Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 6, 2013

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USBC Updates

Clarification from Baby-Friendly USA

Baby-Friendly USA applauds the excellent work of their Canadian counterparts, in particular the outstanding materials highlighted in last week's Weekly Wednesday Wire item entitled "Baby-Friendly Messaging Resource, from the Best Start Resource Centre" (in Canada). We wish to inform U.S. readers that there are some differences between the requirements of United States and Canadian Baby-Friendly initiatives. Facilities in the U.S. are required to meet the U.S. standards.


Federal News

Call for Applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the 2014 Call for Applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH). The NLAPH is an innovative approach to leadership development that brings together teams of leaders from multiple sectors that want to advance their leadership skills and achieve health equity in their community. Teams of four leaders from different sectors (public, private, non-profit, other) are invited to apply as a team. Each team must have one member from the local, state, or public health department. All applications must be submitted by November 26 by 5 p.m. PST. The team selections will be announced by December 20, with the one-year program beginning in January 2014.

Child Health USA 2013, from HRSA/MCHB

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration has released Child Health USA 2013, an annual report on the health status and service needs of America's children, providing a centralized resource for data for policymakers, program managers, and maternal and child health professionals. While previous editions of Child Health USA focused broadly on health status and health care indicators for the maternal and child population, this year's edition provides an in-depth look at perinatal health and health care access. Data are presented for two important target populations of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant: pregnant women and infants, as well as women who may become pregnant. The report addresses health status and health service utilization within these populations, and offers insight into the Nation's progress toward the goals set out in the MCHB's strategic plan—to assure quality of care, eliminate barriers and health disparities, promote an environment that supports maternal and child health, and improve the health infrastructure and system of care for women, infants, children, and families.

Partner News

Annual Report on Quality and Safety, from TJC

The Joint Commission has published Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2013. The annual report summarizes the performance of 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals on 47 accountability measures of evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. The report shows that hospital performance on accountability measures has improved significantly over time, greatly enhancing the quality of care provided in accredited hospitals. Since the inception of the exclusive breast milk feeding measure in 2011, it has seen a 4.6 percent improvement among the hospitals reporting. The exclusive breast milk feeding measure will become mandatory for all hospitals with 1,100 or more births per year, effective January 1, 2014.

News from the Field

2013 Premature Birth Report Card, from MOD

In honor of Prematurity Awareness Month, the March of Dimes has released the 2013 Premature Birth Report Card. The report found that the U.S. preterm birth rate dropped for the sixth consecutive year in 2012 to 11.5 percent, a 15-year low. Despite this improvement, the U.S. still has the highest rate of preterm birth of any industrialized country. Read the press release.

State/Community News

Community Health Center Breastfeeding Promotion Project, from Washington

The Breastfeeding Friendly Community Health Centers project from WithinReach worked to increase exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding in Washington state by working with primary care clinics, particularly those caring for communities of color. Eight clinics were involved, receiving resources and clinical training to enhance their capacity and create systems-level organizational change to implement best practices and create an environment that promotes and supports breastfeeding. Once finalized, the clinic self-assessment, resource toolkit and provider reference card will be available to all clinics and providers in Washington State. See the project result highlights.

News Clippings

Pulse (monthly newsletter from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs):

Southern California Public Radio: "To promote breastfeeding, top-tier LA hospitals stop handing out free formula"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Changes at hospitals dramatically increase breast-feeding rates"

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