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NAPPSS Funding Announcement, from MCHB/HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has announced that the next phase of the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) program has been awarded to the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ). NICHQ will lead the initiative over the next five years. All current NAPPSS coalition members will be invited to sustain their partnership with the next chapter of the program.
mPINC Survey Revision, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that it will be revising the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey questionnaire and survey methodology to reflect years of data confirming improvement in maternity care practices and policies. This is the first significant revision to the mPINC survey since its initial launch in 2007. The questionnaire will be available for public comment through the Federal Register process (date to be determined). The new mPINC survey is targeted to launch in 2018. Announcement of the new survey administration will be disseminated through the USBC e-newsletter and announcements of other partners
Letter to Support Public Health Funding, from Senate
U.S. Senator Al Franken and sixteen of his Senate colleagues sent a letter to the Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee chair and ranking member in support of prioritizing funding for programs that promote public health and prevention and reduce health disparities.
Funding Opportunity to Reduce Childhood/Adolescent Obesity, from OMH
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health has announced the availability of Fiscal Year 2017 cooperative agreement funds for the Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative (ECI). The program is intended to provide support for minority and/or disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, or serious mental illness. The ECI seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborations that include academic medical centers, prevention research centers, teaching hospitals, or Tribal epidemiology centers, and community based organizations through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and promising practices with the greatest potential for impact. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, August 1.
Paid Leave Advocacy Toolkit, from MomsRising
MomsRising has released an animated video along with a social toolkit featuring sample tweets and key facts demonstrating why paid family and medical leave is so important for families, businesses, and our economy. The toolkit includes a section specifically connecting breastfeeding outcomes and paid family leave. These new resources emphasize that a national paid family and medical leave policy must be accessible to all workers, offer a meaningful length of leave, be affordable for workers, employers, and the government, have an inclusive definition of family, and offer job protection.
#IPumpedHere Campaign Resources, from MomsRising
MomsRising has partnered with the Wong Doody ad agency to launch the #IPumpedHere campaign.The campaign seeks to ensure that breastfeeding moms everywhere have adequate spaces to pump. MomsRising has created a social media toolkit featuring links, images, key facts, and sample Facebook and Twitter posts to help spread the word. Individuals are invited to sign the petition and order a limited edition #IPumpedHere sticker and then share a picture of the space they pumped in with the hashtag.
Analysis of Budget Cuts, from CBPP
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a new analysis finding that President Trump's 2018 budget contains the largest dollar cuts to programs for low- and moderate-income people proposed by any President's budget in the modern era. The plan would cut these programs by an estimated $2.5 trillion over the next decade. About three-fifths (59 percent) of the budget's cuts would come from programs that help low- and moderate-income families afford basic needs or improve their upward mobility.
Paid Leave Issue Brief, from NPWF
National Partnership for Women & Families has released an issue brief entitled, "Our Aging, Caring Nation: Why a U.S. Paid Leave Plan Must Provide More Than Time to Care for New Children." The brief demonstrates that, although paid parental leave is critically important and must be included in any national paid leave plan, a policy that only covers parents caring for newborn or newly adopted children is insufficient. As the country's population ages and people live and work longer, only a comprehensive policy that recognizes a range of serious family and medical needs can meet the needs of America's working people and the family members who rely on them.
Webinar on Impact of Best Fed Beginnings Initiative, from NICHQ
Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality on Wednesday, August 2, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar with Jennifer Ustianov and Lori Feldman-Winter, featuring the findings and key takeaways from the Best Fed Beginnings initiative. Co-authors of a new Pediatrics article entitled, "Best Fed Beginnings: A Nationwide Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Breastfeeding," the duo will share insights and analysis on the initiative's major achievements and respond to attendee questions.
News from the Field
Best Fed Beginnings Report, from Pediatrics
As mentioned above, the online edition of the journal Pediatrics has published an article entitled, "Best Fed Beginnings: A Nationwide Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Breastfeeding." The article examines the success of the Best Fed Beginnings initiative, which was created in response to a low number of Baby-Friendly–designated hospitals in the United States. The articles concludes that this nationwide effort accomplished rapid transformative changes to achieve the Baby-Friendly designation, accompanied by a significant increase in exclusive breastfeeding.
Obesity Care Competencies, from BPC
The Bipartisan Policy Center has released a report on the first-ever set of interdisciplinary educational competencies for the prevention and treatment of obesity. The Provider Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Obesity focus on establishing a working knowledge of obesity, minimizing bias and stigma, facilitating an interdisciplinary, team-based approach, and setting a baseline of training that all health professions can refine based on their specific needs. The competencies were designed by more than 20 leading health organizations representing a dozen health professions. They are aimed at many types of health professionals engaged in obesity prevention and management.
Equity Workshop Proceedings Report, from NASEM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a new publication entitled, "Exploring Equity in Multisector Community Health Partnerships: Proceedings of a Workshop." The report summarizes discussions from a workshop hosted by the Roundtable on Population Health to explore how a variety of community-based organizations create and maintain innovative and sustainable approaches to multisector community health partnerships.
Report on the State of Working Families, from The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Leadership Conference Education Fund has released a new report on the economic security of working families entitled, "In Their Own Words: Working People and the Need for Policies that Provide Economic Security." The report highlights the challenges facing people who work in low-wage jobs and the need for policy solutions, including paid sick days and family leave, access to health care, fair schedules, and more.
End of Childhood Index Report, from Save The Children
Save The Children has released a report entitled, "End of Childhood Report." The report examines eight life events that signal the end of childhood and the harsh realities faced by the most vulnerable, excluded children, including girls, refugees, street children, and children with disabilities. Recommendations include that no child dies from preventable or treatable causes, including the specific recommendations that governments guarantee, in their national health plans, an essential package of good quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services that are accessible to their whole population and free at the point of use, with a strong focus on primary health care. The report also recommends that no child is robbed of a future due to malnutrition, including the specific recommendations that national governments and donor governments develop targets to demonstrate progress towards meeting World Health Assembly nutrition targets.
Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act Passed Into Law, from Nevada
The Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act has been passed into law, making it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to refuse to provide a reasonable accommodation to a female employee or applicant for a condition relating to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition. It is also an unlawful employment practice to take adverse action against, or deny an employment opportunity to, an otherwise qualified female employee or applicant due to a request for, or use of, a reasonable accommodation. The terms "condition relating to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition" are defined to specifically include lactation and the need to express milk for a nursing child.
Collective Impact Connection
Increasing Collaboration, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Building Real Collaboration into Your Organization." The article explains how focusing on culture, people, and leadership can help fuel meaningful collaboration while also providing actions organizations can take to achieve their goals.
News & Views
The New York Times: "Practicing What I Preached About Breast-Feeding."