Building Better Programs Through Knowledge Management Webinar

February 8, 2018 | 9:00am

Virtual Participation Available

When health program staff and practitioners can manage and share knowledge effectively, they can deliver better results. Yet many projects and programs don’t have systems in place to share critical knowledge and translate lessons learned, which can result in missed opportunities, duplication, and wasted time and money. The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project has developed the Knowledge Management Collection, a family of resources designed for global health professionals to help them understand, use, and train others on knowledge management approaches, tools, and techniques. The KM Collection includes practical guides, comprehensive training materials, and a step-by-step framework. Please join us on February 8th for a kick-off webinar introducing the purpose and highlighted features of each resource in the KM Collection. Speakers will also offer practical case examples of how global health projects and organizations are using KM approaches to strengthen their work. Featured Presenters:
  • Ruwaida Salem, Senior Program Officer, K4Health
  • Jarret Cassaniti, Program Officer II, K4Health
  • Sarah Burns, Knowledge Management Advisor, Pathfinder International
  • Wycliffe Omanya, Senior Communications Specialist, Ipas
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Responding to Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused

February 13, 2018 | 8:00am

Virtual Participation Available

WHO has recently released a document entitled Responding to Children and Adolescents who have been Sexually Abused: WHO Clinical Guidelines. As described in the document, sexual abuse of children and adolescents is a major global public health problem, a violation of human rights, and has many health consequences in the short and long term. The guidelines provide recommendations aimed at front-line health care providers providing care to children, including adolescents, who have, or may have, experienced sexual abuse, including sexual assault and rape. It can also be useful for other cadres of specialist health-care providers who are likely to see children or adolescents. It is not, however, primarily aimed at CHWs. WHO will also soon be releasing supplementary guidelines on Responding to Child Maltreatment. Taken together, these guidelines will go a long way to ensuring that issues of abuse and violence are appropriately addressed. How should World Vision bring these guidelines forward in our programming? How should we socialize the guidelines and support health facility staff who may require upskilling in these areas? What is the role of CHWs in recognizing signs of abuse and referring, and what risks or considerations need to be taken into account in this regard? How can the guidelines be used to support World Vision’s It Takes A World campaign efforts? This WebEx will feature guest speaker Claudia Garcia-Moreno, WHO’s Adolescents and At-Risk Populations Team, who has led in the development of these guidelines.  We will discuss the above questions and considerations during the Q&A period. This promises to be a highly-relevant WebEx for all colleagues involved in health, child protection and the campaign, and we look forward to seeing you on the call. Meet the Expert: Dr. Claudia Garcia-Moreno-WHO Adolescents and At-Risk Populations Team, Department of Reproductive Health and Research Dr García-Moreno currently leads the team working on violence against women at the World Health Organization (WHO), which includes work on measurement and epidemiology, interventions research and development of guidelines and tools for the health sector. She has led the WHO’s work on gender and women’s health and on violence against women and was coordinator of the Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence team in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research until 2013 when the Department was reorganized. She coordinated the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women, and is a founder and coordinating group member of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative. She is currently co-chair of the FIGO Working Group on Gender-based Violence and chair of the Independent Advisory Board of the DFID-funded What works to prevent violence against women and girls initiative, and previously a member and chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. Dr García-Moreno is a physician  from Mexico with an MSC in Community Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has thirty years of experience in health care delivery, sexual and reproductive health, women’s health and gender in health research and policy, including in humanitarian settings. Register here.

It’s Time to Deliver: Including Pregnant and Lactating Women in Clinical Research

February 14, 2018 | 1:00pm

Virtual Participation Available

Pregnant women have frequently been excluded from or de-prioritized in clinical research, leaving them and their providers to make decisions without adequate information or guidance regarding the safety and efficacy of necessary treatments. Treatment Action Group (TAG), the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and HIV/AIDS Network Coordination Women’s HIV Research Collaborative (WHRC) invite you to join us for the first of a two-part webinar series on the inclusion of pregnant and lactating women in research. We hope you can join us to:
  • Review the history of the inclusion of pregnant and lactating women as clinical research participants;
  • Explore the issues pregnant and lactating women and their providers face in diagnosing, treating, and administering safe and effective medications and interventions;
  • Discuss current restrictions and barriers to including pregnant and lactating women in research; and
  • Plan around ongoing and future opportunities for advocacy to affect change to research policy and practice.
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Expanding Contraceptive Choice: A Webinar Series on Family Planning Methods

February 15, 2018 | 9:00am

Virtual Participation Available

Register here. 214 million women of reproductive age in developing regions who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method. Evidence suggests that expanding method choice, as well as information about available methods, can improve family planning access for women. The Advancing Partners & Communities project, in collaboration with Family Planning 2020, the Implementing Best Practices initiative, and USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, will host a webinar series to share information about various family planning methods. Please join us for the third webinar in this series: Hormonal Injectables, on Thursday, February 15th, 2018, from 9:00–10:00 A.M. EST. Jeff Spieler, independent consultant; Jennifer Drake of PATH; and Fred Mubiru of FHI 360 will discuss hormonal injectables and their in-country and programmatic experiences.

CORE Group Event-SBC Journal Club – Sustained adoption of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions

February 20, 2018 | 11:00am ET (GMT-05:00)

Adobe Connect

Virtual Participation Available

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CORE Group Event-SBC Journal Club: Enculturating science: Community-centric design of behavior change interactions for accelerating health impact

February 20, 2018 | 11:00am

Adobe Connect

Virtual Participation Available

The Journal Club series is presented by the CORE Group SBC Working Group in collaboration with the FSN Network SBC Task Force. Webinar Description: Are we forgetting the role of socio-cognitive systems and communities in behavior change? The paper discusses a systems approach for community-centric design that details the interplay between biomedical and traditional socio-cognitive systems, as well as between “Western” and “Eastern” worldviews. The authors suggest that only by understanding the interplay between these can sustainable behavioral change interventions be designed. The authors applied the community-centric design approach to an intervention aimed at reducing neonatal mortality in Uttar Pradesh, India. Over the course of 16 months, their intervention led to a 54% reduction in NMR as well as unanticipated improvements in maternal health. Following a brief presentation of the journal article, there will be an open exchange of idea on the feasibility of implementing this approach in behavior change programs as well as the extent to which it has been successfully implemented to date. Article: Enculturating science: Community-centric design of behavior change interactions for accelerating health impact Presenter: Elizabeth Long Register here. All webinar access details will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Engaging New Allies in the Health Equity Movement: A Partnership Summit

February 23, 2018 | 8:00am

515 Malcom X Boulevard, New York, NY

Register here. Building on the elements that worked successfully in its inaugural 2016 summit, Health Equity Initiative’s 2018 Summit, Engaging New Allies in the Health Equity Movement: A Partnership Summit (February 23, 2018, New York, NY) will incorporate new themes that will expand the reach of the health equity movement. It will bring together health care professionals, community leaders, students, government staff, policymakers, community development leaders, urban planners, architects, transportation specialists, educators and public health practitioners, among others. The Summit will inform and engage participants through two distinct pathways: one dedicated to engagement through innovation think tanks and case studies on important determinants of health that emerged from the participants’ feedback at the 2016 summit; and the other dedicated to presentations, training, case studies and consensus building on strategies for multisectoral partnerships via community and public engagement. Participants will:
  • Hear from experts from multiple sectors and disciplines
  • Engage in furthering the health equity agenda by acquiring skills and training to engage new allies in the health equity movement
  • Contribute to establishing a path forward on key priorities for health equity by participating in our Innovation Think Tanks
  • Share stories of community-driven leadership and solutions in support of health equity
  • Pledge new partnerships at the conference

Addressing Critical Health System Barriers to Improve RMNCAH Services

February 27, 2018 | 9:00am

Wilson Center, Washington DC

Register here. Efforts to improve global health cannot be achieved without stronger health systems. In the 2017 Acting on the Call report, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) estimated that investments in evidence-based health system strengthening activities could contribute to saving the lives of 5.6 million children and 260,000 women from 2016 to 2020 in priority countries. Join the Wilson Center and USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) for a discussion on health systems strengthening in the pursuit of improved reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services globally. Doors will open at 8:30 AM and coffee and pastries will be served from 8:30-9:00 AM. The discussion will begin promptly at 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Grace Chee, Health Systems Strengthening and Equity Team Lead, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program


Dr. Koki Agarwal, Director, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program  Dr. Mariam Claeson, Director, Global Financing Facility, World Bank Dr. Birhanu Getahun, Technical Director, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Liberia Dr. Stephen Mutwiwa, Chief of Party, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Rwanda Lee Pyne-Mercier, Senior Program Officer, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Kelly Saldaña, Director, Office of Health Systems, USAID Global Health Bureau Mary Taylor, Global Health Technical Expert

Workshop: Strategies for Winning and Managing U.S. Government Projects with non-U.S. Partners – Managing an Overseas Collaboration

February 28, 2018 | 08:00 am

Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036 (in the Equity Forum on the Ground Floor)

For more information and to access the agenda, please see our event page: Securing funding and successfully executing US Government funded projects is more difficult than ever. Funding is shrinking and competition is more intense. Overseas execution is trickier with foreign governments monitoring even minor projects. Compliance is complex, and the penalties are much more severe. The auditors are as relentless as ever. Brought to you by CUGH & SustainAbility Solutions, this two-day workshop focuses on some the most challenging aspects of winning and managing projects funded by Agencies of the US Government, with an emphasis on overseas execution. The discussions and exercises will be led by two experts with more than 70 years of combined experience in winning, successfully managing, and auditing US Government development projects domestically and overseas. Key Course Take-Aways: • Learn the difference between contracts and grants. Align your capture management, teaming, and compliance strategies to reflect your target donors and programs. • Learn the critical issues in setting up and managing partnership with overseas collaboration. • Understand the new Internal Control regulatory framework for US and Non-US partners, and how “the auditors” will use this approach in reviews of your organization. • Discuss real-life, practical examples of how to apply the Uniform Guidance compliance rules and setting up shop overseas. • Explore revisiting and revising the Organizational Strategy to consistent with long term goals, external realities, and your branding & social marketing initiatives

CORE Group Event- A Conversation with D.C.’s NGO Leadership: On Career Paths and the Future of International Development

February 28, 2018 | 12:30pm

InterAction, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 210 – The Asia Room, Washington, D.C. 20036

Join CORE Group’s Young Professionals Network as we host a distinguished panel of executives from Global Health CouncilInterAction, and Plan International. They will share insights about their professions – how they progressed throughout their careers; reflections on the evolution and current landscape of international development; and, perhaps more importantly, forecasts to what the future holds, especially for the new generation of policymakers and practitioners of which our young professionals are a part. Lunch will be provided. Sign-in and lunch will start at 12:30PM, and the event will officially begin at 1:00PM. After presentations from the panelists, a moderated Q&A with the audience will follow. For those who can stay longer, we will have small breakout groups with the panelists for more conversation and networking until 3:00PM. Space is limited to register today! Speakers Lisa’s research and global projects have focused on children’s health and psychosocial well-being post-disaster and post-conflict; injury surveillance/prevention and addressing health disparities, gender and water/sanitation; and women’s livelihood development.Lisa Hilmi is executive director of CORE Group. She has an extensive career in global health, employing both human rights and community-based participatory approaches to addressing health disparities for women, children and communities. Lisa brings a wealth of experience working at multiple levels of global health, and also adds technical expertise as a pediatric nurse. She has worked with several CORE Group members in over 12 countries, and her extensive networks in academia, Ministries of Health, UN, bilateral and private funders have been a great asset to CORE Group. She is completing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and has an MPH from Columbia University, a BSN from University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science/Communications from Villanova. She is a Registered Nurse and nationally certified pediatric nurse. Sam Worthington is chief executive officer of InterAction, the largest U.S. alliance of nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 220 members and partners. Sam leads the U.S. NGO sector’s engagement at the highest levels with the UN, governments, and civil society groups around the world. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, routinely consults with the administration, speaks to boards and at universities, and is a regular contributor on numerous major national and international media outlets. His numerous leadership roles include serving on the White House Task Force on Global Development and Poverty, working as a founding board member of the ONE Campaign, board member of the Center for Disaster Philantropy, Van Leer Group Foundation, FORUS and The Alliance to End Hunger and serves on the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Assisstance (ACVFA). Sam holds a master’s degree with distinction from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. As a Fulbright scholar he completed postgraduate research at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, and as a midcareer professional, an executive leadership program at the Harvard Business School. Among other awards, he has an honorary doctorate. More speakers coming soon!

2018 Annual CUGH Global Health Conference

March 16, 2018 | 08:00 am

New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY

Join more than 1,700 individuals from over 50 countries, from academia, NGOs, government ​​and the private sector, to explore the latest in how we can address pressing international and domestic global health and development challenges.​​ This year’s theme is Health Disparities:​​ A Time for Action. The conference will take place March 16-18 with satellite sessions on March 15. Most satellite sessions are free but require registration. For more information, please visit our conference website at:

2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit

April 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018

Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Learn more and register! This five-day gathering will be a week of inspiration, innovation and sharing to advance the global social and behavior change communication (SBCC) agenda for development. As outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals, the world still faces significant health and development challenges – extreme poverty, gender inequities, public health emergencies, acute and chronic diseases, climate change, good governance and many others. SBCC focused strategies are essential for positive progress on these and other issues. Attendees at the Summit will connect, share and showcase the best in SBCC and entertainment-education (EE), contribute to the global agenda setting for the field and leave with a deeper appreciation of the power of SBCC and EE and new skills to apply in their projects and home countries. This event builds on previous international gatherings including the International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit in Addis Ababa (2016), five Entertainment-Education conferences, the World Summit on Communication for Development (2006), the Social and Behaviour Change Evidence Summit (2014), the Rockefeller Foundation convened Social Change initiative (2000–2002) and other international events.

CORE Group Event-Global Health Practitioner Conference

June 4, 2018 - June 7, 2018

Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD

Join us to discuss emerging challenges and gaps in community health, and explore tools and interventions to address them through skill building, networking, and program learning. As you engage in dialogue and learning with diverse stakeholders, you will contribute to greater programmatic impact through collaboration. Learn more at