Working and Interest Groups

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Working Groups push the field of community health forward by focusing on specific technical and cross-cutting issues. The groups are self-organizing, self-governing, and adaptive entities that transcend organizational boundaries. Working Groups develop and implement collaborative activities aimed at improving international health and development. Working Groups are established based on the interest of CORE Group Membership, and often tackle issues at the periphery of the evidence base where the experience of multiple organizations is critical to mainstream best practices.

Through CORE Group’s Working Groups, dedicated professionals bring their individual and organizational resources to bear, to collectively generate ideas, create knowledge and craft responses that can show health impact on a meaningful scale.

View current Working Group Chairs.

CORE Group would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following outgoing Working Group chairs: Justine Kavle (Nutrition), Maureen Gallagher (Nutrition), and Lenette Golding (SBC).

It’s a kind of bottom-up experience in the Working Group, and we generate a lot of interesting topics and try to see what are the opportunities to work with other groups, and then really advance the global health agenda.

– Regina Benevides, Pathfinder International


Both Working Groups and Interest Groups are teams of individuals from multiple organizations interested in contributing to further development and understanding of a technical or cross-cutting topic. Working Groups are more formalized with annual work plans, deliverables, and regular calls and meetings, while Interest Groups convene based on need. All groups have active listservs, and anyone is welcome to join any group listserv:


Photo by Kristina Granger, The Manoff Group, SPRING Project

Submitted by SPRING Project:

“SPRING/Sierra Leone conducted four barrier analysis surveys across three chiefdoms in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone, to identify behavioral determinants that affect the consumption of pumpkin and fish by pregnant women and children 6-23 months old. The surveys aimed to identify differences between doers (those who engage in the targeted practice) and non-doers (those who do not) on a set of key behavioral determinants; and were intended to inform social and behavior change communication efforts to promote dietary diversity.

We used survey questionnaires from the CORE Group’s Barrier Analysis Facilitator’s Guide [created by CORE Group’s Social and Behavior Change Working Group].”