Mission: Improve and expand community health practices for underserved populations, especially women and children, through collaborative action and learning

Vision: Communities where everyone can attain health and well-being

CORE Group is a leader in community health, working to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths around the world. We have a comparative advantage through collaborative action to promote and safeguard health in communities and create new models for reaching the most marginalized populations.

As a neutral, trusted platform for a coalition of more than 100 members, we work together with the broader global health community to foster collaboration and learning, strengthen technical capacity, develop innovative tools and resources, and scale effective community-focused health approaches.

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JudyLewisIt is with gratitude that I write this letter to CORE Group members, partners, donors and friends.  It was a great privilege for me to serve as CORE Group Board Chair for the past 6 years.

It has been a time of many transitions in funding, leadership, board composition and activities.  I have learned a lot from everyone as we made these transitions which both challenged and enriched us.

I have had the honor of working with two amazing Executive Directors, Karen LeBan and Lisa Hilmi and many extraordinary board members.

Funding for collaboration is never easy, but our work together has resulted in creative and effective methods to improve the impact of CORE Group and its members and our contributions to global health.

I will continue to work with CORE Group to meet current and future global health challenges through collaboration.

CORE Group will always have a place in my heart, and an essential role in creating healthy communities around the world.


L Hilmi2016 has been a busy and exciting year for CORE Group.

As I reflect on my first year as Executive Director, I am thrilled at our progress, including: (a) Increased membership with a variety of partners that add expertise to our community of practice; (b) Increased participation from country partners in the CORE Group GHPC and our highest number of participants ever; and (c) Strengthened engagement with our UN partners and universities and continued discussions on how to meaningfully add value to global campaigns to prevent newborn and maternal death, reach the most vulnerable communities, and strengthen community voice and civil society.

As we implement our strategic plan, we will strengthen our hub of community health innovation and learning, increase global participation in our collaborative learning and action network to build strategic capacity, and engage with priority health issues at the global and country level. We also plan to partner more with foundations, universities and corporations in conjunction with CORE Group members.

Collaboration at the global and country level is important now more than ever. As we learned from Zika and Ebola – collaboration and coordinated response is vital in both humanitarian and development contexts. In 2016, CORE Group members launched the Coordinated Zika Response and started the dialogue on the humanitarian-development nexus at our Spring and Fall Conferences, leading to the creation of the Humanitarian-Development Task Force.

CORE Group’s Working Groups are a vital mechanism to develop new resources and tools for field practitioners, share experiences from global community health practice, and address gaps in technical areas. Our volunteer Working Group co-chairs have dedicated their expertise and leadership to move important issues forward.

CORE Group is fortunate to have a dedicated and hard-working staff and a committed Board of Directors.  It has been my pleasure to work with this strong team this past year and I am especially grateful to Judy Lewis, the outgoing Chair, for her support and leadership.

In 2017, we seek to deepen our engagement with CORE Group members and meet their needs for global health learning and collaboration.  We will be celebrating 20 years of achievements in 2017 and I look forward to working with all of our members and our International Community Health Network.


HKI Safe Spaces Dan Houtoua
Photo by Jennifer Nielsen, Helen Keller International

Submitted by Helen Keller International:

“This photo is from Dan Hountoua village in Zinder, Niger. Under the leadership of Mercy Corps, HKI supports the USAID-funded Sawki project, which targets adolescent girls to address food security needs. For this project HKI and Mercy Corps have utilized two CORE Group resources: Essential Nutrition Actions and Essential Hygiene Actions Framework and Care Groups: A Training Manual for Program Design and Implementation.”