Dear Friends and trusted partners,
We are pleased to announce that Church Health and ECHO have formally joined forces in ministry. We are excited, because we think we will be stronger together than we were apart.
Since 1987, Church Health has provided affordable healthcare to uninsured working people and their families, and become a national model others are following. For years, Church Health has been offering replication seminars for those interested in founding faith-based clinics, and to date, there are more than 30 clinics based on the Center’s model. Center leaders knew that ongoing support for start-up or expanding clinics would help, but it was not staffed or equipped to provide such resources.
Since 2005, ECHO has been working to develop and expand free and charitable clinics in the United States. In 2012, our two organizations realized we shared a common cause, so we began to explore ways to work together. ECHO representatives began presenting as part of our workshops and offering their services. The more we worked together, the more we saw how much more could be done.
Last week, the ECHO board placed its trust in a new board composed of Church Health trustees and officers. ECHO will remain a separate tax exempt corporation and continue to deliver quality services to clinics. Together, we will work to evaluate and determine how to best deliver services in the future.
We are all honored to have this opportunity to join hands in ministry together. We are grateful to the Nancy and John Snyder Foundation for founding ECHO and providing ongoing support to continue its legacy. All of us are committed to being faithful to God’s calling in our shared work. We look forward to working with you.
Senior Consultant, ECHO
G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div.
Founder and CEO, Church Health