Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 9, 2015

Federal News

An mPINC Minute, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) has begun. Screening phone calls are being conducted in alphabetical order by state/territory abbreviation and facilities will be contacted on a rolling basis. In addition to AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, and CT, screening will begin in the following states/territories over the next few weeks: American Samoa (AS), Delaware (DE), District of Columbia (DC), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Guam (GU), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas, (KS), Kentucky (KY), and Louisiana (LA).

HP2020 Home Visiting Webinar, from HHS

Join the Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 on Thursday, September 17, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar on evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting and how home visiting can improve birth outcomes and impact infant mortality.

Proposed Rule to Advance Health Equity and Reduce Disparities, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rule, "Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities," would assist some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination and would help provide those populations equal access to health care and health coverage. Public comments will be accepted through November 6, 2015. Read the press release, fact sheet, and Frequently Asked Questions.

New Postpartum Policy, from The United States Air Force

The United States Air Force has issued an interim change revising AFI 36-2905 to provide updates to program policies including an extension of the post-pregnancy Fitness Assessment requirement from 6 months to 12 months.

Executive Order on Paid Sick Days, from The White House

President Obama has signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick time to their employees who work on federal contracts. An estimated 300,000 more workers will earn paid sick days, and others who work on federal contracts will have access to more paid sick time than they do now, when this change takes effect in 2017. In addition, the President called for national paid family and medical leave legislation, referring specifically to Senator Gillibrand and Representative DeLauro's FAMILY Act. 

New Family Leave Report, from DOL

The Department of Labor has issued a new report entitled, The Cost of Doing Nothing, summarizing literature on the cost of inaction on paid family and medical leave to workers, families, businesses, and the economy.


Partner News

Paid Sick Days Resources, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women and Families has released an updated fact sheet entitled, "Paid Sick Days Lead to Cost Savings for All." The fact sheet provides key points on cost savings to employers and the government and benefits to working families when workers have access to paid sick days. The companion document, "Paid Sick Days: Low Cost, High Reward for Workers, Employers and Communities," is a compilation of evidence from the places with the longest standing paid sick days laws.


News from the Field

Breastfeeding Rates for Infants in Child Care vs. Parental Care, from Breastfeeding Medicine

The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has published results of a new study in an article entitled, Comparison of Feeding Practices in Infants in the WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program Who Were Enrolled in Child Care as Opposed to Those with Parent Care Only. The study found no significant differences in breastfeeding initiation and duration between those in parent care vs. child care settings, however, the average age at formula introduction was earlier for those in parent care.  

2016 Culture of Health Prize, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for the 2016 Culture of Health Prize. The award recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health, created powerful partnerships, and demonstrated a deep commitment to change. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and the chance to share their accomplishments with the nation. The application is open to urban, rural, and tribal communities of all sizes, and the deadline is November 12. An informational webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, from 3-4 p.m. ET.

Petition to U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Support Paid Leave, from Change.org

CNN Journalist Josh Levs has launched a Change.org petition urging the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support a federal paid family leave law. The petition pushes back on the claim that paid family leave would be too costly for small businesses, pointing out that the state policies in California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have not hurt employers' bottom lines because they are funded by small payroll taxes.


State/Community News

New Blog Series, from Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast has created a new blog series focusing on the experiences of mothers who were employed while donating their milk. The blog features stories from milk bank donors as well as perspective pieces by Executive Director Naomi Bar-Yam, Ph.D.


Collective Impact Connection

Recognizing and Practicing Equity, from The Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has released a blog post entitled, "Applying An Equity Mirror to Collective Impact," highlighting key steps for better recognizing inequities and moving social change work forward. The post describes why it is important for organizations to not only use an "equity lens" to look outward, but also an "equity mirror" to examine their own composition, culture, and policies.


News & Views

Yahoo: "White House: Why All Families Need Paid Leave"

RH Reality Check: "Black Colleges Should Advocate for Breastfeeding Families"

Al Jazeera America: "Los Angeles midwives aim to end racial disparities at birth"

Yahoo: "When Custody Battles Make Breastfeeding Nearly Impossible"

The Huffington Post: "Leading on Leave, Hawaii as the 'Ohana' State"

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