Working Groups

CORE Group’s six technical and cross-cutting Working Groups are led by chairs and co-chairs from our Member and Associate Organizations. They provide technical leadership and facilitate the group to further the strategic development of standards, activities and products that will advance community-focused health programs and technical agenda. Our Working Groups are: Child Health; Community-centered Health Systems Strengthening; Monitoring & Evaluation; Nutrition, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Adolescent Health; and Social & Behavior Change.

Vision:
The Child Health Working Group supports the development, documentation and advocacy of strong, truly integrated program approaches that maximize community-based child health impact. The Working Group enhances NGO capacity to:

a) Address the needs of the sick child with a comprehensive approach from prenatal to age five, across the most prevalent diseases, and across the community – facility continuum of care.

b) Run high-quality, evidence-based and well-measured CCM programs, and to collaborate with other NGOs when located in the same country or region to better link with national programs.

Co-Chairs:
TBA

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Vision:
The Community-Centered Health System Strengthening Working Group will address the global need to focus on people-centered health systems and integration. The Working Group will also strengthen efficient and effective community health systems that deliver packages of maternal child health interventions tailored to address specific contextual needs and opportunities.

A number of important cross-cutting issues could emerge over time under this heading, such as:

  • Community-based systems in the building blocks of national health systems (creating HSS platforms inclusive of community health)
  • Human resource capacity for CHWs
  • Community management structures
  • Social capital
  • Civil society engagement

Co-Chairs:
Megan Christensen (Concern Worldwide)
Alfonso Rosales (World Vision)
Eric Sarriot (Save the Children)

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Vision:
The M&E Working Group develops tools and trainings to increase child survival and health program performance and quality through the standardization of use of data, analysis and reporting.

Co-Chairs:
Claire Boswell (Food for the Hungry)
Dora Curry (CARE)

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Vision:
The Nutrition Working Group underscores the critical role of nutrition in maternal and child survival and health through dissemination of state-of-the-art information and approaches essential for quality nutrition programming.

Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Burns, Catholic Relief Services
Kathryn Reider, World Vision
Gwyneth Cotes, SPRING, JSI

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Vision:
The RMNAH Working Group synthesizes current research, best practices, and country experiences to provide CORE Group partner organizations with technical updates in the areas of women and maternal health; newborn and child health; and family planning and reproductive health.

Objectives for 2011 – 2015:

  1. To contribute to expansion of promising community-based program approaches and effective monitoring schemes of integrated programs across the MNCH continuum (through HBLSS scale up, training and monitoring; MAMAN training and monitoring; and USAID led integration efforts).
  2. To examine and disseminate innovations in MNC (ex. HBB, hemmorhage garment, and reproductive health technologies).
  3. Provide opportunities for CORE members and the broader development community to stay current on MNCH research.

Co-Chairs:
Maternal and Newborn Health Task Force:

  • Corinne Mazzeo (USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program/Save the Children)
  • Cindy Uttley (Samaritan’s Purse)

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Adolescents Task Force:

  • Mychelle Farmer (Jhpiego)
  • Regina Benevides (E2A Project/Pathfinder International)

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Vision:
The SBC Working Group contributes to improved maternal and child health outcomes by strengthening the capacity of CORE members to design and implement effective social and behavioral change strategies while documenting and disseminating valuable experiences.

Co-Chairs:
Debora Freitas, Chemonics International
Joseph Petraglia, Pathfinder International
Erin Pfeiffer, Food for the Hungry

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Interest Groups

Interest Groups are informal groups that convene based on need. Our current Interest Groups are: HIV/AIDS, Immunization, Malaria, mHealth, Non-communicable Diseases, and Tuberculosis. We also have a Humanitarian-Development Task Force.
To get involved with these groups, join their listservs.

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