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FSN Network hosted several facilitation events
Follow-up Twitter workshop held
Food for Peace hosted USAID consultations
CORE Group Spring Conference held in April
Two new staff members join CORE Group
Make Me a Change Agent guide published
Ebola CARE Group Module posted online
Gender-sensitive Food Security resources available
Revised Nutrition Program Design Assistant published
Updated Nutrition and Hygiene Framework published
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CORE Group created a short communications survey to get feedback on how you use CORE Group services and tools, as well as your understanding of our Community Health Network.

You can complete the survey online here, and it should take about 10 minutes. The survey will close  September 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
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October 8-9, 2015
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The Fall 2015 Global Health Practitioner Conference is happening October 8-9 in Washington, D.C. The theme is Trending Topics in Community Health. October 8 will feature a keynote presentation on Implications of the Sustainable Development Goals for Community Health Programming, led by Moses Ngulube, with World Vision's Southern Africa Regional Office, and A. Tianna Scozzaro, with the Sierra Club. The first day will also feature four concurrent sessions, two separate times for Working Group discussions, a new information circuit showcase, and a social networking reception. October 9 is a one-day workshop on Be havior Change in the Age of Complexity: Implications for Monitoring and Evaluation, hosted by CORE Group's Social and Behavior Change Working Gr oup.

Online regist ration closes September 30, and on-site registration is open October 8 and 9.

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CORE Group's first Member Highlights eNewsletter came out in Summer 2015 . We're now accepting submissions for the Fall 2015 eNewsletter, which are due September 15 by 11:59 p.m. EST. Please submit items online here.
FSN Network hosted several facilitation events
August 17 & 5, July 20, and June 18, 2015 
The TOPS FSN Network Knowledge Management Task Force hosted four facilitation events this summer:
Follow-up Twitter workshop held
July 15, 2015
Washington, DC
The TOPS FSN Network Knowledge Management Task Force and CORE Group hosted The Twitter Toolbox: A Hands-on Workshop. Participants learned how to build professional connections on Twitter, condense ideas to be tweet-length friendly, and promote their organizations' and their own personal brands. The workshop was an extended version of one originally held on November 12, 2014.
Food for Peace hosted USAID consultations
June 25 and April 22, 2015
Washington, DC

The TOPS Program and CORE Group hosted two USAID Office of Food for Peace consultations:
CORE Group Spring Conference held in April
April 13-17, 2015
Alexandria, VA

The Spring 2015 Global Health Practitioner Conference, Advancing Community Health Across the Continuum of Care, drew 311 participants from 93 organizations and 11 countries. The April 13-17 event had a keynote address from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Dr. Sara Bennett, who spoke on the theme's relevance to health systems. In total, the event had 24 concurrent sessions, 20 new info circuit tables, five lunchtime roundtables, five plenary sessions, and a poster session. Additionally, a speed networking session took place and there was a social networking reception. Two pre-conference workshops were held on April 13: 1) Facilitation Techniques to Make Working Groups Lively and Fun! and 2) Community Health in Conflict Settings: Trauma-Aware Programming and Practice.

Keynote speaker Dr. Sara Bennett talks with presenter and attendee, Anthony Kisanga, the CORE Group Polio Project Secretariat Director in South Sudan.

View the report, session descriptions, and other conference resources online here.
Two new staff members join CORE Group

CORE Group welcomes Erin Murray, our Manager of Network Operations, and Adrienne Toleda, our Knowledge Management Coordinator.

Erin manages CORE Group's office operations, membership, and event planning for conferences and webinars. She previously worked in operations and administration for non-profit organizations, including a D.C. charter school, an alternative energy association, and an international educational non-profit. 

Adrienne supports both CORE Group and the TOPS Program with online content creation and management, event planning, and overall community engagement through the FSN and Community Health Networks. She previously worked with content creation, media outreach, and events management with non-profit and non-governmental organizations, including Accion International, The African Foundation for Development, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 
Make Me a Change Agent guide published

The TOPS Program and CORE Group published Make Me a Change Agent:
A Multisectoral SBC Resource for Community Workers and Field Staff

in June 2015. The social and behavior change guide offers lessons for workers
on the ground to use communication, storytelling, and other techniques to promote behavior change in international development.

Ebola CARE Group Module posted online

Along with several member organizations and partners, CORE Group released the Ebola Care Group Module, with five lesson plans, in June 2015. The plans are designed for use in countries with active Ebola outbreaks and cover what to do during a declared epidemic; what to do when someone has Ebola; recovery and decontamination steps; and community support for Ebola orphans, survivors,
and affected family members.
Four additional lesson plans on preventing and preparing for Ebola, for use in countries without active Ebola cases, should be completed by the end of 2015.
Gender-sensitive Food Security resources available

CORE Group, the TOPS Program,
WI-HER, and USAID published both a technical resource brief and guide on
Enhancing Nutrition and Food Security during the First 1,000 Days through Gender-sensitive Social and Behavior Change in April 2015. The guide offers a rationale, critical actions, best practices, resources, and tools for integrating gender-sensitive social and behavior change into project activities. It's intended for development practitioners to use with pregnant and lactating women and children under two.
Revised Nutrition Program Design Assistant published

Version 2 of the Nutrition Program Design Assistant: A Tool for Program Planners was released in April 2015. The updated guide and workbook help organizations design the nutrition component of their community-based maternal and child health, food security, or other development program, focusing on prevention and recuperation for acute malnutrition. This version includes the new 1,000 days and Scaling Up Nutrition initiatives, revisions to the World Health Organization micronutrient guidelines, and new program guidance from donors.

CORE Group, the FANTA III project, FHI 360, Save the Children, and USAID co-produced the guide.

Updated Nutrition and Hygiene Framework published

An updated Essential Nutrition Actions and Essential Hygiene Actions Framework came out in April 2015. There are separate training guides and reference manuals for community workers, as well as health workers and nutrition managers, which are accompanied by an overview flyer.
The framework can be used for advocacy, planning, training, and delivery of an integrated package of interventions to reach the high coverage (>90%) needed to achieve public health impact.

A French version of the documents will be available by the end of 2015.

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