Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 11, 2017

Federal News

Update on CHAMPION Act, from Congress

On October 4, both House and Senate committees passed measures that would reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years, extending coverage for millions of low income children. As reported last week, another bill that would extend community health centers and other key programs—the CHAMPION Act (H.R. 3922)—includes a $6.35 billion cut (FY19-FY26) to the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). On October 4, the House Energy & Commerce Committee completed markup of the CHAMPION Act, and while it moved forward under a party line vote, several committee members expressed strong support for the PPHF during the deliberations.

Neither bill is on this week's House schedule, so timing remains in flux, and advocates hold out hope for bipartisan negotiations on the funding offsets. Democrats opposed the funding offsets proposed in both bills, which means there may be a rough path ahead for full passage through Congress. It is possible that, although these programs technically expired September 30, Congress may not finalize action until the December 8 deadline for the Continuing Resolution on appropriations.

Request for Information to Guide Development of Strategic Plan for Research on Women's Health, from NIH

The National Institutes of Health have released a Request for Information seeking feedback on three cross-cutting themes and goals under consideration for the next trans-NIH strategic plan for women's health research. The Office of Research on Women's Health was established in the Office of the NIH Director by the Public Health Service Act to (a) identify projects and multidisciplinary research related to women's health; (b) encourage research on sex differences and promote coordination among research entities; (c) assist NIH efforts to include women as subjects in clinical research; and (d) develop opportunities and support for women in biomedical careers. ORWH is tasked with the development of a trans-NIH strategic plan for women's health research that promotes allocation of NIH resources for conducting and supporting these research efforts across NIH Institutes and Centers. ORWH is soliciting input from the basic, clinical and translational scientists as well as advocacy and patient communities on topics under consideration for the next strategic plan. Responses are due by Friday, November 10. 

American Pharmacists Month Webinar Series, from CDC

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, October 18, from 12-1 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled, "Medication Use in Pregnancy." The webinar is part of the American Pharmacists Month Webinar Series which takes place every Wednesday in October from 12-1 p.m. E.T. Join via the web link and click on "Enter as Guest." To connect to audio, call 888-819-8867 and enter passcode 1813244.  


Member News

Initiative on Comprehensive Policies to Support Families, from CLASP/ZERO TO THREE

The Center for Law and Social Policy and ZERO TO THREE have launched a new project entitled, "Building Strong Foundations: Advancing Comprehensive Policies for Infants, Toddlers, and Families." For the first phase of this project, the organizations identified 13 core policy areas that should be implemented to ensure that families with infants and toddlers have access to the supports and services they need to thrive, including paid family leave. Now in its second phase, CLASP and ZERO TO THREE are looking for examples of enhanced state policies that support infants and toddlers and their parents. Individuals are invited to complete a survey identifying states with policies, programs, or initiatives that are innovative, involve multiple policy areas working collaboratively, and go above and beyond what most states are currently doing. 


Partner News

Interactive Course on Collaboration, from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has released a free course entitled, "Essentials of Collaboration." The interactive course explores how to produce positive population health outcomes through effective collaboration. Using a case study to help share key concepts, presenters give directions on breaking down silos, aligning activities, and working productively together. The course's definition of successful collaboration provides a foundation for partnering with others to make a difference in your community.

Updated Resources on Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has updated the FAMILY Act toolkit and Healthy Families Act toolkit with new data on access to paid family leave, personal medical leave, and paid sick days. In addition, NPWF has released new Spanish translations of the following resources:

CHAMPION Act Funding Analysis, from TFAH

The Trust For America's Health has released an analysis of how much each state stands to lose each year from the Prevention and Public Health Fund if the CHAMPION Act became law. Calculations are based on Fiscal Year 2016 funding levels. 

Early Childhood Initiative Recommendations, from BPC

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center on Thursday, October 26, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. E.T. for the release of the recommendations of the Early Childhood Initiative. Led by Senator Rick Santorum and Representative George Miller, the presentation will explore how to maximize children's earliest years, providing better support to families, and building stronger communities. Participants are also encouraged to join the discussion or submit a question on Twitter at hashtag #BPCLive.

Cultural Sensitivity for Health Care Professionals App Launch, from TJC

The Joint Commission has released a mobile application featuring information from the "Cultural Sensitivity: A Pocket Guide for Health Care Professionals" reference guide. Available in a printed version designed to fit neatly into a lab coat pocket or as a mobile app, the reference guide offers healthcare professionals the information they need to successfully communicate with patients while respecting their specific cultural needs and expectations related to health care. The second edition focuses on the pregnancy and birth, pediatric, and end-of-life needs related to cultural customs. The app covers the following cultures: African American, Anglo American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American, Russian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian. 


News from the Field

Health Inventory Data Platform, from BCHC

Join the Big Cities Health Coalition on Thursday, November 16, from 1-2:30 p.m. E.T. for a webinar showcasing the Big Cities Health Inventory (BHCI) Data Platform. The data platform is designed for the user to easily explore snapshots of a city's health, compare data across indicators or jurisdictions, share visuals on social media, or download the full dataset for further analysis. The webinar will feature new issue pages that show how some cities are addressing key public health issues with new policies and programs on the ground, including obesity and emergency preparedness. 

Dietary Guidelines Process Report, from NASEM

The National Academies on Science, Engineering, and Medicine have released a report entitled, "Redesigning the Process for Establishing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans." The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provides nutritional and dietary information with the intention of promoting health and preventing chronic disease, and serves as the basis for all federal nutrition policies and nutrition assistance programs, as well as nutrition education programs. This guidance is updated and released every 5 years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The process of updating the DGA is informed by an assessment of relevant scientific data by a federal advisory committee of nationally recognized experts, called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). Congress mandated that NASEM evaluate the process used to update the DGA. Download report highlights. Read the press release.

Study on Facebook Peer-Group Intervention to Prevent Obesity, from Childhood Obesity

The journal Childhood Obesity has released a report entitled, "A Social Media Peer Group for Mothers To Prevent Obesity from Infancy: The Grow2Gether Randomized Trial." The study tested a Facebook peer-group intervention for low-income mothers to foster behaviors promoting healthy infant growth. In this randomized controlled trial, 87 pregnant women were randomized to the Grow2Gether intervention or text message appointment reminders. Grow2Gether participants joined a private Facebook group of 9–13 women from 2 months before delivery until infant age nine months. A psychologist facilitated groups featuring a curriculum of weekly videos addressing feeding, sleep, parenting, and maternal well-being. Feasibility was assessed using the frequency and content of participation, and acceptability using surveys. Maternal beliefs and behaviors and infant growth were evaluated at birth, 2, 4, 6, and 9 months. Differences in infant growth between study arms were explored. Intervention group mothers were significantly less likely to pressure infants to finish food and, at age six months, give cereal in the bottle. Differences were not observed for other outcomes, including maternal feeding beliefs or infant weight-for-length.


Collective Impact Connection

Collaborative Leadership Stories from Collective Impact Leaders, from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute has released a paper titled, "35 Voices on Collaborative Leadership & Co-Creating Cities of the Future." Thirty-five people engaged in the co-creation of this document which reflects on the five attributes or qualities of effective collaborative leads. The article provides a summary of the top issues and challenges that cities face, presents ideas on how to tackle five critical problems that cities need to address, examines visions for cities of the future and how collaborative leadership can be a catalyst for change.


News & Views

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