International Outreach

International Outreach Resources

Foundational Resources

Guiding Principles for Conducting International Health Activities
Guiding Principles for Conducting International Health Activities
This CHA resource offers Catholic health ministry leaders and others who participate in international projects with six Guiding Principles for Conducting International Health Activities.
 
A Reflection Guide for International Health Activities
A Reflection Guide for International Health Activities
This resource provides exercises, articles, prayers, poems and more to help individuals or groups reflect on the experience of international health activities.
 
The Case for International Outreach
The Case for International Outreach
This video makes the case for undertaking and expanding international outreach activities.
 
Called to Serve: Guided by Tradition
Called to Serve: Guided by Tradition
This video highlights the "call" to participate in the ministry of Catholic health care and, specifically, international outreach.
 
A Heart Which Sees - On Being Neighbor
"A Heart Which Sees" — On Being Neighbor
This video explores the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan through a theological reflection that relates to today’s realities, particularly in international outreach.

Medical Mission Trip Resources

Short-Term Medical Mission Trips Recommendations
Short-Term Medical Mission Trips: Recommendations for Practice
This CHA resource shares 20 Recommendations for Practice health care leaders should use to review current and to consider future short-term medical mission trip activities.
 
Short-Term Medical Mission Trips Survey Results
Short-Term Medical Mission Trips Survey Results
This book contains the detailed question-by-question survey results from Phase I and Phase II of CHA's 2014-2015 research project on short-term medical mission trips.
 
Short- Term Medical Mission Trips Online Orientation
Short-term Medical Mission Online Orientation
CHA has developed an online orientation program with four modules for use by those who lead and participate in short-term international mission trips.
 
PPT Template
Sample Orientation PowerPoint for International Outreach
This sample, customizable PowerPoint presentation is offered to help in the development of an orientation process for participants on medical mission trips.
» Download a PDF of the PowerPoint

Medical Surplus Recovery Resources

CHA Medical Surplus Donation Study
CHA Medical Surplus Donation Study: How Effective Surplus Donation Can Relieve Human Suffering
This report presents findings from a study of medical surplus donation.
 
First Do No Harm
First Do No Harm — Assessing & Selecting High Quality Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations
(Includes an electronic assessment dashboard tool)
This booklet is a guide for assessing the practices and effectiveness of Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations.
 
 Medical Surplus Recovery, First Do No Harm
Medical Surplus Recovery, First Do No Harm
This video highlights the case for appropriate donations.
 
Responsible Redistribution of Medical Supplies & Equipment
Responsible Redistribution of Medical Supplies & Equipment: Leading Practices for Hospitals & Health Systems
This resource shares high-impact leading practices every hospital and/or health system should adopt when starting or enhancing a medical surplus recovery program.

Additional Resources and Activities

Disaster Response: Considerations for Catholic Health Care
Disaster Response: Considerations for Catholic Health Care
Created with assistance from Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, this booklet offers considerations for appropriately responding to domestic or international disasters.
 
Prayers
Prayers
CHA has developed prayers for relevant international days of prayer and reflection.
 
Video Scenarios
Video Scenarios
This online tool includes three scenarios and expert videoresponses for each. Ideal for group discussions and formation.
 
Global Summit
Global Summit
CHA's Global Summit is a unique meeting that brings together health care professionals with NGOs, U.S. government agency leaders and others to share insights and practices.
 
Regional Meetings
Regional Meetings
CHA hosts regional meetings annually to collectively convene Catholic health leaders, Catholic university
faculty and staff of international programs, diocese, NGO’s and others for information and practice sharing.