Healthy Start Funding Announcements, from HRSA
The Health Resources & Services Administration is soliciting applications for the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health programs. The Healthy Start program grants are provided to communities with rates of infant mortality at least 1 1/2 times the U.S. national average and high rates for other adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g., low birth weight, preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality) in order to address the needs of high-risk women and their families before, during, and after pregnancy. All private or public entities, including Indian tribes or tribal organizations and community and faith-based organizations, are eligible to apply.
NICU to Home Toolkit, from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published Transitioning Newborns from NICU to Home: A Resource Toolkit. The toolkit provides resources for hospitals that wish to improve safety when newborns transition home from their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by creating a Health Coach Program, tools for coaches, and information for parents and families of newborns who have spent time in the NICU.
Blueprint for Nutrition and Physical Activity and MCH Nutrition Success Stories, from ASPHN
The 2013 Blueprint for Nutrition and Physical Activity Expert Panel has released the second edition of Blueprint for Nutrition and Physical Activity: Cornerstones of a Healthy Lifestyle. The revised Blueprint offers guidance to build healthier communities and describes several cornerstones that impact community well-being, including a new sixth cornerstone: Policy and Advocacy. This document provides communities, consumers, organizations, agencies, and programs with strategies and potential actions to address priority nutrition and physical activity issues in the context of their own community resources and needs.
In addition, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has published Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Success Stories showcasing the vital work public health nutritionists are doing across the nation to improve the health of women and children, including the Birth and Beyond California Project to promote breastfeeding in hospitals.
#BlkBFing Twitter Chat Highlights, from MomsRising
MomsRising published highlights from last week's #BlkBFing Twitter chat co-hosted by MomsRising, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), Women's e-News, Ebony magazine, and mater mea.
Revised Clinical Protocol, from ABM
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has published a revised Clinical Protocol #2: Guidelines for Hospital Discharge of the Breastfeeding Term Newborn and Mother: "The Going Home Protocol".
Text4Baby Celebrity Ambassador, from HMHB
The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition has announced that R&B superstar Brandy will serve as Text4Baby celebrity ambassador. The multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, and actress will help Text4baby reach more expecting and new moms with free health and safety information through this new role. Read the press release.
Proposed Requirements for a New Perinatal Care Certification Program, from TJC
The Joint Commission is developing a new optional certification program for accredited organizations that will focus on the essential, high-value requirements for mothers and newborns who have been assessed as clinically uncomplicated. This Perinatal Care certification will provide an independent evaluation of the organization's prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care services, while more fully addressing all stages of this specialty service. The Joint Commission is proposing changes to the requirements and is seeking input from the field. Comments must be submitted by March 26, 2014.
Additionally, TJC encourages hospitals to share their perinatal care measure success stories through the Core Measure Solution Exchange® (CMSE).
Jury Duty Bill, from MD
Legislation has been introduced into the Maryland House and Senate which would allow an individual who is a primary caregiver for a minor under six years of age and unable to find child care, a breastfeeding mother, or a parent currently on paternity/maternity leave, to delay or be excused from jury duty.
News from the Field
Special Issue on Healthy Communities, from NCR
The National Civic Review has published a special issue celebrating "25 Years of Healthy Communities" in the United States. The issue features inspiring community stories, lessons learned, and the latest critical thinking about strategy, practice, theory, measurement, and cost-benefit.
News and Views
Motherlode (The New York Times blog): "The Pregnancy is Gone, but the Promotions Keep Coming"
Impatient Optimists (Gates Foundation blog): "Inside the Politics of Breastfeeding Promotion"
KOB4 Local News: "Lactating border agent fired, fights for job"
Human Capital (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation blog): "In the Media: Women's News Organization Honors Nurse Practitioner"