2018 Global Health Practitioner Conference

In by Lisa Hilmi

Conference Overview

Humanitarian and development programming and policy can no longer be separate. According to the United Nations, the protracted nature of humanitarian action is the new normal. Crises around the world have forced 65 million people from their homes, with displacement lasting 17 years on average. Populations in a perpetual state of emergency are significantly more prone to infectious disease and other serious but preventable health complications.

The June 2018 Global Health Practitioner Conference was the world’s first global gathering of humanitarian and development actors to prioritize evidence and lessons learned as we work toward collective community health outcomes. At this conference on community health action for the humanitarian development nexus, CORE Group brought together some 300 participants from nearly 20 countries, and more than 100 organizations.

PresentationsMonday | Tuesday | Wednesday

At-a-glance Agenda

Program Booklet

Conference Report

Noncommunicable Disease Workshop Summary


View the full 2018 Global Health Practitioner Conference photo album

It’s been really interesting and exciting hearing the perspectives of so many organizations really dealing with the practicality of bridging the humanitarian-development divide. I can bring the things I’ve learned about here back to the team in Mali to use them moving forward.Marjorie Larson Nana, Catholic Relief Services, Mali

Monday, June 4

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

Watch online

Opening Remarks

Lisa M. Hilmi, CORE Group Executive Director; David Pyle, CORE Group Board of Directors Acting Chair

Download presentation:

Keynote address

Dr. Paul Spiegel, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health

Download presentation:

Concurrent Sessions – 11:00am-12:30pm

A Collective Impact Approach to Accelerate Achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through Government-Led Scale-Up of Integrated CHW Programs

Bernice Dahn, Former Minister of Health, Republic of Liberia, Community Health Academy; Abigail McDaniel, Director of Health Systems Leadership Development, Last Mile Health; Crystal Lander, Director of Advocacy, Living Goods; Moderator: Nazo Kureshy, Senior Community Health Systems Advisor in the Office of Health Systems, USAID Bureau for Global Health

Download presentation on:

Inclusive Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) in Development and Humanitarian Contexts – Achievements, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

Rafik Bedoui, Humanity & Inclusion; Sandra Krause, Women’s Refugee Committee; Anushka Kalyanpur, CARE-USA; Muriel Mac-Seing, University of Montreal; Alessandra Aresu, Humanity & Inclusion (Moderator)

Download presentations on:

Mobile Data-Driven Interventions for Community Engagement and Health Service Uptake in Development and Humanitarian Contexts

Emily Mangone, SHOPS Plus, Abt Associates; Jeanne Koepsell, Save the Children; Denise Johnson, ICF; Comfort Olorunsaiye, International Rescue Committee; Miriam Chang, World Vision Canada

Download presentations on:

Lessons Learned from WASH-ECD related Activities in Kenya, Tanzania, Iraq, and Yemen

Billy Andre, ADRA; Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le, George Washington University Department of Psychology; Amy Webb Girard, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; John Hembling, Catholic Relief Services; Elena McEwan, Catholic Relief Services; James Ray, Medair (Moderator)

Download presentations on:

Concurrent Sessions – 2:00pm-3:30pm

Nurturing Care Framework: A Roadmap for Investing in Early Child Development

Leslie Elder, Global Financing Facility Secretariat, World Bank; Betzabé Butrón, Pan American Health Organization; Shekufeh Zonji, Early Childhood Development Action Network; Paul Stephenson, World Vision International; Dennis Cherian, World Vision (Moderator)

Download presentations on:

Addressing Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health Needs in Fragile and Conflict

Largema Bukar, Health Partners International / DAI Global Health; Alexandre Dmiiti, Ministry of Health, South Sudan; Molly Rosset, IntraHealth; Rukaiya Shettima, College of Nursing and Midwifery, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria; Adetoro Adegoke, Health Partners International / DAI Global Health (Moderator)

Download presentations on:

Building Health Workforce Capacity for Resilient, Responsive and Inclusive Health Systems

Alessandra Aresu, Humanity & Inclusion; Julia Plotnick, Health Volunteers Overseas; Brandon Kohrt, George Washington University, Division of Global Mental Health; Andreas Blom, World Bank; Beth MacNairn, Health Volunteers Overseas (Moderator)

Download presentations on:

Campfire Chat on IYCF and IYCF-E: Promoting Survival and Saving Lives

Sarah Butler, Save the Children; Afia Fosua Agyekum, ADRA; Debra Olson, ADRA; Emily Chambers Sharpe, Medair (Moderator)

Download presentations on:

Watch the video on Save the Children’s Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Toolkit

90-Second Science

Watch online


Measure Twice, Cut Once: Hemoglobin Measurements

Denish Moorthy, USAID-funded SPRING Project

Engaging New Actors to Address the Problem of Safe Specimen Transport In Mali: Early Lessons From a Pilot Experience in Sikasso Region

Hamadoun Kassambara and Marjorie Larson Nana, Catholic Relief Services Mali

The Effect of Bladder and Lumbar Stimulation Technique for Collection of Urine in Newborns

Mamta Rajbanshi, Independent Consultant



Treating Malnutrition in the Community: Feasibility Study of Low-Literate Community Health Workers Treating Severe Acute Malnutrition in South Sudan

Naoko Kozuki, International Rescue Committee

Integration of Nutrition into Integrated Community Case Management (Iccm) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sarah Straubinger, USAID’S Maternal and Child Survival Program/PATH

Relapse Following Treatment for Acute Malnutrition: How big is the problem? How can we Capture it?

Heather Stobaugh, RTI International



The CHW Coverage and Capacity Tool (C3) – the Operational Missing Link in CHW Policy-to-Implementation

Ochi Ibe, USAID’s Maternal & Child Survival Project, ICF

Community Health Workers Driving Greater Access to Services and Improved Health Outcomes in an Urban Haitian Community

Kristen Fanfant, Medicines for Humanity



Using Design Thinking to Bring Health Closer to Youth

Samantha Kerr, Population Services International

Factors Affecting Community Based Health Insurance Membership Renewal: The Case of South Achefer Woreda, West Gojjam Zone – Amhara Region

Getachew Abate, USAID/Abt Associates Inc. HSFR/HFG Project

“The fact that the conversations are very grounded and very connected to the field is my biggest takeaway from CORE Group conferences. Every single time.”Anupama Varma, Global Health Council

Tuesday, June 5

Plenary – 9:00-10:30am

Real-time Case on Links between Development and Humanitarian Programming for Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh

Trina Helderman, Medair; Jesse Hartness, Save the Children; Mahfuzar Rahman, BRAC Bangladesh; Emily Chambers Sharpe, Medair (Moderator)

Watch online

Download presentations on:

Concurrent Sessions (11:00am-12:30pm)

Borrowing and Building Upon Best Practices for Community Health in Humanitarian Contexts

Nathan Miller, UNICEF New York/Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Lara Ho, International Rescue Committee; Rashed Shah, Save the Children US; Emily Chambers Sharpe, Medair

Download presentations on:

Programming for Family Planning and Postabortion Care in Humanitarian Settings

Sara Casey, Columbia University; Dora Curry, CARE; Jessica Kakesa, International Rescue Committee; Janet Meyers, Save the Children; Erin Wheeler, International Rescue Committee; Sandra Krause, Women’s Refugee Committee (Moderator)

Download presentations on:

Reaching Every Child Across All Settings – Learning from Practice and Implementation from CORE Group Polio Project

Samuel Usman, CORE Group Polio Project Nigeria; Anthony Kisanga, CORE Group Polio Project South Sudan; Abdul Wali Ghayur, CORE Group Polio Project Afghanistan; Lee Losey, CORE Group Polio Project (Moderator)

Building Resilient Food Systems in an Age of Climate Change

Marie Spiker, Center for a Livable Future, JHBSPH; Martin Bloem, Center for a Livable Future, JHBSPH; Emily Janoch, CARE; Peter Winch, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Moderator

Concurrent Sessions (4:00pm-5:30pm)

Utilizing Community Engagement and Health Systems Strengthening approaches across the humanitarian and development contexts to address the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak in West Africa

Paul Robinson, International Medical Corps; Mustapha Kallon, GOAL Global; Claver Lotsa Momo Pewo, Catholic Relief Services; Kristin Weinhauer, Catholic Relief Services; Mesfin Teklu Tessema, International Rescue Committee; Janine Schooley, Project Concern International (Co-Moderator)

Consultation with Partners for Developing Minimum Quality Standards and Indicators for Community Engagement

Ketan Chitnis, UNICEF; Jamie Bedson, Consultant (UNICEF); Sharon Abramowitz, Consultant (UNICEF)

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Humanitarian Contexts with Development in Our Sights

Naoko Kozuki, International Rescue Committee; Hannah Tappis, Jhpiego; Megan Vitek, Samaritan’s Purse; Cindy Uttley, Samaritan’s Purse (Moderator)

Engaging Fathers, Grandmothers, and Other Family Members in Maternal and Child Nutrition – Lessons from Development for Humanitarian Contexts

Kristina Gryboski, Independent Consultant – Grandmother Project; Cynthia Matare, Independent Consultant – IMA World Health/Cornell University; Altrena Mukuria, SPRING; Aunchalee Palmquist, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute; Stephanie Martin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Moderator)

CORE group is really important from the academic perspective because it provides a link to what is really important in the lives of global health practitioners who are living the main issues day-to-day. When we’re trying to think of ways we can ask relevant research questions, we need to be in touch with what practitioners are experiencing.Will Story, University of Iowa

Wednesday, June 6

2018 Dory Storms Award

Watch online

Since 2001, CORE Group has presented the annual Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition Award to a person or persons who demonstrate courage, leadership, and commitment to helping non-governmental organizations have an impact on and effectively implement programs that end child deaths. The award is named after Dr. Storms, who was a founding member of CORE Group and led the USAID-funded Child Survival Support Project, which was based in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This year’s (2018) award goes to Tom Davis. Tom has more than three decades of experience implementing and supporting community-based programs of 34 organizations in under served communities in 27 countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia. His achievements are legion.

New Information Circuits

TABLE 1: Saving Newborns in Sierra Leone: Community Mobilization for Identification and Care of Vulnerable Newborns

Carolyn Kruger, Eden Ahmed Mdluli, Project HOPE

TABLE 2: The Polio Eradication Toolkit: How It Can Work for You

Lydia Bologna, Core Group Polio Project

TABLE 3: Measurement Indicators for Resilience Analysis (MIRA) – Helping Communities Identify Risk and Plan for It

Angela Tavares, Catholic Relief Services


TABLE 4: Maternity Care in Humanitarian Emergencies

Michelle Rodriguez, White Ribbon Alliance

TABLE 5: Programmatic Considerations for Operationalizing the WHO 2016 Antenatal Care (ANC) Guidelines to Improve Maternal Nutrition

Patti Welch, USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)/PATH

TABLE 6: Food Aid Quality Review Decision Support Tool: Supporting Evidence-based Decision-Making for More Cost-Effective Programming of Specialized Nutritious Foods

Ye Shen, FAQR/Tufts University

TABLE 7: How Can International Development Organizations Build Resilience at the Community and Household Level in Northeastern Nigeria?

Athena Childs Fleisher, Nuru International

Table 8: Learning by Doing: Experience in Reaching Every District Approach from Immunization to Other Health Services

Melanie Morrow, USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)/ICF

TABLE 9: Practical Guide for CHWs and Caregivers to Provide Integrated Support to Children Affected by HIV

Ellen Vor der Brugge, representing Hesperian Health Guides

TABLE 10: Community Nurse Leadership for UHC, SDG3, and Emergencies

Allison Annette Foster, IntraHealth International

TABLE 11: From Backstage to Center Stage: The Evolution of Deworming and the Challenge of Programming Towards Sustainability

Ploi Swatdisuk, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

TABLE 12: Mobile Data-Informed Community Engagement Strategy to Increase Immunization Coverage in Northern Uganda

Comfort Olorunsaiye, Edward Kumakech, James Tinkamanyire, International Rescue Committee (IRC)

TABLE 13: Improved Health through Sustainable Nutrition: Malnutrition Matters

Hart Jansson, Malnutrition Matters

TABLE 14: Updated Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies

Judy Canahuati, Consultant; Aunchalee Palmquist, University of North Carolina

TABLE 15: Should Integrated Nutrition Promotion and Provision be Part of Programs for Disadvantaged Communities? Benefits of Permaculture

Paul Freeman, Department Global Health, University of Washington

TABLE 16: Building Advocacy Platforms for Noncommunicable Diseases: Creating and Leveraging Case Studies

Arti Varanasi and Mychelle Farmer, Advancing Synergy

TABLE 17: Checklist for Community Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings

Emily Chambers Sharpe, Medair

TABLE 18: Community-Led and Intergenerational Collaboration in Tanzania: How the Young and Old Can Work Together to Improve the Health of all Ages

Susan Riker, HelpAge

TABLE 19: Using a Case Study Approach to Evaluate the Effects of a Demand Creation Strategy on Household and Community Social Norms in Ethiopia

William Story, University of Iowa, College of Public Health

TABLE 20: Community Resilience – Bridging Humanitarian and Development Work

Antje Becker-Benton, Save the Children

Concurrent Sessions (11:30am-1:00pm)

The Strategic Space for Health Systems Strengthening in Emergency, Health and Nutrition Interventions in Protracted Crises

Jesse Hartness, Save the Children; Eric Sarriot, Save the Children USA; Emily Hejna, University of Iowa, College of Public Health; Givan Hinds, Save the Children; William Story, University of Iowa, College of Public Health (Moderator)

Download presentation on:

Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings – Examples and Lessons from the Field

Mariella Castillo, UNICEF Philippines; Katie Morris, Save the Children; Samira Sami, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health; Janet Meyers, Save the Children (Moderator)

Download presentation on:

Social Accountability in Improving Health for All: Lessons in Monitoring and Measurement

Angela Bailey, Accountability Research Center; Walter Flores, Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en Sistemas de Salud; Marta Schaff, Averting Maternal Deaths and Disability Project; Anbrasi Edwards, JHU; Allison Annette Foster, IntraHealth; Elizabeth Allen, ACT Health, GOAL Uganda (Moderator)

Addressing Adolescent Nutrition through Programming and Research in Development and Emergency Contexts

Florencia C. Vasta, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Abanti Zakaria, Nutrition International; Azeez Oseni; USAID-Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project, Catholic Relief Services, Nigeria; Mekonnen Tesfamariam; Catholic Relief Services Ethiopia; Jennifer Burns, Catholic Relief Services (Moderator)

Download presentation on:

Plenary and Closing

Prioritizing the Investment and Financing for the Humanitarian-Development Nexus

Loyce Pace, Global Health Council; Takahiro Hasumi, World Bank; David Collins, Management Sciences for Health; Hafeez Ladha, Financin  Alliance for Health

Download presentations on:

Thursday, June 7

Workshop on Integration of Noncommunicable Diseases into Global Health Programs: The Roadmap to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030

Noncommunicable Disease Workshop Summary

This workshop focused on the progress made in global health related to NCD prevention and management, with special attention to humanitarian settings. Through a rich plenary session and multiple small group discussions, workshop participants reviewed practical interventions addressing the life course approach to NCDs. To build an understanding about multi-sectoral involvement, presenters addressed environmental and economic factors contributing to NCDs in low-resource settings. The goal of the workshop was to assess how our current health platforms can be expanded or modified to include realistic, feasible approaches that can transform NCDs interventions throughout the life course.


  • Mychelle Farmer, NCD Child
  • Arti Varanasi, President & CEO, Advancing Synergy
  • Ishu Kataria, Senior Researcher, RTI
  • Vince Blaser, Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition
  • Ashley Foster-Eastwick, Women Deliver Youth Delegate
  • Maia Olsen, Program Manager, NCD Synergies