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Summer 2017


September 25 - 29, 2017
Baltimore, MD

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. 

In honor of CORE Group's 20th anniversary, we are hosting an extra special conference to recognize our collective accomplishments from the last two decades and look ahead to future opportunities.

Agenda highlights include:
  • Pre-Conference Workshops on Normative Change, the ProPAN tool, and Advocacy at the National and Subnational Levels
  • Plenaries focusing on Coordinated Impact, Health Financing, the New Era of Global Health, and more
  • Deep dives into important topics such as The Child Health Agenda in the Context of the SDGs, Collaborating with the Private Sector to Advance Non-Communicable Disease Service Delivery, Integrating Fertility Awareness Into Cross-Sectoral Programming, and more
  • Interactive sessions back by popular demand, including the New Information Circuit and 90-Second Science
  • Ample networking opportunities including a Young Professionals Network Happy Hour, a Social Networking Reception sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and Special Olympics, and an evening Poster Session with Professional Networking


September 28, 2017
Baltimore, MD

Come together and support CORE Group in an evening of fundraising and celebration, honoring 20 years of strengthening global community health through collaboration, and ensuring 20 more!

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. 

Master of Ceremony Jackson Mvunganyi (youth advocate and host of Voice of America's Upfront show) will lead the evening;   Margaret Schuler (Senior Vice President, International Programs Group, World Vision) will deliver remarks; and Former CORE Group Executive Director Karen LeBan, along with special guest Dory Storms, will recognize all Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition Award Winners.

This timely new module has already been distributed through UNICEF and WHO for the recent Cholera outbreak in Yemen, and it has been sent to over 16 countries through USAID's Office of Food for Peace and The TOPS Program.

Developed with support from a TOPS Program Small Grant, the module improves preparedness for and response of communities in countries at risk of a cholera epidemic.

The module consists of four lesson plans with accompanying flipcharts to be delivered through community health workers. 
Download the Cholera Module in English, Spanish, or French.

CORE Group continues to engage globally on behalf of our members to provide a voice for civil society and to advocate for community health. 

Over the last few months CORE Group Executive Director Lisa Hilmi has participated in the following events:
  • PMNCH Board Meeting (May 18 - 19, Ottawa, Canada)
  • World Health Assembly (May 22 - 31, Geneva, Switzerland)
  • InterAction Forum 2017 (June 20 - 22, Washington, DC, USA)
  • UNICEF Meeting - Global Mechanism: Communication/Media for Development and Social and Behaviour Change (June 27 - 28, New York City, USA)
  • Acting on the Call Summit 2017 (August 24 - 25) & Civil Society's Role in Overcoming Critical Barriers to Maternal and Child Survival (August 23, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

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: 

Gender Analytics Toolkit & More (November 7, 2017)


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.

Look back on our posts from the year so far:

Over 200 implementers, donors, and researchers from over 60 organizations joined for the final TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting on July 19 - 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

The conference not only looked back over the past seven years of The TOPS Program, but also looked forward to productive discussions about our collective accomplishments and innovations, lessons learned, and ways in which the greater food security and nutrition community can keep advancing in the years to come. 


June 28, 2017
Public Bar, Washington, DC

Almost 40 young professionals joined for CORE Group's first ever International Development-themed Trivia Night! 

This friendly competition brought together colleagues with new acquaintances to test their knowledge on current events in global health, statistics, acronyms, and more.

Join the Young Professionals Network (YPN) listserv  for updates on future events and opportunities.

Stay tuned for an announcement on the the pilot YPN Mentorship Program we will launch this fall!
This summer we were thrilled to welcome Marc Holler to the CORE Group team as our new Senior Director of Partnership and Business Development. 

Marc has over twenty years of experience working in business development, strategic planning, organizational design, and project management. He has worked with or for bilateral and multilateral agencies including USAID, World Bank, Millennium Challenge Account, Asian Development Bank, Global Environment Facility, and Inter-American Development Bank. In addition, Marc led the development of business development strategies, developed successful funding opportunities with foundations, supervised the management of USAID projects, and developed overseas training programs for country staff.

Marc has a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree from Boston University.

Contact Marc at to discuss collaboration and business development opportunities!
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.)
The Summer 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 Fall edition will open in September.

Learn more and catch up on recent editions here.

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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