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Fall 2017


September 25 - 29, 2017
Baltimore, MD

The CORE Group Fall 2017 Global Health Practitioner Conference brought together  261 participants from over 20 countries representing 74 organizations and 8 universities, plus an additional 40 remote participants from around the world, to explore the conference theme of "Collaborating for Health Communities: Results, Realities, and Opportunities."

Read the conference report for key takeaways and next steps. 
Visit the conference webpage for session summaries, presentations, photos, and more.

September 28, 2017
Baltimore, MD

Over 150 CORE Group champions from around the world came together to celebrate CORE Group's impact over the last two decades and ensure our vision of communities where everyone can attain health and well-being is realized.

June 4 - 7, 2018 | Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Registration will open in January 2018. Find regular updates at

You spoke, and we listened. In September 2017 CORE Group released the first phase of a website redesign based on extensive discussions about community member needs. CORE Group conducted an initial feedback survey on the new website in October 2017, and we will continue to solicit feedback as we work to make the website the best possible resource for you.

More than 70 child survival and health champions shared approaches to transition the best practices of the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) to broader health interventions and public health challenges at a workshop in Washington, DC.
During the workshop, project leaders and workshop participants explored the unique Secretariat Model and other CGPP strategies to reach vulnerable children in insecure, fragile communities.

USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, World Vision, PATH, The Communication Initiative, United Nations Foundation, JSI, CRS and PCI all collaborated with CGPP to plan the workshop.

CORE Group is at the forefront of social accountability as this topic takes on increasing global importance:
  • The Community-centered Health Systems Strengthening Working Group formed a social accountability sub-group that will focus on measurement standards in the coming year.
  • CORE Group Community Health and Civil Society Advisor David Shanklin represented the CORE Group community at the Global Partnership for Social Accountability's forum at the World Bank on October 30 - November 1, 2017. Topics included utilizing CSO partnerships as platforms for social accountability, social accountability for improved health delivery, and future directions. 
  • On November 3, 2017, CORE Group, World Vision, and Results for Development co-hosted a meeting of social accountability experts and donors to discuss "Getting to Scale: Social Accountability for Health Governance." Stay tuned for a report coming soon.
  • In partnership with USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program, CORE Group is conducting social accountability case studies in Malawi.
  • CORE Group is planning a Social Accountability Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting. More details coming soon! 
Contact David at for more information on getting involved in CORE Group's social accountability initiatives.

We offer webinars throughout the year to keep global health practitioners informed of key and timely global health topics. Join us for these upcoming webinars: 


There are many tools and resources available for designing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition programs. However, CORE Group Nutrition Working Group members did not have one place to go to when determining which nutrition-specific tools and approaches to use for programming and research.

Consequently, members expressed an interest in developing a reference guide of nutrition-specific tools and approaches, information on how and when to use them, and special considerations for their use. This reference guide meets this need. It is targeted to program designers and technical staff among CORE Group Members, as well as others working in the area of nutrition globally. Its purpose is to guide nutrition actors in selecting the most appropriate design, research, implementation, and evaluation tools, based on their program objectives, context, and available resources.

  Download the guide.

USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program funded a six-month pilot project on Social Mobilization and Demand Creation for Improved Newborn Care in Errer Woreda, Somali Region, Ethiopia from October 2015 to March 2016. CORE Group implemented the pilot using the CORE Group Polio Project platform, led in Ethiopia by CCRDA.

A report is now available documenting this project, which tested a set of community-based activities to further the goal of lowering neonatal mortality.

CORE Group's Humanitarian-Development Task Force is looking for a new co-chair to join co-chair Jesse Hartness (Save the Children), CORE Group leadership, and others to hold regular task force meetings and advance the annual Work Plan.  If you or someone you know is interested in this exciting work, preferably someone with significant experience and networks in global health in development settings, please contact Erin Murray at  For more details, see the position description

CORE Group's Young Professionals Network launched a pilot mentorship program in September 2017. The program aims to further support the career development of our young professionals in global community health and international development by drawing on the extensive and far-reaching knowledge and experience of CORE Group Members. 

Over 90 individuals from around the world applied to be mentors and mentees, and mentorship pairs will be confirmed later this month.

Acting on the Call (AOTC)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | August 2017
CORE Group assisted in the design, planning, logistics, and facilitation of a pre-AOTC event, "Civil Society's Role in Overcoming Critical Barriers to Maternal and Child Survival." Hundreds of civil society partners, government officials, and donors came together to discuss success and opportunities for advancing the SDGs for maternal and child health. 

United Nations General Assembly
New York, NY | September 2017
CORE Group Executive Director Lisa Hilmi participated in several United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) events in her role as PMNCH Board member and as part of the Every Women Every Child Global Movement. In addition, she participated in many CORE Group Member and Partner side events including Global Health Council, Frontline Health Workers Coalition, IntraHealth, Save the Children, and more.
Community-based Primary Healthcare Roundtable
London, UK | October 2017
Lisa participated in a high-level roundtable discussion to mark the launch of CORE Group Member Malaria Consortium's new report,  Community-Based Primary Healthcare (CBPHC): The Key to Unlocking Health for All. The roundtable was hosted by Dr. Daniel Poulter MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and chaired by John McConnell, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.  The roundtable brought together representatives from government, civil society, academia, the donor community and the media to discuss the issues raised in the report and explore what needs to be done to scale up the CBPHC approach. CORE Group Member Paul Freeman attended as well and presented new community health research.
October 23 - 25, 2017
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
In October, CORE Group helped design and facilitate a workshop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for USAID's Office of Food for Peace (FFP) through The TOPS Program. This workshop served as a culmination of the refinement period of FFP's " refine and implement" approach for the development food security activities in the DRC. 

Implementers from Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, and Mercy Corps came together to share findings from their refinement year assessments, brainstorm how to adjust their theories of change, and plan for implementation moving forward, while FFP staff gave insight and guidance.
October 2 - 3, 2017
Washington, DC

Almost 200 representatives of USAID, United Nations, private and academic research institutions, and international non-governmental organizations attended the Resilience Evidence Forum, organized by CORE Group in collaboration with USAID's Center for Resilience as part of the Resilience Evaluation, Analysis, and Learning (REAL) Award. The two-day workshop provided a forum for attendees to share and consolidate the emergent evidence and methodological approaches to resilience analysis; discuss ramifications of evidence for resilience policy and programming; and identify future directions and priorities for the resilience community of practice. Forum presentations and other resources coming soon.
Tell us about your new resources, upcoming events, and other announcements to be published in the next CORE Group Member Highlights eNewsletter. This quarterly eNewsletter features our Members' innovations and updates. 
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Vision: Communities where everyone can attain health and well-being.

Mission: Improve and expand community health practices for underserved populations, especially women and children, through collaborative action and learning.

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