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CORE Group Overview


CORE Group works to fulfill our vision oby working with its 50+ member organizations and network of partners to generate collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused …

CORE Group works to fulfill our vision oby working with its 50+ member organizations and network of partners to generate collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused public health practices for underserved populations around the world. We believe in a world of healthy communities, where no woman or child dies of preventable causes. CORE Group makes a difference both as an independent not-for-profit organization and as the home of the Community Health Network.

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  • First we’ll take a moment to consider the very rationale for CORE’s existence. We’ll start simple with the rationale for CORE Group’s very existence. The shapes within the United States represent our diverse membership of US non-profit organizations
  • The three driving forces that together make up the field of international development—none expendable, yet often weakly linked.
  • 62% decrease in under five deaths in Sofala Province and 42% reduction in U5MR in Gaza Province, Mozambique. $305 per Life Saved in FH’s current CG project.  The Diffusion of Innovation grants that paid for documentation and a CG manual.  Add that more than 10 years ago only 2 PVOs were using the model. 


  • 1. CORE Group Overview
  • 2. CORE Group generates collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused public health practices for underserved populations around the world.
  • 3. Life without CORE Group
    The American people want to help…
    U.S. NGOs respond.
  • 4. Life with CORE Group
    The realities of the field
    Stronger approaches, tools, joint training,
    run programs together
    CORE network collaboration makes resources go further, and work better.
  • 5. What brings CORE members together?
    Our similarities.
    We all…
    Support health programs for underserved people in other
    countries, especially women and children
    Focus on community approaches with local partners
    Put our hearts “into the field”
    Measure our impact
    And then, our diversity helps us help each other.
    We differ by…
    Vision and mission
    U.S. location
    Age of organization
    Funding sources
    Technical approaches
  • 6. New in 2011:
    Now there are three ways to join our
    Community Health Network
  • 7. 1. Member Organization
    Non-profit, citizen supported
    Community-focused work
    Application process
    One-year “courting period”
    Active participation required
    Members support staff time for involvement
  • 8. 2011: NEW categories for participation
    2. Associate Organization: Addressing community health issues, but not necessarily non-profit and/or citizen supported. E.g. academia, cooperating agencies, professional associations, advocacy groups, private sector
    3. Individual Associate: Community health professional not employed by org. eligible for NGO membership, e.g. consultant, staff of other organization
  • 9. Who are our members?
    Adventist Development and Relief Agency ~ Africare ~ African Medical and Research Foundation ~ Aga Khan Foundation ~ AME-SADA ~ ACDI/VOCA ~ American India Foundation ~ American Red Cross ~ American Refugee Committee ~ CARE International ~ Catholic Medical Mission Board ~ Catholic Relief Services ~ ChildFund International ~ Christian Reformed World Relief Committee ~Concern Worldwide ~ Counterpart International ~ Curamericas Global, Inc. ~ Episcopal Relief and Development ~Food for the Hungry ~ Freedom from Hunger ~ Future Generations ~ Global Health Action ~ Haitian Health Foundation ~ Health Alliance International ~ HealthRight International ~ Helen Keller International ~
  • 10. More members…
    Hesperian Foundation ~ HOPE Worldwide ~ IMA World Health ~Institute for OneWorld Health ~ International Medical Corps ~International Relief and Development ~ International Rescue Committee ~International Youth Foundation ~La Leche League International ~ Medical Care Development International ~ Medical Teams International ~Mercy Corps ~ Partners for Development ~ PATH ~ Pathfinder International ~ Physicians for Peace ~ Plan International ~ Population Services International ~ PCI ~ Project HOPE ~ Relief International ~ Samaritan’s Purse ~ Salvation Army World Service ~ Save the Children ~ WellShare International ˜ White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood ~ World Connect ~ World Concern Development Organization ~World Lung Foundation ~ World Relief ~World Vision
  • 11. Associate Organizations
    Boston University Center for Global Health and Development
    American College of Nurse-Midwives
    Institute of Reproductive Health, Georgetown University
    International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease (The Union)
    Women’s Refugee Commission
  • 12. The “Community Health” Approach
    Why is it the missing piece of the health system puzzle?
    Hard for government to reach (end of the line)
    Entails complex, in-depth effort, often difficult conditions
    Hope held out for short cuts
    Can be ignored
    Why is it necessary?
    Most “health care” takes place at home, in community
    May be the only way to reach some populations
    Potential for deep-rooted, lasting change
    Millennium Development Goals: 4, 5, 6, 8
  • 13. How do we advance Community Health?
    CORE catalyzes action and collaboration in the field.
    Inform research agenda,
    provide links to field.
    Share the vivid realities.
    Assure critical, timely
    resources & policies.
    Support evidence base, ideas
    Framework: Irene Tinker
  • 14. Focus areas / Communities of Practice
    Specific health foci
    Maternal health incl. reproductive health/family planning
    Newborn, infant and child health
    Infectious diseases:Malaria, Pneumonia, Diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, TB,Pandemic Influenza, others
    Social and Behavior Change
    Monitoring and Evaluation
    Knowledge Management
    Network Strengthening
    mHealth (mobile technologies for health)
    Community Health Systems
  • 15. How CORE Group advances community health worldwide
    CORE Group advances community health in partnership with:
    (health, educ., agric, etc.)
    • Networks
    Global Policy and Advocacy
    Global Health Program Initiatives
    CORE Group’s
    Community Health Network
    Diffusion of Innovations
  • 25. CORE Group’s Global Health Program Initiatives
    Promotion of Nutrition in the Community Context
    Including active membership in the Thousand Days Partnership to Scale-Up Nutrition.
    2. Strengthening Community Mother-Child Care
    Preparing communities and households for safe motherhood and healthy newborns.
    3. Scale-up of Community Case Management of Sick Children
    Scaling up locally-based diagnosis and treatment in partnership with families and communities.
    4. Assuring Integrated Prevention and Care for Infectious Diseases
    Enabling community-oriented, integrated care for people with multiple illnesses.
    Strategic Approaches within each Initiative:
    • Global and country partnerships
    • 26. Social and behavioral change
    • 27. “Community health systems” strengthening
    • 28. Evidence-based development/ implementation research
    • 29. Advocacy and global learning
  • CORE Group Products
    Widely Disseminated & Used
    Barrier Analysis (discovering what blocks change)
    Care Groups (community organizing for health)
    Case Studies (education on the realities of the field)
    Community-Integrated Mgmnt of Childhood Illnesses (C-IMCI)
    Community-based Family Planning Curriculum
    Community-based Tuberculosis Programming Guidance
  • 30. CORE Group Products
    Widely Disseminated & Used
    Designing for Behavior Change Curriculum
    Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (monitoring tool)
    Positive Deviance / Hearth (for malnutrition)
    Partnership-Driven Quality (building community connections)
    Pandemic Curriculum for Community/District Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • 31. CORE Group Products
    Recently Developed
    • Nutrition Program Design Assistant (choosing the right intervention)
    • 32. Essential Nutrition Actions (key messages for communities)
    • 33. Community Case Management of Sick Children: Guide and Graphic
    • 34. Guidance on Equity (making sure a program reaches everyone)
    • 35. Home-based Actions for Newborn Care
    • 36. Helping Babies Breathe Guide (saving lives during the first minute of life)
  • CORE Group Country-level Activities
    Polio Secretariats & Subgrants: Angola, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Sudan
    Malaria Secretariats: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Pan Flu Preparedness Planning (with IFRC): Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Honduras, Nepal, Uganda
    Regional Workshops and Trainings: Worldwide
    Collaboration Grants: Benin, Cambodia, Haiti, Rwanda
  • 37. CORE Group National Efforts
    Polio Secretariats &
    Human Pandemic Preparedness Project
    Nat’l models created & adapted in each country
    Coordination, collaboration including governments, int’l & in-country NGOs, others
    Technical leadership & application
    Conceptual frameworks/thought leadership
    Practical tools, solutions for implementation at national, district & community levels
    Subgrants to NGO members to apply, refine solutions
    Global and nat’l dissemination through extensive networks
  • 38. From innovation in the field…
    Policy Impact:
    USAID (CSHGP, FFP), UNICEF now support Care Group approach
    World Relief creates Care Group Model. WR/Food for the Hungry pioneer model in Mozambique
    M & E data ->
    Model works!
    Donor support
    Johns Hopkins University input
    U5MR, 682lives saved
    CORE Group involves many organizations to create “How To” tools, collect impact data, define approach, influence policy. This increases awareness, interest, understanding, quality, replicability, credibility and buy-in.
    Others adopt the Model
    WR refines, expands use of the Model; publishes
    FH adapts, expands use of the Model (CS, Title II)
    Higher reduction in under-five mortality then average
    Others adopt the Model
    Others adopt the Model
  • 39. Ten years ago, 2 NGOs using approach—now 19 NGOs, 30 projects, 14 countries
    Care Group model featured in UNICEF’s 2008 State of the World’s Children Report.
    Care Group approach used in $70 million USAID I-LIFE project in Malawi.
    GOMoz has shown interest in scale-up for use with health extension workers.
    Website with training tools
  • 40. What makes CORE Group unique?
    CORE Group
    55+ members synergize to advance the field of community health programming, building on evidence-based experience.
    Members: Technical staff
    Practitioner Academy
    Product, program development
    300+ orgs. working on disaster relief, refugee assistance, sustainable development, health, agriculture, etc.
    Global Health Council
    500+ organizations, 5000 individuals as advocacy voice targeting legislators, global policymakers, field programs, and more.
    CEOs, Exec. Directors
    High level int’l policy forums
    Development of org. standards
    Best practices
    Focus on “Hill” Health Advocacy, Policy
    All aspects of health, all levels
  • 41. CORE Group’s role in Global Health
    Progress in global health…
    Demands collaboration between government and
    Calls for coordination at the national, intermediate and community levels
    Requires a robust response to areas that have been neglected, such as child and maternal mortality, and strengthening comprehensive primary health care.
    --Global Health Recommendations 2009: PIH, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center, Physicians for Human Rights, HAI, RESULTS and Action Aid
  • 42. CORE Group External Evaluation (2009)
    “CORE Group’s development and dissemination of specialized tools and resources for:
    strengthening health systems,
    developing and standardizing effective behavior change strategies,
    mobilizing communities and
    monitoring programs
    have grown tremendously, and are rated highly by members, academics, cooperating agencies, and consultants.”
    --External evaluation
    Full text at
  • 43. Members view CORE Group as
    “dynamic, friendly, and technically relevant, with a practical community-level focus.”
    --External evaluation
  • 44. To what end?
  • 45. CORE Group increases
    the ease and pace of
    community health practitioners’ impact in the field.
  • 46. CORE Group generates collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused public health practicesfor underserved populations around the world.
  • 47. As a collaborative body, we are always interested in new partnerships for community health.