New CCIH Advocacy Toolkit
CCIH released this advocacy toolkit in 2022 that we hope members will be able to use and customize to achieve their advocacy goals. We aim for it to be useful for organizations that have been advocating for years, as well as for those who are just beginning. To help guide development of the toolkit, CCIH conducted several focus group conversations with members to learn more about their advocacy outreach and ways that CCIH might be more effective in supporting those efforts.
CCIH Advocacy Advisor Bob Noziglia wrote this blogpost to share some highlights of those conversations and what we’ve learned, as well as a follow up piece to explore the influence of faith communities a little deeper. We hope you will use the toolkit and we would appreciate hearing from you about your thoughts or suggestions for advocacy tools so we can continuously improve the toolkit.
Why Christians Support Strong Global Health Programs
This two-page brief explains why US support of strong global health programs aligns with Christian values and is a wise investment to protect security and economies.
Christian Voices on the Importance of Advocacy
In this video, CCIH members explain the value of U.S. foreign assistance and why advocating and speaking out for those without a voice is important to them as Christians.
How Faith-based Organizations Can Help Reduce Abortions
This fact sheet discusses how family planning helps reduce abortions with compelling quotes from key prominent Christians working in public health on the effect of family planning in preventing unintended pregnancies to help protect the health of mothers and children.
CCIH Statement on Racial Justice
CCIH joins the global community in insisting that we respect all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and orientation. We are compelled as followers of Christ Jesus to love all and treat all people with dignity. We condemn every occurrence of racial and ethnic division. This is a global plague that destroys families and communities. We all harbor biases, conscious or unconscious, against others that we must work to overcome. See the Statement
Support for Global Health and Security in 2023
CCIH joined global health organizations in signing onto letters to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives encouraging the U.S. Congress’ continued support for robust funding for global health; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and biosafety and biosecurity programs. The letter stressed that investments in these programs save lives, transform communities, and advance health equity. In concert with U.S. humanitarian and development programs, these programs are also cost-effective and support U.S. foreign assistance priorities to reduce poverty, achieve gender equality, promote human rights, and improve national and global security by supporting stable, resilient, and democratic communities.See The Letter
Support to End Global Hunger
CCIH joined other NGOs and faith-based organizations in signing on a letter to thank President Biden for his leadership on the global food crisis and to express alarm at the human toll and potential long-term consequences this crisis has created. The letter describes the current situation of high and rapidly rising food, fertilizer and fuel prices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and intensified by the Ukraine conflict, which is exacerbating the devastating trend of rising hunger since 2014. The letter urges additional funding to help address the crisis and save lives.See The Letter
Testimony to Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
CCIH submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs highlighting the importance and necessity of strong health systems and global coordination and cooperation to support global health programs. The testimony explained the wide reach of faith-based health systems and how FBOs are crucial partners in the global effort to provide care to those in need.See Testimony
Call For Robust Emergency Funding for Global COVID-19 Response
CCIH joined global health, humanitarian, development and private sector organizations in a letter to the Biden Administration urging engagement with Congress to support increased funding for the global health, humanitarian, and development accounts in the final FY2022 spending package. The letter asks for additional emergency supplemental funding that reflects the true needs outlined by agency experts to respond to the challenges of COVID-19 globally, as well as the increasingly alarming global hunger and humanitarian situations.SEE THE LETTER