Timeline

History of CCHF

  • 1978 - H Spees and Lance Loberg, MD meet. They voice concerns they have heard from hundreds of health professionals across the country, including isolation, medical socialization, the lack of a viable Christian community health care and development model, and the loss of vision that occurs during medical training. They begin to develop the idea of a network and newsletter.
  • 1979 - Loberg returns to New Hebron and along with John Perkins and H Spees they formulate the name Christian Community Health Fellowship to reflect the importance of an approach that embraces churchcommunity and health. They begin work on a newsletter they call Health & Development to express the linking of health with the development of the community.
  • 1979-1980 - First issue of Health & Development published.
  • 1981 - First CCHF "pre-Board" meeting held. Ray Downing, John McGill, J.D. Miller, H Spees, John Umhau, Sam Weir and Stephen Crane, attending a meeting of clinics receiving US Rural Health Initiative funding meet in H Spees’ hotel room. They discuss their various visions for what CCHF should be as an organization.
  • 1981 - Second "pre-Board” meeting in Evarts, Kentucky. Members propose to hold first national conference.
  • 1982 - First CCHF National Conference, "Commitment to Health Care with the Poor," is held February 26-28 at Luther Place Memorial Church in inner city Washington, DC. Speakers include Janelle Goetcheus, David Larson, John Perkins, William Peterson and H Spees.
  • 1982 - Board of Directors meets in Evans, Kentucky. H Spees and Lance Loberg resign as co-directors and become Board members. Ray Downing is Chair; Lance Loberg is Vice-Chair and Barbara Whitnah is Secretary.
  • 1982 - CCHF formally incorporated in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • 1983 - First CCHF Preceptorship Directory published.
  • 1985 - CCHF moves headquarters office from Mississippi to Philadelphia. Ted Hewson becomes Executive Director.
  • 1987 - David Caes named Executive Director.
  • 1990 - First of several CCHF-sponsored workshops, ”Community-based Health Care,” held in Cary, Mississippi.
  • 1992 - Caring for the Least of These: Serving Christ among the Poor, edited by David Caes, published.
  • 1993 - Upholding the Vision: Serving the Poor in Training and Beyond, edited by David Caes, published.
  • 1998 - Jerry Stromberg becomes Executive Director and headquarters office moves to Chicago.
  • 2002 - CCHF Best Practices Project published.
  • 2003-2006 - Over 400 people attend "Nuts-and-Bolts" workshops, 10 health clinics attain FQHC or FQHC-LA status, and $2M+ was given as sub-grants to 47 organizations in 25 states.
  • 2004 - CCHF's 25th anniversary party held in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 2007 - Steve Noblett becomes Executive Director.
  • 2008 - CCHF headquarters moves to Memphis.
  • 2012 - CCHF 's annual conference had more than 650 in attendance from 34 states.