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Virtual Town Hall Meeting
USBC and MomsRising are partnering to welcome the new 114th Congress and deliver a "Welcome" message online and in person, to raise the visibility of breastfeeding for the new Congressional session. It is critically important to hear from individuals both within and outside the organization to ensure a diversity of perspectives are considered in the planning process. On Thursday, December 11, from 8-9 p.m. ET / 5-6 p.m. PT, we are hosting a Virtual Town Hall Meeting: moms and individual advocates are invited to join us to share perspectives, experiences, and ideas. The valuable feedback gathered will inform the priorities highlighted in the "Welcome" message and the design of leave-behind materials hand-delivered to every Congressional office on January 22, 2014. Register for the Town Hall Meeting.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, from LLL USA
La Leche League USA has created an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, with the goal to enhance equity in La Leche League and to better serve breastfeeding families in all communities. The committee is a diverse subset of Leaders who represent various perspectives, ages, backgrounds, and cultures, yet who all share a passion for this topic. It is exploring the barriers that exist to parents of diverse backgrounds who seek support from La Leche League, and in turn, may seek to become LLL Leaders themselves.
State-Level Quality Improvement Resource Guide, from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released Implementing a State-Level Quality Improvement Collaborative: A Resource Guide From the Medicaid Network for Evidence-based Treatment (MEDNET), a resource guide for State agencies, policymakers, and stakeholders interested in implementing a collaborative that addresses a specific clinical concern affecting the Medicaid population. The guide outlines the core components of a quality improvement collaborative, including the importance of collaborative learning and making policy decisions based on evidence and sound data.
Paid Leave Report, from CAP/NPWF
The Center for American Progress and National Partnership for Women and Families have released a joint report outlining the key features that need to be included in any Paid Family and Medical Leave Program in order to meet the needs of working families.
Topic Library Resource, from TJC
The Joint Commission has published a new Topic Library Item on "Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and-Family-Centered Care," bringing together relevant TJC resources and publications. Highlights include a crosswalk of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care to TJC's Hospital Accreditation Standards, clarification on the expectations of collecting patient race ethnicity and preferred language data, a roadmap for hospitals, and a field guide for serving the LGBT community.
News from the Field
Study on Weight Loss of Exclusively Breastfeed Babies, from Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Penn State Hershey Medical Center has released the results of a study tracking weight loss patterns of exclusively breastfeed babies. The results have been compiled in an online tool for pediatricians to determine whether exclusively breastfed newborns have lost too much weight in the first days of life. Media highlights include the Newswise article:"Study Shows Some Newborns Lose Weight Much Faster Than Previously Recognized."
Hospital Performance on Maternity Measures, from California Healthcare Foundation
The California Healthcare Foundation has released the findings of reports measuring hospital performance in four key areas of maternity care: low-risk C-section rates, episiotomy rates, rates of exclusive breastfeeding before discharge, and VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) rates. The studies found a wide variation in hospital performance. The data was used to develop an infographic featuring key findings and an interactive map of high- and low-performing hospitals revealing geographic disparities.
News and Views
The New York Times: "Case Seeking Job Protections for Pregnant Women Heads to Supreme Court"
Motherlode (The New York Times blog): "Inviting African-American Mothers to Sell Their Breast Milk, and Profiting"
A Woman With A Voice. And Something To Say blog: "The Reproductive Rights Discussion No One Is Having"