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Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Final Rule, from DOL
The Department of Labor has announced the publication of a final rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The Executive Order requires certain parties that contract with the Federal Government to provide their employees with up to 7 days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. The final rule will apply to federal contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2017, and will ensure that 1.15 million people who work on federal contracts can earn additional paid sick time, including nearly 600,000 workers who are not currently guaranteed a single paid sick day. Under the final rule, eligible employees of covered contractors will earn up to 56 hours of paid sick time annually that can be used for their own medical needs, a family member's medical needs, or for purposes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The final rule maintains an inclusive family definition. Read the White House Fact Sheet.
Online Resource for Health Professionals, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health has launched a new online course for federal, state, and local public health and other health professionals. The course highlights preparedness and response resources and tools specific to the field of reproductive health in emergencies.
Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month Resources, from CDC
Hispanic Heritage/Latino Heritage Month is September 15—October 15. In celebration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a resource page about health initiatives and campaigns important for Hispanic health, including the history of the month-long celebration and relevant health terminology.
Draft Accreditation Standards, from AND/ACEND
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics has released the draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor and Master Degree Programs for public comment and encourages all stakeholders to provide input by the deadline of Monday, November 28. The draft standards include the expected competencies and performance indicators for each degree level. The standards are being developed to advance the profession and to ensure that nutrition and dietetics practitioners have the knowledge and competencies needed to protect the public.
Community Breastfeeding Webinar, from BMBFA
Join Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association on Thursday, October 6, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the Community Breastfeeding webinar. The webinar will teach participants ways to take a community approach to breastfeeding support by providing a definition of community breastfeeding, describing active community outreach and active support, and illustrating ways to support, protect, and promote breastfeeding within the community.
Summit on Breastfeeding Report, from ABM
This summer the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine hosted the Eighth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding—First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding. Summit accomplishments and presentations are documented in a special issue of Breastfeeding Medicine.
Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN Launch, from ASPHN
The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau to develop and implement a Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CoIIN). The Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN will be distinct from but collaborative with the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN that ASPHN already manages. The funding application submission was done in collaboration with Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, National Physical Activity Society, and Young Invincibles.
Infant Side-Car Bassinet Design Award, from CGBI
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has been awarded a grant to design and develop infant side-car bassinets for postnatal units. Side-car bassinets are three-sided and lock onto the maternity bedframe, enabling maternal-newborn visual and physical access. Working with the North Carolina State University's College of Design and Trig Innovation, the team will create medical-grade side-car bassinet prototypes for testing at University of North Carolina hospitals and will further refine the models for widespread manufacturing.
Abortion Care Issue Brief, from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women and Families has released an issue brief and map to mark the 40th year of the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal Medicaid coverage of abortion care. NPWF research shows that women in most states are both denied abortion coverage and lack access to public policies that support expecting and new parents in the workplace. Conversely, the states with the fewest restrictions on abortion coverage tend to offer stronger workplace protections and supports.
Collective Impact Connection
Social Change Leader Mindset, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Living in the World of Both/And," describing how leaders are integrating the network and organizational mindset into their pursuit of social impact. The article explains the Both/And mindset and how social change leaders can use this approach to leverage the strengths of both organizations and networks.
News & Views
WPUR (Boston NPR): "Study: Breastfeeding Even More Of A Health Issue For Moms Than For Babies"
Press-Enterprise: "Breastfeeding your baby? You may also be sharing vaccinations"
The Nation's Health (APHA newsletter): "Income inequality: When wealth determines health: Earnings influential as lifelong social determinant of health"