Weekly Wednesday Wire: December 16, 2015

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Federal News

Updated Infant Mortality Statistics, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the 2014 data brief presenting U.S. final mortality data on deaths and death rates by demographic and medical characteristics. The report finds that the nation's infant mortality rate decreased by 2.3% last year to a historic low of 5.8 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.

"Weekend Effect" Study of Delivery and Obstetric Outcomes, from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the results of a retrospective observational study that examined maternal and neonatal quality measures for deliveries occurring on Tuesdays compared to deliveries occurring on the weekend. The study found that four of seven performance measures studied were worse during the weekend, but staffing levels did not seem to explain the higher complication rate on weekends.

Partner News

Healthy MOM Act Action Alert, from March of Dimes

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12) have introduced legislation that would increase access to prenatal and maternity care. The Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act (Healthy MOM Act) would address this coverage gap by creating an special enrollment period for pregnant women, ensuring mothers have access to the health care options that best fit their maternity and prenatal needs. The bill would also ensure comprehensive coverage of maternity care for dependent children covered by group health plans and other forms of employer-sponsored coverage, and protect existing income eligibility levels for pregnant women and infants covered by Medicaid. The March of Dimes has created an action alert allowing individuals to send a letter to their Members of Congress in support of the bill.

A Call for Healing, from WKKF

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has released a call for healing as divisive rhetoric and extreme acts of violence continue to gain national attention.

News from the Field

Summary of Upcoming Regulations, from Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants

Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants has updated its document that provides a summary of upcoming regulations regarding nutrition, obesity prevention, nutrition facts labels, tobacco, early care and education, and other public health topics, based on a scan of the most recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda publication released in Spring 2015.

State/Community News

County Hospital Fact Sheet, from California WIC Association

The California WIC Association has released the 2015 Hospital Breastfeeding Rates Fact Sheets. According to state and county fact sheets, hospital breastfeeding rates have increased by 10% since 2010, benefiting tens of thousands of mothers and babies. More California hospitals also have adopted comprehensive breastfeeding policies as part of their maternity care. The 2014 data also show that substantial improvements have been made among ethnic groups that historically have the lowest breastfeeding rates. Despite this progress, stubborn gaps remain. Read the press release.

Collective Impact Connection

Equity & Collective Impact Frustrations and Resources, from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has released two blog posts that discuss how collective impact initiatives can inadvertently leave behind the communities they strive to serve. Groups are encouraged to read and discuss these and apply the lessons to their work, and to share in the comments the resources on equity that have been most valuable. Read the posts from:

News & Views

U.S. News & World Report: "Prioritize Prevention in 2016"

The Huffington Post: "The Troubling Erasure of Trans Parents Who Breastfeed"

The Atlantic: "Why Brazil Loves Breastfeeding"

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