Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 23, 2016

Federal News

Workshop and Comment Opportunity on Drug Safety during Lactation, from FDA

On April 27-28 the Food and Drug Administration will be hosting a free public workshop entitled "Evaluation of the Safety of Drugs and Biological Products used during Lactation." The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum to discuss the current state and future directions of the collection of data on the potential risks to breastfed infants with maternal use of medications during lactation. Participation can be either in person or by webcast. Interested individuals must register by e-mail by Friday, April 8. See the Federal Register notice for more information, and submit electronic or written comments by Saturday, May 28.

Military Parental Leave Bill, from Congresswoman Duckworth

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) has introduced a military parental leave bill which would allow all Service members, regardless of gender, to receive at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child, eliminate policies that treat adoptive and foster parents as less deserving of parental leave, and remove antiquated policies that fail to recognize modern family composition. The Military Parental Leave Modernization Act would consolidate the Armed Forces’ disparate and confusing parental leave policies into a single policy that is both consistent and equitable for all parents while also helping improve military readiness and workforce competitiveness. Download a fact sheet.

Planning for Healthy People 2030, from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun planning for Healthy People 2030, scheduled for release in 2020. The Healthy People initiative establishes disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the Nation. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is seeking nominations for members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Nominations will be accepted until 6 p.m. ET on Monday, April 18.


Member News

FirstFood Tweet Chat, from ROSE & MomsRising

Join Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere and MomsRising for a tweet chat on Thursday, March 31, from 8-9 p.m. ET via #FirstFood16 to address the question, "What's working to close the equity gap in breastfeeding?" The chat will provide an opportunity for organizations, lactation professionals, and parents to share what strategies and tactics are most effectively closing the equity gap and providing support for parents. The chat will be held in conjunction with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's First Food Forum 2016, to be held March 30-April 1 with the theme, Achieving Health Equity in Every Community. Please check the ROSE and MomsRising Facebook pages for updates starting March 27.

Report on Team-Based Care, from ACOG

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a task force report recommending physicians across all specialties employ team-based care. According to the report, team-based care can help physicians achieve the "Triple Aim," defined as improving the experience of care of individuals and families, improving the health of populations, and lowering per capita costs.

Study Shows Medicaid Savings and Better Birth Outcomes, from CHI

Centering Healthcare Institute has reported the findings of a retrospective five-year cohort study examining the cost savings of preventing poor birth outcomes through CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care. The study was published in the Journal of Maternal and Child Health, with three key findings that support a growing body of published research pointing to fewer preterm births and a reduction in persistent and profound racial disparities in preterm birth.


Partner News

World Breastfeeding Week 2016 Theme, from WBW

World Breastfeeding Week has released its 2016 theme, "Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development," commemorating the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This broad approach using the sustainability theme will enable the breastfeeding movement to connect with a variety of development issues over the next 15 years (2030) for maximum impact. The WBW materials will cover the main links between breastfeeding and the SDGs along five broad themes (1) nutrition/food security; 2) health, well-being, and survival; 3) environment and climate change; 4) work productivity, empowerment, and social protection; and 5) sustainable partnerships and rule of law.

State Breastfeeding Learning Community Report, from ASTHO

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has released its Breastfeeding Learning Community Year One Summary Report. In 2014, ASTHO, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, initiated a unique project to support states in improving their breastfeeding rates. Using a Learning Community Model, seventeen states and the District of Columbia were funded to enhance the use of effective strategies to reduce breastfeeding barriers.

Resource on Low-Wage Working Parents, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center has released an analysis showing that more than six million of the over 23 million workers in the low-wage workforce (typically paid $10.50 per hour or less), are parents with children under 18, and three-quarters of these are mothers. By integrating data and research with workers' own stories, the report, entitled Set Up to Fail: When Low-Wage Jobs Jeopardize Parents' and Children's Success, reveals how too many children pay the price for the working conditions their parents face.

Webinar on Reaching the Faith Community, from Emory/ASTHO

Join the Emory University Interfaith Health Program, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Emory University Region IV Public Health Training Center, for a webinar on Monday, April 4, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET. Entitled "Public Health Reaching out to the Faith Community: Why, How, and What Works," the webinar will showcase successful partnerships between local and state public health agencies and faith-based organizations and provide information about how to identify, initiate, and build partnership relationships with faith and community-based organizations that extend the reach of public health efforts.


News from the Field

Equal Pay Day Toolkits, from American Women

To prepare for Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 12, American Women has released a series of toolkits with national, Spanish, and 50 state/DC versions that include helpful messaging guidance, polling, and fast facts on issues related to economic security.

2016 County Health Rankings, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2016 County Health Rankings. The rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot of the health of nearly every county in the nation, showing that good health is shaped by jobs, housing, education, medical care, and access to healthy foods, among other factors. The website houses many resources include Roadmaps to provide communities with guidance and tools to understand the data, and information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes. Breastfeeding promotion programs are ranked at the highest evidence rating.


Collective Impact Connection

Measurement Resources for Partnerships, from MPI

Some of the most invaluable information to a collaborative is data that help its members understand and assess how well their partnership is working. An intentional process to monitor and measure group capacity can be a determining factor in a collaboration's ability to achieve its impact goals. An engaged and informed partner can be the difference in making change. The Measure Partnership for Impact position paper and accompanying MPI Assessment Tool have been developed to enable collaboratives to enhance their impact. The tool reflects the five Collective Impact conditions plus an additional Stakeholder Engagement domain and includes questions probing for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) embedded throughout. The article also emphasizes how to use the tool to ensure you are maximizing its potential impacts.


News & Views

The Hill: "White House close to finalizing new overtime rules"

SHRM blog: "Bill to Block Overtime Rule Introduced"

The Atlantic: "Strollers on Campus"

PHI blog: "Three Key Takeaways from the Alignment of Health and Community Development (AHEAD) Initiative"

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