Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 12, 2016

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Federal News

Pediatric Quality Measures Award, from AHRQ/CMS

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced awards totaling $13.4 million to six grantees with a focus on disseminating and implementing new pediatric quality measures developed by the Pediatric Quality Measures Program Centers of Excellence. Funded efforts will focus on assessing the feasibility and usability of the newly developed measures at the state, health plan, and provider levels. The pediatric quality measures are used by State Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) and other public and private programs, providers, plans, patients, and their families to measure and improve the quality of children's health care.

Member News

Lois Arnold Tribute, from HCP

 The First Food community is saddened by the loss of Dr. Lois Arnold. Lois was a recognized expert on donor human milk banking policy and practice as well as breast milk collection and storage techniques. She was a founding member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America and served as the Executive Director for many years. In addition, Lois was a founding member of both the National Leadership Roundtable and the USBC. Read the tribute from Healthy Children Project

Partner News

Emergency Preparedness Webinar, from RWJF

Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Friday, October 21, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET for a webinar to examine how preparedness officials and others can use the National Health Security Preparedness Index to improve the Nation's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that pose threats to population health. The Index is an annual assessment of health security and preparedness that measures how well the nation and individual states are prepared for minimizing the population health consequences arising from large-scale emergencies.

News from the Field

Achieving Optimal Health Report, from PHLF

The Public Health Leadership Forum has released a reported entitled, "The Department of Health and Human Services as the Nation's Chief Health Strategist: Transforming Public Health and Health Care to Create Healthy Communities." The report is the result of the convening of public health and private health care policy makers, who collaboratively developed a vision and a series of recommendations pertaining to the Federal Public Health Enterprise. The report calls on the Department of Health and Human Services to lead a national initiative that assures America's communities are places that provide every person with the opportunity to achieve optimal health and are served by a strong public health infrastructure.

Healthy Communities Toolkit Series, from Democracy Collaborative

The Democracy Collaborative has released a toolkit series entitled, Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities. The toolkit helps health systems use their hiring, purchasing, and investing power to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities and communities of color. The first resource in the series, "Inclusive, Local Hiring: Building the Pipeline to a Healthy Community," outlines key policies and practices for how hospitals can invest in an ecosystem of success that lifts up local residents; helps create career pathways for low-income, minority, and hard-to-employ populations; and begin to transform neighborhoods.

Health Reform Navigation Toolkit, from GSU/CDC/NNPHI

The George Health Policy Center at Georgia State University, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the new and improved Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool. The tool supports public health departments and their partners in navigating challenges and opportunities introduced by health reform and supports leaders to learn and use adaptive thinking through a guided-practice approach.

Collective Impact Connection

Blended Funding, from Community Commons

Community Commons has released a blog post entitled, "Collaboration and Pooled Funding: A Promising Recipe for Tackling Social Health Issues." The article discusses the challenges of creating cross-sector collaborations to address the social determinants of health as well as examples of successful collaborations and how the federal government has created incentives for partnership.

News & Views

STAT: "When babies need donated breast milk, should states pay?"

The Atlantic: "The State-Budget Cuts Trapping Poor Parents"


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