National Midwifery Week, from ACNM
October 6-12 is National Midwifery Week, created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. The 2013 theme, "Midwives Make a Difference", encourages colleagues, friends, clients, and partners to help show how midwives make a difference in the lives of women every day. Resources include ACNM's Our Moment of Truth campaign and toolkit and the release of new survey findings on what women are saying about their health care. The purpose of the campaign is to improve women's health and maternity care in the U.S. by reintroducing midwives and midwifery care as important options that should be the norm.
Second Annual Breastfeeding Summit Recap, from ROSE
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) hosted their Second Annual Breastfeeding Summit entitled, "Organizing for Action: An African American Breastfeeding Campaign." See highlights in the 2013 Breastfeeding ROSE Summit video.
Name Change, from ASTPHND/ASPHN
The Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors has completed its name change to the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN). The organization has also adopted a new logo and the tagline "Advancing Health Through Leadership." The new brand identity was chosen after an intensive six-month board review and was announced to the membership during the 2013 Annual Meeting. Read the press release.
Food Day is October 24, from Food Day
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. Have you considered hosting a Food Day event to highlight the importance of breastfeeding as the First Food? Anyone can organize Food Day activities in their community: learn more about how to get involved.
Report Shows Small Businesses Support Family Medical Leave, from SBM
A scientific opinion poll by Small Business Majority found that more small business owners support (45%) than oppose (41%) creating publicly administered family and medical leave insurance pools paid with payroll contributions by employees and employers, and that the majority of small firms already have formal or informal family and medical leave policies in place. The vast majority (80%) of respondents support the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows eligible employees of covered employers to take a limited amount of unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons like a serious personal illness, the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a seriously ill family member.
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