International Community Health Network
- Quarterly News -
April 2021
Event Recap: CORE Group's 2021 Global Health Practitioner Conference!
CORE Group hosted the annual Global Health Practitioner Conference (GHPC21) from January 27-28, 2021. The conference theme was Unlocking Potential: Prioritizing Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being in the New Decade and continued the dialogue and action from our July virtual event Lives in the Balance: A COVID-19 Summit for the Health and Well-Being of Women, Children, and Adolescents hosted by CORE Group and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health (PMNCH).

Over 3200 people including implementers, UN agencies, academics, donors, private sector, youth, civil society, and community health advocates from more than 100 countries signed up to join this highly interactive, virtual event. Keynote and plenary speakers included Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO; Diene Keita, UNFPA; Ahmed Arale, CORE Group Polio-Global Health Security Project; Cecilia Vaca Jones, Bernard Van Leer Foundation; and Omnia el Omran, International Federation of Medical Students' Associations among many others. View our conference report to learn more about the key messages, action items, and next steps from the conference.

Registered participants may visit the virtual conference platform to access the recordings of plenaries, concurrent sessions, marketplace sessions, the exhibition hall, and more! Session recordings will also soon be available on CORE Group's website for public viewing.
CORE Group Announcements
CORE Group Launches New Climate Change Initiative!
CORE Group is working leverage its membership to respond to the climate crisis by launching a Climate Change Initiative that will provide multiple entry points for CORE Group members and Working Groups to collaborate on climate-related challenges in health. A solution-based approach to climate issues that considers a multi-sectoral approach to global health is driving the initiative, which is based on the following pillars: (1) Adolescents and Youth Engagement in Climate Activities; (2) Inclusive Approaches to Climate Issues; and (3) Climate as a Cross-Cutting Issue to Address Food Security. 
More information coming soon!
Marketplace Submissions Now Open! Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC2021)
UNICEF in collaboration with USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Community Health Roadmap, the Community Health Community of Practice (CH-CoP) and CORE Group will convene a second Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC) to take stock of and build on experiences and knowledge since ICHC 2017. ICHC 2021 aims at renewing global commitments to a decade of accelerating PHC through community health to achieve the SDGs, drawing from the opportunities and lessons learned from the COVID-19 response, whilst taking stock of country progress in institutionalizing community health to galvanize increased coordinated investments and joint actions.

The dedicated ICHC 2021 Marketplace takes place on Wednesday 21 April 2021. The Marketplace will feature a virtual poster hall style forum for Ministries of Health and Country Roadmap partners to submit and showcase technical guidance materials, technical tools or resources, peer-reviewed research, new and emerging evidence, and innovation. The aim of the marketplace is to create a space for country dialogue, networking and exchanging knowledge and ideas.

Submission Deadline: 9 April 2021
CORE Group is Partnering with NeedsList for Red Recuperacion
Red Recuperación is an online marketplace that will aggregate needs from frontline workers serving displaced Venezuelans, and match them with offers from local businesses and the Venezuelan diaspora. This project is powered by NeedsList’s real-time matching software and designed in collaboration with implementing partners: the CORE Group, Scalabrini International Migration Network, and Diálogo Diverso.

By giving Frontline communities a direct link to funders, suppliers, and service providers, they can quickly obtain what they need, when they need it. In addition to moving resources to Civil Society Organizations and communities, this software allows for direct engagement from the public and private sectors, including local and national companies, but also Venezuelan entrepreneurs, investors or multinationals who often are disconnected from grassroots organizations
CORE Group Awarded Grant for New Vaccine Confidence Project
Photo credit: CORE Group Polio Project
CORE Group was awarded a new grant to address issues of vaccine confidence. Support from this grant will assist CORE Group and its global membership to promote an evidence-based knowledge base of the safety and efficacy of current and future COVID-19 vaccines. To achieve the project goals and objectives, CORE Group will build on our extensive and wide-ranging partnerships with global vaccination agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, IA2030, and GAVI as well as our extended partnerships with our members and the private sector.

More information coming soon!
CORE Group Executive Director Nominated to the Executive Committee of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH)

We are pleased to announce that following a meeting of the PMNCH Executive Committee (EC) on 24 February, CORE Group Executive Director, Lisa Hilmi has been nominated to the Executive Committee. The main responsibility of this Committee is to govern operations of the Partnership and to translate the strategic plan into areas for action. CORE Group is looking forward to continuing our thought leadership and advocacy work through this deepened collaboration with PMNCH.
Become a CORE Group Member!
Contribute to Global Community Health Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic is a critical time to join together and collaborate for greater community health impact. CORE Group’s membership is made up of over 185 organizations and individual associates committed to advancing community health for underserved people in low- and middle-income countries around the world. Through our International Community Health Network, over 9,000 health and development professionals come together to share ideas, identify gaps and promising innovations, and collaborate to create the next generation of practical tools, guidance and insight. Join us today!

To learn more contact sbrown@coregroup.org
Photo credit: Sarah Hamilton/Smile Train
Technical Working Group & Interest Group Activities
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Nutrition/HDTF: Co-hosted a webinar focused on
COVID Adaptations in the Management of Child Wasting: Reflections and the Way Forward. This webinar presented preliminary findings from Action Against Hunger USA's ongoing project to document, map, and analyze these adaptations.

One Health: Held their first quarterly call to discuss the 2021 workplan and introduce the new Interest Group co-chairs.

RMNCAH: Held a quarterly call to introduce the workplan, reflect on feedback from the listserv, and brainstorm ideas for the first webinar of the year.

NCD: Held several Interest Group meetings throughout the quarter. NCD Interest Group Chair, Arti Varanasi was awarded the Working Group Co-Chair Award at GHPC21.
Member Updates
John Snow Inc.
With the support of Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), JSI is expanding their electronic Community Health Information Systems (eCHIS). This expansion will deploy 8,000 additional health extension workers throughout Ethiopia. The Ethiopia eCHIS project seeks to improve quality of care by strengthening data management systems and developing improved learning sites that foster an optimized health extension program.
Metrics for Management
Today, more than ever, development efforts need to reach the poor. The challenges of poverty often cannot be addressed without help from policies and programs that intentionally serve those most in need and work to reduce inequality. To make this happen, Metrics for Management is excited to announce the launch of the Davidson Gwatkin Equity Measurement Prize. This annual juried competition will award up to four cash prizes each valued between $5,000 and $10,000 to an individual or team of authors for research that uses the EquityTool and its data to assess and improve services that reach the poor or to gain insight into wealth equity in low- and middle-income countries.
You can submit a nomination for a 2021 Gwatkin Prize at equitytool.org starting May 1, 2021. Additional details, including eligibility and judging criteria, is available here.
White Ribbon Alliance
The groundbreaking What Women Want campaign asked women and girls around the world one simple question: What is your one request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare service? The 1.2 million open-ended responses White Ribbon Alliance received have been categorized, analyzed, and are now available at your fingertips through the What Women Want Interactive Dashboard, a unique tool that connects women’s voices with the almost infinite possibilities of digital analysis.
International Medical Corps
IMC volunteer Dr. Michael Paterson, is taking his efforts to new heights in his Top of the World Challenge where he will be climbing Mt. Everest! His journey will raise funds to help save lives and relieve suffering due to disasters, disease outbreaks and war and conflict.
Want to share news and updates from your organization for the next newsletter?
Email Avani Duggaraju, aduggaraju@coregroup.org
Upcoming Events
Uniting for Adolescents During COVID-19 and Beyond
April 6 | Online | ECOSOC Youth Forum Side Event

April 6 | Online | IntraHealth, FHW Coalition &
Nursing Now

April 7 | Online | Self Care Trailblazer Group

April 7 | Online | World Vision

April 8-11 | Online | Unite for Sight

April 19-22 | Online | UNICEF and Partners

April 20-21 | Online | AlignMNH
Find more upcoming global health events and submit your own: www.coregroup.org/events
New Resources
Featured Resource
Effects of COVID-19 on Essential MNCHN/FP/RH Care and the Strategies and Adaptations Emerging in Response: Rapid Evidence Summary.  This rapid evidence summary published by Momentum Knowledge Accelerator is a review of the evidence of the impact COVID-19 has had on the demand of essential maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition, family planning, and reproductive health (MNCHN/FP/RH) care, the strategies and adaptations emerging in response, as well as their effects. 
Jobs and Other Opportunities
Director, Programs Impact, Measurement and Learning based in New York or Washington D.C. with Smile Train

Deputy Director for Surveys based in Rockville, Maryland with ICF

Senior Specialist – Orphan, Vulnerable Children, & Child Protection based preferably in Washington D.C. with Save the Children


Senior Publications Officer based in London, UK with Malaria Consortium

HIV/AIDS Senior Advisor and Technical Manager based in Guatemala City, Guatemala with IntraHealth

COVID-19 Knowledge Management and Communications Intern based in Washington D.C. or Remote with CORE Group

Communications and Advocacy Manager - Immunization based in Washington D.C. with CORE Group
Find more employment opportunities: www.coregroup.org/jobs-internships
CORE Group members are eligible to post jobs for free of cost as member benefit.
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