CCIH revised our International Health Champion award that honored individuals and launched a new award to honor a faith-based organization, team, or project that has made significant, innovative or noteworthy contributions to the field of international health and to advancing Christian love in action. This group award recognizes that achievements in health are never the result of only one person and that inspiration can come from promising innovations as well as success. The award is connected to the conference theme for that particular year.

The 2023 award is focused on Hope in Health, consistent with the 2023 Conference theme.

Inspiration behind the Conference and Award Theme

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.

This award recognizes a team or project that has nurtured hope, adapted when things weren’t working, or persevered in the face of hardship.

Nominations closed February 28, 2023.


The CCIH Christian International Health Champion Award was launched in 2014 to honor an individual who has dedicated their life to global health from a Christian perspective and has made significant contributions to the field and to CCIH. The program ran until 2021 and was revised in 2022 to a new type of award that honors a team for their accomplishments in health.

The award was presented at the CCIH Annual Conference. 

Award Recipients

2021 | Debbie Dortzbach, MPH, MN | About Debbie Dortzbach | Watch the video of Debbie’s acceptance remarks
2020 | Connie Gates, MPH, Comprehensive Rural Health Project (Jamkhed) | Connie passed away shortly after receiving the award. Learn more about Connie Gates and her achievements in global health, especially her passion for community-based health.
2019 | Karen Sichinga, MSN, MPH, Executive Director, Churches Health Association of Zambia | About Karen Sichinga
2018 | Robin Davis, MN, RN, President Emerita, Global Health Action | About Robin Davis
2017 | Frank Baer, MHS-TM, DrPH, Vice President, SANRU | About Frank Baer
| Samuel Mwenda, MD, General Secretary, Christian Health Association of Kenya | About Samuel Mwenda
2015 | Henry Mosley, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | About Henry Mosley
2014 | Douglas Huber, MD, MSc, Reproductive Health Specialist and Co-Chair CCIH Family Planning and Reproductive Health Working Group | About Douglas Huber