CORE Group fosters collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused public health practices. Established in 1997 in Washington D.C., CORE Group is an association of international health and development non-governmental organizations, and home of the Community Health Network which brings together CORE Group member and associate organizations, scholars, advocates and donors to support the health of underserved mothers, children, and communities around the world.
CORE Group convenes and expands its Community Health Network, Working Groups, and Practitioner Academy to share and create knowledge, build partnerships and improve skills of the global public health workforce; develops and diffuses innovative community health program strategies, tools and best practices to overcome barriers to program coverage, equity, quality and sustainability; catalyzes and supports global health initiatives at the country level for greater impact and learning; and advocates for effective community-focused health approaches within global and regional policy arenas in order to mainstream community health in international policy and practice.
Links to the health workforce crisis
CORE Group is actively engaged with the codification and diffusion of best program practices related to the functionality and effectiveness of community health workers, other frontline health workers, and their community health sub-systems. We also work with our member organizations to develop tools that improve the quality of care in primary care facilities, and strengthen the capacity of our district health partners. Our working groups have developed curricula and conduct periodic professional development that our member organizations use to enhance the skills of frontline workers in the 170 countries where they work.