Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 5, 2017

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Federal News

Vital Signs Report on Zika Virus Exposure, from CDC

This month, CDC's Vital Signs presents the latest findings on Zika infection in pregnant women and babies and the importance of prevention and early care. Visit the Vital Signs web page to find the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article, "Vital Signs: Update on Zika Virus–Associated Birth Defects and Evaluation of All US Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Exposure — US Zika Pregnancy Registry, 2016," a four-page consumer fact sheet, and other materials. Take advantage of CDC's social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates. Join the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on Tuesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. ET. The teleconference will include short presentations from one CDC subject matter expert and two speakers from the field. It encourages participants to share success stories, best practices, and challenges around Zika virus and its impact on pregnant women and babies.

Webinar on Legal Principles Impacting Health Data, from CDC

Join the International Society for Disease Surveillance on Friday, April 21, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET for a webinar about public health data and the law presented by Rachel Hulkower, a public health analyst through Chenega Professional & Technical Services for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Law Program in the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. The webinar will address the legal principles for collection, use, and release of health data for public health activities, including activities such as privacy, confidentiality, HIPAA, and data use agreements. 

Twitter Town Hall on Health Disparities, from HHS

Join the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health on Wednesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. ET for the #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall. The town hall will highlight examples from around the country of community-based efforts to address health disparities. Organizations and individuals are also invited to support efforts to help reduce health disparities by participating in the HHS OMH Health Equity Thunderclap taking place on Friday, April 28.

Member News

National Public Health Week Infographic & Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities, from APHA

National Public Health Week, hosted by the American Public Health Association, is April 3-9. National Public Health Week shines a spotlight on public health, highlighting how far we have come as well as acknowledging how much more we need to do to make healthy living easier where people live, learn, work and play. There are many ways to get involved in NPHW activities: sign the Generation Public Health pledge, participate in local events, become a partner, share the National Public Health Week infographic, and learn more about the Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities.

Community Storytelling Webinar, from CPHPL/APHA

Join the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership and the American Public Health Association for the next event in the Health Communication Matters! Webinar Series on Thursday, April 6, from 2–3:30 pm ET. Participants will learn how to use storytelling to advance public health goals for the communities they serve. This webinar will feature presentations from two creative professionals, including the founder of Chocolate Milk: The Documentary Series.

New Global Nutrition Website, from 1,000 Days, World Bank Group, and others

1,000 Days, World Bank Group, and others have partnered to create a new website, Investing in Nutrition, which highlights the World Health Assembly target of 50% more children exclusively breastfeeding by 2025. The website reports that currently 61% of infants, younger than six months, in low- and middle-income countries are not exclusively breastfed and includes a map showing breastfeeding rates in different countries. The website highlights challenges, financing needs, and current funding. 

Partner News

2017 County Health Rankings, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2017 County Health Rankings, which compare counties within each state on more than 30 health-influencing factors such as education, jobs, and housing. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. The Roadmaps to Health Action Center lays out a series of steps for creating healthy communities. Breastfeeding promotion programs are ranked at the highest evidence rating.

Health Reform and Preventive Services Issue Brief, from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has released a new brief entitled, "Impact of the 2017 Health Reform Proposals on Clinical Preventive Services." The brief reviews the current status of public and private insurance coverage of preventive services, and what would be at stake if they were eliminated or reduced, either through legislation or administrative actions.

News from the Field

Breastfeeding Research Gaps, from TED

TED has posted a video entitled, "What We Don't know About Mother's Milk." Katie Hinde from the Comparative Lactation Lab at Arizona State University shares insights into breastfeeding and discusses the significant gaps scientific research still needs to fill so we can better understand it.

Petition to Prioritize People in National Budget, from NPP

The National Priorities Project has released a petition for a people's budget, which will be presented to leaders in Congress. The petition states that our nation's budget should prioritize job creation and guarantee the longevity of vital safety nets that millions of people rely on; reject any move to take away funding from the policies and programs that are improving the lives of millions of vulnerable individuals and families; and address the actual needs of our people. Individuals are invited to sign and share the petition. 

Research on Small Business Support for Paid Family Leave, from Small Business Majority/CAP

The Small Business Majority and the Center for American Progress have released public opinion research from a politically diverse set of small business owners. The poll found a majority of small business owners and operators support paid family leave insurance pools, which provide employees with a portion of their wages for a limited number of weeks when the employee has a serious illness, has a new baby to care for or needs to take care of a seriously ill family member. A vast 70% of respondents support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, legislation that would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program funded by modest contributions from both employees and employer contributions. The program would ensure employees can receive up to 12 weeks of partial income when they need to take time off to recover from an illness or care for a new child or sick family member. Read the press release.

Collective Impact Connection

Tools for Continuous Communication, from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute has released a tool to help organizations be successful in implementing the fourth condition of collective impact: continuous communication. Continuous communication includes the need to establish both formal and informal mechanisms for keeping people informed about the progress and key milestones of a collective impact effort. Another important aspect of this condition is to ensure the work the organization is doing is communicated openly to a diverse audience, which requires a range of communication styles. The 4 M's of Effective Communication outlines four key questions organizations can ask themselves when planning their communication strategy. 

News & Views

Los Angeles Times: "For babies, breastfeeding is still best, even if it doesn't make them smarter (though it might)"

Forbes: "5 Reasons Breastfeeding Isn't Actually Free"

TIME: "Ex-CDC Director: History Proves the Dangers of Underfunded Health Programs"


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