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CORE Group July 2013 E-newsletter
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Practitioner Academy Learning Trip 2014
CORE Group Fall Meeting 2013
Sponsor Fall Meeting 2013
CHW Principles of Practice
Pediatric Tuberculosis
Newborn Health
Taking Care of Baby at Home
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CORE Group Practitioner Academy Learning Trip 2014

Comprehensive Rural Health Project 
Jamkhed, India
February 4 - 12, 2014  

Join CORE Group for its second Practitioner Academy Learning Trip. Participants will visit the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), founded by Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole in Jamkhed, India. CRHIP has been working among the rural poor and marginalized for more than 40 years. By partnering with village communities and expanding on local knowledge and resources, the project aims to effectively meet the immediate and long-term needs of these groups.

Participants will visit Jamkhed communities with peers to dialogue and learn about transformative strategies for improving health of communities, especially women and children. The visit will increase participants' understanding of design, implementation, and assessment of community health approached: comprehensive integrated services, village health workers functionality, community group development, gender and equity, impact, and sustainability.  
To learn more about the community health workshop, the lessons learned, and to view photos and video from the last trip, please visit 

If you are interested in attending, please email Pinky Patel at  

CORE Group Fall Meeting 2013

 October 15-17, 2013
FHI 360
Washington, DC

Please save the date for CORE Group's Fall Meeting 2013 on October 15-17, 2013 in Washington, DC. Planning has begun and partners have contributed some exciting ideas. Suggestions and possibilities include a focus on social accountability and advocacy to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths.

Through concurrent and plenary discussion and sessions, partners have suggested focusing on accountability at global, national, district and community levels to increase the pace at which key child survival interventions reach the most underserved. In line with the theme, desired topics also include iCCM and essential newborn care, community health program learning from recent reviews and analysis of lessons from the USAID Child Survival and Health Grants Program and the Maternal Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP).

Building on previous years' learning, special emphasis will be made to explore best practices related to addressing key determinants of health and well-being of children, especially in the thousand days period of conception to age two, and examining
issues through a gender and equity lens.

Please visit the CORE Group website for updates.
Sponsor CORE Group Fall Meeting 2013
CORE Group's Fall Meeting of our Community Health Network brings together our 70+ Member and Associate Organizations, and the extended global health community, to network, collaborate, build momentum, address gaps, and foster program learning. By becoming an event sponsor, you'll showcase your organization and its work to donors, advocates, academics, as well as to our Members and Associates-leading world health organizations, collectively working in over 180 countries and reaching 720 million people every year. 

There are five different sponsorship levels with varying benefits for each, including:

Marketplace- $500

Reception- minimum $1000
Bronze- $1,500
Silver- $3,000
Gold- $5,000

Please click here to learn more about the benefits for each sponsorship level.

CHW Principles of Practice

CORE Group's Community Child Health Working Group, in collaboration with World Vision International, have created the CHW Principles of Practice: Guiding Principles for non-governmental organizations and their partners for coordinated national scale-up of community health worker programs. The document builds on the experience, knowledge and best practices of CORE Group's Community Health Network including those organizations that have worked  the CHW-AIM tool, and reflects comments received during the CORE Group Community Health Network's 2013 spring meeting. The document also reflects principles being developed by the Global Health Workforce Alliance for countries.

The Principles of Practice outlined in this document are intended as a framework for advocacy, programming and partnership between implementing NGOs, government and donor agencies working with key CHW cadres in countries for which rapid and urgent scale-up of CHW program is a priority. They aim to guide NGOs to work with existing health structures through strong, long-term partnerships. They address CHW program issues such as competitive and duplicative working strategies, diverse incentives, parallel services, and diversity in supervision and reporting, among others.

We want to hear your feedback on the document. Please send your comments and suggestions to Karen LeBan at by July 30th.

Pediatric Tuberculosis:
Shining a Light on a Hidden Epidemic

Globally Tuberculosis is on the rise. Among the very young, TB is a devastating illness. Nearly a half a million children under 15 years of age were infected in 2011, according to WHO's 2012 Global Tuberculosis Report. Because of late or no diagnosis or improper treatment, many children die; WHO estimates 64,000 deaths among HIV-negative children in 2011. Other children suffer from drug-resistant TB or multi-drug resistant TB, vicious strains that develop when patients fail to complete the six-month
treatment regimen.

CORE Group hired writer, Justine Ickes, to highlight what CORE Group Members and Associates are doing to address Pediatric TB. Check out Pediatric TB: Shining a Light on a Hidden Epidemic to learn more.

CORE Group Advancing Newborn Health

At CORE Groups Spring Meeting, Lily Kak, Senior Advisor, Global Partnerships and Newborn Health, USAID presented the highlights of the evolving Global Newborn Action Plan and participants were encouraged to reflect and comment on these strategic shifts. Three game-changing actions were identified: 1) Increase birth notification, 2) Increase home-based postnatal care coverage and Change social norms about newborn death, and NGO and Private Sector Partnerships were considered important for mobilizing and advancing these efforts.

This Spring, CORE Group also conducted an online survey of its 59 Member and 16 Associate Organizations on their newborn health activities, assets and needs to better facilitate program learning, collaboration and scale up. A summary report and presentation includes a quick overview of the responses from a total of 24 different organizations. In April 2013, preliminary findings were presented at the Global Newborn Health Conference in South Africa and at CORE Group's Spring Meeting by CORE Group's SMRH Working Group Co-Chair Carolyn Kruger of PCI.

In June, CORE Group's Community Child Health Working Group Co-Chair, Alfonso Rosales of World Vision, also presented the findings at the Latin American and Caribbean Neonatal Alliance meeting in El Salvador. During this and the next fiscal year, the Alliance focuses on four major objectives: 1) policy and advocacy, 2) promotion and support of national newborn alliances, 3) knowledge management via a regional website and annual technical meetings on Helping Babies Breathe and the Kangaroo Mother Care Method, and 4) harmonization of newborn indicators.

For more Newborn Resources, please visit our website at:
Taking Care of Baby at Home After Birth:
What Families Need to Do

CORE Group, in collaboration with Save the Children, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and MCHIP, developed the Taking Care of Baby at Home After Birth: What Families Need to Do flipbook. The flipbook contains key messages that pregnant women and their families need in order to plan care of an infant at home right after birth. It focuses on essential actions families can take both to prevent newborn death and illness and to promote healthy newborn development. The flipbook has been translated in Kiswahili, Kalenjin, and French.
Please click here to learn more and view each adaptation, including a case study on local adapation. 

CORE Group is Hiring!

The Senior Knowledge Management Specialist will be responsible for managing and updating the TOPS knowledge management strategy which seeks to facilitate, through multiple venues, mechanisms, and media, inter-institutional and field driven processes to share knowledge, identify promising practices and fill identified capacity gaps.
Communications Associate

The Communications Associate will assist CORE Group and the TOPS / Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network with all communications related projects and tasks, including but not limited to: developing content for websites and promotional materials, communicating via e-newsletters and all social media outlets, and providing logistical and communications support for CORE Group and TOPS activities.

Make the Most of Your Membership
and the Community Health Network!

As a CORE Group Member or Associate, you and your colleagues have a variety of benefits at your fingertips. Please help us spread the power of learning and sharing with your organization by getting your colleagues involved and completing the following checklist for 2013:
  • Join CORE Group on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to get the latest Community Health updates and event announcements.
  • Build momentum or capacity for an area of interest by taking a lead on a Spring or Fall Meeting session.
  • Become and Event Sponsor or Table Sponsor at the Spring Meeting.
  • Ask your colleagues to join a Working Group or sign up for a listserv or the e-newsletter.

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CORE Group fosters collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused public health practices. Established in 1997 in Washington, DC, CORE Group is an independent 501(c)3 organization, and home to the Community Health Network, which brings together CORE Group member organizations, scholars, advocates, and donors to support the health of underserved mothers, children, and communities around the world.

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