Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 1, 2017

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Federal News

Healthy People 2030 Committee Meeting Webcast, from HHS/ODPHP

Join the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 on Monday, February 13, from 12-4 p.m. ET for their second meeting via webcast. The Committee will discuss the development of the Nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives; provide recommendations for the Healthy People 2030 mission, vision, framework, and organizational structure; and discuss approaches to improve health status and reduce health risks for the Nation by the year 2030.

Pregnancy Social Media Toolkit, from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Women's Health has released a social media toolkit with sample Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts to promote FDA's pregnancy resources and help women and their healthcare providers have a conversation about pregnancy safety. FDA resources include information on how to safely use a breast pump and store breast milk.

 Partner News

Maternity Care Webinar Series, from CHAMPS

Join CHAMPS (Communities & Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) on Wednesday, February 15, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a presentation entitled, "Breastfeeding Support in the Wake of Damning JAMA Editorials: What Should I Believe?" The webinar is part of a series on key topics in evidence-based maternity care and infant feeding practice hosted by CHAMPS, in collaboration with the Mississippi State Department of Health.

State Implications of ACA Repeal, from NASHP

The National Academy for State Health Policy has released a chart entitled, "An Overview of ACA Provisions and Their Repeal Implications for States." The chart summarizes the potential impact of an Affordable Care Act repeal on states. The chart notes that the issues identified may be addressed by Congress in a replacement bill, however a proposal has not yet been made public for analysis.

Sequestration Sign On Letter, from NDD United

NDD United has extended the deadline for a sign on letter urging Congress to protect nondefense discretionary programs from further cuts and to end sequestration. National, state, and local organizations are invited to sign on through Friday, February 10. 

Action Alert to Protect ACA Prevention Provisions, from CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released an easy action tool for individuals to email their Senators and Representative in support of prevention provisions in the Affordable Care Act, including national menu labeling, funding for prevention and public health activities, and support for breastfeeding. 

Clean Label Report and Webinar, from CSPI

Join the Center for Science in the Public Interest on Thursday, February 9, from 2-2:45 pm ET for a webinar on their new report, Clean Labels: Public Relations or Public Health?. Companies are increasingly responding to consumer demands for products free of artificial, and potentially unsafe ingredients by offering "clean-label" products. CSPI evaluated the clean-label programs of four major chain restaurants and nine major chain supermarkets. The webinar will present CSPI's findings and recommendations. 

Action Alert to Protect Prevention Funding, NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has released an action alert urging individuals to call Members of Congress and tell them that a plan is needed to ensure Centers for Disease Control and Prevention programs supported by the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) continue to receive funding. Eliminating core public health programs that are now funded by the PPHF without a clear plan for replacement would seriously undermine the ability of counties, cities, states and territories to protect and promote health.

Working Families' Policy Survey, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has released "Key Findings: 2016 Election Eve/Election Night Survey." The report summarizes the results of working families' policy issue questions included in a pre-election and election night omnibus survey. The survey showed that a record number of candidates campaigned on working families’ issues this election cycle, that voters' support for a national paid family and medical leave fund is broad and intense, and that voters say they will reward members of Congress who support paid family and medical leave at the ballot box.

FMLA Anniversary and FAMILY Act Activities, from NPWF/MomsRising

The National Partnership for Women & Families has released a Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act toolkit, including talking points, a sample phone script, and sample letters-to-the-editor to make it easy for supporters to engage in this advocacy work. Join NPWF on Tuesday, February 7, from 2–3 p.m. ET for the #FMLA24 and #FAMILYAct tweet storm to recognize the 24th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act and call for passage of the FAMILY Act. Download the #FMLA24 social media toolkit. In addition, join MomsRising on Wednesday, February 8, from 2–3 p.m. ET for a #WellnessWed twitter chat focused on paid family and medical leave.

News from the Field

Response to Article on Unintended Conseqences of Breastfeeding Initiatives, from JAMA Pediatrics

The journal JAMA Pediatrics has published seven responses to a previously published article entitled, "Unintended Consequences of Current Breastfeeding Initiatives."

Health Care Action Page and Webinar Series, from Families USA

Families USA has updated the Protect Our Care Action Page with their latest tools for emailing Senators, taking action on social media, and sharing personal stories. In addition, Families USA has launched the Defending Health Care in 2017 Webinar Series to discuss topics ranging from the impacts of repeal on specific populations to strategies to influence legislators, both federally and in the states. Recordings of past webinars are available. 

Marijuana Use and Health Outcomes Evidence Review, from NASEM

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a consensus report titled, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for ResearchThe report builds on contributions from a broad range of experts and researchers from across the United States and aims to summarize the history, epidemiology, and health effects of marijuana use. The report also provides a research agenda to help answer critical questions regarding marijuana use and health outcomes.

Nutrition Safety Net Sign On, from NAHO

The National Anti-Hunger Organizations have penned a letter reaffirming a commitment to a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for low-income individuals and families, and calling on Congress and the President to safeguard and support these programs. National, state and local organizations are invited to sign on through Wednesday, March 1. This sign-on letter will be shared with all Members of Congress and the Administration.

Collective Impact Connection

Systems Thinking, from Engage (Tamarack Institute e-magazine)

The Tamarack Insitute has released an article entitled, "Systems Thinking is a Mindset." The article provides a comprehensive review of Systems Thinking for Social Change by David Peter Stroh and The Systems Thinking Playbook by Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis Meadows as well as other books to help community change practitioners.

News & Views

Fit Pregnancy: "5 Totally Relatable Working Mom Pumping Problems"

Dispatches (Human Rights Watch News): "Work or Breastfeed? Don't Force US Women to Choose"

The Washington Post: "Secondhand sugars are the new secondhand smoke — and they're harming children"

Refinery29: "The Immigration Ban Separated A Breast-Feeding Mother From Her Baby"

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