Loving Our Neighbor: A Christian Response to a Changing World

The CCIH 2022 conference attracted more than 500 registrants from over 55 countries! Sessions took place over three weeks on June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, and 23 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am ET each day.

Throughout the conference, we explored the many challenges and new opportunities we face today: the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for other pandemics; regional conflict and violence; forced migration and displacement, as well as opportunities coming from changes in health financing, technology, and workforce initiatives. There is also a profound new level of desire to engage faith communities as allies in health.

As we anticipate change from a place of love – love for Christ and for neighbor, we must also strive for high-quality, sustainable solutions in our response. With this in mind we developed the following 6 themes for the 6 conference sessions:

1. Loving Our Neighbor: A Christian Response to a Changing World
2. The Long Race: Increasing Effective Leadership and Governance While Preventing Burnout
3. Lessons from Community-Based Initiatives: Learning to Love Our Neighbors
4. Strengthening Health Systems for Resilience in Times of Change
5. Quality of Care: Improving Services for the Whole Person in Times of Change
6. Localization of Health: What is Necessary to Ensure Healing and Sustainability?

Program

Here is a sample of our stellar lineup of speakers:

  • Pastor Rick Warren, Founder and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose-Driven Life
  • Reverend Judith Johnson-Grant, Ordained Minister, Jamaica Baptist Union
  • Karen Sichinga, MSN, MPH, Executive Director, Churches Health Association of Zambia
  • Deborah Dortzbach, MPH, MN, International Health Consultant, former Director, Health and Social Development, World Relief
  • Samuel Mwenda, MD, General Secretary, Christian Health Association of Kenya
  • Kate Rademacher, Author of Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World
  • Mary Beth Powers, Chief Executive Officer, CMMB
  • Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, Programme Executive for EHAIA (Ecuenical HIV/AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy), World Council of Churches
  • Nathaniel Smith, MD, Anglican Priest, and Infectious Disease Physician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Global Health, About Dr. Smith in Christianity Today
  • Priya John, MBBS, MD, DNB, General Secretary, Christian Medical Association of India
  • Peter Yeboah, MPH, Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Ghana and Chair of the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform
  • Diana Cabezas, PhD, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Fellow, Compassion International, interviewing Jedida Sempore, MD, Manager of Program Support, Compassion International, Burkina Faso

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-> Watch English Recording

-> Ver grabación en español

-> Regarder l'enregistrement en français

June 7, 8:00 to 11:00 am U.S. EDT with networking time in the final hour

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference: Mona Bormet, MPH, CHES, Program Director, CCIH

Moderator and Opening Prayer: Reverend Judith Johnson-Grant, BA, Ordained Minister, Jamaica Baptist Union

Interview with Pastor Rick Warren, Founder and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose-Driven Life, conducted by Doug Fountain, Executive Director, CCIH

Theological Directives for Loving Our Neighbor, featuring Reverend Judith Johnson-Grant, Ordained Minister, Jamaica Baptist Union

What Would a Champion Do? CCIH Christian International Health Champions Share their Perspectives on Loving Our Neighbor During Changing Times. A conversation moderated by Jerilyn Hoover, MPH, RN, Health Workforce Development Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID and featuring: Karen Sichinga, MSN, MPH, Executive Director, Churches Health Association of Zambia, 2019 Champion; Samuel Mwenda, MD, General Secretary, Christian Health Association of Kenya, 2016 Champion; Deborah Dortzbach, MPH, MN, International Health Consultant, former Director, Health and Social Development, World Relief, 2021 Champion

Opportunities for Local Religious Communities to Shift Harmful Social Norms Affecting Young Christian and Muslim Couples in Plateau State, Nigeria presented by Luke Martin, SGBV Programme Officer, Tearfund and Andrew Saman, Project Manager for the Masculinities Faith and Peace Project, Tearfund

Promising Practices to Engage Local Faith Actors presented by Sara Melillo, MPH, Global Health Consultant and Marie Harouna, Regional Gender Justice Coordinator for World Renew in West Africa (Marie Harouna's presentation will be in French and interpreted into English).

Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine: Medical Teams International's Response with Joe DiCarlo, Global Ambassador

Integration of Faith and Health Working Group: What We Do and How You Can Be Involved with working group co-chair Jason Paltzer, PhD, MPH, Senior Director of Research and Innovation, Kingdom Workers

Time for Q&A: We will hold all questions and answers for all speakers until the end of the program.

Fellowship and Networking with Breakout Rooms. You will have the opportunity to network and join in fellowship with global colleagues, facilitated by a CCIH member or staff member.

Closing

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June 9, 8:00 to 11:00 am U.S. EDT with networking time in the final hour

Welcome from the Moderator for the Day: Perry Jansen, MD, MPH, DTMH, Vice President, African Mission Healthcare

Preventing Burnout and Reclaiming Rest featuring Kate Rademacher, MHA, Author of Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World

How to come alongside organizations and help them with governance: We'll explore questions such as How do you build and strengthen capacity? How do you move an organization along a continuum? Dr. Perry Jansen interviews Jonathan Mwiindi, MHA, Executive Vice President, Operations, African Mission Healthcare

Leading in Troubled Times: Addressing Leadership and Operational Challenges during COVID-19, featuring: Alima Hillary, MBChB, MPH, Deputy Chief of Party for the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) on the USAID Local Service Delivery for HIV/AIDS Activity; Kyle Scott, MA, Executive Director, World Mission Prayer League, LAMB Hospital, Bangladesh; and Serge Batouboko, Director of Finance and Administration, Bongolo Hospital in Gabon. (Presenting in French)

Ethics of Leadership & Governance: A discussion with Dr. Paul Hudson, SIM and Cate Desjardins, Executive Director, MDiv, MPH, BCC (Board Certified Chaplain), Mennonite Health Fellowship

How Effective Is Your Organization? Find Out with the Faith-Based Organization Capacity Assessment featuring: Florence Bull, FWACN, MIPH, DCMH, Health Coordinator, Christian Health Association of Sierra Leone; Dennis Cherian, MHA, MS, BHMS, Associate Vice President/Senior Technical Director for Health and Nutrition at Corus International, and Martin Oluoch, Health Systems Strengthening Advisor, Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP). Moderated by Doug Fountain, MPA, Executive Director, CCIH.

Leadership & Governance Working Group: What We Do and How You Can Be Involved featuring working group co-chair Jenelle Williams, MBA, Director of Programs for Global Health Action

Time for Q&A: We will hold all questions and answers for all speakers until the end of the program.

Fellowship and Networking with Breakout Rooms. You will have the opportunity to network and join in fellowship with global colleagues, facilitated by a CCIH member or staff member.

Closing

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June 14, 8:00 to 11:00 am U.S. EDT with networking time in the final hour

Moderator for the Day: Josue Orellana, MD, MPH, Director for Health, Nutrition & WASH, Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA)

Collaboration Starts in the Community: A Conversation with Mary Beth Powers, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) and Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, Programme Executive for EHAIA (Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy), World Council of Churches

I Hear You: Active Listening for Effective Community Health Development - Practical Lessons from a Tanzanian Case Study, featuring Rob Thames, FACHE, FHFMA, Director of Global Health Administration Partners, Global Health Ministries interviews Fred Kilongodze and Kennedy Kyaukke in Tanzania about their work.

Breaking Silos at the Community-level for Improved Nutrition and Beyond: The Modelling Nutrition Sensitive Social Protection Interventions project was a two and a half year partnership between the Government of Rwanda, UNICEF, and World Relief Rwanda to pilot a multisectoral approach to social protection programming. We'll hear more about this successful effort from World Relief Rwanda.

Community-based Initiatives from Across the Globe, featuring: Shyamala Anand, MBBS, MS (Ophthalmology), Senior Technical Advisor for NTDs, American Leprosy Missions, India; Thacien Ndayisange, Project Coordinator, Family Planning (FP) and Health Projects, World Relief Burundi (Presenting in French interpreted into English); Dodanim Vasquez Campos, MD, MPH, Steering Committee Chair, Global Anabaptist Health Network, Guatemala (Presenting in Spanish interpreted into English); and Joyfrida Anindo, MA, Project Planning and Management, Program Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee, Kenya and Tanzania

Community-based Prevention and Care Working Group: What We Do and How You Can Be Involved featuring working group co-chair Henry Perry, MD, MPH, Senior Associate in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Time for Q&A: We will hold all questions and answers for all speakers until the end of the program.

Fellowship and Networking with Breakout Rooms. You will have the opportunity to network and join in fellowship with global colleagues, facilitated by a CCIH member or staff member.

Closing

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June 16, 8:00 to 11:00 am U.S. EDT with networking time in the final hour

Moderator for Day: Barbara Campbell, RPh, CCN, Executive Director, The Dalton Foundation

Keynote Address from Dr. Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Technical Advisor for CDC’s HIV Care and Treatment Branch in the Division of Global HIV and TB within the Center for Global Health

Technology for Health Facility Sustainability featuring Stephen Letchford, MD, Banda Health (SIM) and Diana Ayabei, Diploma in Health System Management and Epidemiology, SpaceCare Medical Clinic in Kawangware

How the Health Workforce Is Driving the Future of Care, featuring: Gary Gilkeson, MD, and Yasmine Vaughan, MPH, Technical Advisor for Global Health and Missions, Helping Children Worldwide and Mercy Hospital and Aruna Stevens, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone will interview local medical providers working in rural communities in Sierra Leone as well as global health experts with hands-on experience in providing medical services in those communities. We'll hear from Lisa Ailaniello, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, PNP-AC, Director, Medical Benevolence Foundation Center of Global Nursing Development; Philemon Mulenga, BS Nursing, Nurse Midwife and Training Officer, Christian Health Association of Malawi; and Timothy Nunn, MD, Medical Director, CURE Ethiopia

One-on-One with a 30x30 Commitment Maker. The CCIH 30×30 Health Systems Initiative will strengthen 30 health systems in which faith-based health services operate by 2030. Kate Long, DrPH, Fellow at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will interview a Father John Varghese, St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, a 30x30 Commitment Maker to hear about their experience in the initiative.

How Can We Keep Supply Chains Resilient? Even in Emergencies? featuring Richard Neci Cizungu, Advanced Diploma in Humanitarian Logistics, Executive Director, Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network, Joseph Rugut, Biomedical and Renewable Energy Engineer, Christian Health Association of Kenya and Saona Phiri-Ndhlovu, Manager of Storage and Distribution, Churches Health Association of Zambia

Navigating Tough Issues by Developing Strong Community Systems: A Look at Adolescent Reproductive Health Programs in Senegal and a Global Curriculum engaging Faith Leaders, featuring Esther Kuhn, PhD, Senegal Country Director, World Renew

Time for Q&A: We will hold all questions and answers for all speakers until the end of the program.

Fellowship and Networking with Breakout Rooms. You will have the opportunity to network and join in fellowship with global colleagues, facilitated by a CCIH member or staff member.

Closing

This session is sponsored by:

Supported by Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd. (“Gilead”) who provided funding. Gilead has had no input or influence into the content of the Conference or any presentations.

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June 21, 8:00 to 11:00 am U.S. EDT with networking time in the final hour

Moderator for Day: Priya John, MBBS, MD, DNB, General Secretary, Christian Medical Association of India

Keynote Address: Quality in All Contexts: Standards and Measurement for Quality of Care for Clients, Providers, and Supply Chains featuring Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD, MPH, Senior Technical Director, Africa Region, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Platinum Sponsor Message: Leticia Nkonya, PhD, Technical Advisor for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) at World Vision USA.

PEPFAR’s Faith and Communities Initiative: Perspectives from the Grassroots in Malawi, featuring: Peter Chalusa, Project Manager, World Relief; Pirira Cathy Nthanda Ndaferankhande, Executive Director, Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association; and Khama Daudi, District HTS Coordinator, Machinga DHO, Malawi Ministry of Health

Documentation and Measurement of Outcomes as a Means to Improved Quality of Care for Non-Communicable Disease Patients in Uganda featuring David Balikitenda, BSBBS, PGD M&E, MS EPID, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau

Assessing the Effect of Community Client-led ART Delivery Models on Retention in Care among Adult HIV Patients in Southwestern Uganda, featuring an interview with Kasande Meble; a Nursing Student at Bishop Stuart University in Uganda conducted by Kris Prenger, MD, MPH, MA, Interserve USA

Postpartum and Postabortion Family Planning: Timing is Key for Quality featuring Douglas Huber, MD, MSc, Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Health, CCIH and Stembile Mugore, MPH, Nurse and Midwife, World Vision US

What We Need, When We Need It: Strengthening Faith-based Supply Chains: A discussion on the USAID-funded MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership project on Faith-based Drug Supply Organizations featuring Carolyn O’Brien, MSPH, Faith Engagement Team, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership and Project Advisor, CCIH; Karen Hardee, PhD, President of What Works Association Consulting; and Ngah Edward Ndze, B-Pharm, Master's in Supply Chain Management, Central Pharmacy General Manager, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services

Health of Women and Children Working Group: What We Do and How You Can Be Involved featuring working group co-chair Allison Flynn, MPH, Senior Program Advisor for Health & Nutrition, World Relief

Time for Q&A: We will hold all questions and answers for all speakers until the end of the program.

Fellowship and Networking with Breakout Rooms. You will have the opportunity to network and join in fellowship with global colleagues, facilitated by a CCIH member or staff member.

Closing

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June 23, 8:00 to 11:00 am U.S. EDT with networking time in the final hour

Moderator for Day: Evelyn Gathuru, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, Christian Health Association of Kenya

Global South’s Local NGO Emergence: Will Emerging Independent Organizations Survive the Global North’s NGO Proxies as The New "Local" Organization? featuring Reverend Troy Lewis, ThM, Executive Director, Expanded Church Response (Zambia) and Nkatha Njeru, MPH, Coordinator and CEO, Africa Christian Health Associations Platform

Lessons from Over 100 Years of Faith-based Healthcare in Ghana: An interview with Benjamin Bronnert Walker, PhD, Church of England conducted by Peter Yeboah, MPH, Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Ghana

Strengthening Capacity: Dos and Don'ts in the Local Context: A Discussion with Wilma Mui, MPH, Program Manager, World Faiths Development Dialogue and Ibrahima Etia, Information and Communication Specialist, Cadre des Religieux Pour La Santé et le Développement (CRSD) in Senegal. (Presenting in French)

Theology, Ethics, and Public Health: A Conversation about Social Norms Change and Family Planning in Malawi, featuring Emily Chambers Sharpe, Senior Technical Advisor with World Relief; Rt. Reverend James Tengatenga, MDiv, Anglican Church; and Cecil "Ngoni" James Tengatenga, Public Health Researcher.

Helping “Survival” Survive: Tools for Transitioning a Maternal Child Health Intervention to Church Ownership featuring Diana Cabezas, PhD, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Fellow, Compassion International, interviewing Jedida Sempore, MD, Manager of Program Support, Compassion International, Burkina Faso

Uncomfortable Conversations: Learnings from Adapting Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Curriculum with Grassroots Faith Leaders featuring Dennis Mwangwela, MSc, Africa Director for Integral Mission, World Relief

Time for Q&A: We will hold all questions and answers for all speakers until the end of the program.

Fellowship and Networking with Breakout Rooms. You will have the opportunity to network and join in fellowship with global colleagues, facilitated by a CCIH member or staff member.

Closing

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Thank You To Our Sponsors


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More About Our Sponsors

Platinum

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Gilead Life Sciences See Gilead Life Sciences’ Sponsor Page and blog Partnering with FBOs to Go Further
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World Vision See World Vision’s Sponsor Page

Gold

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Health for All Nations / Christian Journal for Global Health See HFAN and CJGH’s Sponsor Page and blog What Does It Take To Love Our Neighbor?
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World Relief See World Relief’s Sponsor Page and blog, Loving Our Neighbor Living with HIVSpace Holder

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ADRA International (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) See blog on ADRA’s Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
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American Leprosy Missions See American Leprosy Missions’ Sponsor Page and blog Our Neighbors, Love, and Global Health
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Eastern Mennonite University School of Nursing See EMU’s Sponsor Page and blog Loving Our Neighbor: Inspiration for EMU Nursing Students
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Health Education Program for Developing Communities (HEPFDC) See HEPFDC’s Sponsor Page and blog Unhealthy Diet Is By Far the Leading Cause of Early Death
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IMA World Health /Corus International See IMA’s Sponsor Page and blog How Do We Get Back on Track for SDG3?

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CURE International
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INMED (Institute for International Medicine)

Medair
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MBF (Medical Benevolence Foundation)

Our Guiding Verse

Serving the Lord means loving and caring for our neighbors, both far and near. In this spirit, we chose the following guiding verse for the 2022 Conference: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:10-11)

Sponsorship

We would love to have your support of the conference. Sponsorship puts your organization in front faith-based health leaders and partners from across the globe. Over the past two years, our virtual gatherings assembled over 900 people from over 70 countries. Many participate actively in live sessions, but many more watch the recordings later. Participants include executives,
managers, technical staff, medical professionals, students, ministers, and advocates. Consider sponsoring the conference and connect with hundreds of influencers. Learn more about Sponsorship

Thanks to Our Conference Planning Committee

We’re grateful to the CCIH 2022 Conference Planning Committee members for all their help and support planning this event:

Laura Berry, Blessings International
Dick Day, CMMB
Michael Idah, Christian Health Association of Nigeria
Josh Korn, CURE International
Dr. Henry Mosley, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Cornelia Mukandie, Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP)
Kris Panico, Individual Member
Kris Prenger, InterServe
Rolando Santiago, Individual Member
Simon Ssentongo, ACHAP
Nancy Tenbroek, World Renew