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mPINC Survey Update, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that it will be revising the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey questionnaire and survey methodology to reflect years of data confirming improvement in maternity care practices and policies. This is the first significant revision to the mPINC survey since its initial launch in 2007. The 60-day notice for public comment has closed, and CDC is in the process of addressing the comments. The new mPINC survey is targeted to launch in Fall 2018. CDC will continue to provide periodic updates through the Weekly Wire and other partner announcements.
Storybooks on Paid Sick Days, from MomsRising
MomsRising has released a set of storybooks about the need for and benefits of paid sick days. The storybooks include stories from all 50 states, pediatricians, employers, teachers, and parents.
- "Business Voices on Why Paid Sick Days are a Winning Business Strategy"
- "Earned Sick Days Stories from all 50 States"
- "Educators on Why Paid Sick Days are a Cornerstone of Children's Health and Development"
- "Medical Professionals on Why Paid Sick Days are the Best Preventative Medicine"
Ninth Annual Breastfeeding Summit Videos, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has posted videos featuring speakers from the Ninth Annual Breastfeeding Summit last June. Speakers included Dr. Ruth Lawrence, Summit Chair; Senator Tammy Duckworth, now-Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, and many others.
Week of Congressional Action, from NACCHO
Join the National Association of City and County Health Officials Monday, February 26, through Friday, March 2, for a Week of Congressional Action. Together with the State Associations of County and City Health Officials and the Big Cities Health Coalition, NACCHO is engaging Members of Congress on the importance of public health funding and programs. Resources and virtual and in-person actions can be found on the "Week of Congressional Action" webpage.
First Food Racial Equity Cohort Highlighted in Video, from CSI/RaceForward
Race Forward has released a video highlighting the work of the National First Food Racial Equity Cohort. In the video, advocates, including USBC board members and member representatives, speak about how they're strategizing to overcome challenges with racial equity in the breastfeeding space.
News from the Field
National and State SUID Trends, from Pediatrics
The journal Pediatrics has published a study entitled "National and State Trends in Sudden Unexpected Infant Death: 1990–2015." While not specifically addressing the connection between breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and safe sleep, this study uses data from U.S. mortality files to evaluate national and state-specific Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) rates for 1990–2015. The study concludes that reductions in SUID rates since 1999 have been minimal, and wide variations in state-specific rates remain. Additionally, states with significant declines in SUID rates might have SUID risk-reduction programs that could serve as models for other states.
Report on Nestlé Infant Milk Claims, from Changing Markets Foundation
The Changing Markets Foundation has released a report investigating the general, nutrition, and health claims on infant milk products for babies under 12 months-old sold by Nestlé. The investigation revealed many cases of inconsistent behavior across over 70 products sold in 40 countries. The report concludes by calling on Nestlé's aspiration to be the world's leading nutrition, health, and wellness company by conducting an independent review of its product range at global level to ensure only products with composition based on best science are sold. The report was published as part of the foundation's access to nutrition campaign, Milking It.
Consolidated Intrapartum Care Guideline, from WHO
The World Health Organization has published a comprehensive and consolidated guideline on essential intrapartum care titled "WHO recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience." The publication brings together new and existing WHO recommendations. The recommendations presented in the guideline are neither country nor region specific and acknowledge the variations that exist globally as to the level of available health services within and between countries, and it introduces a global model of intrapartum care, taking into account the complexity and diverse nature of prevailing models of care and contemporary practice. The recommendations in the guideline are intended to inform the development of relevant national- and local-level health policies and clinical protocols.
Child Care Expense, from CAP
The Center for American Progress has developed an interactive tool that estimates the cost of high-quality child care in each state. In addition to calculating the monthly cost per child in a center-based program, the tool includes a breakdown of the main expenses that contribute to that cost. Due to the intersection of breastfeeding and child care, various partners have approached USBC with an interest in forming a Child Care Constellation. Organizations with capacity and interest are encouraged to join the Child Care Learning Community. Incubation conversations emerge from learning communities when there is adequate interest and energy.
State and Community News
Issue Brief on Videoconferencing and WIC, from California
California WIC Association has released an issue brief titled "TeleWIC: Keeping Up with the Times," as part of their Engaging Families initiative. The publication introduces the basic concepts of videoconferencing in WIC, describes different models of use, and discusses lessons, challenges, and opportunities.
Collective Impact Connection
Multi-Sector Partnership Database, from Practical Playbook
The Practical Playbook has launched "Find a Partnership," an online database of multi-sector partnerships dedicated to improving community health. "Find a Partnership" displays a curated list of population health projects by location and topic. The purpose of this tool is to help communities, funders, and national partners connect with and learn from each other. Through an environmental scan of multi-sector, health-focused projects that have been active from 2012 on, the Practical Playbook found over 500 potential partners for collaboration. Users can also suggest partnerships for inclusion, helping the database continue to grow.
Paper on Authentic Community Engagement, from Tamarack
The Tamarack Institute has published a paper titled "The Context Experts" that discusses how to increase the authenticity of community engagement and eradicate tokenistic community engagement through the meaningful involvement of context experts. It includes real-life stories of authentic engagement and features lessons to consider when designing community engagement processes.
News & Views
Slate: "Stop Saying Breast Milk Is Free"
Women's Health Today: "Battling Over Birth"
The Huffington Post: "A Narrow Breastfeeding Victory In Utah Shows Policymakers Are Still Afraid Of Nipples"