Winter 2017
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Featured Member

Khine Wai Wai Oo
Maternal and Child Health Program Director, Community Partners International (CPI)

Khine spoke to us from CPI's Myanmar office to discuss her career path, her current role at CPI, and CPI's biggest strengths in the global community health.

"We mainly focus on strengthening the capacity of the local community and organizations in health. We have the trust and support from the community, and that is really important to me."
New Reports, Studies, Guides & Tools

Action Against Hunger
This guide was  developed to offer practical guidance to help practitioners design and implement programs in both humanitarian and development contexts. It provides specific examples from over 30 countries of how better to achieve positive impact on nutrition through WASH programming. 

Pathfinder International
This tool leads a team through the process of assessing an organization's governance strengths and gaps. The tool assesses organizational skills, systems, knowledge, and practices in three key areas related to organizational governance: board of directors, mission statement, and leadership.

Institute for Reproductive Health
To inform the Passages Project's overall vision and strategy, the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University conducted a stakeholder analysis to identify the existing knowledge level and attitudes among stakeholders towards normative interventions and their replication and scale-up, and where information is accessed to inform their work in these areas.

Information on the services that community health workers provide is necessary to advocate for change in training, management, and supervision systems related to the delivery of nutrition services by CHWs, but the diversity and magnitude of community health programs in a country can make it hard to find. In collaboration with the USAID-funded Advancing Partners and Communities project, SPRING gathered data around key nutrition responsibilities for CHW in 9 countries that can be used to advocate for increased commitment to nutrition in community health programs.

Hesperian Health Guides
Two new advance chapters from Hesperian's NEW Where There Is No Doctor have been released on their HealthWiki, covering diabetes and cancer. These resources offer information on prevention, diagnosis, and disease management to support community health workers working in low-resource settings, as well as strategies for providing education and support. Now available for free online in Spanish and English.

World Vision, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
This document includes findings from a study commissioned to bridge the knowledge-to-practice gap by capturing community members' perceptions of the effectiveness of community-engagement strategies employed by World Vision.

Mercy Corps
This unique impact evaluation is among the first to rigorously evaluate the effects of a resilience-focused project in the face of a severe shock. The results are encouraging, with compelling evidence that supports the efficacy of multi-year, flexibly funded, integrated approaches to building resilience to severe shocks.

Catholic Relief Services
This learning brief outlines the impacts of a mobile application for Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) that was developed by CRS' Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND) project. The introduction of the app to the ASHA cadre at the community level in select districts in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, has demonstrated how improved interpersonal communication and supportive supervision can strengthen community health systems and lead to improved coverage of key health services.


Recent Journal Articles

Disparities in Breastfeeding: Impact on Maternal and Child Health Outcomes and Costs, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, The Journal of Pediatrics 

Associations of Linear Growth and Relative Weight Gain in Early Life with Human Capital at 30 Years of Age, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), The Journal of Pediatrics

Recent Blog Posts & Articles

CORE Group Members in the News

As Donald Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die of It , Catholic Relief Services, The New York Times

Keeping America Good, ChildFund International, Huffington Post

Why Innovation Matters, Project HOPE, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Upcoming Conferences and Events

March 1, 2017 | Washington, DC | Global Health Council
Join Global Health Council and Global Health Fellows Program-II for the fourth annual The Future of Global Health (#TFGH17) unconference in Washington, DC on March 1. This unconference will feature small group discussions and one-on-one mentoring sessions with senior global health professionals. 

March 22 - 24, 2017 | Chapel Hill, NC | Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
The Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium brings together academic scholars, practitioners, activists, and policy makers interested in considering feminist perspectives to address breastfeeding as a health priority for women and children. 

March 27 - 30, 2017 | Johannesburg, South Africa 
This March, 350 of the world's leading health experts from 38 countries will convene one of the largest gatherings held around community health in years. This conference will support 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. USAID and UNICEF are hosting the conference in collaboration with WHO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program. 

March 30, 2017 | Multiple Locations | Samaritan's Purse
This new Samaritan's Purse documentary about how faith conquered fear during the Ebola crisis of 2014 will be in theaters as a special one-night event. 

April 7 - 9, 2017 | Washington, DC | Consortium for Universities in Global Health
Join more than 1,700 global health faculty, student, implementers and leaders from over 50 countries to explore the latest in global health, planetary health, and the role universities play in addressing global health challenges.

April 20 - 21, 2017 | Washington, DC | CORE Group
This year's conference will delve into the theme of   "Integrated Approaches: The Social & Behavior Change (SBC) Key to Community Health."  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. As you engage in dialogue and learning with diverse stakeholders, you will contribute to greater programmatic impact through collaboration.

April 27 - 28, 2017 | Saxapahaw, North Carolina | IntraHealth
SwitchPoint is a conference about creativity, partnership, and action. It's where humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology collide.  It focuses on unusual collaborations, spreading great ideas from around the world, and incubating yours.

May 3, 2017 | New York, NY | Women's Refugee Commission
Each year, approximately 500 leaders in business, media, philanthropy, government, and humanitarian agencies join in support of displaced women, girls, and youth worldwide. At this year's luncheon, two refugee youth will be honored for their groundbreaking work in helping their fellow refugees, as well as a corporate leader or a philanthropist for their contribution to improving programs and services for those uprooted by conflict and crisis.

June 20 - 22, 2017 | Washington, DC | InterAction
For the past three decades, InterAction's Forum has convened leaders from a variety of sectors, becoming one of the largest gatherings of international development and humanitarian professionals. With diverse workshops, high-level plenary sessions, and an awards banquet, InterAction's 2017 Forum creates a stimulating environment for participants to engage with colleagues and partners from a variety of sectors to forge common solutions to pressing global challenges.
Member Announcements

Lois Quam, named three times to FORTUNE's list of the most influential women leaders in business, joined Pathfinder International as its new Chief Executive Officer.

JSI received a grant to implement a Data Use Partnership (DUP) in Ethiopia. The project will work in close partnership with Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) to improve both the collection and use of high-quality routine information in the health sector. 

The Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University launched a year-long study to measure the efficacy of the app Dotâ„¢ for avoiding pregnancy. 

PEPFAR named the FHI 360 Malawi project as a winner of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge.

eHealth Africa partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO, and Novel-T to pilot a mobile-based surveillance application for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) in children.

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, former Peace Corps Director, was selected as the new President & CEO of PCI.

GOAL is entering formal discussions with Oxfam Ireland on a potential merger that, if successful, will see the organizations coming together under the name Oxfam GOAL.

nutrition textbook written with the help of many Helen Keller International experts has been "highly commended" in the public health category of the British Medical Association Book Awards.

A partnership between Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee is among eight semi-finalists for the MacArthur Foundation's  100&Change grant.

Project HOPE  announced the appointment of Rabih Torbay as its new President and Chris Skopec as its new Executive Vice President.

Save the Children announced that lifelong educator Dr. Jill Biden has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees in the U.S.
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