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ACA Repeal/Replace Discussion Draft, from Congress
The House Energy & Commerce Committee has circulated a legislative discussion draft of a budget reconciliation bill. Section 101 of the draft eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund in 2019 and beyond. Funding for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 are included at $1 billion and $900 million, respectively. The discussion draft does not address the Preventive Services or the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" provisions.
Childcare Policy Simulation, from HHS/ASPE
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning Evaluation has released an issue brief entitled, "A Policy to Provide Child Care Access for all Working Families: Effects on Mother's Employment and Caseload." This brief describes the effects of an alternative policy that would expand child care by providing subsidies for children ages three and younger in working families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The alternative policy would also increase the average annual subsidy per child age three or younger from $5,562 (FY2013) to $10,000. The authors assumed a participation rate of 45 percent and used the Transfer Income Model (TRIM) to estimate the impact this policy would have on maternal employment and program caseloads. Results showed an estimated 262,000 to 427,000 additional mothers would be employed and an estimated 2.32 to 2.55 million children would receive subsidies, up from the FY2013 level of 1.44 million children.
Obesity Prevention Collaboration Resource, from ASPHN
The Association of State and Public Health Nutritionists' Obesity Prevention Nutrition Steering Committee has released the Obesity Prevention Matrix. The resource is designed to facilitate the state-level strategic collaboration of federal program activities across funding streams. Nutrition program leaders can use the Matrix to quickly identify programs that share similar goals and activities. Under each of the seven goals of obesity prevention, funding streams are listed along with a description of their objectives and potential activities.
Think Babies Campaign and Day of Action, from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE has launched the Think Babies campaign, supported in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The campaign aims to keep the healthy development of every baby a top national priority. On Tuesday, May 2, ZERO TO THREE will also host Strolling Thunder, a day of advocacy to bring national attention to what babies and their families need to thrive. Parents, babies, and toddlers from all 50 states will come togeher at our nation's capital to educate Members of Congress about why they must invest in the first three years of children's lives.
Updated Municipal Paid Leave Chart, from National Partnership for Women & Families
The National Partnership for Women & Families has updated their charts of municipal paid family leave policies to include all of the policies that have passed through the first half of February 2017. These policies provide paid family leave or paid parental leave to city or county employees.
Paid Leave Survey Results, from A Better Balance
A Better Balance has released the results of a national survey conducted by Civis Analytics on national attitudes on paid leave. The survey showed that about 70% of individuals said they would be willing to contribute $1.50 of their weekly income to support paid family leave. Additionally, public support of inclusive paid leave policies is high, with 87% of respondents saying they would be supportive of paid leave policies that allow time off for many reasons.
News from the Field
Joint Statement on Prevention & Equity, from Convergence Partnership
The Convergence Partnership has issued "We Stand for Prevention and Equity," a declaration of the Partnership's commitment to prevention and equity as core priorities and values in achieving its vision of Healthy People, Healthy Places. The Convergence Partnership includes seven of the nation's leading philanthropies and health care organizations and stands ready to continue to work collectively in building a nation where every community fosters health, prosperity, and well-being for all.
Commentary on the Ethics of Formula Industry Funding, from The Lancet
The Lancet has published commentary on the importance of adherence to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. The article addresses professional ethics, avoidance of conflicts of interest, and the importance of health professional associations and health care systems discontinuing the practice of serving as conduits for marketing of breast milk substitutes. The article was written by several distinguished World Health Organization officials.
Collective Impact Connection
Lessons from Scaled Up Organizations, from Bridgespan Group
The Bridgespan Group has released a blog post entitled, "Lessons from the Other Side of Scale." The article dives into the challenges organizations face once they have achieved considerable scale including innovation, grappling with government engagement, and building technology infrastructure for scale. These insights can help leaders build solutions for these problems into the fabric of their organization in order to facilitate a smoother transition as they scale.
News & Views
The Huffington Post: "What It's Like To Be A Mom Who Produces Too Much Breastmilk"
Shots (NPR Health News blog): "HHS Nominee Tom Price Targeted Panel That Urged Fewer Cancer Screenings"
The U.S. News & World Report: "New Mexico Looks to Promote Breastfeeding From Prison"