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Spring 2017
SPRING 2017 GLOBAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER CONFERENCE RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE



The CORE Group Spring 2017 Global Health Practitioner Conference  drew 237 participants from 7 countries representing 73 organizations and 6 universities. An additional 92 remote participants from around the world joined in the live broadcasts of the keynote and plenaries.

Through the theme of "Integrated Approaches: The Social & Behavior Change (SBC) Key to Community Health," we focused on the essential role of integration in ensuring health for all through the lens of SBC.

REGISTER NOW: FALL 2017 GLOBAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER CONFERENCE   


Join us to discuss emerging challenges and gaps in community health, and explore tools and interventions to address them through skill building, networking, and program learning. As you engage in dialogue and learning with diverse stakeholders, you will contribute to greater programmatic impact through collaboration.

Learn more and register. Extra early registration for members only is now open. Early registration will open for all on June 1.
20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATORY GALA: 
AN EVENING OF CORE GROUP IMPACT   
September 28, 2017
Baltimore, MD

Come together with the CORE Group community for an evening of celebration, honoring 20 years of strengthening global community health through collaboration!

At this memorable night of dinner, music, and dancing, we will celebrate CORE Group's impact over the last two decades and recognize all who have transformed CORE Group from an idea into the global force it is today. 

CATCH UP ON 20TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONES   



Every month of 2017 we are featuring a "milestone" from the last 20 years. Enjoy the history of collaboration and accomplishments, and look forward with us as we embark on the next phase of CORE Group's strategy to improve and expand community health practices for underserved populations.

Check out our newest post on CORE Group's evolving role in USAID's maternal and child health projects, featuring a brand new video with Leo Ryan (ICF International), Anita Gibson (USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program), and CORE Group's own David Shanklin.

And look back on our other posts from the year so far:

January Milestone: The Beginning


March Milestone: Membership

April Milestone: Working Groups
 CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT IN MALAWI

Through  USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program, CORE Group and other partners are working in Malawi to further civil society engagement through social accountability (SA). Based on consultation with civil society organizations, the Ministry of Health, and key international health donors, three case study topics have been identified, focusing on SA at the local, district and national levels. 

One purpose of these case studies is to articulate promising SA practices in Malawi, leading to a stronger national health system. The cases studies will be conducted in June, with dissemination scheduled for August. Stay tuned for more in the coming months!
 INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRIVIA NIGHT

June 2017 (date TBA)
Washington, DC

Passionate about global health and international development? Love trivia? Then stay tuned for the CORE Group Young Professionals Network Summer Trivia Night! Please contact Adrienne Todela at atodela@coregroup.org if you want to help plan this event. 

Join the Young Professionals Network listserv  for updates on this event and other opportunities.
 TOPS/FSN NETWORK KNOWLEDGE SHARING MEETING


The final TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting: Successes, Challenges, and the Way Forward: Seven Years of Community Building will take place in Washington, DC on July 19 - 20, 2017. Join us as we discuss the FSN Network's collective accomplishments, innovations and lessons learned over the past seven years, and explore ways in which the food security and nutrition community can keep advancing in the years to come.

 INSTITUTIONALIZING COMMUNITY HEALTH CONFERENCE
USAID and UNICEF, in collaboration with WHO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), hosted a four-day conference focused on supporting countries to strengthen partnerships with communities as resources to transform the future and ensure that every mother, newborn, and child not only survives, but thrives.   


Through MCSP, CORE Group assisted in planning and promotion of the conference. CORE Group staff also organized and moderated a session on "Partnerships to Strengthen Community Voice and Accountability."

  REGISTER FOR UPCOMING WEBINARS
 
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:
  SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY RESOURCES AND TOOLS
 
Civil society organizations (CSOs) are increasingly joining forces with public health personnel at the local and national levels to provide greater scrutiny of programs and budgets. Described as "social accountability," common themes include: preparation and planning; involvement of marginalized and impoverished populations; identification of barriers for effective participation; interface meetings between civil society and governmental/public sector; measureable indicators of accountability and health outcomes; and rigorous evaluations of interventions.
 
This document is intended to assist CSOs, non-governmental organizations, and government health program planners, managers and staff to identify and adapt existing guides and tools for effective social accountability strategies.
 

RESILIENCE, EVALUATION, ANALYSIS AND LEARNING (REAL) PROJECT UPDATES
 
Learning Agenda Workshop

On February 15, 2017,  CORE Group developed and hosted a Learning Agenda workshop for REAL consortium partners. The day-long workshop sought to develop a common approach toward creating, implementing and incorporating a Learning Agenda into the Resilience Award project and gather feedback on the consortium's knowledge management strategy.
 
Asia Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Workshop
 
This July, CORE Group will host a Resilience MEL Workshop for 50 USAID and implementing partner staff in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop will increase participants' understanding of resilience data and use and leverage resilience measurement concepts in rural and urban settings.
 
The four-day training will be attended by program management staff and monitoring, evaluation, and learning technical staff from Asia Missions including Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar Bangladesh, Thailand, and others. 

CGPP HIGHLIGHTED ON WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK

In honor of World Immunization Week 2017 (April 24 - 30), Gavi featured a CORE Group Polio Project interview with a mother from Asmoli village in Utter Pradesh, India explaining why she is immunizing her baby.

See the post on  vaccineswork.org, and watch the full interview  here.
CORE GROUP JOINS PMNCH BOARD

CORE Group Executive Director Lisa Hilmi was selected to fill the role of Board Alternate representing the PMNCH NGO constituency on the PMNCH Board of Directors.
 
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), hosted at the World Health Organization, is an alliance of more than 700 organizations in 77 countries from the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health communities, as well as health influencing sectors. The Partnership provides a platform for organizations to align objectives, strategies and resources, and agree on interventions to improve maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS TRANSITIONS
 
CORE Group extends a special thank you to the following outgoing board members for their many years of strong leadership and dedication to CORE Group: 
  • Judy Lewis (Chair)
  • Jenn Weiss (Secretary)
  • Antony Duttine
Additionally, CORE Group congratulates the following new board leaders:
  • Erin Stieber (Chair)
  • David Pyle (Vice Chair)
  • Jennifer Nielsen (Secretary)
And we welcome these new board members:
  • Scott Jackson
  • Kote Lomidze
  • Beth Outterson
See the full Board of Directors list here.
 CONSULTATION ON REVISIONS 
TO THE SPHERE HANDBOOK
 
CORE Group's Humanitarian-Development Task Force and Relief International hosted a " Consultation on Revisions to the Sphere Handbook:  Perspective of the Humanitarian - Development Nexus" on May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the consultations was to provide feedback on the draft versions of the new Sphere Handbook, making sure that it c aptures recent developments in humanitarian work and i mproves the usability of the Sphere standards in different contexts.

Join the Humanitarian-Development Task Force for future updates and opportunities, and visit the Sphere website for more information on providing feedback.
 DON'T MISS OUT: 
JOIN WORKING GROUP LISTSERVS
 
CORE Group's Working Groups have a lot planned over the next several months, from webinars and trainings to new tools and guides.

Now is the time to review your listserv subscriptions to stay informed as these items are announced.

All of our listservs and subscription details are listed here.

Check out our listserv FAQ for useful hints and tips. (The first one gives instructions for reviewing your current subscriptions.)
 LOOK OUT FOR MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS NEWSLETTER
 
The Spring edition of our Member Highlights eNewsletter will be in your inbox before the end of the month! Check it out to see what our members are up to, from new resources to recently published journal articles to upcoming events, and more.

Submissions for our Summer edition will open in June.

Learn more and catch up on recent editions here.
ABOUT CORE GROUP

CORE Group supports effective implementation at scale of programs that promote and protect health in all communities, including the most marginalized. We represent nearly 70 global nonprofit and non-governmental organizations working worldwide. We are public health professionals working together to develop innovative tools, resources, and programs to improve health outcomes. Our collaboration results in greater impact than organizations can accomplish individually.

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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