Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 17, 2014

Federal News

Report on Use of Preventive Services, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) supplement, Use of Selected Clinical Preventive Services to Improve the Health of Infants, Children, and Adolescents — United States, 1999–2011. This is the second in a series of reports examining the use of selected clinical preventive services in the United States, providing a baseline assessment of their use before implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including breastfeeding counseling during the prenatal period. The Prenatal Breastfeeding Counseling — Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, United States, 2010 supplement found that approximately 17% of mothers reported that their physician, nurse, or other health care worker did not talk about breastfeeding during their prenatal care visits. 


Member News

WGYBB Fitness Challenge, from BfB

The Best for Babes Foundation is hosting the 2014 We've Got Your Back, Babe (WGYBB) national fitness challenge in partnership with Breastfeeding USA, the United States Lactation Consultant Association, and KellyMom.com, to help reach and educate expecting moms about how to navigate barriers to breastfeeding success. Make a donation, join a local team, or join the virtual team to raise funds and awareness through October 31. 


National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness and share strategies for preventing childhood obesity. Join the conversation on Twitter at hashtag #NCOAM. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a map detailing the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states, based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. Three additional maps demonstrate obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity for each state. Also see the CDC Feature: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers are offering complimentary access to a selection of top papers from the Childhood Obesity journal through the end of September.

Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have published the State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, including the special report Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity, which provides an in-depth look at the inequities that contribute to higher obesity rates in black and Latino communities.


Partner News

Community Breastfeeding Support Funding Opportunity, from NACCHO

The National Association of County & City Health Officials has announced a funding opportunity for local health departments and community-based public, private, non-profit, or faith-based organizations to provide peer and professional lactation support to African American and underserved (e.g., ethnic minority group or low-income) women and infants. The purpose of this project is to increase implementation of evidence-based and innovative breastfeeding programs, practices, and services at the community level, and to develop and maintain public health partnerships critical to building community support for breastfeeding. NACCHO will host two optional webinars to discuss the funding opportunity and respond to questions: September 25 at 1:30 pm ET and September 26 at 9:30 am ET. The application deadline is October 10.


News from the Field

Impact of Infant Feeding Practices Study, from Pediatrics

A supplement published in the journal Pediatrics examines the relationship between early infant feeding and subsequent health outcomes. "Infant Feeding and Long-term Outcomes: Results from the Year Six Follow-Up of Children in the Infant Feeding Practices Study II" presents new data from a follow-up study of children at six years of age who were previously included in the Infant Feeding Practices Study II. The authors found that the longer a mother breastfeeds and waits to introduce food and beverage other than breast milk, the lower the odds her child will have ear, throat, and sinus infections at six years of age. Also, children who breastfeed longer consume more water, fruit, and vegetables at six years of age and consume less fruit juice and sugar-sweetened beverages. Media highlights include: The New York Times: "Childhood Diet Habits Set in Infancy, Studies Suggest."

Breast Pump Hackathon, from MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab is hosting The "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" Hackathon September 20-21, bringing together breast pump users, engineers, designers, health care and lactation specialists, and educators to explore new ideas and innovations to improve breast pump designs. Submit ideas and considerations to be shared with Hackathon participants. Media highlights include:

Racial/Ethnic Disparities Sign-On Letter, from NHEC

The National Health Equity Coalition has developed an organizational sign-on letter to urge representatives of the House Appropriations Committee to continue funding for federal programs that address racial and ethnic health disparities, including the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program, and the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). 


State/Community News

Pregnant Workers Bill Signed Into Law, from DE

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was signed into law by Delaware Governor Markell, requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Sponsored by State Senator Bethany Hall-Long, the bill passed with a unanimous vote. Media highlights include:


News and Views

The New York Times: "What Doctors Can't Do"

Buzzfeed: "This Is What Paid Maternity Leave Looks Like Around The World"

The Huffington Post: "The Amazing People Who Are Changing How Low-Income Moms Give Birth"

People: "Breastmilk, the Movie: What Ricki Lake Hopes You'll Take Away"

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