International Community Health Network
- Quarterly News -
March 2019
Happy (1000) Days!
In honor of International Women’s Day , we are featuring this photo from CORE Group's 2018 Annual Report Photo Contest winner, Kiran Shrestha, RDTA, of the USAID Suaahara II Program.

The Suaahara II Program is dedicated to improving the health and nutrition status of women and children who fall within the 1,000 days period, from conception until a child reaches 24 months of age in 40 under-served rural districts of Nepal. Food demonstrations are conducted by community health workers in different health related forums for promoting locally available nutritious and diversified food. Many 1000 days mothers participate, including the mother and child photographed. Photo Credit: Kiran Shrestha/RDTA
CORE Group Announcements
Improved Member Benefits and Global Membership Engagement
To be a CORE Group member means to contribute to global community health impact, giving you a variety of opportunities to:
  • Lead and Influence
  • Collaborate and Expand Your Network
  • Strengthen Technical Capacities and Skills
  • Access CORE Group Resources
Responding to organizational and individual needs, we have recently restructured our membership to include three categories: organizations, individuals, and students.

We are also opening membership globally, recruiting members worldwide to further expand collaboration, innovation, and learning around community health.
Partnerships and Innovations In Focus at the May 2019 Global Health Practitioner Conference
Register now to attend CORE Group's annual Global Health Practitioner Conference (GHPC) on May 6-9, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA .

GHPC19 will explore the dynamic profile of partnerships that exist between implementers, donors, academia, and private sector at various levels of global health policy and implementation. The conference will also highlight different innovations for community health work, from technology to methodologies and processes.
Resources Now Available from the New WHO Community Health Worker Guideline Dissemination Event

The new guideline provides evidence-based policy recommendations to support national strategies and investments to build fit-for-purpose community health workforces.

This online event discussed the major recommendations intended to guide national policies and country-level perspectives on program implications and to highlight selected USAID funded resources pertinent to CHW programs.
CORE Group Attends Congressional Polio Reception
On February 5, organizations involved in the global polio eradication effort , including United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, USAID, and CDC, were invited to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to speak to congressional members and staffers.

Ellyn Ogden, USAID's Worldwide Polio Eradication Coordinator, spoke about USAID's work with the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) . The USAID multimedia station at the event featured educational materials from CGPP such as flipbooks and behavior charts. CORE Group staff led a quiz wheel game to test participants' knowledge of polio and global eradication efforts.
Technical Working Group & Interest Group Activities
Community-centered Health Systems Strengthening: Hosted a webinar to introduce Version 3.0 of the Health Systems Assessment Approach: A How-To Manual (HSAA) and a discussion on new elements, functionality, and value to community health.

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health: Hosted an online discussion on confidentiality and adolescent reproductive health services, as provided in low- and middle-income countries.

Monitoring & Evaluation: Hosted an online event presenting a variety of applied effective approaches that adequately identify culture and plan interventions that factor in the cultural nuances around particular behaviors.

Disability-Inclusive: Convened a group call to share updates on WHO's role not only in the provision of access to healthcare services to persons with disabilities but also on rehabilitation in the current global context. The group also discussed its action plan for the year.
Member Updates
Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
LeaderNet hosts virtual seminars, e-courses, webinars, and curated resources, serving over 4,000 members from over 150 different countries. One of the newest additions to this global good for learning is a resource page on Communities of Practice for Global Health , which houses a curated list of communities that focuses on learning and knowledge exchange within the global public health sphere.
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)
Joe Valadez of LSTM presented on a new statistical technique called Hybrid Prevalence Estimation, a way of improving the accuracy/estimates from routine health information systems using surveys to adjust. Hybrid Prevalence Estimation addresses the major problem that HMIS systems (like DHIS2) are rolling out across the world without any accompanying measure of their error. Watch the recording here .
IntraHealth International
The G4 Alliance and the US Section of the International College of Surgeons (ICS) have launched a new registry to connect medical volunteers to international medical missions. IntraHealth International developed the SOTA Registry , which stands for surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia, using their open source iHRIS software.
Last Mile Health
Registration is now open for the Community Health Academy 's first free, online course through HarvardX and edX, Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs to Deliver Primary Health Care . The course was created by health systems leaders for health systems leaders, and explores how to advocate for, build, and optimize national community health worker programs.
Lutheran World Relief, IMA World Health
International humanitarian organizations Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health announced in January they are combining operations to dramatically increase their impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting healthier families and communities throughout the world. Learn more here .
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Upcoming Events
March 13 | Online | Women Deliver

March 14 | Washington, DC and Online | Chemonics International

March 21 | Washington, DC | Grandmother Project - Change through Culture

March 27 | Washington, DC | USAID Office of Health Systems

April 9-11 | Istanbul, Turkey | WHO and Chaired by IPPF

May 5-6 | San Francisco, California | youth + tech + health (YTH)

June 3-6 | Vancouver, Canada | Women Deliver

June 10-20 | Boston, Massachusetts | Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
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New Resources
Featured Resource
USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
Since 2015, MCSP has worked closely with Malawi partners to advance social accountability documentation and research . UNICEF, with funding from the Gates Foundation, implemented the project ‘Social Accountability for Every Woman Every Child’ (SAcc EWEC) in Malawi from 2016 – 2018. The project worked to facilitate community and civil society organization platforms to carry out constructive engagement for social accountability at different levels of the system. This was done through evidence generation, dialogue and debate for responsiveness and quality delivery of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services based on duty bearers’ responsibilities.

On September 6, 2018, UNICEF and USAID co-convened a round table meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, to bring together 52 stakeholders from civil society, government, academia and funding agencies to discuss the work done under the SAcc EWEC project and the broader learning context for social accountability in Malawi.

Global Health e-Learning Module on Postnatal Care | USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)

The Humanitarian Process | International Committee for Rehabilitation Aid to Afghanistan

Community Monitoring of Individual Children's Vaccinations | USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)

The Cost of Nutritious Food in South Asia | South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative
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