Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 15, 2015

Federal News

#KnowYourRights Map, from DOL

The Department of Labor has redesigned its map of Employment Protections For Workers Who Are Pregnant or Nursing. The map now contains filters for each law and includes state-level provisions for pregnancy accommodation protections.

First-Time Mothers Infographic, from DOL

The Department of Labor has added new features on the Data and Statistics: Women in the Labor Force webpage. A new infographic shows that more first-time mothers are working while pregnant, working closer to their due date, and returning to work sooner after giving birth.

Children and Disasters Report, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the 2012-2013 Report of the 
Children's HHS Interagency Leadership on Disasters (CHILD) Working Group:
 Update on Departmental Activities and 
Areas for Future Consideration. The report identifies information and training on the promotion and support of breastfeeding in disasters as an area of future consideration for planners, first responders, shelter managers, and others who could support women and families in disasters. 

Text4Baby Evaluation Report, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a new report evaluating the Text4Baby program. The report identifies the program's public-private partnership as a unique asset. On four critical topics—safe sleep, infant feeding, best time to deliver in a healthy pregnancy, and the meaning of full-termText4baby subscribers demonstrated a significantly higher level of health knowledge than women who had never heard of the program and women who had heard of the program but did not sign up.

Article on Wider Effects of WIC, from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service has released a paper entitled Painting a More Complete Picture of WIC: How WIC Impacts Nonparticipants. The paper provides an analysis of how WIC increases the availability of healthy foods in retail food stores, impacts food producers, and impacts the availability and price of infant formula for nonparticipants.


Partner News

Health Funding Action Alert, from CHF

The Coalition for Health Funding has released an organizational sign-on letter for the health, education, child development, social services, and workforce communities. The letter urges Congressional appropriators to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion. Organizations are invited to sign-on to the letter until April 24, 2015.   


News from the Field

Childhood Obesity Report, from IOM

The Institute of Medicine has released a brief entitled Examining a Developmental Approach to Childhood Obesity: The Fetal and Early Childhood Years—Workshop in Brief, summarizing a workshop held in February 2015.

Community Health Needs Assessments Discussion Paper, from IOM

The Institute of Medicine has released a discussion paper entitled Community Health Needs Assessments—Aligning the Interests of Public Health and the Health Care Delivery System to Improve Population Health. The paper provides a review of the Affordable Care Act community health needs assessments (CHNA) requirements and surveys existing population health measurement efforts. The paper also proposes a distinction between two different types of measures: those that address the shared responsibility for population health; and those that hold accountable the health care delivery systems, health departments, and other community groups for the actions they individually take to achieve population health goals.


Collective Impact Connection

Using Design Thinking to Encourage Action, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an blog post entitled "Turning Empathy into Action," discussing how design thinking complements the collective impact framework and and gives leaders tools to engage and empower community members as designers of their own solutions.


State/Community News

Breastfeeding Added to Anti-Discrimination Act, from Utah

Governor Gary Herbert of Utah has signed a bill that specifically adds breastfeeding to the pregnancy-related conditions that are protected under Utah's anti-discrimination laws. The measure will take effect May 12. 


News and Views

The Huffington Post: "Women and Children's Nutrition: America's Best Investment"

U.S. News & World Report: "2 senior Obama aides expecting babies, a test of his call for more family-friendly workplaces"

Motherlode (The New York Times parenting blog): "A Breast-Feeding Latina Mother Looking for Support"

Shots (NPR health news blog): "Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria"

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