Donations for Disaster Relief: Intentions and Impact

March 28, 2019
1 to 2 p.m. ET


First do no harm — that's our mantra as a health care community striving to shepherd health and wellness in the communities we serve. The same passion and innovation that fuels our work here in the U.S. can also lead our activities in times of disaster — when we feel compelled to respond to the call to serve our neighbors in need. So how do we best provide support to those suffering in times of disaster?

This one-hour webinar will provide Catholic health care with statistics, impacts and lessons learned from past disasters in Indonesia, U.S.A., Samoa, Haiti and beyond. Juanita Rilling will share her experience from involvement in the aftermath of several disasters as director of the Center for International Disaster Information, as well as her work in the Senate. She will offer a unique perspective that can help all involved in disaster response ensure that the response is appropriate and in keeping with health care's commitment to first do no harm.

Register today for this webinar so that you can be a part of this conversation around the opportunities and pitfalls involved in international disaster response.


This webinar is relevant for those who coordinated responses for disasters as well as key influencers and decision makers, including operational and mission leaders, at the facility/regional/system levels.



Juanita Rilling
Senior Humanitarian Advisor
Former Director, Center for International Disaster Information, U.S. Agency for International Development

Juanita Rilling is a senior humanitarian advisor and is the former director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI). Her career includes more than 36 years on professional staffs in the U.S. Senate and in USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).

During her career in the Senate, Ms. Rilling served for 13 years on the Appropriations Committee, where she co-authored Foreign Operations Subcommittee bills and reports and assisted in shepherding them into law. Ms. Rilling left the Senate to serve USAID/OFDA as a disaster operations specialist where she earned awards for her work on two Gujarat Earthquakes, the Kosovo war, the Southern Africa Floods, the El Nino Working Group and the 2013 Ebola Virus Disease epidemic. While director of USAID CIDI, Ms. Rilling and her staff, in collaboration with the Ad Council, created "Donate Responsibly" toolkits which were retooled and adopted by the 21 member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization. CIDI also promoted public service announcements about responsible donating which have been broadcast to more than a billion people and educated thousands of people in person and electronically about how "smart compassion" is the best way to help survivors of disaster events.

Ms. Rilling graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in English literature.

Certificate of Attendance

Please note: CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance.

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.

Participant/Site Coordinator Role

As a participant, you will receive dial-in instructions and webinar materials one week prior to the webinar via email. These materials will come to you from "CHA Service Center," so please watch for that email address. Be sure to have these materials ready the day of the webinar so that you can easily access the event and utilize the materials. If you have registered and are convening a group of participants, please consider yourself the "site coordinator" and review the following suggested recommendations for serving in that role on behalf of the group.

» View more

CHA Member Benefit

CHA's webinars are designed to offer timely, convenient, relevant, cost-effective education about key topics and issues.

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

If your schedule doesn't permit you to participate in the live event, please register (FREE for CHA members) so that you will automatically receive a link to the archived version of the webinar.


For more information contact the CHA Service Center or Bruce Compton, CHA senior director, international outreach.