Summit on Breastfeeding Report, from ABM
This summer the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine hosted the Sixth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding—First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding. Summit accomplishments and presentations are documented in a special issue of Breastfeeding Medicine.
Medical Licensing Board Reverses Decision, from ACLU
Denial of a mother's request for additional break time to pump breast milk during her medical licensing examination prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to write a letter on the mother's behalf to the American Board of Internal Medicine. ACLU has reported that the board has reversed the decision, agreeing to provide break time and a private space, as well as to review its policy for nursing mothers.
State of the Latino Family National Survey, from WKKF
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has released The State of the Latino Family, National Survey of Latinos in the United States. The report is second in a series of four quantitative studies of the largest racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S., taking the pulse of Latino families on a wide range of topics, including breastfeeding. The report contains data on respondent profiles, social progress, economic conditions, education, health and well-being, and Latino-specific considerations. Read the press release.
Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ
The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) November 2014 newsletter includes an article about how NICHQ and WIC are teaming up to help Texas hospitals incorporate the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as part of the Texas Ten Step initiative.
News from the Field
Collective Impact Learning Brief, from FSG/FYI
Foundation Strategy Group and the Forum for Youth Investment have published a new learning brief entitled How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact. The learning brief identifies public policies that support the five conditions of collective impact and ways that government structures, processes, practices, and mindsets can enable and sustain "collective impact friendly" policies.
BUILD Health Challenge Proposal Request, from RWJF
The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program from the the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. The BUILD Health Challenge invites collaborative proposals that will identify, highlight, and advance new models for improving community health and health equity. BUILD Health will award up to $7.5 million in grants, low-interest loans, and program-related investments over two years to support up to 14 community-driven efforts. Q&A web conferences for potential participants will be held December 2, 4, and 9, and round 1 applications are due January 16.
Report on Doula Care, from New York
Choices in Childbirth has published Doula Care in New York City: Advancing the Goals of the Affordable Care Act. The report brings together medical research, health policy considerations, and the experiences and concerns of women to identify recommendations on how to increase access to and improve the effectiveness of doula care in New York City.
News and Views
Work in Progress (DOL blog): "A Working Father's Response"
Health Policy Forum (Altarum Institute blog): "Hospital Support for Breastfeeding: On the Cusp of Big Changes, Time to Step It Up"
TEDxBrookings: "Breastfeeding is everyone's business"