International Community Health Network
The latest news and resources from CORE Group , our membership , and the broader global health community.
CORE Group's Global Health Practitioner Conference took place from
June 4 - 7, 2018 in Bethesda, MD
This year's conference was all about the humanitarian-development nexus. CORE Group brought together some 300 participants from nearly 20 countries, and more than 100 organizations. Read more about the sessions, watch recordings, scroll through photos, and view PowerPoint presentations on the CORE Group website .
CORE Group Announcements
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Global Engagement Updates
  • The CORE Group Executive Director sits on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The foundation's 2nd Century Strategic Plan has launched, focusing on eliminating all forms of malnutrition, expanding global workforce capacity for nutrition and dietetics practitioners, and collaborating to solve pressing food and nutrition challenges. As opportunities and activities related to the global strategy are made available, CORE Group will share them widely.
  • CORE Group Executive Director and SBC Working Group co-chair, Debora Freitas-Lopez, remain engaged with the Global Alliance for Social Behavior Change and Communication- Building Informed and Engaged Societies.
  • The Global Alliance will be hosting a side event on SBCC at the UN High Level Political Forum in July in New York. Those engaged in the SBC working group will have the opportunity to contribute Evidence for Impact.
Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meetings
  • CORE Group continues working closely with Global Health Council and the NCD Roundtable on technical integration and advocacy around noncommunicable diseases, with support from Dr. Arti Patel Varanasi (Advancing Synergy) and Dr. Mychelle Farmer (NCD Child).
  • The Inclusive Disability Technical Advisory Group held their first meeting in June. Join the advisory group at the following link:
Member Updates
  • USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program recently released a paper jointly authored with the University of Cape Town, Johns Hopkins University, and Save the Children. The paper is entitled Hubris, humility and humanity: expanding evidence approaches for improving and sustaining community health programs. It highlights the importance of community-based approaches, and how evidence for community-based approaches tends to focus on technical content rather than the social aspects of how actors work within dynamic and varied community health systems. The paper argues against reliance on a singular approach or hierarchy of evidence, and suggests a need for a broader evidence agenda to reflect complex implementation realities.
  • Management Sciences for Health is wrapping up a study of the cost and impact of scaling up a national package of community health services in South Sudan. The study will describe the package of services and the delivery and management structure and will show the costs of the services under different scenarios. It will also show the impact of implementing the package on maternal and child mortality and will describe the bottlenecks that need to be resolved. The cost analysis was conducted for Ministry of Health and UNICEF using the UNICEF/MSH Community Health Planning and Costing Tool and the final report will be published later this month or next month. Readers can contact David Collins ( for a copy of the report and for more information on the tool. A study of iCCM costs using the same tool is about to start in Angola. 
New Resources
Financing Alliance for Health
The Financing Alliance for Health advocates for more sustainable and efficient funding models for community health. This slide deck highlights key data and lessons learned on supporting countries to lead this process. 
303,000 mothers and 5.6 million children die globally each year, including over 2.6 million newborns who die in their first month and almost 1 million on their first day of life. USAID aims to save 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020. The 2018 Acting on the Call report focuses on the journey to self-reliance for preventing child and maternal deaths.
World Health Organization (WHO)
This report highlights a need for countries to take action on their policy commitments to address noncommunicable diseases. The report presents a set of recommendations which include starting with leadership from countries to villages and fostering collaboration with the private sector, academia, civil society, and communities.
Featured Opportunities
Deadline for submissions: August 25, 2018 | Consortium of Universities for Global Health
CUGH is issuing a call for abstract or symposium submissions for their conference from March 8-10 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Abstract submissions may be oral or posters, while symposiums should be proposals for sessions or panels.
Upcoming Events
July 23 | Online | USAID's Maternal and Child Health Program
Join USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Digital Green, and BBC Media Action for a deep dive on India’s digital tools to strengthen community health work.

August 2 | Online | CORE Group
The 2018 Acting on the Call report focuses on facilitating the journey to self-reliance for preventing child and maternal deaths. Join us for a webinar to learn more about how USAID is working with governments to meet health goals.
Find more upcoming global health events and submit your own.
Web Articles
In remote Madagascar, Savings and Internal Loan Communities (SILCs) help members lead healthy lives

At the World Health Assembly, a focus on NCDs, a new 5-year plan, and a shift toward health rather than the absence of disease, Intrahealth

To stop the spread of epidemics, invest in local researchers, World Bank

Raising community awareness to root out Ebola, IRIN

Fighting NCDs with street art in the Pacific, Devex

New exhibit highlights the changing face of global fight against disease, Smithsonian Magazine
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