Called to Care: A Strong Community for Lasting Health

Johns Hopkins University | June 6-8, 2019

At our core, faith communities are called to care for themselves and those in need. Paul’s letter in Philippians 2:3-4 reminds us to “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

At the 2019 conference, we explored questions such as:

Day 1 | Thursday, June 6


Demystifying USAID’s Funding Process: Tools and Information to Help You Apply for USAID Funding

Lead Presenters:


Governance and Leadership: Emerging Best Practices for Faith-based Health Systems 
Led by CCIH Health Systems Strengthening Working Group

Led by Working Group Co-Chairs: Barbara Campbell, RPh, CCN, Executive Director, ReLink Global Health/Dalton Foundation and Jenelle Williams, MBA, Director of Programs, Global Health Action

Speakers included Vuyelwa Sidile-Chitimbire, MSc, MBA, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals


Design for Impact: A Human-Centered Approach to Problem-Solving and Results-Based Evaluation

Facilitator: Caitlin Morse, founder of MorseCode Medical

Opening Plenary & Worship

Keynote Speaker: Brian Fikkert, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development

The Hope to Which He has Called You

In the face of daunting health issues, Christian ministries often find themselves under-staffed, under-resourced, and overwhelmed. There are days when many of us are tempted to simply give up in order to pursue a different line of work. But there is far more going on than meets the eye. As a result, even tiny Christian ministries have the the capacity to advance high-impact interventions that bring comprehensive and lasting change. This is the hope to which He has called you.

Moderator: Doug Fountain, CCIH Executive Director

Day 2 | Friday, June 7

Plenary Session 2

Health Systems Strengthening: View from the Ground

Health systems are the glue that pull together health workers, facilities, community organizations and communities themselves to provide care. This open, facilitated discussion will explore health systems strengthening from the organizational viewpoint, primarily:

Tonny Tumwesigye, MD, MSPH, Executive Director of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau

Alfred Wabulembo, Novartis Social Business Country Group Head for Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda

Roll out of CCIH 30X30
CCIH’s Initiative to Strengthen 30 Health Systems by 2030

Mona Bormet, MPH, CHES, Program Director, CCIH

ACHAP Response: Peter Yeboah, MPH, MSc, Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Ghana and Chair of the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform

Moderator: Allyson Bear, Vice President for Health Programs, IMA World Health | Lutheran World Relief


Session 1A: Health Systems Strengthening through Assessment, Collaboration, and Capacity Building

Panel Format

Moderator: Ronald Mataya, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Global Health, Loma Linda University School of Public Health


Session 1B: Speaking Up for Maternal and Child Health: FBOs and Faith Leaders Lead the Way
Fishbowl Format

Moderator: David Olson, Global Health Communications Consultant, Olson Global Communications


Session 1C: From Early Days to Today: Community Ownership to Optimize Health 

Panel Format

Moderator: Henry Perry, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Connie Gates, MPH, Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP)
and Pamela Mukaire, DrPH, Executive Director, Resources for Improving Birth & Health Outcomes
2 Continents, 2 Contexts, 2 Programs Transforming Lives Through CBPHC

Breakout Sessions 2

Session 2A: Putting Data, Language and Technology to Work

Panel with Expanded Q&A

Moderator: Adrienne Allison, MA, MPA, Senior Reproductive Health Advisor


Session 2B: Communities Provide Ready-made Links to Prevention and Care

Fishbowl Format

Moderator: Amy Hewitt, Grants Manager, International Aid


Session 2C: Capacity Building of Local Organizations: A Skills-Building Session

Moderator: Ray Martin, MPH, Executive Director Emeritus, CCIH

Speakers: Laura van Vuuren, Global Health Consultant and Nancy Pendarvis Harris, MPH, Vice President, John Snow Research and Training Institute

2019 Christian International Health Champion Award

The CCIH Christian International Health Champion Award recognizes an individual who has dedicated his or her life to global health from a Christian perspective and made significant contributions to the field and to the development of CCIH.

2019 Christian International Health Champion
Karen E. Sichali Sichinga, BScN, MPH
Executive Director, Churches Health Association of Zambia

Plenary Session 3

What Does It Mean to Be Called to Care?

Two driven global health leaders who have lived out their Christian faith in their work for decades will share what motivates them to serve, personal challenges they have faced in their life journeys and leadership roles, and how they remain committed and “called to care.”


Moderator: Vuyelwa T.S. Chitimbire, MSc, MBA, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals

Plenary Session 4

The Power of Strong, Resilient Health Systems

Keynote Speaker: Robert Redfield, MD, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Moderator: Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Global Programs, Americares, CCIH Board President

Day 3 | Saturday, June 8

Breakout Sessions 3

Session 3A: Innovations to Unleash the Power of Communities

Moderator: Jerilyn Hoover, BSN, RN, Student in MPH program at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health


Session 3B: Four Communities, Four Models of Empowerment

Fishbowl Format

Moderator: Nancy Tenbroek, Senior Health Advisor, World Renew


Breakout Sessions 4

Session 4A: FBO Survival Guide to Staying Open in the Midst of Crisis and Calamity

Discussion Moderated by E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Global Programs, Americares

Session 4B: What’s Your Strategy? Innovations that Improve the Health of Women and Children

Fishbowl Format

Moderator: Allison Flynn, MPH, Senior Program Advisor for Health & Nutrition World Relief


Session 4C: The Church as Foundation for Healing Change

Panel Format

Moderator: Laura Smelter, MD, Director of Training, Christian Health Service Corps


Closing Plenary

Global Health and Diplomacy: FBOs on the Front Lines and at the Table


Facilitated by Jonathan Quick, MD, MPH, Senior Fellow Emeritus at Management Sciences for Health (MSH)