Dr. Deborah Birx was a keynote speaker at the CCIH 2018 Conference, along with Dr. Alma Golden, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID.

The Power of Partnership
Johns Hopkins University | July 13-15, 2018

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12:12 NLT

Faith-based organizations have a long history of forging powerful partnerships to more efficiently and effectively serve those in need. In today’s complex world, these relationships are more important than ever. This conference explored how FBOs use partnerships, including time-tested and innovative new models, in our work.

● How do we engage faith and political leaders at all levels to improve global health?
● How are FBOs working with their Ministries of Health, and local and national governments?
● How are FBOs working with each other and secular organizations to provide care?
● What partnerships have FBOs forged to reach people in their homes and communities with preventive services and care?

See the Printed Program

See coverage of the conference

Friday, July 13, 2018

Morning Pre-Conference
Maximizing Impact: Integrating Family Planning with Other Health Services

This session explored how to serve our communities optimally through integrated services from conception through two years of age. Sessions focused on best practices, new technologies and emerging evidence, integration of technical areas (such as Family Planning, PMTCT, immunization, and MNCH care) as well as proven programmatic strategies to work in communities, in outpatient and outreach settings, and clinical-care.

Keynote Speaker: Koki Agarwal, MD, MPH, DrPH, Director, USAID Maternal Child Survival Program and Vice President, Jhpiego DC (first 48 minutes in video below)

Brief summaries from 5 roundtable discussions by table leaders: (48 minutes to 59 minutes in video)

-PMTCT and caring for children with HIV (Table co-hosts: Dr. Perry Jansen, MedSend and Dr. Anouk Amzel, Medical Officer, Pediatric Maternal Branch, Prevention Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID)
-Immunization, a vital point of contact for multiple services (Table host: Mrs. Susan Otchere, WVUS)
-Antenatal care (Table host: Ms. Theresa Shaver, Senior Maternal Health Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health Division, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID Bureau for Global Health)
-Nutrition of Mothers and Children (Table host: Ms. Allison Flynn, World Relief)
-Changing patterns of family planning (Table co-hosts: Dr. Douglas Huber, CCIH and Mrs. Marta Pirzadeh, FHI360).

As well as commitments attendees made to take an action in the next 6 months to improve maternal and child health. (59 minutes until end of video)

See article covering the Family Planning Integration Pre-conference

Afternoon Pre-Conference
Monitoring & Evaluation

Presenter Dr. Mark Staand explored concepts and principles in monitoring and evaluating (M&E) global health projects. Participants worked in groups to practice some of the elements of effective M&E programs.

Speaker: Mark Strand, PhD, Professor, School of Pharmacy and the Department of Public Health, North Dakota State University

Plenary 1: Power of Partnership: How the U.S. Government Engages with Faith Groups

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Deborah Birx, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy | PowerPoint

Augustine Fellowship Program

Hear about the origin of the program and the experience of the first Augustine Fellow, Steven Mukawa, at his post at the SIM ELWA Hospital in Liberia.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Plenary 2: The Evolving Work of FBOs and Community-based Primary Health Care

The 40th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the role Christians and faith communities have played in advancing Community-based Primary Health Care (CBPHC), how their work has evolved over time, and the effectiveness of collaborative efforts to achieve the goal of “Health for All.” This session examined these issues while challenging us to consider where the work of faith communities engaged in CBPHC is currently, and where it should be headed.

Laura van Vuuren, Global Health Consultant

Frank Baer, MHS-TM, DrPH, Vice President SANRU Rural Health Programme | PowerPoint
Mwai Makoka, MD, Programme Executive, Health and Healing, World Council of Churches
Henry Perry, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Scientist, Health Systems Program, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health | PowerPoint

Breakout Sessions 1

Session 1A: Achieving Common Ground: Forging Partnerships between Secular and Faith-based Organizations

Moderator: Marta Pirzadeh, MPH, Senior Technical Officer for the Research Utilization Unit, FHI360

Melanie Lopez, Program Manager, HIV and Health, World Vision US
Paul Frank, PhD, Executive Director, SIL LEAD, Inc.
Tonny Tumwesigye, MD, MSPH, Executive Director, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau

Session 1B: Follow the Evidence: from Research to Knowledge Sharing to Best Practices

Moderator: Jean Sack, Library Consultant, Jhpiego

Susan Hillis, PhD, MS, Senior Advisor for Global Health, Division of Violence Prevention, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ending Violence Against Children: Building Bridges to Link Evidence to Action for Impact. PowerPoint
Stacy Nam, MPH, Knowledge Manager, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, Working Effectively Across Sectors for Faith Evidence: Finding Innovative Ways to Shift Perspectives in Engaging Faith Actors.  | PowerPoint
Daniel O’Neill, MD, MA(Th), Managing Editor of the Christian Journal for Global Health, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, The Basis for Two Dynamic Partnerships of Influence. | PowerPoint

Session 1C: Breaking New Ground in Innovative Health Financing and Partnership

Moderator: Wendy Jolley-Kabi, President and CEO, Global Health Action

Paseka Baptista Ramashamole, Deputy Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Lesotho, Health Financing in Lesotho: Purchaser Provider Agreement between Christian Health Association of Lesotho (CHAL) and the Government of Lesotho – 10 Year Journey | PowerPoint
Malonga Miatudila, MD, MPH, President, SANRU, Five Decades of Evolving SANRU Partnerships in DR Congo | PowerPoint

Breakout Sessions 2: Three Sessions Running Concurrently

Session 2A: Partnerships to Ensure Full and Sustainable Global Vaccine Coverage

Moderator: Rick Santos, MBA, MTS, President and CEO, IMA World Health | PowerPoint

Claudia Lanten, MD, MPH, MBA, Senior Specialist, Maternal and Child Health, CMMB | PowerPoint
Ravonna Martin, MD, MBA, Executive Director/Founder, Ida Lee Project in DRC | PowerPoint
Joël Calmet, MD, MS, Senior Director Communications, Medical and Scientific, Sanofi Pasteur | PowerPoint

Session 2B: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and The Gospel

Moderator: Rachel Parrill, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing, Cedarville University

Darrel Larson, International Director, Sawyer Products
Randy LeTourneau, Vice President, The Last Well | PowerPoint
Ray Norman, PhD, WASH Director for Faith Leadership, World Vision | PowerPoint

Session 2C: Faith as a Gateway to Community Transformation

Moderator: David Olson, Olson Global Communications

Courtney McLarnon-Silk, MSc, Program Officer, Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University, Hand in Hand: How Faith Leaders and Communities Can Transform Social Norms for Better Health. PowerPoint
Mulamba Diese, MD, Chief of Monitoring and Evaluation and Head of Research, SANRU, Community Appropriation of Communications Efforts is Key to Engaging Communities in Health Promotion. PowerPoint
Lauren Erickson-Mamane, MPH, Branch Chief, Special Initiatives Branch, Division of Global HIV & TB, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FBO Response to Engaging Men and Boys in HIV Prevention Services. | PowerPoint

Plenary Session 3

KeyNote Address: Alma Crumm Golden, MD, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Global Health, USAID

Dr. Alma Golden, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Global Health, USAID shares her experiences working with faith-based groups in global health. From Dr. Golden’s experience, she has observed seven strategic advantages of FBOs: long history providing care, trust, genuine compassion, experience, partnerships, positioning and ability to access hard-to-reach groups with care.

Panel Session: Speak Up: The Power of FBOs as Advocates

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” (Proverbs 31:8)

Moderator: Lisa Bos, Director of Government Relations, World Vision US

Karen Sichali Sichinga, MSN, MPH, Executive Director, Churches Health Association of Zambia
Reverend Moses M.S Kariuki, Presbyterian Church East Africa, Kenya

Evening Session

Our Sisters and Brothers Keepers: The Role of Faith Communities in Ending Epidemics

From Christ’s healing miracles to the third century Cyprian plague that decimated the Roman Empire, to AIDS, Ebola and other modern-day viruses, faith leaders and communities have played vital and unique roles in ending epidemics. Dr. Jonathan Quick, author of The End of Epidemics and Dr. David Barstow, developer of the documentary “How We Lost the War Against AIDS” explore what faith communities have done right and where we need to change in order to stop HIV/AIDS and other epidemics. The session was moderated by Deirdre Church, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizer, NAACP.  | PowerPoint

Sunday July 15, 2018

Plenary Session 4

Integrating Faith and Work: The Story of Gretchen Berggren, MD and David Newberry, MSc

Gretchen Berggren, MD and David Newberry, MSc were long-time colleagues who fell in love after losing their spouses. They share a passion for global health, their Christian faith and serving people in need of care. Hear their touching story shared at the CCIH 2018 Conference of living a purposeful life driven by faith in God, love for each other and a passion to serve. Dr. Gil Odendaal, Senior Vice President of Integral Mission, World Relief interviews this dynamic couple. (Due to technical difficulties we suggest you turn up your volume for the first 8 and a half minutes of the recording.)

Breakout Sessions 3

Session 3A: Research, Results, and Feedback in FBO Work

Moderator: Ray Martin, MPH, CCIH Executive Director Emeritus

Lauren VanEnk, MPH, Program Officer, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, What Does Research Have To Do With It? A Discussion of Conducting and Utilizing Research with FBOs through the Lens of an Assessment of Family Planning Services in Uganda. | PowerPoint
Milton Amayun, MD, MPH, President, International Care Ministries (ICM), The Thrive Network: 10,000 Pastors Reaching the Ultrapoor. PowerPoint
Reverend Pierre Adama Faye, Vice President, Lutheran Church of Senegal, Christian-Muslim Partnerships for Improved Maternal and Child Health in Senegal.  | PowerPoint

Session 3B: For Results in HIV Programs, Engage Faith Groups and Leaders on All Fronts

Moderator: Deborah Dortzbach, MPH, MN, Director of Health and Social Development, World Relief

Matt Hackworth, Senior Director of External Relations, IMA World Health, The Power of Partnerships: Leveraging Community-Based Groups to Increase the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Rural Malawi. | PowerPoint
Pius Tih Muffih, PhD, MPH, Director, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS), Partnering with Local Stakeholders to Strengthen Health Services in the Northwest (NW) and Southwest (SW) Regions of Cameroon. | PowerPoint

Session 3C: Engage the Community to Optimize Outcomes

Moderator: Henry Mosley, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus, Population, Family and Reproductive Health and International Health Departments, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Allison Fynn, MPH, Health and Nutrition Program Advisor, World Relief. Community-based Stunting Prevention: the Case of Nutrition Weeks.  | PowerPoint
Alfonso Rosales, MD, MPH-TM, MNCH, Senior Advisor, World Vision US, Integration of ECD Interventions into Faith-based Institution BCC Community-based Delivery Platform: The case of World Vision Armenia. (Presented by Susan Otchere, RN, MSc, Project Director of the Mobilizing for Maternal and Neonatal Health through Birth Spacing and Advocacy (MOMENT), World Vision) | PowerPoint
Sharon Tobing, MPH, Senior Technical Advisor for Health, ADRA International, NCDs: Yesterday’s Insights, Today’s Solutions. PowerPoint

Breakout Sessions 4

Session 4A: Partnering with Ministries of Health: Exploring Benefits and Navigating Challenges

Moderator: Yoram Siame, MPH, MSc, Director of Advocacy Planning and Development, Churches Health Association of Zambia

Perry Jansen, MD, DTMH, Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, MedSend, Benefits and Challenges of Faith-based Hospitals Partnering with Governmental and Secular Organizations: Experiences from HIV Care and Treatment in Malawi.  | PowerPoint
Kris Prenger, MD, MPH, Organizational Development Director, LAMB Integrated Rural Health and Development, Co-Location of FBO and Government Safe Delivery Services in Rural Bangladesh.
Mark Strand, PhD, CPH, Professor, North Dakota State University, NGO Collaboration with the China Ministry of Health: Striving for Health for All.  | PowerPoint

Session 4B: Improving Maternal and Child Health: Lessons in Partnership from Cameroon, Ghana and Tanzania

Moderator: Professor Pius Tih, Director, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services

Thomas Welty, MD, Associate Director, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Implementing Partnerships to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Cameroon. | PowerPoint
James Duah, MBChB, MPH, EMBA, Deputy Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Partnership Lessons from Working with Policymakers, Service Providers and Different Faiths in Providing Maternal and Mental Health Services: The Case of CHAG. | PowerPoint
Paul Mosley, MPH, Health Programs Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee, Implementing a Care Group Approach to Improve Maternal and Child Health through a Local Maasai Partner in Ngogongoro District of Tanzania: A Case Study.PowerPoint

Session 4C Turning Disasters Into Opportunities for Partnership and Innovation

Moderator: Lance Plyler, MD, Medical Advisor for Disaster Response and Programs, Samaritan’s Purse

Megan Vitek, BSN, RN, MPH, Global Technical Advisor – Medical Programs, Samaritan’s Purse, Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Mosul, Iraq: Working together with non-FBOs and the Iraqi government To Bring Hope and Healing to Patients of War. | PowerPoint
Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Programs, Americares,  Integration and Innovation for Greater Impact in Disasters. | PowerPoint
Samantha Johnson, MPH, Business Development Manager, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs, World Vision. World Vision partners with local and national governments during emergency response to build capacity, share resources and transition to a sustainable situation. 

Presentation of 2018 Christian International Health Champion Award

The CCIH Christian International Health Champion Award recognizes an individual who has dedicated his or her life to global health from a Christian perspective, made significant contributions to the field and to the development of CCIH.

Robin Davis, RN, BSN, MN, President Emerita, Global Health Action was instrumental in the foundation of CCIH and was part of the group who saw the need to encourage networking and to promote the role of faith and faith-based organizations in global health. Robin was awarded with the 2018 Christian International Health Champion award for her commitment and work for CCIH and her career building partnerships between government and church organizations to deliver care to those in need.

Plenary Session 5 and Closing

Embracing Partnerships to Combat NCDs

Moderator: Nathan Mulure, MD, MPH, MPharm, Cluster Head for Novartis Social Business, East and Southern Africa, Novartis

Judith Musvosvi, MPH, MSA, Country Director, ADRA Zimbabwe. ADRA has a global approach to reducing NCD risk factors through behavior change working with churches and other partners.
Professor Tih Pius Muffih, PhD, MPH, Director, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services established Know Your Numbers in partnership with the local government and has screened 10,000 adults for hypertension and obesity. | PowerPoint
Jonathan Kiliko, MBA, PhD, Head of Marketing, Strategy & Health Advisory Services, Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS). In Kenya, MEDS is central to efforts to get affordable NCD medicines to all those who need them and has invested heavily in technology to track medicines for infectious diseases and NCDs.