Childhood Obesity Rate Data, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report entitled, "Trends in Obesity Among Participants Aged 2–4 Years in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — United States, 2000–2014." The report features a study from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity and the United States Department of Agriculture which found that 34 of 56 WIC state agencies reported modest decreases in obesity among young children from 2010 to 2014. Obesity among low-income children (ages 2-4 years) enrolled in WIC decreased from 15.9 percent in 2010 to 14.5 percent in 2014. Obesity rates vary significantly from state to state.
Major Rules at Risk of Being Overturned, from CRS
The Congressional Research Service has released a memorandum entitled, "Major Obama Administration Rules Potentially Eligible to be Overturned under the Congressional Review Act in the 115th Congress." This document lists "major" rules issued by federal agencies under the Obama Administration that are potentially subject to consideration under the procedures of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA requires agencies to report on their rulemaking activities to Congress and provides Congress with a special set of procedures under which to consider legislation to overturn those rules.
Healthy People 2030 Advisory Committee, from HHS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the inaugural meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. The committee will provide advice, guidance, and consultation to facilitate the process of developing and implementing national health promotion and disease prevention goals and objectives for 2030. Members of the public are invited to observe the Advisory Committee meeting, however, please note that there will be no opportunity for oral public comments during the initial meeting. Individuals must pre-register to attend by Monday, November 28, at 5 p.m. ET. Written comments are welcome throughout the development process of the national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2030 and may be emailed to HP2030@hhs.gov.
Breastfeeding and Childhood Obesity Podcast, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has released a podcast on breastfeeding and childhood obesity. The episode discusses a series of articles published in the journal Childhood Obesity about the first 1,000 days of life.
Maternity Care Bill Action Alert, from ACNM
The American College of Nurse-Midwives has released a statement applauding the House on its passage of the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act of 2015 and encourages advocates to urge their Senators to pass the bill before the end of the year. The bill would direct the Health Resources and Services Administration to identify areas of the country with shortages of maternity care providers. Certified nurse-midwives and Ob-Gyns who currently participate in the National Health Service Corps would be placed in those areas, in order to fill the gap in coverage and ensure women's access to this essential care.
Obesity Rate Maps, from TFAH/RWJF
The Trust For America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released a new data visualization showing how state-by-state obesity rates have changed among 2- to 4-year-old WIC participants since 2000 and a series of maps highlighting states' efforts to help promote nutrition and physical activity in early child care settings. Read the press release.
United Day of Women, from The United State of Women
The United State of Women is declaring Saturday, December 3, the United Day of Women. This nationwide day of action will serve as a way for communities across the country to stand united and discuss the issues most important to them while receiving tools, resources, and grassroots organizing tactics from movement leaders. Visit the United State of Women Facebook event page for information about hosting a #UnitedDayofWomen house party.
Preterm Birth Data, from MoD
March of Dimes has released the 2016 Premature Birth Report Card, providing rates and grades for states and counties in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, based on National Center for Health Statistics data. The report found that in 2015, preterm births in the U.S. increased for the first time in eight years, going from 9.57 to 9.63 percent of births. The U.S. earned a "C" grade amidst widening differences in prematurity rates across different races and ethnicities. Read the press release.
News from the Field
Request for Applications, from AYAH-NRC
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center has announced a Request for Applications for state maternal and child health programs to join a cohort dedicated to improving access and quality in preventive health services for adolescents and young adults. The AYAH Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) will help maternal child health providers take advantage of opportunities to prevent risky behaviors and chronic conditions that last into adulthood and help participants develop state partnerships or use existing ones to pursue a common, data-driven agenda to advance access to and the quality of preventive health services for adolescent and young adults. The Center staff will provide intensive technical support to assist states in developing work plans with specific goals, objectives, activities and deliverables in alignment with the state's MCH/Title V Strategic Plan and performance measurement framework.
State and Community News
New Regulations and Investment to Support Breastfeeding, from New York
The New York State Department of Health has announced new regulations requiring hospitals to place newborns with their mothers immediately after delivery, unless contraindicated; discuss with patients the risks of early pacifier use; annually educate staff about breastfeeding policies; and prohibits giving gift bags with formula or formula coupons. In addition, the New York State Prevention Agenda 2013-2018: Priorities, Focus Areas, Goals and Objectives includes hospital maternity care practices that include more robust breastfeeding support. The initiative aims to increase the percentage of babies exclusively breastfed in the hospital to 48.1% and reduce disparities by 10% by the end of 2018. Finally, the state health department has announced that it will award more than $7 million to six organizations over the next five years to establish Breastfeeding Friendly community support networks for families from pregnancy through infancy to increase breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, and duration.
Collective Impact Connection
Defining Positive Outcomes, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has produced a series in partnership with Third Sector Capital Partners exploring the meaning of "positive outcomes" in social change work. A common theme throughout the series is the belief that data and measurement are core components of any effort to truly improve the lives of people in need.
News & Views
Shots (NPR Health blog): "Premature Births Rise Once Again, Despite Efforts To Prevent Them"