Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 20, 2013

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Federal News

Vivek Hallegere Murthy nominated for Surgeon General

President Obama has announced his intent to appoint Vivek Hallegere Murthy for Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services. A hospitalist attending physician and instructor at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Murthy is also the co-founder and president of Doctors for America. In 2011, Dr. Murthy was appointed to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Dr. Murthy received a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and an MD from Yale School of Medicine. Read the full announcement.

Breastfeeding Fellowship Opportunity, from CDC

A breastfeeding fellowship opportunity is available in the Nutrition Branch within the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DNPAO's Nutrition Branch works to improve the health of mothers and children nationwide by achieving the Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding objectives, especially among populations with low breastfeeding rates. Activities focus primarily on policy and environmental strategies that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Applicants must have completed a Master's or Doctoral degree within the last five years to be eligible.

Member News

Breastfeeding & WIC Webinar, from NWA

Join the National WIC Association on Wednesday, December 4, from 3-4 p.m. EST for a webinar on ACA Basics: Breastfeeding & WIC. Speaker Anna Benyo, Senior Health Policy Analyst from the National Women's Law Center, will discuss key components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and women's health coverage; women's preventive health services coverage and the requirements to provide breastfeeding support and supplies; and ways to share ACA information with WIC participants. 

Partner News

Hospital Collaborative News, from NICHQ

NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality), the Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) invite hospitals located in Texas Public Health Regions 4-7 to apply to be part of the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, a statewide effort to increase exclusive breastfeeding up to six months of age. The project will aid hospitals in creating environments in which women's choices concerning breastfeeding can best be supported. Applications will be accepted until February 13, 2014. All applicants will be notified of selection decisions by March 7, 2014.

The NICHQ November 2013 newsletter also included two highlights about breastfeeding:

News from the Field

Stakeholder Health Q & A, from RWJF

Stakeholder Health, formerly known as the Health Systems Learning Group, is a learning collaborative made up of 43 organizations, including 36 nonprofit health systems, that have met for close to two years to share innovative practices aimed at improving health and economic viability of communities. The idea for the learning collaborative came from a series of meetings at the White House Office and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided a grant to share the group's findings and lessons learned. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness Officer at the Henry Ford Health System, answers questions about Stakeholder Health's objectives, goals, and emerging successes.

News Clippings

There has been extensive media coverage of a study launched in the UK using financial incentives for mothers in low-income areas to continue breastfeeding. Media highlights:

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