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CORE Group May 2013 E-newsletter
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Spring Meeting 2013 Highlights
Dory Storms Award Winner
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Environmental Enteropathy
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CORE Group Spring Meeting 2013 Highlights

"Capacity Strengthening for Global Health:
Partnerships, Accountability, Integration, Learning (PAIL)"

The CORE Group Spring Meeting 2013 took place from April 22-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. The meeting was an incredible success with 271 participants coming together from 98 organizations and 10 countries to discuss the latest updates and resources for capacity building in global health. There were two pre-meeting workshops, six plenary sessions, 23 concurrent technical sessions, 18 "powerbreakfast" tables, 16 Working Group gatherings, 9 lunchtime roundtables, one reception and a host of ad hoc gatherings. 

The meeting tackled the theme of Capacity Strengthening for Global Health. Sessions covered a variety of topics, including operations research, mhealth, capacity building and sustainability, adolescent health, maternal and child health, community case management, and special updates from USAID about A Promise Renewed, the Global Newborn Action Plan, and the USAID Maternal Health Strategy. 
Key messages included: 
  • Keynote speaker, Leonardo Cubillos Turriago, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Institute, set the stage for advanced thinking on capacity strengthening. He highlighted three institutional capacity development indicators: collaborative governance, open knowledge, and innovative solutions. He also discussed three institutional capacity areas where change needs to happen for capacity development to occur and that are particularly relevant to CORE Group's work. Click here to view his presentation.
  • John Borrazo, Maternal and Child Health Division Chief, USAID, discussed the Call to Action to End Preventable Child Deaths in 24 high child mortality countries with an emphasis on multi-stakeholder efforts and partnerships, accountability, and integration. He also urged all to "sharpen plans" by understanding the epidemiology, mortality data, equity issues, and more. Click here to view the presentation.
  • MaryEllen Stanton, Team Lead, Maternal Child Health, USAID, discussed the importance of focusing on geography, high-burden populations, measurement, high-impact interventions, and accountability to end preventable maternal and newborn death. She also emphasized the need for integrated care and response to contextual challenges. Click here to view the presentation.
  • Lily Kak, Senior Advisor, Global Partnerships and Newborn Health, USAID, presented the draft Global Newborn Action Plan, a global plan for country action linked to Every Woman, Every Child and A Promised Renewed that will be launched in late 2013. Participants discussed the important ways NGOs can accelerate the decline in newborn mortality :  increasing birth notification, increasing home-based postnatal care coverage, and changing social norms about newborn death. Click here to view the presentation.
  • Neil Boothby, U.S. Government Special Advisor and Senior Coordinator to the USAID Administrator on Children in Adversity, USAID, presented the United States Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity. He discussed the three priorities for critical pathways and investments: build strong beginnings, put family care first, and protect children. Click here to view the presentation.     
  • Judy Lewis, CORE Group Board Chair, summarized at the end of the meeting, six learning outcomes essential to capacity development that were discussed throughout the meeting: Raised Awareness and Enhanced Skills were linked to the "Altered Status" of mental health, child development, workplace health, and respectful maternal care. Improved Teamwork and Fostered Networks resulted in "Altered Processes" in improved iCCM collaboration and polio coordination among others; and Formulated Policy and Implemented Strategies resulted in new "innovations" such as decreased stunting through WASH interventions  and measurement of community capacity and sustainability. Click here to view the presentation. 

To learn more about the meeting  and to view additional presentations, please visit

2013 Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition Award Winner

Congratulations to 
 Sarah Shannon, Executive Director of Hesperian Health Guides

During CORE Group's Spring Meeting 2013, members voted for Sarah Shannon to receive the 2013 Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition Award, presented annually by CORE Group to "a person(s) recognized for exceptional efforts resulting in more effective child survival program implementation and increased impact in improving the health of the poorest of the poor including mothers, children and infants in underserved communities throughout the world."

To learn more about Sarah Shannon, please click here

Thank you to Spring Meeting Event Sponsors

CORE Group extends a special thanks to our event sponsors for helping support the 2013 Spring Meeting. With the generous support of sponsors like Philips, Otsuka, and K4Health, CORE Group was able to host a successful forum for collaboration and cross learning. 



New Members and Associates

CORE Group is pleased to welcome one new Member Organization, six new Associate Organizations, and one new Individual Associate.
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New Individual Associates:
  • Kayt Erdahl
  • David Shanklin

To learn more about becoming a CORE Group Associate, please click hereTo view all CORE Group Associate Organizations, click here.

Recent Webinars:

Mary Erskine
, Senior Health for Malaria at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 
Jessica Rockwood, President of International Public Health Advisors

Presenters provided an overview and discussed the AMP Toolkit version 2.0 - This toolkit provides a step-by-step guideline for the planning and implementation of mass LLIN distributions, whether targeted to specific population groups or for universal coverage. It includes information on coordination, planning and budgeting, procurement, logistics, communication, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting results and sustaining gains.The AMP LLIN scale-up toolkit is designed for use by National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCP) and partner organizations involved in planning and implementing mass distribution campaigns for universal coverage. The toolkit is primarily focused on central level planning, but also contains information on regional or district planning, as the same lessons apply on a smaller scale. As countries begin or continue the scale-up process, the toolkit should provide guidance and should encourage planning based on experiences and lessons learned from other countries.

Jane Bridggs, Principle Technical Advisor, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services/MSH
Sarah Andersson, Country Technical Advisor, Supply Chain for Community Case Management/JSI

Unless health products reach CHWs, CCM can never be successful in reducing childhood mortality. This webinar, organized by the Supply Chain Management Subgroup of the CCM Task Force, was the first in a series of webinars designed to help CCM program managers find ways to overcome the supply chain challenges unique to CHWs. This introductory webinar provided an overview of the common pitfalls and bottlenecks of the CCM supply chain and potential solutions to these challenges.

Karen Foreit, Futures Group

Community-based programs are all the rage, from family planning to child survival to care and support for people living with or affected by HIV. More money means more reporting, often using models developed for facility services. What is often overlooked is that the information that community workers need to do their jobs is not the same as what implementers need to report to donors and governments. Does it make sense for low-literacy, unpaid community workers to provide everything that implementers, ministries and donors need? This webinar, presented by Karen Foreit of Futures Group, explored ways to ensure that front-line workers collect only what they need and use what they collect, and that implementers get what they need for program management and reporting.

What's New in Early Childhood Development?

An exciting new topic this year was environmental enteropathy. Laura Smith from Cornell University and Julia Rosenbaum and Renuka Bery with FHI360 all contributed to one of the best rated and received sessions that looked at the latest research and interventions addressing the high quantities of fecal bacteria and pathogens that infants and young children in low-income countries are frequently ingesting. This can happen through mouthing soiled fingers and play items, and exposure to soil and poultry feces in the environment and can lead to frequent childhood infections and negative consequences on growth and development. This session examined the results of fecal-oral transmission to small children and explored solutions to addressing this problem. Participants and CORE Group will continue to follow the research and work together to find solutions in programming. View presentations here.
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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