Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH)

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Organization Description

Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) is a global network of Christian organizations and individuals committed to advancing health and wholeness. Motivated by our Christian faith and our values, CCIH envisions a world where all have access to quality healthcare and prevention services. CCIH is a nonprofit (501c3) organization established in 1987 and headquartered in the Washington, DC area.

CCIH has over 100 organizational and 200+ individual members operating in more than 90 countries; thousands of regular readers of our newsletters and blogs; and an annual conference with over 600 people from 70 countries.

CCIH members include over 100 organizations and affiliates, plus hundreds of individuals who work in over 90 countries globally. These members include non-governmental organizations, church networks, Christian Health Associations, volunteer and product donation agencies, and other support organizations. CCIH works with Protestant, Catholic, and non-denominational organizations as well as interfaith networks.

CCIH shares information and provides a forum for networking, advocacy, capacity building, and fellowship to the ever-increasing spectrum of organizations and individuals. CCIH also carries out grants and programs by working through its members in low- and middle-income countries.

Read more about Who We Are, What We Do, and What Members Say about why they are part of the CCIH network.

What We Do

Our Core Functions are providing Coaching and Collaboration, and opportunities for Capacity Building, Networking, Fellowship and Advocacy.

CCIH provides a forum for Christians working in global health to share best practices learned from field-tested programs to help them strengthen their work and provide the best care they can.

Capacity Building: CCIH shares best practices and information and alerts members to specific funding or learning opportunities to help support their work. We offer webinars and member Forum Calls exploring topics that are important to Christians working in global health, such as integrating faith and health, how faith-based organizations can strengthen health systems in the countries where they work, maternal and child health and more. The CCIH Annual Conference agenda is full of sessions where speakers share their experiences, new research and insights into reaching communities in need with care.

Networking: CCIH is about making connections – connections that launch careers and stimulate valuable partnerships between global health professionals and their organizations. CCIH’s annual global health conferences have reached more than 700 leaders in over 70 countries over the past two years. CCIH Working Groups, discussion groups, member features and articles about member work foster valuable connections.

Fellowship: CCIH members pray together, share devotionals, and praises and concerns in weekly a prayer guide. The Integration of Faith and Health Working Group explores how our Christian faith informs our work.

Advocacy: CCIH strives to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. We advocate for greater U.S. support for global health programs and foreign assistance and promote the unique strength of faith-based health care and faith communities. Our diverse network reaches across the political spectrum, enabling CCIH to have broad influence in the U.S. Congress. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

Mission & Vision

OUR VALUES: Collaborative Fellowship | Holistic Health | Technical Excellence | Christian Compassion | Faithful Stewardship

OUR MISSION: CCIH seeks to mobilize and empower our network to promote global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective.

OUR VISION: Motivated by our Christian faith and our values, CCIH envisions a world where all have access to quality healthcare and prevention services.

OUR GOALS: To share information and provide a forum for capacity-building, networking, fellowship, and advocacy to the ever-increasing spectrum of organizations and individuals interested in how transformational Christian faith has a positive impact on international health.