Advocacy Resources

What Does Advocacy Mean to CCIH Members?

At the start of 2022, CCIH began developing an advocacy toolkit 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. We would appreciate hearing from you if you have similar experiences 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


Issues & Actions

September, 2022

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

June, 2022

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

March, 2022

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

January, 2022

Comments on USAID Draft Local Capacity Development Policy

CCIH gathered feedback from our members and held a forum for them to learn more about their thoughts on USAID’s Draft Local Capacity Development Policy in January 2022. The policy is intended to establish an Agency-wide vision and common approach towards developing local capacity that can be applied and adapted across the wide variety of sectors, contexts, countries, and sets of actors with which USAID works. CCIH thanked USAID and its leadership for emphasizing the role, voice, and autonomy of local partners, many of which are faith-based. Our comments raise questions we believe are important for any effort to systematically strengthen our ability to align global development authority with the voices of those who are most responsible for the results.

See the Comments

Advocacy Stories

CCIH Advocacy Teams Share Faith-based Work in Global Health

On June 10th, 2019 CCIH hosted its annual Advocacy Day. This year, we had 10 CCIH members from Ghana, Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zaire, and Zimbabwe, as well as six CCIH members based in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Michigan. The teams met with 15 Congressional Offices (14 in the Senate and 1 in the House of Representatives).… More

CCIH Joins Partners in Malaria Day Hill Reception

Malaria Day Hill Reception On May 7, 2019 CCIH and partners from the Malaria Roundtable (Malaria No More, American Society Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, PATH, United Nations Foundation, Nothing But Nets, and Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB, and Malaria) co-sponsored a Hill Reception to recognize World Malaria Day, and to highlight achievements against this preventable and treatable disease.… More

CCIH Members Meet with U.S. Senators to Show Support for Foreign Assistance

Interfaith Working Group for Foreign Assistance Faith Leader Fly-In On May 1, 2019, CCIH participated in the Interfaith Working Group for Foreign Assistance Faith Leader Fly-In where faith leaders meet with Congressional offices to highlight the importance of preserving and expanding these life-saving initiatives.… More

CCIH Advocates Take Message to Capitol Hill

Immediately following the conference on July 16, 2018 three groups of CCIH members went to Capitol Hill to advocate for global health and development programs and to discuss the vital role of faith-based organizations in providing care. The three teams had representatives from five U.S.… More

Capitol Hill Briefing on Healthy Families and the Role of Faith Communities

CCIH held a briefing on Capitol Hill on Healthy Families and Communities and the Role of Faith Communities on July 17, 2018 following the CCIH Annual Conference and Advocacy Day. The briefing was moderated by Dr. Alma Golden, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Global Health (shown at the podium in above photo).… More

Scripture Motivates Young Advocate to Visit Congress

Love is not just sympathizing with the miseries of others, instead it means making every effort to alleviate their suffering. – Olushola Ogunleye, Liberty University Student and CCIH Advocate The account in Matthew 15:32-39 is one of many places in scripture that inspired Liberty University student Olushola Ogunleye to come to Washington, DC to advocate for programs to help the hungry with CCIH on October 20.… More

CCIH Brings Christian Global Health Work to Capitol Hill

Following the conference on June 20, 2016, three teams of CCIH advocates visited offices on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of U.S. foreign assistance and the work of Christian organizations in global health. One team visited the offices of Representative Dave Rouzer (R-N.C.),… More

Students Meet with U.S. Congressmen and Staff to Share Christian Perspective

Liberty University student Olubunmi Sharon Obayemi said she always wanted to be a Christian voice encouraging U.S. leaders to support health care for women and children in need. In October 2015 she got her chance when she came to Washington, DC along with other Liberty students participating in an Advocacy Day organized by CCIH.… More

Christian Global Health Advocates Visit Capitol Hill

On June 29, 2015, 25 advocates from 11 different nations visited Capitol Hill to express their appreciation for U.S. support for global health programs, and share their experiences regarding the critical role faith groups play in health around the globe. Advocates came from Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and the U.S… More

Advocacy Day 2014

    The advocates were divided into small groups and visited 26 Capitol Hill offices, including the offices of 19 Republicans and seven Democrats. They shared their personal stories of the positive impacts of U.S. foreign assistance and the support among Christians for international family planning for improved maternal and child health, sharing fact sheets and an infographic on why Christian values support family planning.… More

Advocacy Day 2013: Global Health Advocates “Tell it from the Heart”

A little rain and waves of tourists didn’t deter Joy Mukaire of the Christian Health Association of South Sudan from her goal of sharing a very important message on Capitol Hill in June 2013. “The message I wanted to put across was that women’s health is at stake.… More