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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. Approximately half of all facilities have been screened so far. Multiple call attempts are made for each facility and staff are encouraged to inform their Mother/Baby Manager to expect the call.
New Data on Public Perceptions on Breastfeeding, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new HealthStyles Survey data on public perception on breastfeeding. The 2015 survey contained 10 questions on breastfeeding, paid leave, and baby/toddler food. Questions and data from surveys conducted in previous years are also available.
Disparities Action Plan Implementation Progress Report, from OMH
The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the implementation of the Health and Human Services Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, has released the first Implementation Progress Report, which details HHS efforts to address disparities in health and health care among racial and ethnic minorities from 2011 through 2014.
New Position Statement on Breastfeeding, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has released a revised position statement on breastfeeding, emphasizing the key role played by physicians in promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding. ABM reaffirmed its commitment to this global need through the work of its international membership and its role as a core partner with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.
Cultural Humility in Breastfeeding Webinar, from NACCHO
Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials Breastfeeding Project Team for their upcoming webinar "Cultural Humility: Shifting the Care Paradigm" on November 19 at 2 p.m. ET. This webinar will explore the cultural humility approach to support pregnant and postpartum mothers, with guest speaker Dr. Quinn Gentry outlining key themes of the RELATE model. While targeted to breastfeeding support providers, this webinar will be useful to anyone with direct interaction with clients from diverse communities.
Early Childhood Documentary & Engagement Campaign, from NPWF
Join the National Partnership for Women and Families for an online streaming of The Raising of America, a five-part documentary series and public engagement campaign that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated, and more prosperous and equitable America. The documentary series will be available to stream online for free from November 9-30. Organizations and individuals are invited to plan viewing activities. There will also be a national #RaisingofAmerica digital blitz on November 17.
Early Childhood Action Plan and Breastfeeding Friendly Hospitals Case Study, from TFAH
Trust for America's Health has published new Prevention and Public Health Stories in the States. One story, "Increasing Access to Breastfeeding Friendly Hospitals: The Iowa Experience," explores the path the Iowa Department of Public Health took to improve breastfeeding rates in the state and includes the resources provided to targeted hospitals.
Trust for America's Health has also released a new report entitled, A Healthy Early Childhood Action Plan: Policies for a Lifetime of Wellbeing, highlighting more than 40 policy target areas that are key to achieving national goals of reducing toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and improving the lives of millions of children. The report calls for increased public health engagement in early childhood areas, with a series of recommendations, including to build beyond the traditional health care system by integrating health and other social supports. Breastfeeding is included in the recommendations for a public health approach.
Paid Leave & TDI State Law Comparison Charts, from A Better Balance
A Better Balance has released detailed comparison charts of Paid Family Leave laws in three states and Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) laws in five states. Paid leave advocates have identified TDI programs as a means for establishing paid leave programs.
Updated Breastfeeding-HIV Guidelines, from WHO
The World Health Organization has updated its guidelines about when to start antiretroviral therapy in pregnant and breastfeeding women. The new guidelines suggest all breastfeeding women living with HIV should start treatment with the drugs and continue for life, regardless of the CD4 cell count or clinical stage. WHO predicts the new policy will improve individual health outcomes and prevent mother-to-child transmission and sexual-partner transmission of the virus.
News from the Field
Special Supplement Summarizing Breastfeeding Health Effects, from Acta Paediatrica
Acta Paediatrica has published a special supplement that includes several systematic reviews on the impact of breastfeeding on maternal and child health. The authors carefully study a wide breadth of the literature to describe current knowledge on the benefits of breastfeeding, or put differently, the harms from not breastfeeding, and the effectiveness of interventions to promote breastfeeding. In an opening editorial, Laurence M. Grummer-Strawn and Nigel Rollins identify five key messages, including that the health benefits of breastfeeding are substantial, and that is is critical to examine the breadth of the literature on an outcome of interest before drawing any conclusions.
Breastfeeding Support Among Hospital Managers, from Clinical Lactation
The journal Clinical Lactation has published a study entitled, "Evaluating Attitudes Toward Workplace Support for Breastfeeding Among Hospital Managers." The objectives of the study were to identify factors influencing workplace attitudes about support for breastfeeding, to develop a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Initiative addressing these factors, and assess its effectiveness in changing employers' attitudes. Findings demonstrated that managers' perceptions, beliefs, attitudes, and intention to support breastfeeding improved with the implementation of the program.
Submissions Sought for Special Issue on Underserved Populations, from Childhood Obesity
The journal Childhood Obesity plans to publish a special issue and is interested in original research and meta-analyses in regard to any aspect of childhood obesity in underserved populations. New ideas and initiatives are needed for understanding the factors that predispose or lead to obesity in these populations: biological, behavioral, and ecological. New analyses are needed that enable researchers to understand why previous programs have not been successful, especially mediation and moderator analyses, and for innovative programs that deliberately attempt to minimize previous recognized problems and take new approaches to better serve these populations. Manuscript submission guidelines are available online and the deadline is March 15, 2016.
The American Case for Paid Maternity Leave, from TEDxSMU
Jessica Shortall makes an impassioned case for Americans to have access to paid leave during a recent TEDxSMU talk. Shortall argues that the time has come for the U.S. to recognize the economic, physical, and psychological costs of its current approach for working mothers and their babies, and to secure its own economic future by providing paid leave to all working parents.
Collective Impact Connection
Building the Capacity for Collective Action, from Collective Impact Forum
The Collective Impact Forum has released a blog post entitled, "Building the Capacity for Collective Action," discussing some of the capacity building factors that can help grantmakers support collaborations while examining how the existing grantmaking processes exacerbates the prevailing "go it alone" mindset.
News & Views
The Huffington Post: "Does Breastfeeding Matter? Graphing the Lives Saved"
The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Has Mother's Milk Gone Sour?"
Society for Human Resource Management blog: "States Require Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Workers"
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting blog: "Raising healthy babies one neighborhood at a time"