Weekly Wednesday Wire: December 2, 2015

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Partner News

Webinar on Data Tools for Paid Leave Policies, from PolicyLink/diversitydatakids.org/Family Values @ Work

Join PolicyLink, diversitydatakids.org, and Family Values @ Work for a webinar on Monday, December 14, from 4-5 p.m. ET to learn about new family and medical leave indicators and how they can further cross-sector efforts towards health equity and workers' economic security. Leaders and researchers at the intersection of public health and work-family policies will speak about the importance of rigorous data on state-level access to family and medical leave. Learn about eligibility and affordability gaps in access to leave, as well as collaborative action to improve access to healthy and equitable employment policies.

World AIDS Day Statement, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has released a World AIDS Day Statement, lifting up the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for HIV-exposed infants and how HIV-positive mothers can breastfeed safely.

Code Monitoring Android App & Online Forms, from ICDC

The International Code Documentation Centre has released an Android app and online forms to assist with monitoring of the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Individuals around the world can use these tools to assess possible violations and other useful information.

News from the Field

Breastfeeding As Key Component of New Power of Nutrition Fund, from The World Bank

The Power of Nutrition, a new independent fund launched earlier this year, will help millions of children reach their full potential. Backed by leading organisations from private philanthropy and international development, the partnership aims to unlock one billion dollars to tackle child undernutrition in some of the world's poorest countries. The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has published an article entitled, "The Power of Nutrition and the Power of Breastfeeding," by Keith Hansen of the World Bank, explaining how the support and expansion of breastfeeding programs saves lives and provides the most cost efficient investment in human capital with the greatest return for world economic prosperity.

Twitter #NoRiders Town Hall, from Clean Budget Coalition

The Clean Budget Coalition is hosting a Twitter Town Hall this Thursday, December 3, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET about the hundreds of adverse policy riders attached to the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bills. Panelists will answer questions about the threat posed by policy riders and the risk of a government shutdown. Tweet your questions to moderator David Dayen via @ddayen. Use #NoRiders to follow the conversation.

Strategies for Administering Paid Family and Medical Leave Report, from Center from American Progress

The Center for American Progress has released a report entited, Administering Paid Family and Medical Leave: Learning from International and Domestic Examples, detailing strategies the United States could use to implement paid leave. The report outlines three broad types of structures used domestically and internationally to ensure paid leave.

Social Determinants of Health Issue Brief, from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released an issue brief on the social determinants of health. Recent analysis shows that, although overall spending on social services and health care in the United States is comparable to other Western countries, the U.S. disproportionately spends less on social services and more on health care. Though health care is essential to health, research demonstrates that it is a relatively weak health determinant. Framing health through a broader context to include factors related to the communities in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age and learning from current initiatives will contribute to increased knowledge of how to achieve broader improvements in health and greater health equity.

Report on Leave in Dual-Earner Households, from National Bureau of Economic Research

The National Bureau of Economic Research has released a paper entitled, Paid Family Leave, Fathers' Leave-Taking, and Leave-Sharing in Dual-Earner Households, providing quasi-experimental evidence on the impact of paid leave legislation on leave-taking fathers, as well as on the division of leave between mothers and fathers in dual-earner households.

Collective Impact Connection

Free Tool to Improve Your Collective Impact Cross-Sector Partnership, from Living Cities

The Collective Impact Forum has shared a new free tool from Living Cities that will help collective impact initiatives assess their cross-sector partnerships. The Cross-Sector Partnership Assessment is based on Living Cities' experience with over 70 collective impact initiatives in cities around the country. The Assessment will help organizations think through how their cross-sector partnerships operate and provide tailored feedback and advice on how to get to better results, improve how they work with stakeholders, and achieve their missions.

News & Views

The Washington Post: "Just how bad are the breast-feeding police?"

New Republic: "The War Over Breastfeeding"

The Huffington Post: "Mom's Viral Breastfeeding Photo Shuts Down Shamers"

Los Angeles Times: "Is pumping as good as breast-feeding?"

Salon: "Our mandatory breast-feeding fetish: Race, class, big business and the new politics of motherhood"

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