A CORE Group Working Paper is a technical report about CORE Group or a report written by CORE Group to elicit feedback on a topic of interest to its members or to the community health community.
Developed by MCHIP and available on the MCHIP PVO/NGO support website.
This draft health equity guidance document was developed to give those who design and implement community-oriented health programs a systematic way of ensuring that health equity is incorporated into program designs and that its improvement can be better demonstrated and explained. While not a prescriptive document that promotes one approach to equity programming, this guide presents a series of concepts and approaches to take into consideration and decisions to be made that lead to the development of a coherent equity strategy as part of a program design. This guide was developed through a process of consultation with equity experts and review of literature on this subject.
A Wealth of Opportunity, Partnering with the CORE and CORE Group Members
Authors: Beryl Levenger, Ph.D. and Jean McLeod, Center for Organizational Learning and Development, Educational Development Center 2002.
CORE Group members are valuable partners for other actors in the maternal and child health arena. In addition to their strong desire for collaborative work and their long-standing ties to communities, CORE members bring high-level technical skills and critical resources to their work. CORE Group members routinely engage in rigorous testing of new methodologies while sharing what they have learned with colleague institutions and relevant policy-makers. When CORE Group members partner with national ministries of health and district level health offices, they often serve as a bridge between the mother undergoing a risk-laden pregnancy and the government functionary drafting new national health sector policies. By drawing on the distinctive strengths of CORE PVOs, donors and other development actors maximize their returns on the investments they make in primary health care programs geared toward vulnerable women and children in developing and transitional societies.
Authors: Beryl Levenger, Ph.D., Monterey Institute of International Studies and Jean Mulroy, Center for Organizational Learning and Development, Educational Development Center 2004.
This paper presents a framework for assessing strategic partnering as a way to reach populations that have been traditionally bypassed by maternal and child health (MCH) interventions. The framework is applied to CORE Group, a network of 50+ U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in MCH activities. Concrete examples are given of how this partnership contributes to improved outcomes for mothers and children; enhanced policy dialogue; expanded local and national capacity; and the generational of new resources. The paper concludes with the identification of relevant lessons for MCH donors and NGOs that might wish to enter into similar partnership arrangements.
A CORE Group Background Paper on “Scaling-Up” Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services July 11, 2005
This paper briefly summarizes definitions, approaches, and challenges to achieving “scale” in community-focused health programs as discussed at the 2005 CORE spring meeting and the USAID child survival and health grants program mini-university. This paper is meant to harmonize a vocabulary for use by NGOs and their partners as they further discuss, debate, and analyze how NGOs and their partners can reach more people with high quality maternal, child and neonatal health interventions.
A summary statement by the CORE Secretariat following CORE Group’s Annual Spring Membership Meeting Atlanta, Georgia, April 14-18, 2008
This paper provides an overview of the April 2008 CORE Group Spring Meeting, organized around a theme of “Child Survival Investigations,” which focused on the role of CORE Group members in global health research. Participants included technical and program staff from CORE member organizations, university- and CDC-based research partners, and colleagues from the private sector. Presentation of research findings was paired with skill-building sessions and in-depth discussion of factors that facilitate or hinder NGO involvement in research. CORE members identified actions the CORE Secretariat could take to strengthen NGO involvement in global health research and to build NGO capacity to disseminate research findings through policy advocacy, participation in national health strategy planning processes, and publication in peer-reviewed journals.