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National Women's Health Week Activities, from DHHS/OWH
National Women's Health Week is May 8-14. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office on Women's Health has created a list of ideas for celebrating. Individuals and organizations are also invited to join the Thunderclap, take the National Women's Health Week pledge, explore social media and promotional tools, and follow the conversation at hashtag #NWHW.
FAM Act Passes Senate, from Congress
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's bipartisan Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act has passed the Senate as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act. The FAM Act, which has 62 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and is endorsed by several public health organizations, will now return to the House for consideration as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act. The FAM Act would ensure breastfeeding mothers traveling through large- and medium-sized airports have accessible, clean, and convenient lactation rooms to use.
Perinatal Quality Collaborative State Guide, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released Developing and Sustaining Perinatal Quality Collaboratives: A Resource Guide for States, intended to provide assistance to states that may wish to form a Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC) or that are facing challenges with any aspect of PQC development. The guide provides information on starting a statewide collaborative, launching initiatives, data and measurement, quality improvement methods, dissemination, and sustainability.
Investment in Transforming Primary Care, from CMS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced its largest-ever multi-payer initiative to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid for in the United States. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative will pay doctors based on health outcomes and move away from the traditional fee-for-service payment structure. The effort will be implemented in up to 20 regions and can accommodate up to 5,000 practices. CMS will select regions for CPC+ where there is sufficient interest from multiple payers to support practices' participation in the initiative. CMS will accept payer proposals to partner in CPC+ through June 1.
New Mentoring Program, from Baby Café USA
Baby Café USA has announced the launch of a mentoring program for individuals to become trained as breastfeeding counselors in its licensed cafe locations. Applicants who successfully complete the program will be certified as Baby Café Breastfeeding Counselors (BCBCs) after demonstrating proficiency in basic clinical skills and counseling. Every Baby Café will now have the ability to educate and mentor community mothers to become trusted resources and potential staff members for Baby Cafés or other community breastfeeding sites. The program has been approved to qualify for necessary hours to sit for the IBCLC exam and provides increased opportunities for communities where lactation care is scarce.
World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative, from HCP & ABI
Healthy Children Project and the American Breastfeeding Institute have convened a team of U.S. experts for the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) Indicator Assessment Workshop. The results will be shared at the USBC events in August, with an opportunity for feedback and for organizations to sign on.
Community Prevention (CPPW) Outcomes Research, from Trust for America's Health
The journal Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy has published an article entitled, "Community-Based Interventions to Decrease Obesity and Tobacco Exposure and Reduce Health Care Costs: Outcome Estimates From Communities Putting Prevention to Work for 2010-2020." The research found that large investments in community preventive interventions, if sustained, could yield cost savings many times greater than the original investment over 10-20 years and avert 14,000 premature deaths.
State Public Health Funding Report, from Trust for America's Health
Trust for America's Health has released the 11th edition of Investing in America's Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, examining public health funding and key health facts for each state as well as the effects of ongoing cuts. The report makes the case for all Americans to be protected by a set of foundational public health capabilities and services no matter where they live.
Virtual Dance Party, from Text4Baby
Join Text4Baby for a virtual dance party to celebrate its one millionth mother served. Write a brief note about what Text4baby means to you or record a short, 10-30 second video of yourself dancing and e-mail the submission by April 22. Participants will be entered to win a drawing and submissions may be featured in the virtual dance party.
News from the Field
Paid Leave and Breastfeeding Report, from Birth
The journal Birth has released an article entitled, "Paid Maternity Leave and Breastfeeding Outcomes," using data from the 2006-2010 U.S. National Survey of Family Growth to describe the associations between paid leave duration and breastfeeding rates. Employed women who received 12 or more weeks of paid maternity leave were more likely to initiate breastfeeding and be breastfeeding their child at six months than those without access to paid leave.
Women's Economic Security Issue Brief, from Washington Center for Equitable Growth
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has released an issue brief detailing how much more women across race and incomes are working to maintain some level of economic security for their families. The brief includes data on how women have increased work hours over the past few decades and how much those increased work hours, as well as higher wages, have helped them contribute to their households.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Webinar, from NACDD
Join the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors for a webinar entitled "Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: An Introspective Look" on Thursday, April 28, from 3-4 p.m. ET. The NACDD Health Equity Council will present tools and resources developed for state health department staff to assist with the integration of health equity concepts and theory into public health practice.
Community Action Model, from Active Living By Design
Active Living By Design has launched its updated Community Action Model, an evidence-informed framework for increasing active living and healthy eating in communities through comprehensive and integrated strategies. This new model highlights the importance of a community's context, defines six essential practices that support success, and focuses the action approach from the original 5Ps to a new 3P approach: "Partner, Prepare and Progress." This updated model can be useful to community coalitions and local leaders seeking a collaborative approach to creating healthier places and to funders seeking a tested approach for local investments.
Policy Brief on WIC and Millennials, from CWA
The California WIC Association has released a policy brief entitled, Serving the Millennial Generation: Challenges for WIC, summarizing current demographic characteristics and market data and providing a glimpse of some recent WIC-related millennial research. CWA also has created a "Reaching Millennials" webpage featuring information and links about how WIC can better engage this sub-segment of its population.
Collective Impact Connection
Systems Thinking Resources, from FSG
FSG has published a blog post with information and tools designed to help organizations implement systems thinking. They have identified, codified, and designed a framework and a set of tools that can support social change practitioners in improving their awareness and fluency around how to build systems thinking into their work. The post is part of a series exploring systems thinking and practice.
News & Views
The Boston Globe: "Maternity wards are moving away from nurseries"
The Washington Post: "Judge tells breast-feeding mother, 'Ma'am, you need to cover up' "
Public Health Institute's Build Healthy Places Network blog: "When Tackling the Social Determinants of Health, Pooling Funding Streams Is the Wise Course"