See what's new for the CORE Group community.
Winter 2017
CONGRATULATIONS TO SPRING PROJECT:
WINNER OF 2016 ANNUAL REPORT PHOTO CONTEST   

PHOTO CREDIT:
Kristina Granger, The Manoff Group, SPRING Project, Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone, 2016

Thank you to all who submitted photos to our 2016 Annual Report Cover Photo Contest! 

We are pleased to announce the winning photo from the SPRING Project. In this photo, a  family in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone discusses behaviors around consumption of pumpkin and fish by pregnant women and children 6-23 months old. 

SPRING/Sierra Leone used survey questionnaires from CORE Group's Barrier Analysis Facilitator's Guide in their work to inform social and behavior change communication efforts to promote dietary diversity. 

Look out for the 2016 CORE Group Annual Report coming soon!

2017 GLOBAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER CONFERENCES   


CORE Group's Global Health Practitioner Conferences enable community health advocates (NGOs, academics, donors, private sector, etc.) to collaborate, discuss ideas, and form partnerships for improving programs that save lives around the world.

SPRING  2017
April 20 - 21, 2017
FHI 360, Washington, DC
 
Through the conference theme of Integrated Approaches: The Social & Behavior Change (SBC) Key to Community Health we will focus on the essential role of integration in ensuring health for all through the lens of SBC.

Early-bird registration is now open! Register Now.

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.

January Milestone: The Beginning

*NOTE: Nominations for the 2017 Dory Storms Award are due on March 1!
TOPS VIDEO SCREENING:
SPRING'S COMMUNITY NUTRITION ACTIVITIES    

February 22, 2017 | 2:00 - 3:30pm
Washington, DC & Online

Through The TOPS Program, CORE Group created a video capturing key elements at the community level of a   SPRING  nutrition project in southwestern Uganda. In particular, the video documentation focuses on the use of community video groups, along with community mobilization for nutrition based on the Community Action Cycle. 

Join us for a video screening and discussion.

 GLOBAL ADOLESCENT HEALTH COURSE

CORE Group's Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health (RMNAH) Working Group is offering supplemental discussions and webinars to an upcoming Coursera free online course in global adolescent health, which starts on Monday, March 6, 2017.

During the course the RMNAH Working Group will organize discussion groups on topics of interest through the Coursera portal, and they will  offer webinars through CORE Group to enhance the learning experience.

The RMNAH Working Group has also developed a short pre-course survey
 for anyone signing up for the course.
 POST-ITS FOR A PURPOSE:
FACILITATION SKILLS MINI-WORKSHOP

March 2017 (exact date TBA)
Washington, DC

Join CORE Group's Young Professionals Network and Mercy Corps for a two-hour session on how to use your post-its wisely (among other important facilitation skills!). 

We'll touch on effective facilitation skills and training methods, as well as adult learning principles -- and we promise, it won't be boring! 

This mini-workshop is geared towards young professionals who are new to the world of meeting and workshop design and facilitation, and would like to learn or polish facilitation skills.

Join the Young Professionals Network listserv  for updates on this event and other opportunities.
 INSTITUTIONALIZING COMMUNITY HEALTH CONFERENCE

March 27 - 30, 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa

USAID and UNICEF, in collaboration with WHO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), will host 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. The conference will mobilize government officials, civil society leaders, policymakers, sub-national managers and practitioners, private sector, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and researchers.
 
CORE Group has collaborated with MCSP in session planning for the conference, and we will soon be distributing information on remote participation options. Learn more.
 SOCIAL AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE EVALUATION SUMMIT

May 2017 (Exact date TBA)
Washington, DC

This May, CORE Group's Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Working Group will convene leading SBC donors, program designers, and monitoring and evaluation experts to consider the challenges of evaluating dynamic, highly context-dependent behavior change programs using conventional outcome evaluation frameworks. This meeting follows on the fall 2016 release of the Call to Action entitled Complexity Matters: Aligning the Monitoring and Evaluation of Social and Behavior Change with the Realities of Implementation.

Join the SBC Working Group listserv for updates on this event.
  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:
COMMUNITY HEALTH COMMITTEES AND HEALTH FACILITY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES: PROGRAM FUNCTIONALITY ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT   

While many Ministry of Health community health strategies around the world include community health committees, the reality on the ground shows that these groups are often weak and poorly supported.


CORE Group developed this tool to help Ministries of Health and supporting organizations to assess community and health facility committee program functionality against 14 elements deemed essential for program success; to review the scope of roles and responsibilities intended for the groups; to identify existing program strengths; and to address those elements assessed as weak. 

CALL FOR SCHOLARLY RESEARCH ARTICLES ON POLIO ERADICATION
 
The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) has just released a request for proposals to document contributions of NGOs and civil society to polio eradication and the potential for NGOs and civil society to address other health priorities through community-based approaches. CGPP is looking for front-line practitioners, NGO staff, academics, researchers and others to author peer-reviewed scholarly research articles documenting the contributions of NGOs/civil society and CGPP member NGOs to polio eradication.

Learn more in the Request for Proposals.

NEW HUMANITARIAN-DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE
 
In response to the need for improved coordination, communication, and collaborative learning, CORE Group  is convening a Humanitarian-Development Global Health Task Force to focus on emergency response, recovery, and development.  

Task Force Co-Chairs Jesse Hartness (Director, Emergency Health and Nutrition, Save the Children), and Dominic Bowen (Humanitarian Advisor, Medical Teams International) are conducting donor and stakeholder consultation around the priority issues to address. Look for the first Task Force meeting announcement in the near future!

Subscribe to the Task Force listserv for news and updates.

WELCOME TO NEW CORE GROUP STAFF
 
Michael Christopher
Senior Knowledge Management Specialist
Michael Christopher is the Senior Knowledge Management Specialist with CORE Group for USAID's Resilience Program, through the TOPS Associate Award. Michael specializes in leveraging technology for optimizing development outcomes and has over twenty years experience managing international development and technology projects in the health, investment promotion and ICT4D sectors. He has worked with diverse public and private sector agencies such as the CDC, World Bank Group, USAID, Yahoo!, the International Medical Corps and the U.S. Peace Corps. Read More.
 FEATURE YOUR ORGANIZATION'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

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. 
 
Submit content by Wednesday, February 15, 2017!
 CORE GROUP MEMBER SURVEY UPDATE 

Thank you so much to the 60+ members who provided valuable insight and feedback in our recent Member Survey! A full report will be available soon.
VIDEO STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: 
NARRATIVES FOR IMPACT   

February 8, 2017
Washington, DC

Through The TOPS Program, CORE Group hosted an interactive, one-day workshop where 25 participants discovered different types of video storytelling, practiced the full process of video production, and learned about the impact of effective videos. 

All participants took on the role of director, writer, videographer, or editor as they created their own videos. 
EXPERTS CONSULTATION:
BUILDING RESILIENCE IN FRAGILE CONTEXTS   

January 26, 2017
Washington, DC

Through the new Resilience Associates Award, CORE Group and the USAID Resilience Center planned this invite-only consultation to advance conceptual clarity on the relationship between resilience and fragility, as well as the ramifications for policy and programming.  

Participants worked toward a consensus on a shared set of conceptual and programmatic principles for building resilience in fragile contexts, including a shared understanding and reflection on the uses of terms and concepts among those working on resilience and fragility. A short concept note is coming soon.
INAUGURAL TOPS GENDER SUMMIT

January 26 - 27, 2017
Lusaka, Zambia

CORE Group assisted in the design and facilitation of The TOPS Program's first knowledge sharing event dedicated solely to gender in food security and nutrition - a Gender Summit. 

Participants representing ten countries and ten organizations discovered they faced similar challenges in terms of gender within their organizations as well as in their programs. Ideas and strategies for addressing these challenges were shared, tools to improve processes were explored and the foundation for a network solidified as participants realized the knowledge and support they needed were the people in the room. 
INTEGRATING BEST PRACTICES CONSORTIUM MEETING

January 17 - 18, 2017
San Francisco, CA

CORE Group Executive Director Lisa Hilmi participated in the Integrating Best Practices (IBP) Consortium meeting and presented a roundtable on digital innovation and shared resources from USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program, CORE Group Members, and other projects. 

 

The WHO IBP Initiative empowers its global partners to identify and apply evidence-based and proven effective practices to improve family planning/reproductive health outcomes worldwide. Learn more

USAID ETHIOPIA INCEPTION MEETING

December 5 - 6, 2016
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Through The TOPS Program, CORE Group designed and facilitated an inception meeting for  USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) development food assistance project (DFAP) partners in Ethiopia.  The two-day meeting was for new awards implementing FFP DFAPs in support of the Productive Safety Net Program in Ethiopia.  

The inception meeting served as an invaluable opportunity to bring all partners together to help foster a sense of collaboration and to establish priority working groups for year one.
LEARNING AGENDA WORKSHOP   

November 29 - December 1, 2016
Washington, DC

This 3-day TOPS/FSN Network workshop explored learning agendas and how to bring knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, and facilitation skills to the table to construct effective, collaborative learning agendas that can be implemented within an existing project construct.  The event focused on the development process, learning questions, and implementation.

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.

View our current Members, Associates, and Individual Associates. 
CORE Group | 202-380-3400 | www.coregroup.org
Follow us on social media.