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FBOs to pledge to strengthen 30 health systems by 2030 at upcoming conference

CDC head Robert Redfield to speak on health system resilience

Faith-based organizations are on the front lines providing health care where conflict and disasters strike across the globe. They reach remote and marginalized communities in areas that governments and for-profit facilities frequently do not serve.

The Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) Annual Conference brings together the diverse spectrum of Christians providing care with U.S. government and industry partners.

From June 6-8, nearly 200 global health experts and faith leaders from more than 25 nations will gather at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland for the 33rd annual CCIH Conference to discuss how faith-based organizations, government agencies and other partners can work together to strengthen communities and lead them to resilient health systems that can meet primary health care needs and are prepared for disasters and conflict.

This year’s conference theme is Called to Care: A Strong Community for Lasting Health. Featured speakers include Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; best-selling author Brian Fikkert; Carrie Hessler-Radelet, CEO of Project Concern International and former Peace Corps Director; and Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, in addition to speakers from the Global South and partner NGOs.

CCIH plans to roll out its new 30×30 campaign to strengthen 30 health systems by the year 2030 at the conference. The campaign calls on organizations to commit to a specific action that will improve health services by increasing funding, encouraging better policies, building capacity and long-term organization commitment of Christian health services.

Pre-conference sessions cover the following topics: applying for USAID funding, taught by USAID personnel; health organization leadership and governance; and human-centered health program design.

“We are excited about the line-up of high-level speakers and capacity-building sessions at this year’s conference,” said Doug Fountain, Executive Director, CCIH. “The faith community spans all sectors of society and we’re thrilled to be at the intersection where governments and Christian organizations working in health and development meet. We expect our 30×30 campaign to spark specific actions that strengthen health systems, improving health and saving lives.”

See the full program of sessions and events at the conference.


Christian Connections for International Health is a global network of organizations and individuals committed to promoting global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective.


Kathy Erb
[email protected]
(301) 525-2881

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