CORE Group’s Annual Global Health Practitioner Conference:

Community Health Action for the Humanitarian-Development Nexus

June 4 – 7, 2018
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD, USA

Humanitarian and development programming and policy can no longer be separate.

According to the United Nations, the protracted nature of humanitarian action is the new normal. Crises around the world have forced 65 million people from their homes, with displacement lasting 17 years on average. Populations in a perpetual state of emergency are signifanctly more prone to infectious disease and other serious but preventable health complications.

With millions of mothers, children, and babies at risk, we need to take action.

Real and lasting change will only endure when we all work together, coordinating and collaborating to scale effective solutions that bridge the humanitarian-development divide in health.

CORE Group is the unifying body to make that happen.

The June 2018 Global Health Practitioner Conference will be the first global gathering of humanitarian and development actors to prioritize evidence and lessons learned as we work toward collective community health outcomes.


Keynote Speaker Announced – Dr. Paul Spiegel, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health

Photo - SpiegelPrior to his appointment as Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Dr. Spiegel was the Deputy Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at the UNHCR in Geneva. He was Chief of the Public Health and HIV Section (2002-2012) and the Refugee Agency’s Global HIV Coordinator for UNAIDS (2004-2016). Before UNHCR, he worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the CDC. Dr. Spiegel has responded to crises and undertaken field work and research in humanitarian emergencies in numerous countries on all continents. He has published and lectured extensively in the field of humanitarian emergencies. His research interests are in epidemiological methods, health information systems and HIV.

“I spend a lot of my time at conferences, and I have spent a lot of time at bad conferences. But [the CORE Group Conference] was really honestly one of the most productive conferences that I’ve been to in a long time. Just a really good energy and I feel like the spirit of trust and collaboration among folks that are, from our perspective as donors, often competing with each other…I’ve really never been more confident about the programs that we fund than I am right now, just knowing that these are the folks that are working on them, and that they’re coming together behind the scenes to collaborate and share best practices.” – Will Moore, Eleanor Crook Foundation