International Outreach

International Outreach - Overview

Inspired by Gospel teachings to "love thy neighbor as thyself," the Catholic health ministry has served people of all ages, races and backgrounds for centuries in missions, clinics and hospitals worldwide. CHA's international outreach supports members, partnering organizations and the church in a global mission of healing through research, education, consultation and collaboration.

Download the CHA International Outreach Activities and Resources Flyer

To learn more about this initiative, available resources or what your organization can do to help, contact Bruce Compton.

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Guiding Principles for Conducting International Health Activities

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This CHA resource, developed in 2015, offers Catholic health ministry leaders and others who participate in international projects six Guiding Principles for Conducting International Health Activities.

Compelled to continue Jesus’ mission of love and healing today, U.S.-based Catholic health care organizations are reaching out to our brothers and sisters around the world to improve their health status and quality of life. This tradition of international ministry is a testament to the commitment of associates from across Catholic health ministry to live up to the Gospel mandate to provide compassionate care, with special attention to those most in need.


Sample Orientation for Medical Mission Trips

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This is a sample PowerPoint presentation for your use as an educational tool to help you develop an orientation process for participants on your medical mission trips. It is designed for you to customize to suit the needs of your program — adding or deleting slides where you deem appropriate.

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Video Scenarios and Expert Commentary

International Outreach Videos

This online learning module on important International Outreach topics is meant to open dialogue across U.S. Catholic health care relating to activities including:
  • Sharing surplus equipment, supplies and medicines with low-income countries
  • Responding to disasters in low-income countries 
  • Conducting medical mission trips or immersion experiences in low-income countries

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When Disasters Strike: A Special Convening for
International & Domestic Response

July 25-26, 2018


A Reflection Guide for International Health Activities

Reflection Guide for International Health ActivitiesThis booklet is a resource for persons selected as volunteers for mission trips to low- and middle-income countries to help them reflect on the overall experience. Designed for individual or group use, its contents lead users through discerning participation, preparation for a trip, arrival, the days of the experience, leaving, re-entering normal life and remembering and remaining rooted in the experience. Each of its six sections includes questions for reflection, spiritual exercises, sources for additional information and inspirational quotes and poems. It also includes plenty of journaling.

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Upcoming Events

When Disasters Strike: A Special Convening for International & Domestic Response

Networking Calls

To promote our shared mission of healing and alleviating human suffering worldwide, CHA invites you to participate in a series of networking calls to share information, ideas and effective practices for international outreach initiatives and global health.

The one-hour networking calls, which all start at 3:30 p.m. ET (adjust for your timezone) are free and open to all CHA members throughout the ministry.

CHA requests agenda items a month prior to the call and sends access information the day prior to each call. If you would like to receive this information, please contact CHA.

Upcoming Calls:

  • Aug. 1, 2018, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
  • DATE CHANGE - Nov. 14, 2018, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Feb. 6, 2019, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
  • May 1, 2019, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Aug. 7, 2019, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Nov. 6, 2019, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
To access the networking calls, please dial (844) 263-6303.

CHA Short-Term Medical Mission Trip Recommendations for Practice and Phase I & II Research Results

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