Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 4, 2016

Federal News

Quality Payment Program, from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a video announcing and explaining the new Quality Payment Program, the result of a bipartisan bill passed last year and supported by much of the medical community, that provides and strengthens tools to encourage innovation and help improve delivery of health care. 

Nominate Gender Equity Champions for United State of Women Summit, from The White House

The White House Council on Women and Girls will host the Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, June 14. In order to ensure the room is filled with thought leaders, activists, community leaders, and citizens who are committed to bringing about gender equality, nominations are sought of real-life heroes showing their commitment to gender equity through action. The deadline is May 16 to nominate individuals leading in these six key areas: educational opportunity and STEM; economic prosperity; entrepreneurship and innovation; civic engagement, leadership, and visibility; preventing violence against women; and women's health.

Teen Birth Rate Analysis, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a new analysis reporting that births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006. This mirrors a substantial national decline: births to all American teenagers have dropped more than 40 percent within the past decade. Despite this progress, key challenges persist for many communities.

Health Trends and Statistics Report, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the Health, United States 2015 Report with a special feature on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. The 39th edition of the report presents an annual overview of national trends in health statistics and a Chartbook assessing the nation's health by presenting trends and current information on selected measures of morbidity, mortality, health care utilization and access, health risk factors, prevention, health insurance, and personal health care expenditures.


Member News

Child Care Twitter Storm, from MomsRising and Partners

Join MomsRising and various partners on Thursday, May 5, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the Moms Need #ChildCareNow Twitter Storm to support increased investments in child care to support America's moms on Mother's Day.

WHO Code Day of Action, from Public Citizen

Saturday, May 21, 2016, is the 35th anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Join Public Citizen for a WHO Code Day of Action on May 21 which will focus on the predatory marketing of infant formula using the hashtag #ProtectParentsAndBabies. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to: 

  • Take photos or videos holding a homemade sign and post on the event page on Facebook. "Protect Parents and Babies: Keep Marketing out of Healthcare Facilities" or "Follow the WHO Code" are suggested messages for signs.
  • Post photos/videos/personal messages to the Facebook pages of Code violators.

State Funding for Community-Based Doula Program, from HCOne

HealthConnect One has announced that Washington became the first state to support the Community-Based Doula program as an effective health equity strategy when Open Arms Perinatal Services received state funding for their program last month. The opportunity validates the diverse approach to home visiting in Washington State and could have national implications.


Partner News

Child Socioemotional Development Webinar, from NICHQ

Join NICHQ for a special free webinar on Thursday, May 5, from 12-1 p.m. ET to discuss the conclusions from the Promoting Optimal Child Development initiative, which developed recommendations for using pediatric primary care practices to reinforce positive socioemotional behaviors in primary caregivers of children ages 0-3. A report detailing the initiative's findings will be available after the webinar.

#WhatMomsNeed Digital Day of Action, from NPWF

Join the National Partnership for Women & Families on Thursday, May 5, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET for a Mother's Day themed #WhatMomsNeed Digital Day of Action, including a Twitter Storm from 3-4 p.m. ET. Groups are strongly encouraged to use social media to call on lawmakers and/or candidates to support policies that help women and families like paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, fair pay, and protections for pregnant workers using the hashtags #WhatMomsNeed and #MothersDay. 


News from the Field

National Preparedness Index, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2016 National Health Security Preparedness Index, a state-by-state review measuring how communities respond to and recover from large-scale emergencies. The Index shows an improvement in health security and community engagement since 2014 and 2015. Overall, however, the national index score is just 6.7 on a 10-point scale.

Behavioral Health Science Opportunity, from ideas42

ideas42 is currently soliciting applications for a new program entitled, "Using Behavioral Science to Advance Community Health and Well-Being." Communities tackling challenging problems in community health and well-being, and who are interested in learning how the field of behavioral science can be used to develop better solutions, are encouraged to apply by Friday, June 17.

CACFP Meal Standards Webinar, from FRAC

Join the Food Research and Action Center on Monday, May 9, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "New Healthier CACFP Meal Standards: What you need to know." Participants will learn about USDA's recently issued healthier meal pattern and nutrition standards for the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Head Start, child care centers, family child care homes, afterschool programs, emergency shelters and adult day care; and school meal programs in school-based PreK.


Collective Impact Connection

Assessing the Collective Impact Field’s Needs, from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has released the results of its second annual member survey on what topics and issues are top of mind from those in the field. The top five requested topics for the Forum to address in future convenings and webinars included:

  • Community engagement: Authentically engaging those with lived experience by ensuring that community members more actively contribute to and co-lead a collective impact initiative
  • Evaluation: Understanding how to evaluate collective impact initiatives at various stages
  • Capacity building: Supporting partners to build the skills they need for effective collective impact engagement (e.g., collecting, analyzing, and using data; collaborative mindsets)
  • Leadership: Developing the system leadership capacities needed to work on a collective impact approach (e.g., seeing the larger system, fostering reflection with partners, and co-creating with others)
  • Equity: Bringing an equity lens to collective impact by creating the conditions that enable just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential

News & Views

The New York Times: "Movement in Georgia aims to end stigma against breastfeeding in public"

Forbes: "U.S. Breastfeeding Rates Continue To Rise [Infographic]"

Vox: "There are lots of great reasons to breast-feed. Saving money isn't one of them."

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