Weekly Wednesday Wire: January 13, 2016

Federal News

New Dietary Guidelines, from HHS & USDA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture have released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, based on the Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Guidelines are central to informing both nutrition policy and practice. They are the cornerstone of WIC nutrition education and will inform the final recommendations in the current Institute of Medicine Review of the WIC Package.

Updated Breastfeeding and Lactation Policy, from US Army

The United States Army has released a revised breastfeeding and lactation support policy on the official Army Publications Directorate website. The revised policy strengthens workplace support for breastfeeding women, including important language concerning the meaning of "adequate time" to pump, the significance of breastfeeding, lactation support in TRICARE, and clarification on what lactation rooms should include.

Accountable Health Community Funding Opportunity, from CMMI

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has announced a new $157 million funding opportunity, the Accountable Health Community (AHC) Model, to better bridge clinical care and social services. The AHC model acknowledges the critical need to address underlying social determinants of health and equity and emphasizes clinical-community partnerships. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will award up to 44 cooperative agreements in three tracks. Please join the Web Forum listed in Partner News section below to learn more about this funding opportunity from CMMI staff, and hear reflections and insights specific to emerging opportunities this new funding will provide. Letters of intent are due February 8, 2016, and applications are due March 31, 2016.


Member News

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Club ModelTM Replication Webinar, from BMBFA

Join the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association for an informational webinar on Tuesday, January 26, from 2-3 p.m. ET to learn about how their model for community-based mother-led breastfeeding clubs can be replicated. Club meetings are well attended and have run without interruption since 2008. The model utilizes a comprehensive approach specifically designed to address the historical, societal, and social barriers that exist in breastfeeding support and success for African-Americans. This informational is open to anyone interested in a socially appropriate and targeted approach to decreasing black-white racial breastfeeding disparity.


Partner News

Healthy Communities Navigator, from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has released the Healthy Communities Navigator, a dynamic, searchable, interactive platform that provides stakeholders with community and population health resources, grants, and examples via three core components. The first, Cross-sector Grants, is a searchable database of over 50 public and private community prevention funding sources at the local, state, and federal levels. The second, Success Stories, is comprised of typically first-person accounts of community and population health models, programs, and policies that show how innovative work is being conducted at the implementation level through various funding sources. The third, Community & Population Health Policy Papers, is a collection of the important literature, policy papers, resources, and links related to population health and community prevention.

Doula Care Insurance Coverage Issue Brief, from Childbirth Connection & Choices in Childbirth

Childbirth Connection (a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families) and Choices in Childbirth have released a new issue brief entitled, Overdue: Medicaid and Private Insurance Coverage of Doula Care to Strengthen Maternal and Infant Health. The brief documents how widespread access to doula support would improve outcomes for women and babies, enhance women's experience of care, and reduce the cost of care. It clarifies that this high-value form of care warrants widespread Medicaid and private insurance coverage, and points to many pathways for achieving this. The Choices in Childbirth website also provides an executive summary, infographics, news release, and the most recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth.

2015 Annual Report, from WKKF

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has released its 2015 annual report, devoted to exploring and illuminating some of the dimensions of the foundation's history, work, and overall commitment in racial equity and racial healing.

Community Health Webinars, from Dialogue4Health

Join Dialogue4Health on Wednesday, January 20, from 2:30-4 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Advancing Accountable Health Communities: A New Funding Opportunity to Spur Clinical and Community Partnerships," to learn more about the new funding opportunity listed under the Federal News section above).

Dialogue4Health will also host a web forum on Wednesday, January 27, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET entitled, "Stepping Up to Make a Difference: The Vital Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Health Improvement." This forum will explore how anchor institutions—organizations with deep roots and longevity as major employers in their communities—are increasingly working outside their own walls to make lasting contributions to the health and well-being of the regions they serve.


News from the Field

Childhood Obesity Workshop Summary, from IoM

The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a brief summary of a workshop held on October 6, 2015, entitled, Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions. The workshop explored recent developments in the science of modifiable protective and risk factors associated with obesity through age 5, including a mother's pre-pregnancy weight and weight gain during pregnancy; smoking during pregnancy; breastfeeding; complementary feeding, responsive parenting; and sleep, activity, and sedentary behavior in young children. A full summary of the workshop will be available in Spring 2016. 


Collective Impact Connection

Big Social Change Goals, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled "Making Big Bets for Social Change," that explores the low number of large donations of $10 million or more given to social change organizations, given the high number of philanthropists who state social change as one of their primary goals. Understanding this "aspirational gap" can help nonprofits better communicate with potential donors.


News & Views

Ebony: "Breasts Are for Breastfeeding Too"

WBUR (NPR Boston): "Opinion: 'Lactivism' Has Trump-Like Appeal For Breastfeeding Backlash, But Science Is Off"

Forbes: "Newborn Gut Bacteria Differs If Infants Breastfed Or Formula-Fed, Vaginal Or Cesarean Birthed"

TIME: "Glam Mom Breastfeeding at Table Sparks Controversy in Equinox Ad"

ASPR blog: "New tool available – because providing the best care for pediatric patients during disasters takes informed, thoughtful, and realistic planning"

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