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The USBC has partnered with the National Partnership for Women & Families to create the USBC's WeTweet.org partner page to ensure breastfeeding is on the radar of our new President and the 115th Congress. This innovative social media advocacy tool makes it easier than ever before to tweet your Members of Congress, Congressional candidates, and Presidential candidates to share your expectations that they do their part to support breastfeeding families. Simply enter your zip code, select one of our messages, and then tweet directly at the policymakers the tool will auto-populate for you. It's that easy!
Million Hearts Webinar, from NACDD
Join the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors on Thursday, October 27, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "Million Hearts® - Progress, Challenges, and the Next Phase." Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over five years. Launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011, it aligns existing efforts, as well as creates new programs, to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, more productive lives. The webinar will contain an interactive presentation on the proposed design and focus areas for the next phase of the initiative launching in 2017 and provide an opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the proposed design and focus areas.
Anniversary Celebration Webcast, from OWH
Join the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health on Thursday, October 20, from 9-11 a.m. ET for the 25th anniversary celebration webcast. The event will feature an awards ceremony to recognize organizations, partners, and individuals who have helped improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States over the past 25 years, followed by a panel discussion focusing on the future of women's health. Join the conversation on social media at hashtag #OWH25.
New Commission on Native Children, from Congress
Congress has passed the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act, which creates a commission focused on the well-being of Native children. The commission will conduct a comprehensive study of existing programs that serve Native children. The commission must use the results of the study and analyses of existing federal data to offer recommendations and plans for building on the strengths of Native communities to improve programs for Native children. The commission will be terminated 90 days after the report is submitted.
Action Alert on FDA Formula Marketing Guidance, from CWA & Partners
The Food and Drug Administration is finally taking some major steps to tighten scrutiny of the labeling (and accompanying advertising) messages that the infant formula industry has been using to market their products in the U.S. The California WIC Association and partners have issued an action alert encouraging advocates to send a strong message of support by submitting a comment letter to teh FDA by the November 8 deadline, using templates provided for both breastfeeding advocates and public health advocates. Please spread the word to your networks, so that as many letters as possible can be generated in the next few weeks to counter expected industry push-back. View background details, access the template letters, and share the alert with others via the USBC action page.
Federal Funding Analysis , from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE has released "What's in the Budget for Babies," a resource that examines federal funding levels across agencies for 70 programs and services that impact infants, toddlers, and their families. Advocates are encouraged to use this online resource to advocate for robust funding for young children and their families.
News from the Field
State Innovation Model Brief, from CHCS
The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. has released a new brief entitled, "Advancing State Innovation Model Goals through Accountable Communities for Health" The brief reviews state efforts to develop and test Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) models within the federal State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, including an examination of how ACHs are connected with broader population health and delivery system reform plans. It profiles key elements of ACHs in pioneering states, examines models in California, Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington, as well as additional SIM states that are pursuing regional ACH-like alliances.
CACFP Policy Page, from NCA
The National CACFP Sponsors Association has published a policy page highlighting why recent memos from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service matter, including the new Feeding Infants and Meal Pattern Requirements. The Food and Nutrition Service has published a memo to clarify the new meal pattern requirements for day care centers and homes who feed infants. The new requirements allow reimbursement for meals served to infants under 6 months of age when the mother directly breastfeeds her child at the child care facility. If a family chooses to send expressed breast milk with the infant, the acceptable refrigeration time has changed from 48 hours to 72 hours.
New Health Equity Journal, from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc is now publishing the Journal Health Equity, a peer-reviewed open access journal featuring information about health disparities and health equity among vulnerable populations with the goal of providing optimal outcomes and ultimately health equity for all. With coverage ranging from translational research to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of disease and illness, the journal serves as a resource for organizations and individuals who serve these populations at the community, state, regional, tribal, and national levels. Health Equity is supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Social Determinants of Health Report, from PHI/ CHF
The Public Health Institute's Build Healthy Places Network and the Colorado Health Foundation have released a new report entitled, "Summarizing the Landscape of Healthy Communities: A Review of Demonstration Programs Working Towards Health Equity." The report explores existing efforts by organizations advancing community health, with examples from local, regional, and national programs that support revitalization efforts in low-income communities and address the social determinants of health.
Report on Workplace Policies for All Workers, from CAP
The Center for American Progress has released a new report entitled, "The Missing Conversation About Work and Family." The report examines the unique problems women of color face at home and at work to better understand how to create supportive workplace policies representative of all workers.
Community-Centered Health Home Web Forum, from Dialogue4Health
Join Dialogue4 Health on Tuesday, October 25, from 1:30-3 p.m. ET for a web forum entitled, "Community-Centered Health Homes: A Model for Bridging Clinical Services and Community Prevention." The forum will provide an overview of the Community-Centered Health Home (CCHH) model and how it offers a framework for community health centers and health systems at large to address the social determinants of health and health inequities in their communities. Speakers will describe progress to date of the first CCHH demonstration project in partnership with Louisiana Public Health Institute across the Gulf Coast; and highlight specific lessons learned on moving from concept to implementation at one of five participating sites, Escambia Community Clinics, Inc.
Collective Impact Connection
Evaluation Design, from Tamarack Institute
The Tamarack Institute has released a new paper entitled, "Sometimes to Hear the Music You Have to Turn Down the Noise: A Game-Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy and Evaluation." The author likens the experience of working with a number of stakeholders to evaluate poverty reduction efforts to the art of making music. The article explains how to reduce the noise of clients, funders and donors, colleagues, governments at all levels, business leaders and their labor counterparts by using Game Changer thinking to design evaluations
News & Views
Shots (NPR Health Blog): "California Fails To Extend Family Leave Rights For Parents At Small Businesses"
The New England Journal of Medicine: "Perspective: Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives — The Role of Health Professionals"
The Wall Street Journal: "Increased Division Over Breast-Feeding in Bed"
CHIRblog (Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center on Health Insurance Reforms blog): "The Affordable Care Act: Efforts to Address Barriers to Health Equity"
Transforming Care (The Commonwealth Fund newsletter): "Q&A with Kevin Barnett of the Public Health Institute"