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Communities of Practice for Global Health
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Communities of practice are defined as groups of people who interact regularly to share information, insight, experience and tools about an area of common interest (Wenger 2002). Each community of practice is unique in terms of its formation, structure, and character (click here to learn more about managing and measuring communities). All communities, in some way, aim to be a platform for learning, exchange, and collaboration.

There are many communities of practice focused on global public health. The list below is only a snapshot of some of our favorite communities. Learn how to join these communities and contribute to a global discussion! To suggest a community you would like added, please share at @LeaderNet4H. Thank you to HIFA, USAID’s Health Research Program and Jhpiego for their help compiling this resource.

BID Learning Network (BLN) The BID Learning Network (BLN) fosters continuous peer learning and communication to enhance immunization and overall health service delivery through improved data collection, quality, and use among peers.
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Care of the Small and Sick Newborn CoP (SSNB) The SNNB community is an extension of the former KMC Acceleration Partnership CoP, and is an interactive platform that allows practitioners and experts to exchange ideas, share lessons learned, disseminate and discuss implementation research results and evidence in the area of facility-based care for small and sick newborns, based on the related soon to be launched WHO Standards of Quality Care.
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Care-Seeking & Referral for MNCH The Care-Seeking & Referral for MNCH CoP is an online discussion forum for persons interested in using an implementation research approach to improve care-seeking and referral practices for MNCH in developing countries. They host webinars on care-seeking & referral and an online exchange platform.
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Communication Initiative Network/La Iniciativa de Comunicación The Communication Initiative Network is a community for people engaged or interested in media and communication for development, social, and behavioral change.
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Community Health CoP The Community Health Community of Practice (CH CoP) builds on the Institutionalisation community health conference co-hosted by USAID and UNICEF in Johannesburg in March 2017.
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CORE Group Working Groups CORE Group has five open working groups focused on learning and sharing around technical and cross-cutting topics.

DHIS2 Community The DHIS2 community provides a forum for discussion about DHIS2 as a data management platform, including support for implementation, software development, capacity building, user stories and best practices, and shared resources.
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Emergency Nutrition Network The Emergency Nutrition Network is a free and open resource to help field practitioners have access to prompt technical advice for operational challenges for which answers are not readily accessible.
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Essential Drugs (e-drug) E-DRUG supports the concept of essential drugs by improving and speeding up communications between all health professionals working in the field of essential drugs. Twitter: @essential_drugs
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Gender & Evaluation The Gender & Evaluation community was established by the Institute of Social Studies Trust and serves as a knowledge sharing hub for EvalGender+, a global partnership led by EvalPartners. The community contains blogs, event information, and a member discussion forum. Twitter: @feministeval
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Global Digital Health Network (GDHN) The GDHN brings together individuals and groups working in digital health to share information, engage with the broader community, and provide leadership in digital health for global public health. Twitter: @The_GDHN
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Global Health Knowledge Collaborative (GHKC) GHKC contains more than 500 people from 60 countries and is open to individuals working on knowledge management activities in the context of global health and development. Twitter: @GH_Knowledge
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Healthcare Information for All (HIFA) HIFA is a global campaign to improve the availability and use of reliable healthcare information in LMICs. HIFA’s 20,000 members interact on six discussion forums in four languages (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish). Twitter: @hifa_org

Healthy Newborn Network (HNN) The HNN is an online community dedicated to addressing critical knowledge gaps in newborn health.
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Healthy Youth Subgroup The Healthy Youth Subgroup is comprised of self-employed consultants, full-time working professionals, and youth advocates who work in the area of global adolescent health, including physical and mental health, social well-being, and reproductive health. A weekly listserv is provided on resources, publications, webinars, and employment opportunities. To join this community, please contact Paula Hollerbach at phollerb@verizon.net.
IBP Network IBP is a unique international partnership dedicated to scaling up what works in family planning and reproductive health. Twitter: @IBP_Network
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Immunization Economics This community is comprised of researchers, program managers, practitioners, and other stakeholders interested in the data, dissemination, and application of evidence regarding the value, costing, financing, and efficiency of immunization programs. Twitter: @immeconomics
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Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises This community is composed of individuals interested in and/or working in FP/RH in the context of humanitarian response.
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International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL) IAPHL is a community dedicated to facilitating the exchange of professional experiences and innovations in the areas of public health logistics management and commodity security. Twitter: @HealthSCM
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International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) The ICEC community aims to expand access to and ensure safe and locally appropriate use of emergency contraception worldwide within the context of FP/RH programs.
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Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) The IGWG promotes gender equity within global health programs with the goal of improving FP/RH, HIV/AIDS, maternal, child health, and nutrition outcomes, and fostering sustainable development.
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MalariaWorld MalariaWorld is a scientific and social network that offers a newsletter, the MalariaWorld journal, scientific articles, news, and expert blogs to malaria professionals.
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Medicines in Health Systems The Medicines in Health Systems technical working group facilitates positive change in medicines availability, access, affordability, quality, and use, by informing and facilitating dialogue among different stakeholders in systems.
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OpenHIE OpenHIE is dedicated to improving the health of the underserved through open and collaborative development and support of country driven, large scale health information sharing architectures. Goals include: 1) Enabling large scale health information interoperability; 2) Offering freely available standards-based approaches and reference technologies; 3) Supporting each other’s needs through peer technical assistance communities.
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Performance Based Financing Community of Practice Community resources include documents, reports, and more related to performance based financing.
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Planetary Health Online Community The Planetary Health Alliance is free and open to the community, and we encourage researchers, policymakers, educators, students, community leaders, and other interested individuals to share content, pose questions, and seek advice.
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Postpartum Hemorrhage Community (PPH CoP) The Postpartum Hemorrhage Community (PPH CoP) works alongside country partners to align the maternal, newborn, and child health community on the latest PPH strategies, mobilize support to spark action, and accelerate progress toward targets and key health system priorities.
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Prevention Collaborative Prevention Collaborative is a global network of activists, practitioners and researchers working to prevent violence against women and children by applying research-based evidence and practice-based learning to the development, innovation, and adaptation of programs. Twitter: @Prevent_Collab
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PSBI Community for Young Infant Sepsis The Young Infant Sepsis community is an online discussion forum for managing possible serious bacterial infection (PSBI) in newborns and young infants. They host webinars on PSBI and an online exchange platform.
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Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition RHSC has several working groups, including cross-cutting caucuses, regional forums, and discussion groups, focused on sharing and collaboration around FP/RH commodities.
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Share-Net International Share-Net International aims to share existing knowledge, generate new knowledge to address prioritized research gaps, and translate knowledge into formats appropriate for intended audiences so as to contribute to the development of better SRHR policy and practice. Twitter: @ShareNet
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Springboard for Social & Behavior Change Springboard is an online community of social and behavior change (SBC) professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Members seek access to experts, the latest theories and tools, discussions, and educational opportunities.
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SuSanA (Sustainable Sanitation Alliance) The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is an informal network of organisations with a common vision on sustainable sanitation. They have an active online discussion forum on topics related to WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene).
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Tuberculosis Public-Private Mix (TB-PPM) The TB-PPM Learning Network is a platform to share ideas, projects, webinars and other resources to help countries and stakeholders ramp up efforts to engage with the private sector to end TB.
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Urban Health CoP The Urban Health CoP is an online discussion forum to exchange information about using an implementation approach to improve urban MNCH in sub-Saharan Africa They host webinars on urban health and an online exchange platform.
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Very Young Adolescents (VYA) Community of Practice The VYA COP is global platform for learning and exchange for implementers, researchers, and policymakers working to improve the health and well-being of very young adolescents (10-14 years).
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WHO Global Patient Safety Network The Global Patient Safety Network is an online platform for key stakeholders to share and discuss ideas, approaches, tools and best practices from around the world, with the aim of improving patient safety. The network aims to stimulate dialogue, promote continuous learning and creates unique opportunities for contributing to improving patient safety globally.
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WHO Knowledge Action Portal Communities WHO KAP Communities is a space where researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and other stakeholders working on NCD responses can network and exchange resource materials, tools, effective practices and experiences.
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YouthPower Communities YouthPower’s Learning Network aims to strengthen the exploration, evaluation, and strengthening of youth-serving programs around the world. Click here to join one of the four communities below:

  • YouthPower Youth Engagement
  • YouthPower Gender and Positive Youth Development
  • YouthPower Youth in Peace and Security
  • YouthPower Cross-Sectoral Skills for Youth

Learn More about Communities of Practice

Online communities of practice have become increasingly popular within the global health and development sectors as vehicles for capturing knowledge to ensure public health preparedness, managing information more effectively, enabling global health professionals to work collaboratively in a virtual environment, and improving effectiveness in the face of dwindling resources. This Global Health eLearning (GHeL) course is intended for program managers who work in global health and development and would like to learn more about online CoPs and the potential for CoPs to help their teams, projects, and organizations achieve a shared goal.

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