Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 6, 2017

USBC Updates

September Coalition Spotlight

The United States Breastfeeding Committee has released its September Coalition Spotlight entitled, "Michigan Breastfeeding Network: Building Momentum Through A Networked Approach." Learn how this coalition is using the collective impact model to support their 18 local coalitions and how they maintain effectiveness through collaborative partnerships with other systems-level organizations. Complete the interest form for a chance to be featured in the monthly Coalition Spotlight.


Federal News

Emergency Preparedness for Expectant and New Parents, from CDC

In celebration of National Preparedness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed a feature article entitled, "Disaster Planning for Expectant Parents and Parents of Infants." The feature includes tips to get prepared before a disaster and what to do in case of a disaster to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. The CDC also hosts a web page on emergency prepardness and response for pregnant women and newborns.

National Preparedness Month Social Media Toolkit, from DHS

The Department of Homeland Security has released a social media toolkit containing key marketing and preparedness messaging to print or share on social media channels throughout National Preparedness Month and beyond. National Preparedness Month aims to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.

Obesity Prevalence Data Maps, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released state- and territory-specific data on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The 2016 data maps show that the proportion of adults with obesity in the United States continues to remain high. Estimates across states vary and range from 22.3% in Colorado to 37.7% in West Virginia. The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (32.0%), followed by the Midwest (31.4%), the Northeast (26.9%), and the West (26.0%). Five states now have over 35% of adults with obesity. 


Partner News 

Report on Telehealth Private Payer Laws, from PHI

The Public Health Institute's Center for Connected Health Policy has released a report entitled, "Telehealth Private Payer Laws: Impact and Issues." The report examines and assesses the impact of telehealth private payer laws on utilization and commercial payers in Delaware, Hawaii, and Minnesota. Researchers analyzed existing telehealth private payer laws and held interviews with a sampling of commercial payers. The report found that telehealth-delivered care continues to have great promise to contribute to the Triple Aim of better health outcomes, improved patient and provider experiences, and increased efficient use of resources to lower costs, but numerous state policy obstacles inhibit health systems and payers from achieving the full potential of these technologies. More careful crafting of the language for these laws and a more comprehensive implementation plan that includes the voice of payers, providers, and consumers will be needed to achieve greater adoption of telehealth-delivered care in the future. 

State of Obesity Report, from TFAH & RWJF

Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released the 14th annual report, "The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America." The report found that U.S. adult obesity rates increased in four states (Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and West Virginia), decreased in one (Kansas) and remained stable in the rest, between 2015 and 2016. The report also found that childhood obesity rates have stabilized while declining among low-income preschoolers between 2011 and 2014. However, significant racial and ethnic inequities remain. A partner toolkit with new adult data and school, early childhood education, and community policies is also available.

Paid Family Leave Implementation Resource Launch, from ABB

A Better Balance has launched FamilyLeaveWorks.org, a know-your-rights tool to connect workers with information about New York's new paid family leave law. Materials are included in English and Spanish, with special information for LGBTQ parents, adoptive and foster parents, military families, and other moms, dads, and caregivers. A Better Balance has also launched a new toll-free, confidential hotline to provide key answers and assistance on paid family leave rights for New York workers in English and Spanish.

Community Health Worker Models Directory, from NASHP

The National Academy for State Health Policy has released a directory of state community health worker models across the country. The resources highlight what states are doing to integrate Community Health Workers into their evolving health care systems as well as state legislation, and provides links to state associations and other leading organizations working on Community Health Worker issues.

Updated Paid Sick Days Resource, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has updated the Paid Sick Days Back-to-School Toolkit. The toolkit includes an updated national fact sheet, "Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools: The Case for a National Paid Sick Days Standard," and customizable resources to raise awareness of the need for paid sick days for parents, children, schools, and communities.


News from the Field

Review of New State Policies, from SiX

The State Innovation Exchange has released the "2017 End-Of-Session Report," which highlights some of the policies introduced and passed in this year's state legislative sessions including paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, and equal pay laws. 

Open Access Articles, from Childhood Obesity

The journal Childhood Obesity is recognizing Childhood Obesity month by providing free access to a selection of top papers that are making a difference in the fight against childhood obesity. Access will be available for the entire month of September, including the following papers featuring breastfeeding: "Breastfeeding Reduces Childhood Obesity Risks," "Age at Introduction to Solid Foods and Child Obesity at 6 Years," and "Well Baby Group Care: Evaluation of a Promising Intervention for Primary Obesity Prevention in Toddlers."


State/Community News

Ruling on Breastfeeding Ban for Incarcerated Mothers, from New Mexico

A Santa Fe judge has ruled that a Corrections Department policy banning mothers incarcerated in New Mexico state prisons from breastfeeding their infants violates the state constitution. The ruling also held that restrictions prohibiting in person breastfeeding and the use of an electric breast pump implicate discrimination under the New Mexico Equal Rights Act.

Collective Impact Connection

Understanding and Building Trust, from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute has released a paper entitled, "Turf, Trust, Co-Creation, and Collective Impact." The paper explores the intricacies of trust, how to build it and what to do when trust is broken. It highlights practical resources and actions that can be implemented by stakeholders involved in collective impact efforts. 


News & Views

The Washington Post: "Maryland mom ordered to give breast-fed infant formula at father's request"

Romper: "5 Organizations Helping Breastfeeding Moms In The Aftermath Of Harvey's Devastation"

WHUR-FM (Howard University Radio Network): "Taking A Closer Look At Breastfeeding"

Bustle: "How Your Relationship To Breastfeeding Changes When You're Trans"

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