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Affordable Care Act Repeal and Replace Policy Brief, from House of Representatives
The House of Representatives' majority leadership has released "Obamacare Repeal and Replace: Policy Brief and Resources." The document outlines key elements of the Better Way proposal, including health care tax credits, health savings accounts, Medicaid program updates, and state innovation grants.
Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Program Overview, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has released "Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country At A Glance" The resource provides a comprehensive overview of the Prevention Fund-supported Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program. GHWIC supports a coordinated, holistic approach to healthy living and chronic disease prevention and reinforces the work already underway in Indian Country to make healthy choices and lifeways easier for American Indians and Alaska Natives. GHWIC interventions focus on reducing tobacco use and exposure, improving nutrition and physical activity, increasing support for breastfeeding, increasing health literacy, and strengthening team-based health care and community-clinical links.
Trends in Symptoms of Postpartum Depression, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report entitled, "Trends in Postpartum Depressive Symptoms — 27 States, 2004, 2008, and 2012" in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report highlights differences in the percentage of women with symptoms of postpartum depression by state and by characteristics. Among the 13 states with data for all three periods (2004, 2008, and 2012), self-reported prevalence of Postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS) declined from 14.8% in 2004 to 9.8% in 2012. During 2004–2012, statistically significant declines were observed in eight of 13 states (Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, Utah, and Washington), and no statistically significant changes in prevalence were observed in five states (Maine, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont). In 2012, the overall PDS prevalence was 11.5% for 27 states.
New Clinical Protocol, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published a new protocol to provide guidance in the care of breastfeeding infants or young children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine. The guideline describes insulin dosing, assessing the amount of carbohydrate in expressed milk, goals and methods for glycemic control, and advice for counseling parents of children with diabetes and addressing the guilt associated with poor glycemic control.
The Hidden Figures in Breastfeeding Action Opportunity, from HCOne
In honor of Black History Month, HeathConnect One has released a blog post entitled, "Who are the Hidden Figures in the Black Birth World?" offering the HCOne blog as a platform for Black allies, partners, and friends to share the hidden figures in their communities. HCOne has created a set of optional prompts and a submission form for interested individuals to share words, art, poetry, photos, or video. Reponses will be published on Tuesday, February 28.
Maternity Care Action Alert, from MoD
March of Dimes has released an easy action tool for individuals to sign on to a statement affirming the importance of maternity care. The statement will be shared with Seema Verma, the President's nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
New Infant Feeding Guidelines, from RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research program has released a new report entitled, "Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach." These guidelines were developed by the Healthy Eating Research expert panel on Best Practices for Promoting Healthy Nutrition, Feeding Patterns, and Weight Status for Infants and Toddlers from Birth to 24 Months. RWJF will host a webinar on Tuesday, March 7 from 1-2 p.m. E.T. to discuss the guidelines and answer questions. Read the Executive Summary.
News from the Field
Medicaid and Social Determinants of Health, from NASI
The National Academy of Social Insurance has released a new report entitled, "Strengthening Medicaid as a Critical Lever in Building a Culture of Health." The report contains a series of steps that would enable Medicaid to leverage its unique role as an insurer to increase its capacity for addressing the underlying social determinants of health.
Report On The Future of Community Health, from AHA
The American Hospital Association's 2016 Committee on Research has released a new report entitled, "Next Generation of Community Health." The report addresses the rapid and significant transformation that the American Health Care system is undergoing and explains some of the drivers behind these changes as well as their implications.
Collective Impact Connection
Transitioning Awareness to Action, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Stop Raising Awareness Already." The article explains why awareness campaigns are so common and explore the significance of their failure to transition the audience to action. The article identifies four essential elements for campaigns to move the audience from awareness to action.
News & Views
Healthline: "Can the ACA Repeal Harm Breastfeeding Moms?"
Morning Consult: "The Health Care Cure Must Include Prevention"