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CCIH has held Annual Conferences in the Washington, DC area since it's official launching in 1987.

The CCIH Annual Conference is open to any interested person. CCIH individual members and employees of CCIH organizational members and affiliates receive discounted conference fees. 

Recent annual conference themes include:

  • 2005 – Christian Engagement in Health Systems: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
  • 2006 – Excellence, Innovation and Influence: Pathways to Health and Wholeness
  • 2007 – Partnerships for Health and Wholeness
  • 2008 – Community Health and Wholeness
  • 2009 – Technologies and Health: A Faith-Based Perspective
  • 2010 – The Faith Community and the Millennium Development Goals: Accountability to God and the World
  • 2011 – Sustaining a Christian Foundation for Health in a Changing World 
  • 2012 – Health - Lifestyles - Christian Values: Pioneering Global Health Solutions in the 21st Century
  • 2013 – Gender, Health and Development: A Christian Perspective
  • 2014 – Transforming Lives: Christians in Global Health
  • 2015 – Ending Extreme Poverty: The Challenge for Christians in Global Health
  • 2016 – Sustainable Development from a Christian Perspective 


Christians involved in international health had been meeting with each other in various locations, mostly on an informal basis, for several years before that. (See the CCIH history)  The Annual Conferences provide the opportunity to bring a Christian perspective to topics in international health and development and, through fellowship and worship, to share a common faith and desire to serve God in life and work. 

For many CCIH members and others the annual conference in is an event that encourages them to combine their professional lives and their faith in a relaxed setting where the dress is casual, the atmosphere is retreat-like and the participants represent the diversity of the CCIH membership in age, nationality, religious affiliation, interests and experience. For the better part of three days the community gathers at a conference center to share their talents, their faith and their work. They debate issues; learn about best practices; hear about successes, failures and challenges; and be exposed to the wealth of experiences and history that their fellow participants bring with them. They share a common passion for international health while at the same time acknowledging and learning to accept their differences. 

For many years the CCIH Annual Conference was held at the Wellspring Conference Center in Germantown, Maryland. As numbers of participants increased, however, it became necessary to move to a larger facility. From 2006 to 2011 the annual conferences were held at the Bishop Claggett Center, an Episcopal retreat and conference center near Frederick, Maryland. The 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 annual conferences were held at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. The 2016 conference was held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

The CCIH conference is organized around plenary and workshop sessions, scheduled worship and fellowship events, and scheduled free time for individual rest and reflection, recreation and informal meetings and discussions.



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