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Breastfeeding Series Launch, from The Lancet
Join The Lancet for the launch of a special Breastfeeding Series via webcast on Friday, January 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. The series is the first of its kind to evaluate global breastfeeding levels, trends and inequalities, in addition to the short- and long-term consequences for both mother and child, regardless of where they live or their income. This interactive launch event will highlight key findings as well as present success stories and opportunities to eliminate barriers to breastfeeding in high- and low-income countries.
Adolescent Mothers Breastfeeding Report, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the results of a study on adolescent breastfeeding rates in the latest issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report, "Maternity Care Practices and Breastfeeding Among Adolescent Mothers Aged 12–19 Years — United States, 2009–2011," finds that the intrapartum period is an important time for evidence-based maternity care practices because they can increase the rates of any and exclusive breastfeeding.
Rhode Island Paid Leave Report, from DOL
The Department of Labor has released a report, Assessing Rhode Island’s Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act: Insights from a Survey of Employers, providing new evidence on the state's paid family leave law that took effect in January 2014. The results suggest that these laws may not have significant impacts on small and medium-sized employers and could garner support by such employers once they have experienced them.
Protecting Our Infants Act Passed, from The White House
President Obama signed the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 into law in November, focused on helping identify evidence-based approaches to care for babies suffering form Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and their mothers. The Department of Health and Human Services is currently providing guidance to strengthen the capacity of states and local jurisdictions to improve the safety, health, and well-being of substance exposed infants, with an emphasis on opioid dependent women, and the recovery of pregnant and parenting women and their families.
New Essential Elements, from CHI
Centering Healthcare Institute has released a repackaging of their Essential Elements. The Essential Elements serve as a blueprint for model implementation and ensuring quality and consistency of Centering care across sites. The core components of Centering—health assessment, interactive learning, and community building—are unchanged. The Essential Elements have been repackaged to simplify them and speak to the intent and philosophy behind Centering. They have the same meaning, but some were combined, resulting in a smaller number of more cohesive elements.
Applications Open for National First Food Racial Equity Cohort, from CSI
The Center for Social Inclusion is seeking applications for the first National First Food Racial Equity Cohort. The cohort will be prepared through a "train the trainers" model to be central capacity builders for the broader field of First Food. The trainings will encompass a variety of topics including structural race, racially equitable policy and strategy development, organizational change strategies, facilitation and meeting management, and effective communications strategies: how to talk effectively about race. Applications are due by February 19.
Men and Dads at WIC Toolkit, from CWA
The California WIC Association has released an online toolkit on engaging men and dads at WIC. The toolkit provides best practices and resources including strategies for the clinic environment, counseling approaches, breastfeeding support, communicating with dads, and engaging moms in their inclusion.
Webinar on Building Woman-Centered Postpartum Systems of Care, from AMCHP, NICHQ & UNC
Join the National Institute of Child Health Quality, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health for a free public webinar on Tuesday, February 2, from 3:30-5 p.m. ET to hear from expert panelists about key issues that impact the health of new mothers, including: postpartum visit utilization, access, and quality; connecting clinic with home visits; maximizing community resources; and supporting self-advocacy and patient activation. Through the sharing of current challenges and emerging postpartum health initiatives, the interactive webinar will focus on discussing actionable strategies for change, including considering the role of Title V in promoting preconception wellness.
Implicit Bias Webinar, from BCW
Join the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington and the Washington State Department of Health-WIC Nutrition Program on Friday, January 29, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled "Challenging Implicit Biases to Achieve Equity and Justice." Scott Winn, a faculty member at the University of Washington's School of Social Work will speak about working definitions of implicit and explicit bias, deepening our understanding of the impact of biases on interpersonal interactions and organization policy and practice, examples of how implicit bias leads to racial and other inequities, and strategies and tools to lessen the impact of implicit bias.
News from the Field
Human Milk for Premature Infants Policy Brief, from IfPA
The Institute for Patient Access has released The Value of Human Milk Access for Premature Infants, a policy brief detailing the importance of quality and safety, as well as the benefits of an exclusive human milk diet for the most fragile preemies. The report addresses barriers to access to human milk including insurance coverage, and encourages policymakers to collaborate on access and quality standards while broadening parent awareness through informed consent.
Public-Private Partnership Workshop Summary, from IoM
In June 2015, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Forum on Public–Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety (PPP Forum) held a workshop on the role of public–private partnerships (PPPs) in health systems strengthening. The workshop brought together stakeholders from the public and private sectors to examine a range of incentives, innovations, and opportunities for relevant sectors and stakeholders in strengthening health systems through partnerships; to explore lessons learned from previous and ongoing efforts with the goal of illuminating how to improve performance and outcomes going forward; and to discuss measuring the value and outcomes of investments and documenting success in partnerships focused on health systems strengthening. The workshop summary report has been released.
Medications and Breastfeeding App, from InfantRisk Center
Texas Tech University Health Science Center's InfantRisk Center has released the MommyMeds mobile app, providing information about 20,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements, to breastfeeding women, based on research at the university. Users can scan the medication's bar code or search by symptom for products to relieve headaches, allergies, or nausea.
Breast Milk Bank Opens, from Philadelphia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has opened an onsite human milk bank, the first of its kind in the Philadelphia region, developed in cooperation with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. It is one of the only nonprofit milk banks located inside a freestanding children's hospital in the United States.
Collective Impact Connection
Building Collaboration Resources, from GEO
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has released a resource entitled, "Building Collaborations from the Inside Out," focused on how organizations can increase their collaboration ability. It offers guidance on steps grantmakers and nonprofits can take to adopt a collaborative mindset and align values and practice so they can be better partners in collaboration.
News & Views
The Cut (New York Magazine blog): "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Calls for Paid Leave and Income Equality in MLK Speech"
The Kinfolk Collective: "Choosing Not to Breastfeed Was My Revolutionary Act"
The New York Times: "How to Make Home Birth a Safer Option"