Wed lunch mtg W2033, Dr Perry MCH webinar, jobs/housing/scholarships, upcoming retreat/symposium

Good afternoon, PHCF! Can you believe it is Advent season already? As we look forward to Christmas and celebrating Jesus' birth, We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess 1:2-3) Dear ones, we pray this morning for your faith, hope, and love to be rooted in the firmest of foundations: Jesus and the cross. We pray for your sense of anticipation and joy, knowing that he has already come to seek and save the lost, and that he is coming again to make all things new and set all things right. In the meantime, we pray that we continue to encourage each other to not give up despite obstacles and uncertainties. He is sovereign, and he is good. Will you trust him?

Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033. We'll rest in Scripture (focusing on hope in light of the 1st week of advent - here's a devo for the four weeks leading to Christmas) - prayer time, fellowship, and dessert included!

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small group on Mondays at 7:30pm in the 929 Apartments (contact Esther)
- Writing Accountability Group (i.e. study group) on Fridays at 4pm (contact Teresa)
Helpful links: PHCF facebook page | PHCF website | map/list of local churches

If you have prayers, reflections, or announcements you'd like to share with the rest of PHCF, please email!

Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF

Other announcements:
  1. Engaging Communities to Improve MCH Webinar, featuring Henry Perry and Connie Gates - Dec 12
  2. Job and scholarship opportunities
  3. Housing opportunity
  4. CMDA retreat - MLK weekend (Jan 12-14)
  5. 832 Symposium on Faith, Reason, and Vocation: Professional Ethics at Homewood - Feb 17
1. Engaging Communities to Improve MCH Webinar, featuring (JHSPH's very own) Henry Perry and Connie Gates - Dec 12
Many faith-based organizations have experienced the benefits of Community-based Primary Care and engaging and empowering communities to improve their own health. Please join CCIH for a discussion with two long-time experts in the field of Community-based Primary Care: Henry Perry, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Connie Gates, MPH, Jamkhed Comprehensive Rural Health Project in central India.

Dr. Perry will discuss a recent review of 700 projects using Community-based Primary Healthcare to improve Maternal and Child Health. The results were featured in the book, Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers' and Children's Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings.

The Jamkhed Comprehensive Rural Health Project in central India was one of only four projects identified in the review that had evidence of mortality impact for at least 10 years. Connie Gates, who has been working with CRHP for more than three decades, will describe its approach and its early influence on the Alma-Ata concept of primary health care that was endorsed at the 1978 International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan.

Register now and join us Tuesday, December 12, 11am-12pm EST. (Please mark your calendar - you will receive a link via email ~1hr before the webinar to join.)

2. Job and scholarship opportunities
  • Christian WASH NGO Lifewater has a job opening - courtesy of PHCF alumnus Lindsay Lange -
  • Student essay content on Religion/Spirituality and Public Health (cash prize) - We encourage you to consider submitting an essay to the 2nd annual Spirituality and Public Health 2017 Student Essay Contest. First held in last year -- see Fall 2016 contest winners (link) -- this annual national contest is organized by faculty from many SPHs that include Berkeley, Hopkins, Maryland, and others. More than 3000 empirical studies have been published on spirituality, religion and health, and you are invited to write about what this might mean for Public Health. Separate divisions exist for graduate students and undergraduates. Prizes are $1000 (1st), $600 (2nd), and $300 (3rd) in each division (6 total prizes). Please share with your friends here or at other SPHs via email, Facebook, or other social media, and visit the contest website for more information or to upload your submitted essay: (deadline: Jan 3, 2018)
  • Various positions open at the World student Christian Federation North America ( They're affiliated with the UN and have engaged on a number of topics including: Interfaith Youth Conference on Peacemaking and Overcoming Violence in the Middle East, Indigenous Solidarity Program, interfaith, intergenerational and intersectional feminist theology conference
3. Housing opportunity
Looking for a female roommate to take over a lease in a 2 bedroom apartment, accessible to downtown and mount Vernon. Current roommate is a female doctoral student at JHSPH. The apartment is a 10 minutes walk to the Hopkins shuttle, 3 mins walk to subway and metro access. A free apartment shuttle is available to JHMI, and JHSPH, and University of Maryland Medical Campus. Apartment is spacious with a lot of light. Washer and dryer in the unit. Utilities included except electricity. Common areas of the apartment are already furnished! Grocery Store, Gym and Dry Cleaning facilities available store on site. Ideal for JHSPH faculty, students or other young professionals! Please contact Ezinne (eezeajo1@jhu) for more information or if interested.

4. CMDA retreat - MLK weekend (Jan 12-14)
Our friends at the Christian Medical and Dental Association (including MSCF at the Hopkins school of Medicine) would like to invite you to the CMDA Northeast Regional Conference, held Fri-Sun, Jan 12-14, 2018 at Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland (1hr drive from JHMI campus). This is a key opportunity during your winter intersession to meet with like-minded health-interested professionals and trainees, recenter yourself on God's mission and specific calling for you, and spend sweet time with the Lord at a lovely retreat location. Conference theme is Gods@war: discovering gospel-centered living in an idol-rich world. More information and registration here. (please also sign up on the Hopkins MSCF Googledoc here so that we can organize rides together!)

5. 832 Symposium on Faith, Reason, and Vocation: Professional Ethics at Homewood - Feb 17
Ever wonder what it means to live and work ethically as a public health professional? The 8:32 Society is a group connecting believers (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) across the Hopkins campuses. PHCF, along with other Christian groups on campus, is hosting the Symposium on Christian Faith, Reason, and Vocation at Homewood campus Feb 17, 2018, 10am-5pm - this year's focus is on Professional Ethics. The event will include a keynote talk by Nigel Cameron, field-specific discussion panels, and a networking lunch. RSVP here! (If you are interested in helping out - whether for food, marketing, setup, logistics, moderating, contacting speakers, fundraising, prayer - please let Teresa know!)


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