CCIH hosted an in-person conference June 5-7, 2023 in Washington, DC. This was our first in-person conference since 2019, and enjoyed the fellowship and networking this gathering brought. You’ll find more information, such as costs and details on our new conference location, the Catholic University of America, below.
Our theme was Hope in Health: Our Labor is Not in Vain, and our guiding verse was 1 Corinthians 15:58. For the last few years, healthcare workers often lost hope as they tirelessly worked to ensure the health of their patients, communities, friends and family. The pandemic, conflict, climate change, and unexpected disasters made healthcare more challenging than ever. At the conference, we shared how we have stood together in the work the Lord has given us.
The conference began Monday, June 5 at 5:00 pm with the Opening Plenary session and concluded Wednesday, June 7 at 3:30 pm. We had two pre-conference sessions on June 5 before the opening plenary, with a session on Monitoring and Evaluation in the morning; and a session on Communications and Fundraising in the afternoon. See the agenda for speakers, links to presentations and more.
Monday, June 5
9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Beyond Traditional Monitoring and Evaluation: Creating a Culture of Adaptive Learning within your Faith Based Organization
Faith-based organizations often have strong programs but monitoring and evaluation efforts tend to be based on project or donor requirements instead of an organizational learning framework. In contrast, projects that incorporate Adaptive Management and Learning systems use several key strategies to rapidly improve their programming. These strategies include use of qualitative monitoring information, packaging selected quantitative information in creative ways, and periodically bringing together both program and M&E staff to review this information and formulate actions to improve performance. This session will help individuals and organizations strengthen their capacity in adaptive management and learning. Sponsored by USAID's MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership and facilitated by the Knowledge Management Team.
Cost: $79 or $39 for Student or LMIC resident
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Stories that Win: How to Fundraise with Effective Storytelling
Do you think you can’t afford the time for communications and fundraising? You can’t afford not to. Reaching donors and supporters in a way that motivates them to act is vital to sustain and grow your work. So, how can you tell your story in a way that motivates donors? We’ll talk about the key pieces your organization needs to tell your story in an impactful and motivational way. You will walk away with practical skills that will help you motivate audiences to give, enabling you to focus on caring for people in need.
Cost: $79 or $39 for Student or LMIC resident
In-Person Format with Livestreamed Plenary Sessions
While the majority of the conference was available in-person only, we livestreamed the three plenary sessions over Zoom and had simultaneous interpretation into French during the plenary sessions.
Public Health Precautions and Conference Health Protocol
CCIH monitored the COVID-19 situation and developed a conference health protocol below.
Please note that all attendees will also be expected to follow and comply with all national and/or local requirements of the United States of America.
Protocol for COVID and infection prevention:
Center for Disease Control & Protection COVID-19 Requirements
Non-U.S. citizens: Beginning May 12, 2023, non-citizen air passengers will no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to board a flight to the United States. See here for more information.
Pack at least one or more face masks. CCIH encourages everyone to travel with face masks and use them as you feel comfortable.
- If you are sick, we ask that you do not travel to the conference.
- If you start to feel sick, please wear a mask while you are around others and leave or do not come into the venue to avoid transmitting illness.
- If you just feel more comfortable wearing a mask, that is welcome also.
You will be provided with individual hand sanitizer and refillable conference water bottles at registration. We encourage you to follow best practice guidelines for frequent hand washing/sanitizing, covering your cough, etc.
We have a limited number of COVID-19 tests available if you need one.
If you become ill or are injured while attending the conference:
CCIH is not responsible for covering health care costs if you become sick and need treatment at a health facility. We recommend that you have individual travel insurance and/or means to pay to cover health care costs in the US. If you do not have a credit card, care options may require cash (USD).
The following urgent care centers are accessible during limited hours (see below). In the event of emergencies at night, call 911.
- Providence Urgent Care Center (1.2 miles); 1150 Varnum Street, NE Washington, DC 20017; +1 202-854-7001
Hours: Monday through Friday 8am-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm
- GW Medical Faculty Associates (GWMFA) Immediate & Primary Care (1.5 miles); 2350 Washington Place, NE Washington, DC 20018; +1 202-544-7580
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am - 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am - 6pm
Nearest pharmacy: CVS Pharmacy AT 3601 12th Street NE, Washington, DC (10 minute walk from Maloney Hall).
Pharmacy hours: Monday-Friday (8 AM–1:30 PM / 2 PM–8 PM), Saturday (9 AM–1:30 PM / 2 PM–6 PM) and Sunday (10 AM–1:30 PM / 2 PM–6 PM)
CCIH Hope in Health Award
The CCIH Hope in Health Award recognizes a faith-based organization, team, or project that has made significant contributions to international health and to advancing Christian love in action. The award honors a team or project that has nurtured hope, adapted when things weren’t working, or persevered in the face of hardship.
The Schieffelin Institute for Health Research and Leprosy Centre was selected to receive the CCIH 2023 Hope in Health award. In choosing among nominees, the reviewed noted that Schieffelin stood apart for:
- Providing a beacon of hope for the most vulnerable,
- Sustaining service delivery through challenges, and
- Serving as a center of excellence, introducing innovations, equipping practitioners, and publishing their work to advance knowledge globally.
The Schieffelin Institute for Health Research and Leprosy Centre received the award on June 7 at the conference.