2020 CCIH Conference

July 16, 2020

by Kathy Erb

The CCIH 2020 virtual conference took place from June 1 to July 9 with a series of online sessions. Our theme was Holistic Care of Body, Mind and Spirit, which is fundamental to Christian health care. Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  See the schedule below and links to session recordings.

Une note sur la traduction: Malheureusement, nous ne pouvons pas traduire les sessions du conférence de CCIH maintenant. Nous avions un session complètement en français le 8 juillet, avec les gens qui viennent de l’afrique francophone.

Thanks to the CCIH 2020 Conference Sponsors  for their support!

Please see recordings of all the sessions in the blocks below and plan to join us June 3-5, 2021 in Washington, DC for the 2021 CCIH Conference!

Sponsored by World Relief

June 1, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm US EDT: Care for Self and Staff in the COVID Era

In times such as these, caring for our staff and ourselves is crucial in order to continue serving our communities. Dr. Priya John, General Secretary of the Christian Medical Association of India, Ambassador Daniel Speckhard, President & CEO of Lutheran World Relief and Margaret Schuler, Senior Vice President, International Programs Group, World Vision US will join Doug Fountain, CCIH Executive Director in a discussion on how and why our faith leads us to care for ourselves and others very practically during the COVID pandemic, but also during more “normal” times.


  • Dr. Priya John, General Secretary, Christian Medical Association of India
  • Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard, President and CEO, Lutheran World Relief/IMA World Health
  • Margaret Schuler, Senior Vice President, International Programs, World Vision US
  • Moderated by Doug Fountain, Executive Director, CCIH

Watch the Recording of Care for Self and Staff in the COVID Era

June 2, 10:00 - 11:00 am US EDT: Importance of People of Faith in Addressing Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)    

SGBV prevalence includes intimate partner violence, early marriage, physical abuse of girls and women, and confiscation of assets/money. Dr. Kitui will discuss the One Stop Centre for SGBV case management approach including additional services, challenges, and further opportunities in South Sudan in a context of protracted armed conflicts, forced displacement, extreme climate events, and economic shocks. Dr. Reinert will share the Enditnow initiative’s program to advocate and educate for the prevention of GBV and care for survivors, partnerships, and impact over 10 years in AFrica, Asisa, South America, and North America. Ms. vanRooyen will share the practical realities of SGBV during the COVID panemic and practical steps faith communities can and should be taking to prevent SGBV and care for survivors.


  • Dr. John Kitui, IMA World Health, South Sudan, One Stop Centre for SGBV Case Management in South Sudan
  • Dr. Katia Reinert, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Enditnow Initiative for Prevention and Interventions for Survivors of SGBV - Lessons from 4 Continents
  • Lyn van Rooyen, B.Cur, MBA, Consultant, vanRooyen.info Practical Realities of SGBV during COVID
  • Moderated by Prabu Deepan, Head of Thematic Support Team, TEARFUND

Watch the recording of The Importance of People of Faith in Addressing SGBV

June 3, 12:00 - 12:30 pm US EDT, Prayer and Devotion: Seeking His Kingdom and Finding Holistic Health

We will pray together and reflect on a devotion written by CCIH member Maddie Orange.

June 4, 9:00 - 10:00 am US EDT, Ensuring People with Disabilities are Included in “Health for All”

People with disabilities are vulnerable and often forgotten - this session will highlight the importance of disability inclusion whose mandate comes from scripture - their needs in your offices and communities, and including them in program creation and implementation. Mrs. Natalie Flickner will share how a childhood disability touches every part of a child’s life: emotional, social, educational, spiritual, and recreational and the importance of addressing them for the needs of the whole child. Mrs. Amberle Brown will share how World Relief is working to promote disability-inclusion across its program sectors, equipping program staff with principles and guidelines for disability inclusion and encouraging the conversation for staff at all levels to design and implement health and development projects that work to reach those historically overlooked, including key principles, training materials and other tools. Ms. Adey Abate will highlight the important work of CURE international facilities through surgery, rehabilitation, mobility devices, and also the use of the Saline training, as well as trauma counseling training because children with disabilities and their families are often traumatized from the treatment they face due to the disability. Clinical intervention is not enough for true healing to occur. The emotional and spiritual side of healing also has to be present.


  • Natalie Flickner, Associate Missionary, World Evangelism for Christ, Crisis Care Training International, Effects of Childhood Physical Disability
  • Amberle Brown,  MEL Advisor RMNCH, World Relief, Disability-inclusion
  • Adey Abate, Executive Director, CURE Ethiopia, Serving Children with Disabilities
  • Moderated by Amy Hewitt, Grants Coordinator, CURE International

Watch the recording of Ensuring People with Disabilities Are Included in "Health for All"

Sponsored by Health for All Nations

June 9, 10:00 - 11:00 am US EDT, Christian Response in Fragile Settings in Humanitarian Emergencies

In an emergency, how can our Christian faith inspire and mobilize us to respond, act and partner? How can Christian organizations draw from previous experiences as we confront COVID-19? And what can we do to reach all communities, including hard-to-reach and underserved groups? We’ll hear from seasoned experts in humanitarian emergencies who have worked through sudden onset emergencies, conflict, and disease outbreaks like Ebola.


  • William Clemmer, MD, MPH, Team Leader: Ebola Response & Recovery, Lutheran World Relief/IMA World Health, DRC
  • Lance Plyler, MD, Director, World Medical Mission, Samaritan’s Purse
  • Reverend David A. Robinson, MDiv, Formerly of World Vision International, Team lead on Ebola Response in Sierra Leone
  • Moderated by Dr. Deborah Eisenhut, MD, FACS, SIM USA

Watch the recording of Christian Response in Humanitarian Emergencies

June 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm US EDT, Health Facility Readiness in Humanitarian Emergencies

Health facilities must prepare for surges in caseload that result from sudden onset emergencies, disease outbreaks, conflict and population displacement. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights gaps in training, supply chains, and coordination of communication and messaging. What lessons have health facilities, both faith-based and secular, learned from each other as they respond to emergencies? How have they addressed gaps in qualified health workers, disruptions to supply chains, the need to coordinate with authorities on services and financial resources, and obtaining real-time intelligence and reporting?


  • Peter Yeboah, MPH, MSc, Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Ghana and Chair, Africa Christian Health Associations Platform
  • Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Global Programs, Americares
  • Moderated by David Beversluis, MD, MPH, Health Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières - Operational Center Amsterdam

Watch the Recording of Health Facility Readiness in Humanitarian Emergencies

June 11, 9:30 - 10:30 am US EDT, Ethical Obligations in Supply Chains in Humanitarian Emergencies

In the time of the COVID pandemic, fears and concerns about not having sufficient supply chain systems that can procure and deliver supplies, let alone enough personal protection equipment (PPEs) for health facility staff and other front-line staff, ventilators to help patients breathe, medicines and supplies for existing conditions (i.e. ARVs for HIV, oxytocin for postpartum hemorrhage, antibiotics, etc) are running through many of our minds. What are the ethical obligations and safety considerations in supply chain systems before and during emergencies? What are the consequences of counterfeit drugs and how can we respond as Christians to the challenge they present?


  • Barry Ewy, PharmD, JD, MHA, CEO, Blessings International, Safety in Sourcing Medicines in Pre-disaster Scenarios and Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Jonathan Kiliko, PhD, Head of Marketing & Strategy, Mission for Essential Drugs & Supplies (MEDS), Purchasing and Distributing Supplies and Equipment
  • Moderated by Nancy Harris, MPH, Vice-President Emeritus, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Watch the Recording of Ethical Obligations in Supply Chains in Humanitarian Emergencies

Sponsored by Americares

June 16, 9:00 - 10:00 am US EDT, Building a Hybrid Model for Improving Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in Bangladesh

Bangladesh suicides among married adolescent girls are 22 times higher than those never married, 4 to 6 times higher for younger versus older women. This occurs in a context of inadequate services and limited understanding of mental health. Three faith-based mental health initiatives in rural Bangladesh will be explored: a purpose-built ‘friendship’ model assists 11,000 teenagers targeting beliefs, expectations and practices via 1,000 lay persons; a second offers trauma healing counseling (adapted for use in a mixed religious context) in an integrated model through ‘People’s Institutions’ (PIs in over 400 community groups); the third facility-based model trained 50 providers in reproductive-health oriented counseling corners in government health facilities serving 75,000 women.


  • Kris Prenger, MD, LAMB Hospital
  • Debra Schout, DMin, MPH, Deputy Hospital Director for Administration, LAMB Hospital
  • Nancy Tenbroek, MA, Development Specialist, World Renew
  • Moderated by Jason Paltzer, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Baylor University

Watch the Recording of Building a Hybrid Model for Improving Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in Bangladesh

June 18, 9:00 - 10:00 am US EDT, Trauma Response and Curricula

During times of high stress and trauma, how are we prepared or are currently helping people in our communities? An 8-country, 18-project sectoral evaluation of trauma response programming, taking into consideration local adaptation, and creating a framework to categorize and define the spectrum of approaches, how to evaluate approaches, in order to frame, understand, and find the right kind of program for different situations. “Healing the Wounds of Trauma” 13 lessons curriculum to equip leaders to help and minister to people who have experienced trauma through war, natural disasters or other traumatic life events that impact family relationships, health and well-being. This curriculum has been translated into 150 languages and there is also a version adapted for children and a story-based approach for people with low-literacy.


  • Paul Fast, MPH, MA, Global Health Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee, Lessons from 18 Project Case Studies
  • Bryan Varenkamp, MA, Global Trauma Healing Service Coordinator, SIL Lead, Healing the Wounds of Trauma Curriculum
  • Moderated by Leanne Kennedy, MSc, Chief Executive Officer, Thrive Worldwide

Watch the Recording of Trauma Response and Curricula

Sponsored by ADRA International

June 22, 10:00 -11:00 am US EDT, Adapting to Change: Lessons for Planning and Funding

While change is always something organizations should prepare for, recent times have made this point even more clear. World Relief will use the case study of the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) mechanism to discuss adaptation to changing donor environments in the era of localization. World Relief will discuss why this mechanism is important for FBOs and share how the organization positioned itself as a partner for this opportunity. CURE International will share their experience telling their story in changing donor and emergency vs. “normal” environments.


  • Myal Greene, Senior Vice President, International Programs, World Relief, Adaptation to Changing Donor Environments in the Era of Localization
  • Debbie Stowell, Director of Communications, CURE International, Telling Our Story in Changing Environments
  • Moderated by Chad Hayward, Executive Director, Accord Network

Watch the Recording of Adapting to Change: Lessons for Planning and Funding

June 24, 10:00 - 11:00 am US EDT, Faith Engagement in Development Institutions

How can FBOs most effectively engage with multilaterals/governments to deliver on the 2030 goals? What are the obstacles and challenges and, conversely, best practices and lessons for broader faith based engagement in institutionally funded environments? Faith based programs should not be funded because they are faith-based, but because they are exceptional, influential, and accountable. Still, it takes tremendous work to navigate complex institutional bureaucracies to assure FBOs are included in the global development agenda. How can we support those who are working to strengthen faith based engagement? This session will include the leaders of faith initiatives in the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development.


  • Mercy Niwe, MA, Lead, Global Faith Engagement, World Bank Group
  • Kirsten Evans, MA, Director, Center for Faith Opportunities and Initiatives, USAID
  • Moderated by Doug Fountain, Executive Director, CCIH

Watch the Recording of Faith Engagement in Development Institutions

Sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Abbott and Gold Sponsor CURE International

June 29, 11:00 am -12:00 pm US EDT (New York) / 9:00 -10:00 am CST (Managua)
Faith, Hope and Love: 50 years of Practicing Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) in Nicaragua

In 1978 World Health Organization’s Declaration of Alma Ata was the first global call to recognize health as a human right and the importance of the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) as critical to health equity, social justice and health for all. While the resulting strategy of Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) stressed community empowerment, multi-sectoral collaboration, and community health workers as essential to the delivery of quality primary care and public health services, why is it that over forty years later, we have not achieved the dream of “Health for All”? In this panel, we will describe the 50 year CBPHC experience of a Nicaraguan faith based organization, AMOS Health and Hope, for sustaining CBPHC through partnerships, participatory monitoring and evaluation, sharing the CBPHC story, and organizational empowerment to strengthen health systems answering the questions:

  • How do faith-based organizations implement 3-way partnerships (community, government and non-governmental organizations) for community and organizational sustainability?
  • What makes faith-based organizations different and how do we share our story?
  • How do we develop the human resources for health for organizational and community empowerment?


  • Laura Chanchien Parajón, MD, MPH, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, AMOS Health, Health Systems Strengthening: A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Organizational and Community Empowerment for CBPHC
  • Alyssa Luisi, MA, Grants Manager, AMOS Health, CBPHC: Human-centered Design and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Impact
  • Marissa Alaniz, Donor Relations Manager, AMOS Health, Partnering for Sustainability: Fundraising and Financing for CBPHC
  • Moderated by Roberto Martinez, MD, MPH, Board President, AMOS Health

Watch the Recording of Faith, Hope and Love: 50 Years of Practicing Community-Based Primary Health Care in Nicaragua

June 30, 10:00 -11:00 am US EDT (New York) / 8:00-9:00 am MDT (Boise)/ 4:00 - 5:00 pm CEST (Geneva)
Mapping Faith-based Health Systems 

Faith-based health care facilities have always played a big role in healthcare all over the world. However, when it comes to funding support, faith-based organizations have historically been underrepresented. Measuring and mapping the extent and reach of faith based health care systems can be challenging but both are important to show impact and value in the International Global Health community. Join us as the process and the results of a nation-wide (Haiti) and global FBO mapping project are shared; how you can adapt the technology to other contexts, and how to contribute your organizations and country data to help show the value of faith-based health care delivery.


  • Barbara Campbell, RPh, CCN, Executive Director, The Dalton Foundation, Haiti FBO Mapping Project Results and Adapting Model to Other Contexts
  • Mwai Makoka, MBBS, Programme Executive, Health and Healing, World Council of Churches, Global Mapping of Christian Health Work
  • Moderated by Perry Jansen, MD, MPH, Vice President-Teaching Hospital Network, African Mission Healthcare

Watch the Recording of Mapping Faith-based Health Systems

July 1, 9:00 - 9:30 am US EDT (New York) / 4:00 - 4:30 pm EAT (Kampala)
Prayer and Devotion: A Call to Live with a Glorifying Attitude in Spiritual Discernment

We will pray together and reflect on a devotion written by Simon Ssentongo of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau.

Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Eastern Mennonite University School of Nursing 

July 7, 10:00 - 11:00 am US EDT (New York) / 3:00 pm WAST (Yaounde) / 4:00 pm CAT (Lilongwe) / 5:00 pm EAT (Kampala)
Sustainable Community Programs in the Time of COVID: 3 Programs in Malawi, Cameroon and Uganda

LifeNet Malawi will share about improving quality of care and patients quality of life, through the use of medical and management training, tracking qualitative data and quantitative data using quality score cards with 24 faith-based health centers in rural Malawi. Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) is a system of 82 health facilities in 7 of the 10 regions of Cameroon. CBCHS will share about a family planning rapid response project to provide care in two slums by training community health workers to provide counseling and provision of FP methods and/or referring to health facilities. Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau will share about the importance of addressing patient and health staff safety through infection prevention and control (IPC) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in rural western Uganda faith-based health facilities.


  • Jasintha Mtengezo, PhD, MPH, Country Director for Malawi, LifeNet International
  • Simon Manga, PhD, MSc, Clinical Consultant, Women’s Health Program, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services and Post-Doctoral Scholar in Global Reproductive Health, Center for Women's Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • Simon Ssentongo, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau
  • Moderated by Josue Orellana, MD, MPH, Director for Health, Nutrition, WASH, ADRA International

Watch the Recording of Sustainable Community Programs in the Time of COVID-19

8 juillet, 10:00 - 11:00 am US EDT, 15:00-16:00 Heure d'Afrique de l'Ouest -  Les programmes communautaires flexibles s'adaptent et se poursuivent malgré les pandémies  

La session se concentrera sur les programmes communautaires en trois pays francophones en Afrique: Le PMDCT est un département de développement de l'église méthodiste du Togo, et il partagera son approche préventive contre le paludisme, le VIH / SIDA, la tuberculose, l'hypertension, la vaccination, les enfants souffrant de malnutrition, renforcement du genre et d’autres projets qui utilise l'éducation de la santé et les programmes radio. SANRU (Santé Rurale) partagera comment ils ont poursuivi leur programme de distribution de moustiquaires aux communautés face à la propagation d'Ebola, et comment cela se rapporte à la conduite de programmes de santé communautaire face à COVID-19. Évangélique pour la Santé au Tchad (Association évangélique pour la santé au Tchad) partagera son travail pour apporter le dépistage du VIH, l'eau et l'assainissement, la planification familiale et la santé maternelle et infantile à 30 communautés au Tchad.

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  • Etienne Komla Nyuiadzi Tsunku, EGLISE METHODISTE DU TOGO, Development Department of the Methodist Church of Togo
  • Dr. Lukanu Ngwala, Sanru Asbl
  • Dr. Djékadoum Ndilta, Executive Director, Association Évangélique pour la Santé au Tchad
  • Modéré par Josh Korn, CURE International
July 9, 8:00 - 9:00 am US EDT (New York) / 2:00 pm CAT (Lusaka) / 3:00 pm EAT (Nairobi) / 8:00 pm PST (Manila)
Faith-based Organization Advocacy at the National and Sub-national Levels

Faith-based organizations and faith leaders are concerned for the health well-being of their congregations and communities and have significant influence in their local and national governments. People of faith are called to speak up for the vulnerable and marginalized. This call to advocacy coupled with the wide-reaching networks and influence of faith leaders and FBOs makes them ideal candidates for advocacy to improve policy and practices with local, regional and national governments.


  • Jane Kishoyian, BScN, MPH, Programme Coordinator for RMNCH/FP, Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK), Encouraging Teamwork for Success in Advocacy: Religious Leaders Influence on FP Advocacy in Kenya at the County Level
  • Milton B. Amayun, MD, MPH, President, International Care Ministries (ICM), Advocacy in a Philippine Context
  • Amanda Medlock, Senior Advocacy Associate – Global Health, World Vision US, Advocacy in the U.S. context
  • Moderated by Yoram Siame, MPH, MSc, Director of Advocacy Planning and Development, Churches Health Association of Zambia

Watch the Recording of Faith-based Organization Advocacy at the National and Sub-National Levels


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