Ray Martin, MPH, retired as Executive Director of Christian Connections for International Health (www.ccih.org), where he guided its growth into a membership association of 600 plus faith-based organizations and individuals and secular affiliates promoting global health and wholeness through faith-based organizations. In an Emeritus capacity, he remains active as a fervent advocate of closer collaboration between governments, global developmental institutions and civil society, including the faith community.
He has 50 years experience as an international development and public health specialist managing the design, implementation and evaluation of large health and population programs.
In a 25-year career with USAID (1967-1992), he was chief of the Health, Population, and Nutrition offices in Zaire, Pakistan, and Cameroon.
He also served in Ghana as Population Officer and in Morocco as Assistant Program Officer. From 1992 he worked several years on African programs as a public health specialist at the World Bank.
He is a past Chair of the 1500-member International Health Section of the American Public Health Association and in 2012 earned the Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His international career began as a Mennonite volunteer in community development in Somalia and in refugee development in Tanzania. Recently, he served on the committee developing the proposal for the establishment of a Global Anabaptist Health Network for presentation at the Health Leaders Summit held July 2015 in Harrisburg, PA, before the Mennonite World Conference assembly.