Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 14, 2012

USBC Updates

USBC to partner with NICHQ on Best Fed Beginnings Initiative

The USBC is pleased to announce a partnership with NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) to support the Best Fed Beginnings initiative. Best Fed Beginnings aims to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the United States. Ninety hospitals were recruited from 29 states to participate in a 22-month learning collaborative, organized into three different regions. The first in-person learning sessions took place in August and September. As a first step in fostering connections between state coalitions and the Best Fed Beginning hospital teams, the USBC facilitated the attendance of state coalition representatives from the 29 states with participating hospitals. The USBC will engage with the initiative in several ways, including:

  1. Providing support and technical assistance to the 29 state coalitions with participating hospitals, to develop systems to advance continuity of lactation support between hospitals, outpatient health care settings, and community settings to support implementation of Step 3 (prenatal education) and Step 10 (post-discharge care).

  2. Engaging with a consultant and expert panel to implement a process to draft and promote recommendations to Electronic Medical Record (EMR) vendors to guide the consistent capture of meaningful data on infant feeding practices.

Look for additional information and updates in future Weekly Wednesday Wires!


Federal News

From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Mobile Apps

  • LactMed App: Offers information about maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider.
  • 52 Weeks for Women's Health App: Contains information on 52 health topics, from "eye health" to "contraception," and can also keep track of personal health information like medications, allergies and wellbeing.

See the full list of HHS Mobile applications.


Partner News

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: New Health Policy Snapshot

To maintain their tax-exempt status, nonprofit hospitals must provide benefits to the communities they serve. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) summarizes recent changes in federal law pertaining to community benefit in a new Health Policy Snapshot brief, What's New with Community Benefit?.

From the National Institute for Health Care Management: Promising Practices in MCH Database

NIHCM Foundation launched a new tool for the MCH community: the Promising Practices in Maternal & Child Health Searchable Database. A quick search offers access to a collection of promising and emerging programs that NIHCM has accumulated over many years of research into health plan partnerships to promote maternal and child health. Search by plan, topic, or keyword for a list of ideas and opportunities to foster new collaborations.


Coalition News

From Texas Ten Step: New website and free Health-care Provider Guide to Breastfeeding app

The Texas Ten Step website has been updated and expanded to better support health-care providers. New features include:

  • Link to a new FREE Health-care Provider Guide to Breastfeeding iPhone App
  • New application and scorecard tool for the Texas Ten Step Program designation
  • Expanded resource section listing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and including resources to assist fulfillment of each step
  • Texas Ten Step/Baby-Friendly facility designation directory - with Google map and much more!
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