Weekly Wednesday Wire: January 28, 2015

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Federal News

Paid Leave Announcement, from the White House

President Obama has proposed new steps toward strengthening working women and families in America. Building on the steps the Administration announced last year during the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, the announcement included a new plan to help more states create paid leave programs, funding for state paid leave feasibility studies, proposed legislation to provide paid family leave to Federal workers, and a Presidential Memorandum directing agencies to allow for the advance of six weeks of paid sick leave for Federal employees.

Report on Quality of Care for Children, from DHHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the 2014 Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP. The report discusses the status of federal and state efforts to improve quality measurement and reporting and summarizes state-specific findings on Fiscal Year 2013 reporting on the Child Core Set. The report also features a review of performance improvement projects in four priority areas, including childhood obesity and prenatal/postpartum care. 

Member News

Medolac Retires Campaign, from BMBFA

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association has published a blog post on Medolac Laboratories' announcement of plans to retire their Commitment to Action: Co-op Campaign to Increase Breastfeeding in Urban Areas.

New Campaign Promoting Breastfeeding in Public, from ROSE & MassBFC

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere and the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition have collaborated to launch a social marketing campaign aimed at normalizing breastfeeding in public among African-American women. "Breastfeed Anytime Anywhere" builds on a considerable body of literature showing that a significant barrier to breastfeeding in the African-American community is discomfort with breastfeeding in public.

Updated Clinical Protocol, from ABM

The Academy of Breasting Medicine has released a revised Clinical Protocol #13: Contraception During Breastfeeding.

Obstetric Care Designations to Improve Maternal Care, from ACOG & SMFM

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have released Levels of Maternal Care, the second in their joint Obstetric Care Consensus Series. The document proposes a classification system that would promote regionalized care, allowing pregnant women at high risk to receive care in facilities that are prepared to meet their specific needs. Read the press release.

News from the Field

Review on Long-term Effects of Breastfeeding, from WHO

The World Health Organization has published Long-term effects of breastfeeding: a systematic review, an update of a 2007 systematic review and meta-analysis. The report includes a review of the following long-term outcomes: blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, serum cholesterol, overweight and obesity, and intellectual performance.

Webinar on Proposed Healthier Meal Standards, from FRAC

On Thursday, January 29 at 1:30 p.m. EST, the Food Research and Action Center will host a webinar entitled "New Proposed Healthier CACFP Meal Standards: What You Need to Know." The webinar will focus on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recently proposed rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, including the revised meal patterns and nutrition standards.

Food Marketing to Children Recommendations, from Healthy Eating Research/RWJF

Healthy Eating Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released Recommendations for Responsible Food Marketing to Children, containing four key recommendations, including that: policies should include children from birth to 14 years of age, and brands marketed to children should contain only products that meet nutrition criteria.

Collective Impact Connection

System Leadership Webinar, from SSIR

Join the Stanford Social Innovation Review on Wednesday, February 11 from 2-3 p.m. EST for a webinar entitled, "The Dawn of System Leadership." The webinar will focus on what it means to be a system leader and how to catalyze collective leadership.

News and Views

The Huffington Post: "Maternity Leave, Equal Pay and Affordable Childcare Spotlighted in President Obama's State of the Union Speech"

Fast Company: "The Horrors Of Pumping Breast Milk At Work (And Why Employers Should Care)"

Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference blog: "Need for Privacy Shouldn't Derail Push to Claim Public Space for Breastfeeding"

Anthrolactology blog: "MLK Day: reflections on breastfeeding justice"

BloombergBusiness: "Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?"

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