Weekly Wednesday Wire: December 14, 2016

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Federal News

National Advisory Council Nominations, from USDA/FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations for nine vacant positions on the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition, which studies the operation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) to determine how these programs may be improved. The Council is composed of 24 members who represent Federal, State, and local governments, industry, and organizations with a common interest in the management of WIC and CSFP, including parent participants. Form AD-755, Advisory Committee Membership Background Information, must be completed in full for each nomination and a resume must be included. The completed nomination forms and resumes should be returned by Friday, January 6, to:

3103 Park Center Drive, Room 520
Alexandria, Virginia 22302
Attention: Robin Young

Home Visiting Innovation Awards, from HRSA

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $17 million to support innovations to strengthen the Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Home Visiting Program. The funds will assist awardees in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovations to strengthen and improve delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality voluntary services to eligible families. The home visiting program gives pregnant women and families resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn, including breastfeeding support.

2016 Loving Support Awards of Excellence, from USDA/FNS/WIC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has announced the 2016 Loving Support Award of Excellence program awardees. The award program was established to recognize local WIC agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. The intent is to provide models and motivate other local agencies to strengthen their breastfeeding promotion and support activities and ultimately increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among WIC participants. A total of 75 WIC local agencies received Gold award and 8 WIC local agencies received Premiere award.

Health Coverage Story Sharing, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new interactive website that compiles stories shared on Twitter and Facebook about how health coverage is stronger under the ACA using the hashtag #CoverageMatters. Individuals and organizations are invited to share why coverage matters and browse the website for stories.

Member News

Infant Mortality and Donor Milk in Alabama, from HMBANA

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America, in partnership with the Mothers' Milk Bank of Alabama has announced new data from the Alabama Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics that reveals an infant mortality crisis in Alabama. In 2015, the overall infant mortality rate in Alabama fell to 8.3 deaths per 1,000 live births. However, the rate for African American infants rose to an all time high of 15.3 deaths per 1,000 births. African American babies are dying at more than three times the rate of white babies in Alabama. Read the press release.

Maternity Care and Side-Car Bassinet Experience Survey, from CGBI

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has released a new study survey, "Maternity Care Experiences and Infant Side-Car Bassinets," to understand experiences of maternity care and inform the design of postnatal unit infant side-car bassinets. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, health care professionals, hospital staff, designers, and others are invited to participate.

Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN Expansion, from ASPHN

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has announced the Pediatric Obesity mini CoIIN is expanding from 7 to 10 State Teams and funding will be extended until December 2017. The focus of the mini CoIIN is to help states embed policies and practices that support healthy weight behaviors in early care and education systems. Additional information and application instructions will be made available on the ASPHN website in mid-December.

Partner News

Women's Preventive Services Facebook Live Event, from NWLC

Join the National Women's Law Center on Monday, December 19, from 2-3 p.m. E.T. for a Facebook Live on women's preventive services under Obamacare. Under the health care law, women's preventive services, including breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling, are covered with no out-of-pocket costs. Participants will learn how to get health insurance coverage and take advantage of these and other benefits under the law.

Sign-On Letter to Oppose Prevention Fund Repeal, TFAH

Trust for America Health has released an organizational sign-on letter to Congressional leadership opposing repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, authorized under the Affordable Care Act and targeted for repeal. Organization's are invited to sign-on by Thursday, December 22, and share the letter broadly with their networks.

Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding Implementation Report, from IBFAN

The International Baby Food Action Network has released a new global report entitled, Has Your Nation Done Enough to Bridge the Gaps?: 84 country report on status and progress of implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding 2008-2016. This report on the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi), which includes the U.S. for the first time, calls countries to greater action in fully implementing the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. The report clearly demonstrates that while progress has been made in many countries, no country has fully implemented the Global Strategy. Gaps are particularly apparent in the protection of breastfeeding in emergency situations and in the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

Recommendations for Incoming Administration/Congress, from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has released recommendations for the next President and the 115th Congress. These recommendations provide the incoming Trump Administration with a list of essential, short-term priorities to improve local infrastructure as well as promote the longer-term success of healthy and thriving communities by strengthening our national capacities in disease prevention and public health.

News from the Field

Congressional Budget Rules Webinar, from CHN

Join the Coalition on Human Needs on Friday, December 16, from 12-1 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled, "The New Congress: How it Plans to Cut...And How to Fight Back." The webinar will explain how congressional budget rules work, and what leverage points may exist for opponents. 

Sign-on Letter to Protect NDD Programs, from NDD United

NDD United has invited national, state, and local organizations to participate in a sign on letter urging Congress to protect nondefense discretionary programs from further cuts and to end sequestration. NDD United is an alliance of hundreds of national, state, and local organizations working to protect investments in core government functions that benefit all Americans.  

Health Coverage Thunderclap, from FamiliesUSA

Families USA has launched a Thunderclapentitled,  "Protect our Care, in support of health coverage." The Thunderclap, scheduled for Thursday, December 15, aims to raise public awareness about the harm of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and urge federal lawmakers to show their plan to provide people in America with affordable and meaningful care, coverage, and consumer protections.

Collective Impact Connection

New Book on Collaboration for Systemic Change, from Living Cities

Living Cities has announced the release of a new book on collaboration for systemic change entitled, Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact. The book contains tested tools and strategies from the breadth and depth of Living Cities' work in cities, as well as stories of leaders across the country who have succeeded in creating real, sustainable systemic change in their communities.

News & Views

The Des Moines Register: "Lawsuit: Wellmark skirting law to deny breastfeeding claims"

The White House Blog: "The Power of Partnerships"

Health Affairs Blog: "Building A System That Works: The Future Of Health Care"

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