | Lynn Aylward and Katherine Marshall | The World Faiths Development Dialogue and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation joined efforts to enhance the role of faith institutions working to benefit health in Africa by highlighting cases of current health work by faith-inspired organizations. An assessment was carried out to fill these gaps in knowledge and research. The full report outlines the information known about faith-inspired organizations working on health, their market share, costs, and relationships with government, international organizations, and each other through country case studies.

    Partnering with Religious Communities for Children | UNICEF | January 2012 | According to UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, “Long before there was a UNICEF, faith communities were among the greatest advocates for the world’s neediest children, providing guidance, aid and comfort to millions of disadvanaged families.” This report is intended to strengthen those partnerships and make them even more effective as UNICEF works with religious commmunities to improve the lives of children.

    Religion, Development, and the United Nations | Azza Karam, Social Science Research Council | 2012 | In 2011, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) convened a series of consultations that brought together representatives of various agencies of the United Nations, leaders of faith-based non-governmental organizations, and academic researchers working in a number of different disciplines. This report summarizes the key questions, central outcomes, and select recommendations from the consultations.

    The Healing Church. The Tübingen Consultation | This classic discussion of the intersection between faith and the role of the Christian church in healing, “The Healing Church,” was a product of the Tübingen Consultation in 1964 and released by the World Council of Churches in 1965. It contains much wisdom that is timeless and relevant today.

    Annotated Bibliography

    Annotated Bibliography: Market Share of FBOs in Health Care in Developing Countries | September 2018, updated November 2018 | Compiled by CCIH Intern Maria Muomah, MPH Candidate, Liberty University. The bibliography includes 17 sources from peer-reviewed journals addressing the amount of healthcare provided by FBOs in developing countries and the types of services they provide.