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Register Now for National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference; Community Engagement Pre-Conference Workshop
Online registration is now open for the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference, to be held August 2-4, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. On Saturday, August 2, join coalition building consultant Tom Wolff to explore and master strategies for working collaboratively from the grassroots to the treetops, in the community engagement pre-conference workshop. Participants will work in small groups to build skills in engaging community sectors and creating collaborative solutions. Learn how to build a multi-sectoral coalition, conduct stakeholder analyses, and identify priority individuals/institutions to engage. Assess the structural and cultural changes that might be necessary to create a diverse, inclusive, multicultural coalition. Find effective strategies to utilize the expertise and passion of volunteers dedicated to the mission of your coalition and strengthen your coalition's capacity to form deep and long-term alliances with communities around shared goals. Registration for the main conference is not required for participation in this optional workshop.
Infant Mortality Encore Presentation, from CDC
Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, July 15, at 1 p.m. ET for an encore presentation of Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality. This session of Grand Rounds coincided with the 20th anniversary of Child Health Month, inaugurated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Both nationally and globally, infant mortality is a key measure of population health; the U.S. infant mortality rate has continued to steadily decline over the past several decades.
Definition of Community Health Workers, from APHA
The American Public Health Association Community Health Worker Section is launching a national campaign to ask the U.S. Department of Labor to adopt the APHA definition of community health workers (CHWs), created by CHWs and their supporters from all over the country. The current definition results in an undercount of the workforce, which has implications for funding and recognition of the valuable work CHWs do. To participate, please download and complete the template letter and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 21, with the subject line of "2018 SOC."
Obesity Prevention Toolkit, from Nemours
Nemours has published Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities, a toolkit providing a range of science-informed, promising, or emerging obesity prevention strategies in five different sectors that serve children, including: Early Care and Education, Schools, Out-of-School Time, Community Initiatives, and Health Care. The toolkit emphasizes breastfeeding as a key component of obesity prevention.
News from the Field
Midwifery Series, from The Lancet
The Lancet medical journal has released its Midwifery Series, which provides a framework for quality maternal and newborn care (QMNC) that firmly places the needs of women and their newborn infants at its centre. It is based on a definition of midwifery that takes account of skills, attitudes, and behaviors rather than specific professional roles. The findings of the series support a shift from fragmented maternal and newborn care provision that is focused on identification and treatment of pathology, to a whole-system approach that provides skilled care for all. Media highlights included:
- National Partnership for Women & Families blog: "For the Sake of Women and Newborns: Strengthen Midwifery"
- The Huffington Post: "Lancet Special Series On Midwifery: Women Should Be in the Heart of Decision-Making"
Newborn Health Action Plan, from WHO/UNICEF
Approved at the May 2014 World Health Assembly, the newly published Every Newborn action plan (ENAP) outlines strategies to prevent newborn and stillborn deaths, highlighting breastfeeding as a high-impact, cost-effective intervention for newborn health. The ENAP gives specific targets for all countries to reduce neonatal mortality and stillbirth rates by 2035. Led by WHO and UNICEF, the process to develop the ENAP involved more than 80 organizations, multiple multi-stakeholder consultations, and a web-based consultation drawing over 300 comments. The plan takes into account all inputs as well as findings from The Lancet Every Newborn Series published in May 2014. Read the press release.
State Law Listing Update, from NCSL
The National Conference of State Legislatures has updated their listing of state breastfeeding laws. The webpage also includes information on federal health reform and nursing mothers.
News and Views
SheKnows.com: "Starbucks customer complains about breastfeeding, gets owned by teen barista"
Lactation Matters (ILCA blog): "ILCA's Independent International Code Expert Panel: A Model for Professional Associations"
I Am Not the Babysitter blog: "Moon Bloodgood Discusses 'Extended Breastfeeding' on Craig Ferguson"