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New Collective Impact Webinar Series Starts October 27
The USBC network of member and partner organizations and breastfeeding coalitions is invited to a new series of bi-monthly webinars, launching this month as part of our efforts to "engage stakeholders in a Collective Impact model (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 3). With funding support from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, this series will focus on building the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply collective impact principles and tools to collaborative efforts for policy and practice change. Webinars will be held every two months (in even numbered months) on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. For the first webinar session in the series on Tuesday, October 27, Sylvia Cheuy, Director of Deepening Community at Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, will present Thinking & Acting Differently: The Collective Impact Opportunity.
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 have started in all states and facilities will continue to be contacted on a rolling basis.
Working Women Clearinghouse Update, from DOL Women's Bureau
The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau Working Women Clearinghouse has been updated with lots of new content encompassing resources from across the federal government. The Clearinghouse is a central, comprehensive, and searchable repository of federal government resources, tools, and publications of interest to women in the labor force, practitioners, policymakers, researchers, the media, and the general public. The Clearinghouse includes information about #PumpingatWork, the Affordable Care Act, and child care, among many other topics.
Budget Letter to the President, from TFAH
Trust for America's Health is seeking signatures from senior organizational leaders for a sign-on letter to the President supporting a balanced approach to sequestration relief that also maintains full funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Signatures will be accepted until Friday, October 23.
Film and Discussion on Early Childhood, from CAP/NPWF
Join the Center for American Progress "Reel Progress" film series, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Parenting Journey for a screening of The Raising of America: The Signature Hour, a five-part documentary series that explores the questions: "Why are so many children in America faring so poorly?"; "What are the consequences for the nation's future?"; and "How might we, as a nation, do better?" Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion focusing on the issues of paid family and medical leave, quality and affordable child care, paid sick days, tax credits for working families, and higher wages, as well as an opportunity for audience questions.
Report on TANF and the First Year of Life, from CLASP
The Center for Law and Social Policy has released a report entitled, TANF and the First Year of Life: Making a Difference at a Pivotal Moment, about the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides financial assistance for pregnant women/families with dependent children. The report suggests a new framework for thinking about TANF in the context of the first year of life, a vision for a reformed TANF, and concrete steps that states can begin taking to move in this direction. The core vision articulated in the report takes a true two-generational approach to meeting the needs of pregnant women and families with infants, including allowing parents to take the time needed to develop secure attachments with their infants, recover from childbirth, and establish a breastfeeding relationship.
News from the Field
Child Care Papers, from Childhood Obesity
The journal Childhood Obesity has published a special group of papers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut on Wellness Promotion in Child Care: Evidence to Action. Free access to these articles is now available.
Nutrition Report 2015, from Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium
The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium has released the 2015 Right To Food and Nutrition Watch Report entitled, Peoples' Nutrition Is Not a Business. The report explores the competing visions of nutrition, the causes of malnutrition, and the policy responses, which often affect women disproportionately, both behind the scenes and in the public sphere. The report uncovers pervasive corporate abuse and impunity in formula marketing, and puts forward recommendations for states to prevent and punish initiatives that hamper the enjoyment of the right to adequate food and nutrition.
Social Determinants of Health Tool, from Prevention Institute
The Prevention Institute has released a new report entitled, Moving From Understanding to Action on Health Equity: Social Determinants of Health Frameworks and THRIVE, providing an overview of the development of THRIVE (Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) and reviewing its purposes and uses. It briefly introduces Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) frameworks that have been developed, highlights their similarities and differences, and provides examples of how they are influencing public health initiatives. The paper describes how THRIVE affirms that the social-cultural, physical/built, and economic/educational environments at the community level have a significant impact on health and safety outcomes and their inequitable or equitable distribution. By synthesizing and translating a large body of research into an accessible framework and tool, THRIVE helps communities analyze the pathways by which structural drivers shape daily living conditions, and as a result, identify strategies to change policies and practices toward greater health equity.
Report on Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes, from ICTC/ICAN/MANA
The International Center for Traditional Childbearing, the International Cesarean Awareness Network, and the Midwives Alliance of North America have released a report entitled, Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes and Racial Discrimination as an Independent Risk Factor Affecting Maternal, Infant, and Child Health. The report explores infant mortality, preterm birth, and low birth weight rates in the African American community and provide recommendations to policymakers and researchers so that meaningful strides can be made toward dismantling racism, a necessary strategy to improve birth outcomes and eliminate health care disparities in the United States. There is also an infographic that can be shared on social media to raise awareness.
Collective Impact Connection
The Grand Bargain, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Decades of Deadlock: Using Network Principles to Break Through," highlighting an example of how a network approach was used to forge a "Grand Bargain" among parties long "embroiled in battle," representing a collective shift from self-interest to common interest.
News & Views
Congress Blog (The Hill blog): "Congress should support fund that prevents disease and saves lives"
The New York Times: "Overselling Breast-Feeding"
Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM blog): "Promotion without Support: A Reply to Editorials that Attack Breastfeeding Advocacy"
Fast Company: "The Business Case for Helping New Moms Pump at Work"
Aljazzera America: "The fight for the first food"