CCIH at APHA 2012 Annual Meeting Print {sharethis label=}
CCIH was pleased to have a presence at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition October 27-31 in San Francisco, California. At the meeting, CCIH Executive Director Ray Martin facilitated a session titled Religious Advocates for Family Planning? Yes! Real and Effective. CCIH members discussed experiences helping families achieve healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies and increasing contraceptive use in communities in the developing world by reaching them with effective messaging and engaging community health workers and religious leaders in education. CCIH staff addressed family planning advocacy both internationally and in the United States.
Speakers included Adrienne Allison of World Vision; Dr. Sarla Chand of IMA World Health; Dr. Ron Mataya of Loma Linda University; Dr. Douglas Huber, Reproductive Health Specialist; and Mona Bormet and Amy Metzger of CCIH.
Lifetime Achievement Award for CCIH's Ray Martin
On the evening of October 30, CCIH Executive Director Ray Martin received the APHA International Health Section Lifetime Achievement Award at the section's awards ceremony. Ray was recognized for his long career in international health and tireless efforts to raise awareness of the contributions of faith-based organizations in achieving global health goals. 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 November 2012 18:42 )
Webinar on Media Relations Print {sharethis label=}
CCIH held a webinar on October 25, 2012 to help organizations and individuals lift up important causes and share stories from their work. We also addressed how organizations should respond if contacted by a member of the media and how to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools to advocate on critical issues and to engage and motivate supporters.
We heard from two experts in global development communications: Patricia Brooks of MatchMap Media and David Olson of Olson Global Communications. They shared their expertise on today's media outlets; including blogs, online and print newspapers, magazines and social media.
These tools can be used regardless of your focus area, from family planning to HIV/AIDS, and from water and sanitation to food security. 
Faith groups and their partners are working hard to reach the world's most vulnerable and marginalized. Sharing our stories helps gain support for the work of faith-based organizations and enables us to accomplish even more. Also, speaking out for those who can't and advocating for health care for all is critical to CCIH's mission.   


Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:15 )
New Resource Section on SGBV Print {sharethis label=}

Sexual violence threatens the health and well-being of women and girls everywhere. Often ignored and denied in societies, sexual and gender-based violence includes sexual abuse, harassment, rape or sexual exploitation in prostitution and pornography. While it is a difficult topic to address, faith-based organizations are responding by helping victims, raising awareness and developing tools to help pastors discuss sexual violence with their congregations.

CCIH has developed a new area in the Resource section of its web site to provide faith-based resources on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and share the work of CCIH members and affiliates and other groups working on the issue. | Visit the SGBV Section  

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 October 2012 17:44 )
Twist of Faith Print {sharethis label=}
How to care for the many children left orphaned or vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS crisis is a critical issue for many nations, and one that touches the hearts of people of faith. In "A Twist of Faith: An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa," CCIH member John Donnelly, communications advisor to the Office of the President of the World Bank, shared the story of one Christian's faith-driven journey to help children in need in Malawi. Donnelly discussed the issue and the story behind the book in a session at the World Bank on October 4. The session was moderated by Ritva Reinikka, senior director of the Human Development Department, Africa Region, World Bank, and featured panelist Pauline Muchina, senior partnership advisor, UNAIDS, and member of the CCIH Board of Directors. 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 October 2012 20:59 )
New Resource Section on NCDs Print {sharethis label=}

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a growing global health problem where people of faith can have extraordinary impact. The increasing rates of obesity and heart disease in developed and developing nations are having a profound effect on the cost spent on health care and the quality of life. Communities of faith can provide support for people struggling to change habits and lifestyles and serve as inspiration to those seeking physical and spiritual health. In response to this emerging threat, CCIH developed a section for resources on NCDs that includes presentations from the CCIH Annual Conference in June, articles on NCDs and a link to the spiritually based Daniel Plan for weight loss. | Visit the NCD Section

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:46 )
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