Weekly Wire: April 5, 2018

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USBC Updates

2018 NBCC Awards Applications Deadline Approaching!

The Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening will be held Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, in Atlanta, Georgia. We are thrilled to invite eligible and interested maternal and child health grassroots workers to apply for two awards:

  • The Drs. Ruth Lawrence & Audrey Naylor Emerging Leader Award is offered to two dedicated individuals who are actively involved in maternal and child health in their communities, and/or are active members of a state, territorial, tribal, local, or cultural breastfeeding coalition. Preference will be given to applicants who have never attended a USBC Coalitions Convening, who are working with a coalition serving a state or community (geographic or cultural) with breastfeeding rates that are below the U.S. national rate.
  • The Tribal Trailblazer Award honors seven talented and dedicated individuals who are actively involved in maternal and child health and promoting and supporting breastfeeding in their Tribes. This award recognizes the rich contributions of new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding leaders. This award is for individuals of American Indian/Native American and Alaska Native heritage.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 8. 


Federal News

National Minority Health Month Activities, from OMH

April is National Minority Health Month. The Office of Minority Health has planned several activities in celebration of the 2018 theme, Partnering for Health Equity. The theme highlights partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels that help reduce disparities in health and health care. Individuals and organizations are invited to participate by submitting a Partnerships in Action health equity story, learning more about health equity during the NMHM Webinar Series, joining the #Partner4Health Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET, and sharing National Minority Health Month graphics. Follow the conversation at hashtag #NMHM18


Partner News

FY2018 Public Health Funding Analysis, from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has prepared an analysis of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which provides funding for the government for the rest of FY2018 (through September 30). The analysis lists out specific line item allocations for key programs across public health and compares them to FY2017 funding. The analysis includes the $8 million in funding for the Hospitals Supporting Breastfeeding program, which received level funding from FY2017.

Safe Sleep Conversations Strategies Webinar, from NICHQ

Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality on Wednesday, April 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Improving Infant Safe Sleep Conversations: Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits." The webinar will demonstrate tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep, and include language and strategies attendees can use.


News from the Field

Black Maternal Health Week Resources and Activities, from BMMA

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance has announced that the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week will be held next week, April 11- 18. Individuals and organizations are invited to explore social media and promotional tools, find and host local events, participate in webinars, and follow all activities at the hashtag #BMHW18. The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks. 

Updates on CHW Association Launch, from NACHW

The National Association of Community Health Workers has opened sign-ups for the NACHW email listserv. Individuals on the mailing list will receive updates on progress every other month, including requests for input on various elements of organization development. NACHW is expected to launch later this year.

Appropriations Fact Sheets and White Paper, from NACDD

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has published its annual collection of Appropriations Fact Sheets as well as a new white paper titled "Chronic Disease Prevention: For Dollars and Sense" on several federally funded, categorical chronic disease programs. Breastfeeding is included in the "Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity" fact sheet.

Infant Safe Sleep Laws Table, from NPHL

The Network for Public Health Law has published a table that provides a brief overview of statutory and regulatory provisions related to Sudden Unexplained Infant Death prevention in five states: Colorado, Delaware, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. The table provides information for each state on parent education, child care training, and other topics.

Webinar on Constructive Conversations on Safe Infant Sleep, from SE&SW IPN/Safe States Alliance

Join the Southeastern and Southwestern Injury Prevention Network and the Safe States Alliance on Tuesday, April 17, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "Walking the Line Between Public Health Messages and Lived Experience: Constructive Conversations and Unlikely Alliances." As a part of a broader conversation about public health messaging, the webinar will discuss how safe sleep communication campaigns can cause conflict between public health and other professionals involved in infant and family health (i.e. breastfeeding advocates). Terri Miller from the Georgia Department of Health will share her story about the positive working relationship that developed between public health and maternal and child health in relation to Georgia's Safe to Sleep Campaign. Linda Smith, co-author of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, will share her perspectives on the balance between women and baby's need for sleep, nourishment, safety, and closeness. Jane Herwehe of the Louisiana Department of Health will connect the presentation to the Multi-Sectoral Influences Matrix tool.


Collective Impact Connection

'When Collective Impact has an Impact' Webinar Series, from Tamarack

Join the Tamarack Institute for a webinar series exploring ORS Impact and the Spark Policy Institute's report "When Collective Impact has Impact." The webinar series will explore the report, take a closer look at the three Canadian Collective Impact Initiatives, and the lessons learned from and the implications for Vibrant Communities moving forward. The first webinar in the series will take place on Tuesday, April 24, from 1-2 p.m. ET and is titled "Getting to Impact: The Collective Impact Fieldwide Evaluation." 

Communications Strategy Webinar, from Ontario Trillium Foundation

Join the Ontario Trillium Foundation on Wednesday, April 11, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Communications Strategy 101.2: Delivering your Winning Position to the Market." During the webinar, Lindsay Sage, co-founder of sagecomm, will discuss the development of compelling issue positions and the key considerations, channels and tactics to deliver your messages to the market, incorporating relevant examples from community change projects.


News & Views

1,000 Days blog "#Marchis4Nutrition: What if moms had the support they need to ensure their children get a healthy start?"

Rewire.News: "Native Women 'Hack' Traditional Dress for Easier Breastfeeding"

JDSupra (press release): "Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect on April 1, 2018"

Yahoo Lifestyle: "Locker-room photo of hockey player breastfeeding her daughter is going viral"

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