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Global Ministries’ vision of abundant health for all focuses on efforts to promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being through programs in the United States and overseas. Global Health programs focus on assisting economically vulnerable communities to protect children and disadvantaged adults from preventable causes of death and disease. To do this, Global Ministries partners with thousands of communities and health workers through community-based health programs and provides support to more than 300 United Methodist hospitals and clinics. Global Ministries is also the lead agency for the UMC’s Abundant Health Initiative so it strives to prioritize programs that meet the needs of the marginalized.

News and stories | The impact of Global Health

Creating holistic and healthy communities is at the core of our work in global health. Every day we work with partners to secure abundant health for all, bolster health systems and create sustainable health solutions in economically vulnerable communities. Learn more about our work in global health through the impact stories below.

Church and Community Worker Janet Lynne Horman is on a mission to help migrants

Striving to embody the church in her own community, missionary and attorney Janet Horman directs Florida Justice For Our Neighbors and provides free legal services to migrants in the U.S.

United Methodist Church launches major asylum initiative

Partnering with Church World Service and National Justice For Our Neighbors, UMCOR approved a three-year, $1.8 million pilot project to provide wrap-around services for asylum seekers in three major U.S. cities.

Global Ministries’ directors focus on God’s mission in a fractured world

Directors of the Global Ministries and UMCOR, meeting Oct. 10-12, focus on mission and ministry, global migration, disaster response, new initiatives and ways to bind the United Methodists together despite fractures in the church and world.

Health ministries around the world

Global health efforts are diverse in both approach and regional application. Learn more about the different ways our global health partners create interdisciplinary solutions to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. 

HIV and 
AIDS

Global Ministries and UMCOR mobilizes and appropriates funding to support projects around the world that prevent the spread of HIV, provide care with those living with HIV/AIDS and improve access to testing and treatment.


Health Systems Strengthening

Using the framework of the World Health Organization's six health system strengthening building blocks, Global Ministries works to improve the quality of health service and increase access to health care in low-resource settings through United Methodist health networks.

Imagine No
Malaria

The Imagine No Malaria program aims to reduce the number of deaths and illnesses caused by malaria in African communities through comprehensive, community-based malaria programs and quality health services through United Methodist-affiliated health centers.


Health in the
United States

In the United States, Global Ministries’ health programs promote and provide resources for the establishment of health ministries in local congregations, especially through a network of faith-community nurses and health advocates.