Bill Introduced to Expand Access to Affordable Child Care, from Congress
Senator Patty Murray and Representative Bobby Scott have introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act. The bill would create a federal-state partnership to ensure families making less than 150 percent of their state's median income do not pay more than seven percent of their income on child care. The bill also supports access to high-quality preschool programs for low- and moderate-income 3- and 4-year olds, and strengthens support for our nation's child care workforce by significantly improving wages and training for teachers and caregivers.
New MMWR Report on Hurricane and Flood Preparedness and Response, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report entitled, "Hurricane Season Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guidance for Health Care Providers, Response and Recovery Workers, and Affected Communities." The report features an extensive list of guidance and technical materials from the CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to help communities prepare for hurricanes and floods as well as to help protect the health and safety of the public, responders, and clean-up workers during response and recovery operations. Resources include a summary of information on food safety for infants after a disaster. Many resources included in the report are available in both English and Spanish.
Webinar on Family Nutrition Report Results, from 1,000 Days
Join 1,000 Days on Wednesday, September 27, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Listening to America's Families: New Research on the Experiences, Attitudes and Beliefs of Parents With Young Children." The webinar will highlight key findings from research conducted by 1,000 Days and Share Our Strength to better understand the experiences and perspectives of families with young children when it comes to health and nutrition. Following the webinar, 1,000 Days' research summary report, "The First 1,000 Days: Listening to America's Mothers" will be available for download.
Statement on Infant Feeding During Disasters, from NAPPLSC
The National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color has issued a statement on infant feeding during disasters. Research shows that disasters have been known to disproportionately affect communities of color. It is vital that organizations and volunteers give culturally relevant care and support to all families. The statement asserts the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding/chestfeeding, access to human milk, and safe formula feeding during emergencies. Individuals and organizations are invited to sign on to the statement.
Joint Letter on MIECHV Reauthorization, from AMCHP/ASTHO
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials have released a joint letter expressing strong opposition to a provision of the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act. The bill would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program for five years at level funding, but would create for the first time a matching requirement of grantees. State health departments are already required to provide a match along with a maintenance of effort for their Maternal and Child Health Services Block grants, demonstrating their commitment to the vulnerable populations served via the Title V program. A majority of states and territories do not have the resources to match their MIECHV grants with state investments in MIECHV-eligible home visiting programs.
Child Care for Working Families Act Fact Sheet, from NWLC
The National Women's Law Center has released a fact sheet on the Child Care for Working Families Act. The bill would amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant and provide funding to increase professional development and compensation for the child care workforce; increase the supply of child care; improve the quality of child care; support family, friend, and neighbor care providers; expand the availability and affordability of infant care; expand equitable access to high-quality preschool; and increase funding for full-school-day, full-school-year Head Start.
Breastfeeding Cost Calculator, from Cambridge Health Alliance
The Cambridge Health Alliance has released a new study published in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine which contains an online calculator to estimate the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health. Leveraging results from the research team's 2016 study on the costs of suboptimal breastfeeding, the calculator allows users to select a population and specify a future breastfeeding rate to generate a report on the expected impact on five maternal and nine child diseases. The research was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in a grant to Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard teaching institution. The calculator is hosted by the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. Read the press release.
Call for Stories on Support for Breastfeeding Families in Rural Communities, from NACCHO
The National Association of County & City Health Officials has released a call for stories through Stories from the Field, a website to highlight local health department (LHD) successes, challenges, and innovations. NACCHO is particularly interested in stories from organizations that are changing the context of breastfeeding in rural communities, especially for those who have been traditionally underserved, to be highlighted in an upcoming webinar on Monday, October 16.
Resources to Support Patient Hand-Off, from TJC
The Joint Commission has released a resource entitled, "Sentinel Event Alert 58: Inadequate hand-off communication" as well as an infographic featuring 8 Tips for High-Quality Hand-offs. Health care professionals typically take great pride and exert painstaking effort to meet patient needs and provide the best possible care. Unfortunately, too often, this diligence and attentiveness falters when the patient is handed off, or transitioned, to another health care provider for continuing care, treatment or services. A common problem regarding hand-offs, or hand-overs, centers on communication: expectations can be out of balance between the sender of the information and the receiver. This misalignment is where the problem often occurs in hand-off communication.
Federal/Member/Partner Roundup on Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month Events and Resources, from OMH
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health has published the National Hispanic Heritage Month webpage featuring downloadable materials and event information. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed every year from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the rich cultural influence of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Join OMH on Tuesday, October 3, from 1-2 p.m. ET for the #HealthyLatinos Twitter Chat, being co-hosted by Salud America. In addition, OMH has launched registration for a webinar entitled, "Niños Saludables: Addressing Childhood Obesity among Latinos." The webinar will take place on Friday, October 13, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET
Social Media Celebration of Latino/Hispanic Culture and Traditions, from MomsRising
MomsRising's Mamas Con Poder has launched a celebration of the culture and traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean on their Instagram page. Follow along at hashtags #MCPHHM, #HispanicHeritageMonth, and #soymamalatina.
Blog Series on Latino/Hispanic Breastfeeding Traditions, from HealthConnect One
HealthConnectOne has launched the Celebrating our Breastfeeding Traditions blog series, featuring individuals who identify as Latino/Hispanic who are breastfeeding leaders, advocates of breastfeeding support, and members of breastfeeding families. Many entries are written in both Spanish and English. The blog series aims to celebrate Latino/Hispanic breastfeeding traditions through online and real-life conversation and support.
Leading by Example Webinar Series Launch, from NAPPLSC
Join the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color on Wednesday, September 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Honoring Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month." The speaker panel will celebrate the success of the Latinx community, describe how racial inequities in the first food field and maternal-child health has impacted Latinx/Hispanic communities and communities of color, and identify key strategies to address racial inequities. The webinar is part of the Leading by Example webinar series.
News from the Field
Webinar on Designing an Inclusive Paid Leave Policy, from NASI
Health Policy Brief Development Webinar, from SBM
CACFP Nutrition Standards Report, from Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project
Call for Wellness and Nutrition Program Success Stories, from Harkin Institute
The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University has released the Wellness Initiative Submission Form to collect information on nutrition and wellness programs and initiatives from across the country. Submissions will be used to create a report to share with people, communities, businesses, and legislators in order to inspire other groups to implement wellness and nutrition programs. The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 1.
Report on Paid Family Leave and Sustainable Development Goals, from Public Health Reviews
The journal Public Health Reviews has released a report entitled, "Paid parental leave and family well-being in the sustainable development era." The report analyzes literature on paid leave and related policies relevant to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also presents global data on the prevalence of policies in all 193 UN Member States. A review of the literature finds that paid parental leave may support improvements across a range of SDG outcomes relevant to maternal and child health. Across national income levels, paid leave has been associated with lower infant mortality and higher rates of immunizations. In high-income countries, studies have found that paid leave increases exclusive breastfeeding and may improve women's economic outcomes. Further research is needed on the duration, wage replacement rate, and availability of leave before and after birth that would best support both child and parental health outcomes and social determinants of health more broadly.
Webinar on Practical Applications of New Racial Equity Results Tool, from GARE
Join the Government Alliance on Race and Equity on Monday, October 2, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar highlighting how jurisdictions can use the new Racial Equity: Getting to Results tool to connect a racial equity lens to the Results-Based Accountability methodology and help empower jurisdictions to make good decisions and advance racial equity. The tool was developed to assist jurisdictions in using a racial equity lens to identify a set of metrics and implement a community process to have a greater impact in their work.
Workshop on Achieving Health Equity, from C-CAB
Join the Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health on Tuesday, November 14, for a workshop entitled, "Achieving Health Equity for All: Promotive Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Equity for Children, Families, and Communities." The workshop will explore initiatives and policies that have an impact on the cognitive, affective, and behavioral health for all children, youth, and families. The workshop will use an eco-developmental model to explore health equity of children and families, including those with complex needs and chronic conditions.
Collective Impact Connection
Shared Measurement in Collective Impact Work, from Tamarack Institute
The Tamarack Institute has released an article entitled, "Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, The How Continues to Develop." The article presents five shared measurement challenges that, if not handled well, can weaken a group’s ability to evaluate and manage their Collective Impact efforts.
News & Views
The Huffington Post: "Breastfeeding Behind Bars: Do All Moms Deserve the Right?"
AAP News and Journal Gateway: "Pediatrician Competency in Breastfeeding Support Has Room for Improvement"
Santa Cruz Sentinel: "For pregnant women in Santa Cruz County, hospital ratings just a Yelp away"