Health Care Justice

The Church has always understood itself to be an extension of Jesus Christ's ministry in the world. The diakonia of the early church — the ministry of healing, service, care, compassion and hospitality— served the needy neighbor in Christ. For more than thirty-five years the General Synod of the United Church of Christ has advocated for health care as a right and a priority for all people.

Health Updates

Ebola Virus

We know many of you have questions about the Ebola virus - what it is, how is it spread, how to contain its spread, and how faith and community organizations may assist the communities they serve.

You are invited to join us on conference call with the CDC on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM ET. We will hear from speakers who will provide scientific information and discuss the potential role of the places of worship, community and family in responding to Ebola.  A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

Here are the details:

Audio Links:
800-857-5755 (USA Toll Free)
312-470-7181 (International Callers)
Verbal Passcode: COMMUNITY

In an effort to answer as many questions as possible, please email your questions to prior to the call.

Survey invitation

UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and the Council on Racial and Ethnic Ministries invite pastors, faith nurses, Christian educators, and lay leaders to complete a survey so that we can gauge interest and knowledge needed for working on issues of health equity and health disparities. Your feedback is most appreciated. Please fill out the survey today.

Climate Change, Environmental Health and Health Equity

The quality of the environment directly affects a person’s health status and plays a major role in quality of life and years of healthy life lived. Safe air, land, and water are fundamental to a healthy community environment. Learn more.

Health Equity and the Supreme Court Decision on Contraception

The Supreme Court decision giving some corporations the right to deny coverage of certain types of contraception to their employees based on religious freedom will have a great impact on women of color.  Although, the ruling does not single out women of color, our political and economic realities tell us that women of color often bear the brunt of the negative impacts of restrictions on women’s health. Learn more.

Understanding Medicaid Expansion

The obligation to care for the health of the poor, universally recognized by religious organizations, is among this country’s fundamental values and is furthered by the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. Many states, however, have opted-out and chosen not to expand Medicaid access. Learn more about this important issue and why it is of concern for people of faith.

HIV is Not a Crime!

Call on Congress to pass the REPEAL Act, a Bill which addresses the serious problem of discrimination in the use of criminal and civil commitment laws against those who test positive for HIV. Take action now!

Health Equity

Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many Americans now have health care insurance that will assist them in gaining access to health services - a great first step. Unfortunately, many of those who have insurance face access challenges in finding, locating, and getting to a health provider to acquire appropriate care from the health care system in a timely manner.

Why are people struggling to attain quality care? Learn more about health Equity.

UCC Faith Community Nurse Network

The UCC Faith Community Nurse Network, formerly the Parish Nurse Network, aims to promote health ministry and parish nursing in congregations and communities, as the visible presence and voice of parish nurses in the United Church of Christ. Learn more and join the network.


Ms. Barbara T. Baylor
Policy Advocate for Health and Wholeness Issues
100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Suite 300
Washington, District of Columbia 20002