A Reflection Guide for International Health Activities
This 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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Guiding Principles for Conducting International Health Activities
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.
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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.
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Video Scenarios and Expert Commentary
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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International Outreach Video Presentations
Two video resources to help your organization consider its international outreach activities, with specific attention to:
- Being neighbor – particularly now when scarce resources and unending need make reality very unlike that of the Good Samaritan. Presented by Ron Hamel, Ph.D., CHA senior ethicist.
- How the call to this work is part of a tradition — a tradition that includes the need for cultural competence. Presented by Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, CHA Vice President, Sponsorship and Mission Services.
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Responsible Redistribution of Medical Supplies & Equipment: Leading Practices for Hospitals & Health Systems
This resource shares the findings of a 2012 research study to determine high-impact leading practices every hospital and/or health system should adopt when starting or enhancing a medical surplus recovery program. While not prescriptive, we believe these practices will help fulfill the mission of our collective global outreach efforts — answering God's call to foster health, act with compassion and promote wellness for all persons and communities, with special attention to our neighbors who are poor, underserved and most vulnerable.
Responsible Redistribution of Medical Supplies and Equipment
Ebola — Resources and Links
For information about specific U.S. Catholic health care activities and response, please contact Bruce Compton, CHA senior director of International Outreach.
(updated August 2017)
International Outreach Prayers
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