National Health Trend Report, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published the National Health Report 2014, featuring recent trend data on life expectancy, common causes of death, and health behaviors, including breastfeeding rates. The report finds Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but suggests that more work is needed to ensure that all Americans can achieve optimum health. The website offers quick access to key resources and tools to advance public health work, including videos, infographics, and dashboards that health departments, schools, legislators, and the public can use to better understand trends in health and longevity. Read the press release.
Breastfeeding Discrimination Lawsuit, from ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and the ACLU Women's Rights Project have filed Provino v Big League Haircuts, a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was fired from her job for asserting her right to pump breast milk at work, in violation of state and federal workplace law.
Collective Impact Connection
Social Leadership, from Collective Impact Forum
The Collective Impact Forum has published "Don't Talk to Me About 'Driving' Social Change," a blog post discussing the leadership capabilities necessary to foster success in collaborative efforts.
News from the Field
IBCLC Exam Scholarships, from MILCC
The Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification organization provides financial assistance to exam applicants who are seeking initial certification to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), or current IBCLCs seeking recertification by exam or continuing education. Consideration is given to candidates with financial need, and priority given to candidates who assists women with limited access to the services of an IBCLC.
Breastfeeding App, from Coffective
The Michigan Department of Public Health, St. John Hospital System, and the Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalition have been working with Coffective to provide tools and information to assist breastfeeding families. The partnership has produced a mobile app and printable resources.
Medicaid Breast Pump Policy, from Michigan
The Michigan Department of Community Health has released an expanded breast pump policy, allowing physicians and non-physician practitioners to write an order for a breast pump for any breastfeeding mother enrolled in a Medicaid Health Plan. The policy took effect January 1, 2015.
News and Views
The Wall Street Journal: "Paid Maternity Leave Is Good for Business"
KUOW.org: "Slideshow: Lactation Rooms Around Seattle (And Beyond)"
WBUR: "Five Things You Need To Know About Sharing A Bed With Your Infant"
Leadership Pittsburgh YouTube channel: "Todd Wolynn: Striking: Unboxed Presentation"
StamfordAdvocate.com: "State breast-feeding rates rise as support systems expand"