Spring 2015
In This Issue
Register for Spring Conference!
2014 Annual Report
Asia Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting
Newborn Care Workshop in Ethiopia
Consortium Management and Leadership Training Facilitator's Guide
Presentation at World Conference on Public Health
Women, Children and Adolescent Working Group
Bangladesh Community Engagement Meetings
Food for Peace Strategy Consultations
Civil Society Secretariat Launch in Haiti
CUGH Annual Conference
CHW Forum Reprot
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Announcing Member Highlights Newsletter!

We're so excited to announce a new quarterly newsletter, focused entirely on CORE Group's Membership: Member Organizations, Associate Organizations, and Individual Associates! Every day our Members are busy developing innovative tools, publishing groundbreaking reports, and planning workshops and trainings around the world, and we want to share and promote these accomplishments. 

Submit content for the first Member Highlights Newsletter, which will go out on June 15, 2015.

Register for Spring Conference 

Join CORE Group Member NGOs and Associates, academics, donors, and other community health advocates at the Spring 2015 Global Health Practitioner Conference for skill building, networking, and program learning.

We are honored to have as our keynote speaker Dr. Sara Bennett, Associate Director of the Health Systems Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Sessions include:
  • Improving the Quality and Scale of National Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) Activities through Programmatic Harmonization
  • Social Drivers of the HIV and AIDS Epidemic: Are we Addressing the Right Drivers?
  • Enhancing Nutrition and Food Security during the First 1000 Days through Gender-sensitive Social and Behavioral Change
  • Strategies for Managing Human Centered Design Projects
  • Reaching the Hard-to-Reach: Migrants, Nomads, IDPs, and Border Communities: Lessons from the CORE Group Polio Project
...and many more!


Learn More & View Draft Agenda.

Knowledge in Action: 2014 Annual Report

2014 was an eventful year for CORE Group, filled with our signature global networking and knowledge management activities:

  • 798 participants from 219 organizations and 40 countries attended 7 knowledge sharing events.
  • 2,154 CORE Group and FSN Network listserv messages were sent through 27 listservs.

TOPS/FSN Network Asia Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting

The Knowledge Sharing Meeting brought together over 150 implementers, donors, and researchers for peer learning, knowledge sharing, and networking around food security and nutrition program implementation in Asia. 


CORE Group staff presented on consortium management, digital storytelling, and creating a knowledge sharing plan.

Social Mobilization and Demand Creation (SMDC) Plan for Improved Newborn Care

March 4 - 6, 2015

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Experience mapping group exercise
USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program recently funded a workshop in support of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP). The CORE Group Polio Project in Ethiopia, its members, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), and other guests developed a strategy of harmonized messages and selected actions for reaching marginalized populations in pastoralist areas through community health volunteers. 


The results of the workshop will be followed by a pilot test of feasibility. 

Consortium Management and Leadership Training Facilitator's Guide


This new guide offers a reflective process to strengthen the consortium management and leadership skills of the senior leadership team of a consortium, technical team leaders within partner organizations, and the senior management of local partner organizations for Food for Peace-funded development food assistance programs.


Download the guide, which was funded by a TOPS Micro Grant.

Presentation at World Conference on Public Health

February 11 - 15, 2015

Kolkata, India


Karen LeBan (Executive Director, CORE Group), Dennis Cherian (World Vision), Judy Lewis (Chair, CORE Group Board of Directors), Tom Davis (Feed the Children), and Janine Schooley (PCI)

CORE Group staff, board members and supporters presented on "Innovative Approaches to Achieve Primary Health Care Outcomes" at the 14th World Congress on Public Health. 


The Congress focused on "Healthy People - Healthy Environment" and brought together thousands of participants from  over 100 countries across a wide range of public health disciplines.  


Learn more and download meeting materials.

Women, Children and Adolescent Working Group


CORE Group Board of Directors Chair Judy Lewis is chairing the new Women, Children and Adolescent Working Group (WCA WG), an official part of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Representatives of Public Health Associations in 7 LMICs (Mexico, Nigeria, India, Uganda, Egypt, South Africa, Sudan) were part of the original proposal.


We encourage CORE Group Members to identify staff who are members of their national public health associations in other countries to join us!


Contact Judy Lewis (lewisj@uchc.edu) to learn more.

Bangladesh Community Engagement Meetings

February 15 - 20, 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh


CORE Group Executive Director Karen LeBan and Board of Directors Chair Judy Lewis met with three community engagement projects in Dhaka - BRAC's Manoshi Project, Save the Children's MaMoni HSS Project, and World Renew's Child Survival and Health Grants Project. 


They also explored the possibility of conducting a future Practitioner Academy trip focused on urban health.

Food for Peace (FFP) Strategy Consultations

January 28, February 4, February 11, 2015

Washington, DC


TOPS hosted partner consultations in January and February to support the development of FFP's updated strategic plan.


These consultations provided an opportunity to harness the significant experience of FFP implementing partners through small group discussion and other participatory methods exploring the roles most appropriate for FFP and its partners to take on in key strategic areas, implications for such work, and factors for both near-term and long-term success. 


View Consultation Resources.

Civil Society Secretariat Launch

March 24, 2015

Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Through USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program, CORE Group hosted a meeting for the Knowledge Management and Sharing Secretariat in Haiti. The meeting brought together 26 organizations, representing the Ministry of Health, the United Nations, USAID, Gavi, bilaterals, and international and local NGOs, to support the establishment of this community health secretariat.
Consortium for Universities in Global Health 2015 Annual Conference

March 26 - 28, 2015

Boston, MA


CORE Group Executive Director Karen LeBan presented a poster on an MCHIP-produced paper:

"A global framework for integrating community-based MNCH health strategies into existing health systems - Revaluing the role of INGOs"

Community Health Worker (CHW) Forum Report

August 21-21, 2014

Harare, Zimbabwe

The CHW Forum, co-hosted by CORE Group and USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program, brought together 41 participants from over 20 organizations including program planners, technical advisors, implementers, researchers, donors, and evaluators to discuss the communication needs of CHWs.


The summary report of the deliberations and outcomes of the meeting is now available. View Report


Save the Date! 


Fall 2015 Global Health Practitioner Conference

October 7 - 9, 2015

Washington, DC


Spring 2016 Global Health Practitioner Conference

May 16 - 20, 2016

Portland, Oregon

Revised ENA & NPDA Resources Coming Soon!
  • Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) Framework
  • Nutrition Program Design Assistant (NPDA)
Both publications are currently being finalized and will be available soon at www.coregroup.org. Printed copies will be distributed at the Spring 2015 Global Health Practitioner Conference.
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and the Community Health Network!

As a CORE Group Member or Associate, you can connect with individuals and agencies dedicated to advancing community health and ending maternal and child deaths. Please help us spread the power of learning and sharing by getting organizations, colleagues, and yourself involved through:
  • Joining CORE Group on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for the latest Community Health updates and event announcements.
  • Inviting your colleagues to sign up for Working Group listservs, Interest Group listservs, the CG Community listserv, or the eNewsletter.
  • Planning a webinar to share an important topic with the Community Health Network. CORE Group provides logistical, promotional, and technical support.

Donate now to contribute to CORE Group's mission of advancing community health worldwide.

CORE Group is a proud member of the Combined Federal Campaign:  CFC # 81108

DBA: Health for underserved women, children, and communities worldwide.  
ABOUT CORE GROUP:  CORE Group improves and expands community health practices for underserved populations, especially women and children, through collaborative action and learning. Established in 1997 in Washington, D.C., CORE Group is an independent 501(c)3 organization and home to the Community Health Network, which brings together CORE Group member organizations, scholars, advocates, and donors to support the health of underserved mothers, children, and communities around the world.

Please renew or join membership with CORE Group in 2015.


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For inquiries, contact us at contact@coregroupdc.org