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Please Welcome New Governmental Member: National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), an entity within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a mission "to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives, free from disease or disability, and to ensure the health, productivity, independence, and well-being of all people through optimal rehabilitation." NICHD conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and communities, and manages health outreach educational campaigns and programs, such as efforts to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and publication of full-length reports of Cochrane Neonatal Reviews on its website. For more information, including its branch-specific missions, active research grants, and breakthrough research results, please visit the NICHD website.
New Website for State/Local Programs, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) has launched a State and Local Programs website, designed to help grantees and their partners implement funded strategies in four topical areas: Nutrition, Physical Activity, Breastfeeding, and Cross-Cutting. Resources housed in these topic areas include guidance documents, program highlights, interventions, success stories, and more. The site also includes a section with information on what is being done about physical activity, nutrition, and obesity at the state and local level.
Breastfeeding Toolkit, from AAFP
The American Academy of Family Physicians has released a Breastfeeding Support and Resources Toolkit as a companion to its position paper on breastfeeding. The toolkit includes resources from a variety of sources, including USBC, designed to help family physicians and their office teams foster a positive breastfeeding environment for patients. The toolkit is broken down into four sections: Office-Based Tools, Community-Based Tools, Advocacy Resources, and Evidence-Based Knowledge.
Performance Measure Removed from Recognition Program, from TJC
The Joint Commission has announced that the perinatal care performance measure PC-05a: Exclusive breast milk feeding considering mother's initial feeding plan, has been removed from the list of measures used in the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® recognition program for 2015.
Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ
The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) March 2015 newsletter includes an article entitled, "Improving Statewide Breastfeeding Rates through the Learning Collaborative Model."
News from the Field
Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities, from RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced funding to support national nonprofit membership organizations and/or associations to establish an annual awards program to honor individuals who implement systems changes to solve health disparities. RWJF will award ten grants of up to $60,000 each to support an annual awards program for seven years.
Breastfeeding Infographic, from Thousand Days
Thousand Days has released an infographic to help promote awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and recommended actions for promoting breastfeeding.
Member/Partner/News Roundup on the FAMILY Act Reintroduction
On Wednesday, March 18, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro reintroduced the FAMILY Act, a bill to establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program. Highlights included:
- Action alert: "Tell Congress: It's time for the FAMILY Act!"
From National Partnership for Women & Families
- Press release: "Women's Leader Urges Congress to Recognize Unprecedented Support and Demand for Paid Leave, Prioritize the FAMILY Act"
- Action alert: "Say thanks to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro"
Various Media Outlets:
- Better Workplaces, Better Businesses: "Businesses Support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act"
- The Hill: "Pediatricians join push for paid family leave"
- The Seattle Times: "Paid parental leave is good for parents and business"
- Medium: "America Shouldn't Be in Last Place on Paid Family Leave"
- The Hill: "FAMILY Act, not Vodafone, points way forward on paid family and medical leave"
Collective Impact Connection
General Funding for Nonprofits, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled "When Restrictions Apply," outlining why general funding is critical for fostering innovation within the nonprofit sector. The author recommends that funders eliminate overhead caps and provide more unrestricted funding to give nonprofits the flexibility to pursue exploratory efforts outside directly funded projects.
News and Views
The Atlantic: "About That Breastfeeding Study"
Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM blog): "Fallout from IQ study ignores barriers to breastfeeding"
Thousand Days blog: "I #March4Nutrition to Make #Breastfeeding a Right, not a Privilege"
The New York Times: "Breast Milk Becomes a Commodity, With Mothers Caught Up in Debate"
About Staying Abreast: Weekly Wednesday Wire
The USBC e-Newsletter, Staying Abreast, is published in a weekly news brief format, called the Weekly Wednesday Wire. Past issues are archived on the USBC website.