Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 18, 2017

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Federal News

Disaster Preparedness Webinar for Primary Care Providers, from CDC

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, October 26, from 2-3 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled, "Primary Care Providers' Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters." Participants will learn how to describe the importance of psychological first aid and basic supportive services in promoting adjustment after a disaster, outline the common symptoms and trajectories of adjustment reactions in children and adolescents, identify strategies to support children, adolescents, and families in healing and recovery after a disaster or crisis situation, and discuss the importance of professional self-care.

Healthy People Progress Review Webinar, from HP2020

Join Healthy People 2020 on Wednesday, October 25, from 12:30-2 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled, "Progress Review: Optimizing Birth Outcomes Through Preconception and Interconception Health." The webinar will feature two Healthy People 2020 topic areas: Family Planning and Maternal, Infant, and Child Health. The Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding objectives are included in the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health topic area. The Progress Review webinars focus on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives throughout the decade.

Infant Mortality CoIIN Awardees, from HRSA/MCHB

The Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has announced the awardees of the Infant Mortality (IM) CoIIN, with a three year project period. A funding opportunity and open competition took place over the summer to support four IM CoIIN "backbone organizations" and their respective self-organized CoIIN Teams who have committed to work together on a chosen topic. The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs will focus on social determinants of health with CoIIn Team States: FL, IL, KY, MA, NC, NM, NV, OH, OR, RI, SC, TX, WI. The National Institute for Children's Health Quality will focus on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death with CoIIn Team States: AR, MS, NY, TN. Project Concern International will focus on early prenatal care and social determinants of health with CoIIN Team States: CA, DE, NC, OK. These IM CoIIN teams will continue to drive improvements and innovations on how to reduce infant mortality in our nation, and MCHB will continue to support dissemination of their findings and lessons learned. Contact Vanessa Lee, IM CoIIN Coordinator/Project Officer, at VLee1@hrsa.gov with questions.

Member News

EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative Update, from CGBI

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have granted an extension for the Empower Initiative to continue technical assistance with facilities that remain on the 4D Pathway with Baby-Friendly USA. Currently, there are 13 EMPower facilities that have already reached the goal of designation. The remainder of the facilities are in the final stages of the designation process. In addition, CDC has awarded a 2-year contract to Abt Associates, with CGBI and Population Health Improvement Partners as subcontractors, on a new project aimed at increasing the safe implementation of the Ten Steps through training. The work plan is currently being finalized. Stay tuned for updates on hospital recruitment this winter.

Update on the WHO/UNICEF Proposed New BFHI Guidelines, from Baby-Friendly USA (see related item under Partner News)

"This is clearly an important document for Baby-Friendly practices throughout the world, and BFUSA is in the process of carefully reviewing its contents. We plan to submit comments and encourage others to do so as well. We will have more to say on the new guidelines once we have fully digested the proposed revisions and the document moves toward finalization. In the meantime, it is important for hospitals to understand that there are NO changes to the current BFUSA standards and designation process at this time. Once the WHO and UNICEF release a final document and BFUSA determines if changes to the current Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria are necessary, hospitals will be informed with ample time to implement the standards."

Partner News

Request for Public Comments on Proposed BFHI Guidelines, from WHO/UNICEF

The World Health Organization and UNICEF have released proposed new guidelines for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, entitled "Protection, Promotion, and Support of Breastfeeding in Facilities Providing Maternity and Newborn Services: The Revised Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative 2017." The proposal describes a revised set of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and offers updated guidance for implementing the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative worldwide. Stakeholders are invited to submit public comments by Tuesday, October 24. Feedback will be taken into consideration in finalizing the guidelines prior to publication and dissemination. To access the document please send an email to nutrition@who.int. See related item under Member News.

#RenewMIECHV Days of Action, from Home Visiting Coalition

The Home Visiting Coalition has announced that they will be kicking off three days of action on Facebook and Twitter to call on Congress to renew Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting funding, beginning on Tuesday, October 24. MIECHV services are at risk because congressional inaction allowed funding to expire. Congress must work quickly to reauthorize MIECHV in a way that preserves flexibility and stability for states and preserves benefits for children and families. 

Infant Mortality Webinar, from NICHQ

Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality on Wednesday, November 15, at 2 p.m. E.T for a webinar entitled, "Big Wins & Next Steps in Addressing Infant Mortality." The webinar will highlight the results and impact of efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes as well as next steps to keep the momentum going.

Follow-up Formula Briefing, from IBFAN

The International Baby Food Action Network's Codex Working Group has prepared a briefing paper to highlight recommendations for the revision of the Follow-up Formula Codex Standard. The briefing highlights the need to safeguard the health of older infants and young children and ensure policy coherence between Member State decisions at the World Health Assembly (WHA) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (the Codex parent UN agencies) and Codex standards and guidelines. It also highlights concerns that the proliferation of standards risks increased trade and marketing of unnecessary and risky products. In addition, the briefing paper highlights the need to ensure that formulas targeting babies 6-36 months are noted as being unnecessary, that all are Breastmilk Substitutes and all come under the scope of the International Code and subsequent relevant WHA resolutions and should not be promoted.

Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies, from IBFAN

The International Baby Food Action Network has released a report entitled, "Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies (OG-IFE) version 3.0." The report provides concise, practical guidance on how to ensure appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies. The OG-IFE applies to emergency preparedness, response, and recovery worldwide to minimize infant and young child morbidity and/or mortality risks associated with feeding practices and to maximize child nutrition, health, and development. The guidance is intended for policymakers, decision-makers and program personnel working in emergency preparedness and response, including governments, United Nations agencies, national and international non-governmental organizations, donors, volunteer groups, and the private/business sector.

News from the Field

Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women, from WPSI

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative has released a report entitled, "Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women." The report identifies nine preventive services recommendations for women across the life span, from adolescence through adulthood into maturity, and is the first in a 5-year effort to develop, review, update, and disseminate recommendations for women's preventive health care services. WPSI recommends comprehensive lactation support services (including counseling, education, and breastfeeding equipment and supplies) during the antenatal, perinatal, and postpartum periods to ensure the successful initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding.

Fact-Sheet on Impact of Ending Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments, from NHeLP

The National Health Law Program has released a fact sheet outlining the impact of the administration's decision to cancel upcoming payments of cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Failure to fund CSRs could lead to higher premiums and additional insurers pulling out of the public exchanges. The Fact Sheet calls on Congress to act quickly to fund CSRs so that consumers do not face higher costs or lose their health insurance.

State/Community News

Paid Family Leave Expansion Bill Passed, from California

California Governor Brown has signed legislation expanding workplace protections for new parents who work for small businesses. The bill provides 12 weeks of unpaid maternity or paternity leave for Californians who work for companies with 20 to 49 employees and protects these new parents from losing their jobs and health care benefits.  

Paid Sick Days Law Passed, from Rhode Island

Rhode Island Governor Raimondo has signed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for more than 100,000 Rhode Island employees. Starting in 2018, Rhode Island employees will be guaranteed three days of paid sick leave. The mandated paid sick time only applies to businesses with 18 or more employees. The number of guaranteed paid sick days will jump to four days in 2019 and five days in 2020. Rhode Island's law has the strongest family definition of the statewide paid sick day laws in New England, allowing workers to care for loved ones whether or not they are directly related by blood or marriage. This law also covers safe time to deal with the aftermath of domestic or sexual assault.

Collective Impact Connection

Communications Strategy Framework to Drive Social Change, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "The Back-of-the-Envelope Guide to Communications Strategy." Communications strategy should be flexible, scrappy, and accessible to everyone on your team. This four-question framework, rooted in social science, can help organizations craft an effective strategy that drives real social change.

News & Views

The Washington Post: "Does breast-feeding really decrease my cancer risk?"

AAP Journals Blog: "Safe Sleep is Possible!"

HealthConnect One Advocacy & Action Blog: "The National Association of CHWs: Progress and Purpose"

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