State of CORE Group - Spring 2013_Karen LeBan


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  • Where does CORE Group fit in and why are we important to this changing world? We are member-led. We foster collaborative action and learning. We reach the underserved with evidence-based high-impact interventions and innovations. Our organizations reach 720 million people worldwide – 1/10 of the world’s population. We work together with other similar organizations as well as scholars, advocates and donors.
  • How do we work together? We’re always evolving, but our “Community Health Network” now has 58 member organizations (double from 2003), 21 associate organizations (double from last year) and 20 individual associates that share our mission, plus partners around the world who share their expertise with us at meetings and webinars. Our 8 volunteer working groups, 5 interest groups (mhealth, NCD, adolescents, mental health and immunization) enable us to learn together, diffuse our learning to others, and work to improve global community health policies. Program learning and knowledge management is our key strength.
  • We’ve just voted in one new member organization this meeting, and the Board of Directors approved 6 new associate organizations since January. Please get to know these organizations and make them feel welcome.
  • We had two new contributions to peer reviewed journals demonstrating the value of community approaches plus some outstanding articles from our polio team.
  • CORE Group is the manager of the Food Security and Nutrition Network through the USAID Funded Title II TOPS project. Building on our networking expertise we were able to develop a similar participatory meeting on Resilience for the FSN Network meeting, and we’ve hired a new staff to look into the management of on-line communities.
  • As a network, our budget is very lean, with 8 staff and around $1.5 million / year. We work as partners of MCHIP, the TOPS project, World Vision Polio, and Dimagi. We are trying to grow our foundation funding, private gifts and citizen support through the combined federal campaign. We need to be proactive in selection of funding opportunities that match working group directions. We encourage you to contact us when you see an RFA or opportunity where our diffusion and knowledge management niche will not compete with our members but instead provide that neutral safe environment for joint product development, ownership and use.
  • Networks are needed more than ever. As stated in a global health book from the Carter Center, collaboration is imperative for success. Yet, we know how fragile our funding is.
  • Why Invest in CORE? We are part of the solution offering a unique niche to increase the ease and pace of community health impact. We are a neutral convener where competing organizations can collaborate, where each organization doesn’t need to recreate the wheel, where professional can advance the quality of their work together, such as through this meeting focusing on data use.
  • State of CORE Group - Spring 2013_Karen LeBan

    2. 2. Our ImportanceCORE Group is a Member-led PVO that fosters collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused public health practices for underserved populations around the world.Home of the Community Health Network, which brings together member organizations, associates, scholars, advocates, and donors reaching 720 million people worldwide.
    3. 3. Community Health Network 58 21 20 136 Partners Member INGOs Associate Individual Organizations Associates8 Technical Working Groups 5 Interest Groups 4 Polio Countries Program Learning & Diffusion 1,336 participants in 15 learning events from 35 countries 7,381 listserv registrants : 2056 messages delivered 10 new tools and guides : 70,000 website visitors Global policy advocacy for Community Health A Promise Renewed, Scaling Up Nutrition, CHWS
    4. 4. Membership Changes Congratulations to our Congratulations to our newest Member: newest Associates:Health and Development • Global Alliance to Prevent International Prematurity and Stillbirths • JSI Research and Training • Kissito HealthCare Int. • Marie Stopes Int. – US • Medair • Planet Aid
    5. 5. Global Program LearningHealth Policy and Planning 2013: 1-13Community-based intervention packages facilitated by NGOs demonstrate plausible evidence for child mortality impactGlobal Health Science and Practice 2013: 1:1Reducing child global undernutrition at scale in Sofala Province, Mozambique, using Care Group Volunteers to communicate health messages to mothers
    6. 6. FSN Network• TOPS / FSN Network D.C. Meeting on Resilience – December 2012• FSN Network Website:• FSN Network : New Knowledge Management Officer for On-line Communities – Patrick Coonan
    7. 7. FY13 Resources Knowledge Diffusion, CSHGP Program Learning, CCM, Equity, CHWs, Anemia, Nutrition, TB, Helping Babies Breathe Food Security and Nutrition Network CORE Polio Partners Project - Communication Efforts Dimagi CommCare Learning Collaborative PRIVATE Resources Foundations / Private Donations Membership: Fees / Registration Combined Federal Campaign 88110In search of FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES where CORE’s KnowledgeManagement, Networking Niche and Community Focus would be anASSET
    8. 8. Networks Needed More than Ever"Collaboration is imperative for success. The complexity of global health problems far exceed the capacity of individual organizations and governments to deal with them effectively.”--James E. Austin, Harvard Business School
    9. 9. Why CORE Group? • Serves unique function as neutral convener • Provides professional development • Sets Program Learning agenda • Rapid global networking: creates multidirectional linkages that connect all levels • Fosters strategic collaboration • Rapid diffusion with uptake • No need to reinvent wheel • Increases ease and pace of field impactPhoto courtesy of AMREF Working together to create a world of healthy communities where no women or child dies of preventable causes
    10. 10. Thank you to ourWorking Group chairs Community Child Health HIV/AIDS Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Nutrition Safe Motherhood / Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Tuberculosis
    11. 11. CORE Group Polio ProjectCongratulationsto our Polio Project colleagues from the US,Ethiopia and India for heroic efforts in thecontinued battle against polio.