Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 16, 2016

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Federal News

mPINC 2015 Survey State Reports, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) assesses infant feeding care processes, policies, and expectations of staff in maternity care settings. All hospitals with maternity services and all free-standing birth centers in the United States and territories are invited to participate in CDC's biennial mPINC survey. In 2015, 82% of all facilities chose to participate.

CDC's mPINC State Reports help partners in health departments and other agencies, health professionals and organizations, and maternal-child health advocacy groups identify, understand, and take action on the practice and policy areas covered in the mPINC survey. These reports provide aggregated data for practice and policy areas covered in the mPINC survey, highlight state-specific strengths and improvement opportunities in mother-infant care, and identify maternity practice change opportunities.

Several features are new this year:  

  • Each individual mPINC 2015 State Report identifies trends in the total mPINC scores and selected items across all mPINC surveys (2007–2015).
  • ¡Informes de estados en español! Spanish translations of every state's 2015 Report can be requested by email to mpinc@cdc.gov.
  • mPINC in animation featuring the CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden's perspective on the impact that evidence-based maternity care practices supportive of breastfeeding have on the health of mothers and infants.

Visit CDC's mPINC website for more survey information.

Native American Heritage Month Webinar, from FEMA

Join the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday, November 30, from 2-3 p.m. E.T. for a webinar on disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving tribal communities. Participants will hear several leaders who have worked to put preparedness into action by developing successful community-based initiatives and will receive related program resources.


Member News

#FoodFri Twitter Chat, from MomsRising & CSPI

Join MomsRising and the Center for Science in the Public Interest for a #FoodFri Twitter chat on Friday, November 18, from 1-2 p.m. ET to discuss tips for developing healthy habits during the workday and how employers can support employees' health. The chat will cover healthy eating and activity during the workday, travel, and at meetings and events. Employers, organization/company meeting and event planners, and anyone who is interested in learning ways to make their workday a little healthier are invited to attend.

Partner News

New Policy Briefs, from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has released a set of fourteen policy briefs from the Blueprint for a Healthier America. The policy briefs address issues including: Healthy Early Childhood, Achieving Health Equity, Healthy Students and Healthy Schools, Reversing Rising Death Rates among Middle-aged White Adults, Stopping Superbugs and Antibiotic Resistance, and Stopping Prescription Painkiller Misuse. 

News from the Field

Extended Deadline for Submissions for Supplemental Issue on WIC, from JNEB

The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior is soliciting manuscripts for a supplemental issue on breastfeeding and the WIC Program, to include: WIC breastfeeding peer counseling education, WIC breastfeeding promotion and education, social-cultural environmental changes to overcome barriers to breastfeeding among US WIC eligible-populations, and best breastfeeding practices or current research related to US WIC-eligible populations. All manuscript types currently accepted by JNEB are suitable for this special supplement. To be considered for publication, manuscripts must be submitted through the JNEB peer-review site by the deadline of Tuesday, January 10. The cover letter should indicate that the submission is for the supplemental issue related to WIC. Visit the guidelines for authors webpage for more details.

Updated Breastfeeding Interventions Evaluation, from Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library has updated the Cochrane Review, Interventions for promoting the initiation of breastfeeding. The review found that healthcare professional-led breastfeeding education and non-healthcare professional-led counseling and peer support interventions can result in some improvements in the number of women beginning to breastfeed, however the evidence is of low-quality. The majority of the trials were conducted in the USA, among women on low incomes and who varied in ethnicity and feeding intention, thus limiting the generalisability of these results to other settings. Future studies would ideally be conducted in a range of low- and high-income settings, with data on breastfeeding rates over various timeframes, and explore the effectiveness of interventions that are initiated prior to conception or during pregnancy. These might include well-described interventions, including health education, early and continuing mother-infant contact, and initiatives to help mothers overcome societal barriers to breastfeeding, all with clearly defined outcome measures. 

New Health Index, from BCBS

Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced the BCBS Health Index, a first of its kind measurement of health powered by data from more than 40 million members. The resource will quantify the impact of more than 200 common diseases and condition categories on overall health and wellness. A launch event will be held on Tuesday, November 29, from 8:30-11 a.m. E.T. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Collective Impact Connection

Community of Practice Launch, from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute has announced the launch of the Community Engagement Community of Practice (COP). A COP is a group of individuals with a common area of practice, who come together to enable a process of professional self-development through collaboration and sharing of learning-related ideas, skills, and experience. Join Tamarack on Tuesday, November 22, at 1 p.m. E.T. for a call to start a COP visioning process. Call information will be shared in advance of the webinar to those who sign up for the Community Engagement COP.

News & Views

Bustle: "The New Breastfeeding Emoji Will Help Stamp Out Any Stigma That's Left"

HealthAffairs blog: "Day One And Beyond: What Trump's Election Means For The ACA"

Promoting and Protecting Opportunity (DOL blog): "CBO Report Confirms What We Already Knew"

ASPR blog: "7 Ways You Can Help Your Community's Health Resilience"



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