Help needed @ Student activities fair & CCIH; Housing; Conferences; Prayers

Dear PHCF,
Wow, can you believe June is almost over? Summer Institute students have come and gone... and many of our new full-time MPH students have recently arrived (or are on their way!) Praying for each one of you - whether you're just arrived or have been around Hopkins a while - that the Lord is your hiding place and shield; that you find your hope in the Word (Ps 119:114). May the words of your mouth and meditation of your heart be pleasing to him, in the midst of busyness of moving and meetings and deadlines. Also wanted to share a good song for meditation: may you do little things with great love, remembering that you are his hands and feet in the world until his Kingdom comes!

PHCF weekly meetings are taking a hiatus for the month of June. However, please contact if you have prayers, reflections, or announcements you'd like to share with the rest of PHCF (or individual questions/comments for the PHCF leaders). 

Help needed! If you are available to help out for the MPH Student Activities Fair on Monday July 2, 11am-12:30pm (lunch provided), please email We need help to prepare a flyer (can adapt from last year's) and plan summer activities!

Finally, for those who are staying at JHSPH/in Baltimore post-graduation, we need new student leaders - please pray! and email if you're interested in shaping the vision/mission of this group this academic year.
Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF
Other announcements:
  1. Praises and prayers
  2. Housing opportunities
  3. Hungry of Hope Christian Conference - Nashville TN - June 22-23 
  4. Christian Connections for International Health conference - Baltimore MD - July 13-15 **HELP NEEDED**
  5. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
1. Praises and prayers:
  • MPH Candidate Wai Jia is in the midst of setting up Kitesong Global, a ministry that aims to use the power of narrative through her picture books to uphold social justice and empower the underprivileged. Read more here or watch the talk here: If you are a videographer, teacher, etc. and/or would like to find out more, please write to her at
  • Pray for Gubernatorial primary elections in the State of Maryland today: for the election of public officials who walk with the Lord and care for the people of this state.
  • Pray for the persecuted church around the world.
  • Pray for our seeking of holiness, and not just efficiency or growing in talents/knowledge//giftedness but keeping our focus on Jesus and his glory! Recent conviction from this testimony by Joni Eareckson Tada:
  • Pray for incoming students on their way to Baltimore! For God's direction, for living situations, for spiritual community.
  • Pray for our PHCF brothers and sisters who are currently afar for work/practicum/missions/dissertation research, for favor in their work and traveling mercies.
  • Pray for our PHCF brothers and sisters who recently graduated (or are graduating soon), finishing their capstones/theses/dissertations, and/or who are seeking God's direction/calling for jobs and career. May we trust in God's plans more than our own, for his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts than our thoughts (Is 55:9)
2. Housing opportunities/search
  • Upstairs unit apartment for rent, listing here: The landlord Ananda and his wife live in the downstairs apartment, and are believers, Hopkins alum, and members of Faith Christian Fellowship. Special consideration given if two students/fellows are interested in sharing the upstairs apartment. Anyone interested can contact Ananda directly at 410-435-6417 or by email at
  • For Rent: Downtown Baltimore partially furnished 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse in Ridgley's Delight, next to UMB, light rail, and MARC train @ $1200/month available August 2018. Central AC, washer, dryer, newly remodeled kitchen. For pictures or more info, email Beth at (from a faithful sister in Christ who did her postdoc in the School of Medicine)
  • My name is Joseph Yoon. I am a medical student at UC Davis taking a gap year to complete an MPH at Hopkins. I grew up in Costa Rica where my parents continue to serve as Christian missionaries. I am looking for either a studio or a single room/bathroom for the year. Ideally, I would love to live and fellowship with fellow Christians during my year in Baltimore. Super excited to see what God has in store this upcoming year! Contact: 
  • Lovely 1b/1b apartment within a rowhome in Charles Village available for rent! 2806 N Calvert St, photos available here. $950/mo including utilities and internet. Apartment is furnished, but not with a bed/linens. Washer/dryer in-house on the 2nd floor; apartment is on the 3rd floor. The front door entrance is through the landlords' house, so Karl and Debbie would need to interview any prospective tenant and they would need to interview us :) Unit includes a deck, study area, bedroom with large closet, and kitchen/dining/living room combination. Lots of light, newly remodeled. There is a fire escape from the 3rd floor deck which can be used as an entrance, but it is a steep stairway with handrail. There is also an unpictured coat closet in the hall/study area. For one person or possibly two people who don't mind sharing a room! Available the 2nd half of August onward, possibly earlier if necessary. Contact Karl Dortzbach ( / +1-443-570-3668) if interested!
3. Hungry of Hope Christian Conference - Nashville TN - June 22-23
Are you struggling with emotional eating, or know someone struggling with an eating disorder, depression or anxiety related to food? Share this upcoming conference in Nashville with them, where MPH Candidate Wai Jia has also been invited to speak! 

For friends struggling with eating issues/disorders, they can also join the online support group:
4. Christian Connections in International Health conference - Baltimore MD - July 13-15
CCIH, a nonprofit "promoting global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective", has its annual conference here in Baltimore at Hopkins Homewood campus (Charles Commons conference center, 3301 N Charles), July 13-15. A really great way to connect with believers who are also public health practitioners, whether health professionals, church leaders, missions organizations, or folks doing research and programs - and truly a great mix of nations represented. Registration is now open! Register here. See the conference program. See conference registration rates (you are a student member if you are in PHCF and are a continuing student OR within 12 months of your JHSPH graduation date; we pay annual dues for student org membership).

Registration is still open - last day is this Fri June 29! Full registration (covers 3 days) or one-day registration if you just can come Saturday or Sunday. 

Friday, July 13, 2018
8:00 am - Noon

Giving Children Their Best Chance in Life –
Best Practices in Preventive Health during the First 1000 Days of Life

($55 for Global North)
($30 for students and developing country professionals)

Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) 2018 annual conference will be held July 13-15 at Johns Hopkins University.
Join us to learn and discuss how to serve our communities optimally through integrated services from conception through two years of age. The workshop will cover best practices of integration of technical areas in antenatal care, family planning, immunization, nutrition, and PMTCT. The objective is to ensure that Christian organizations and churches have state-of-the-art public health information so we can strengthen the quality of our programs and care. Participants will take away insights on what works and what doesn’t to implement in their own programs.

8:00-8:25am Welcome, Introductions, Light Refreshments (Ms. Mona Bormet, CCIH)
8:25-8:45am MNCH Continuum of Care (Ms. Lauren vanEnk, IRH)
8:45-9:30am Overview of best practices from pre-conception to two years of age: Dr. Koki Agarwal, Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP), Jhpiego
9:30-11:10am Roundtables focused on five topics (3 rounds of 25 minutes):
  1. PMTCT and caring for children with HIV (Table co-hosts: Dr. Perry Jansen, MedSend and Dr. Anouk Amzel, Medical Officer, Pediatric Maternal Branch, Prevention Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID)
  2. Immunization, a vital point of contact for multiple services (Table host: Mrs. Susan Otchere, WVUS)
  3. Antenatal care (Table host: Ms. Theresa Shaver, Senior Maternal Health Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health Division, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID Bureau for Global Health)
  4. Nutrition of mothers and children (Table host: Ms. Allison Flynn, World Relief)
  5. Changing patterns of family planning (Table co-hosts: Dr. Douglas Huber, CCIH and Mrs. Marta Pirzadeh, FHI360).
11:10am-Noon: Table Summaries and Individual Commitments

Planning committee: Advancing Partners & Communities (JSI and FHI360), Christian Connections for International Health, Christian Health Association of Kenya, Churches Health Association of Zambia, Institute for Reproductive Health, MedSend, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau


1) CCIH is looking for a worship team for this year's conference. If you are a student who can lead, sing, or play, please contact AND - your conference registration can be covered. (Some folks coming to the conference from the Global South are willing to sing, too.)

2) If you are willing to house students/developing country professionals from out of town for a couple nights to help them save money on lodging, please let know. 

5. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
Early bird registration ($95 for students) is currently ongoing for the global missions health conference! Price increases next week. GMHC is a weekend of encouragement, networking, learning, and much more. Free housing available for students. This year will also have a special emphasis on human trafficking. Learn more at

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