December 2018 International Outreach Update

We would like to share the following international outreach resources and news with you. Please visit for access to all of CHA's updates and resources on international outreach.


Online Orientation for Short-Term Medical Mission Trips
CHA has a new online orientation program for people participating in international health care mission trips. The video modules are designed to enrich the short-term mission experience by increasing cultural competence and awareness of perceptions on both sides of the host and volunteer relationship. The modules compliment other resources CHA has developed that can assist in orientation — including the booklet, A Reflection Guide for International Health Activities. The CHA offering is available 24/7 so that volunteers can gain important insights prior to and just after their trip as their schedules permit. It was designed to be used to augment current orientation programs, as well as for self use.

CHA Disaster Response Meeting
CHA hosted a two-day conference at CHRISTUS Health's headquarters July 25-26, 2018. "When Disasters Strike: A Special Convening for International and Domestic Response" drew dozens of Catholic health care and social service leaders from throughout the U.S. to share lessons, insights and challenges when responding as hospitals, long-term care facilities and health systems in times of disaster both domestically and internationally. Read more about the meeting and listen to a CHA podcast featuring several of the meeting presenters. In early 2019 CHA will release a white paper detailing the meeting and potential outcomes.


WHO Twinning Partnerships Resources Available
Twinning partnerships between health institutions is an innovative approach that can be utilized for improving different aspects of health service delivery. The World Health Organization Twinning Partnerships for Improvement (TPI) supports long-term efforts on quality of care. Please access the initiaitive website and the newly released WHO Partnership preparation package: A practical document to implement twinning partnerships for improvement.

National Academy of Medicine Perspective Paper by Katherine Taylor from the University of Notre Dame
This commentary shares a perspective on the Evolving Case for Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve the Global Goals.

United National Sustainability Development Goals
The annual Sustainable Development Goals Report provides an overview of the world's implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind. Access the progress report.


Mark your calendars!
Summit Co-hosted by CHA and MedSurplus Alliance
May 15 – 17, 2019, at the Taskforce for Global Health in Decatur, Ga., this event will convene leaders in global outreach and medical surplus recovery and provide ample opportunity for networking.


Recent articles from Catholic Health World and Health Progress featuring international outreach issues and topics from the across the ministry.

U.S. Joins Partners to Celebrate 15 Years of PEPFAR and World AIDS Day 2018

Pope Francis' World Day of the Poor Message for November 2018