Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 11, 2015

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Federal News

Community Health Worker Toolkit, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention has released a Community Health Worker Toolkit compiling evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of community health workers (CHWs) in the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke. The toolkit includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their states, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities.

Member News

National Miracle Milk™ Stroll, from BfB

The Best for Babes Foundation will be hosting the Second Annual National Miracle Milk StrollTM on May 2. The stroll is a campaign/event to raise funds, educate, and raise appreciation for the life-saving power of human milk. There are many ways to participate: register for a stroll, start a stroll near you, or donate.

National Public Health Week Pledge, from APHA

In anticipation of National Public Health Week (NPHW) April 6-12, the American Public Health Association has created a pledge to encourage individuals to commit to a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways to get involved in NPHW activities: download the NPHW toolkit, become a partner, or join the #NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 2 p.m. ET. 

Partner News

New Perinatal Care Certification Program, from TJC

The Joint Commission has announced a new Perinatal Care Certification Program to help improve perinatal outcomes for mothers and newborns who are considered clinically uncomplicated. The certification program will use standards, guidelines, and TJC's perinatal care core performance measures, including PC-05: Exclusive breast milk feeding, for managing and monitoring aspects of perinatal care that are critical to improving and maintaining the health of newborns and their mothers. The program will begin accepting applications on July 1, 2015.

Advancing Prevention and Population Health Web Forum, from Dialogue4Health

Join Dialogue4Health on Thursday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. ET for a web forum entitled "Advancing Prevention and Population Health: New Year, New Efforts, New Opportunities." The event will provide an update on how children's hospitals are working to advance patient health, strategies from a public health department leading the way to build support for continuing public investments, and a Congressional update about the current national funding landscape for public health.

News from the Field

Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative, from UNICEF

UNICEF has released Advocacy Strategy: Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative, setting out a strategic framework to galvanize global, regional, and national stakeholder advocacy for breastfeeding. UNICEF and WHO, along with a range of other partners, have formed this initiative to increase political commitment to and investment for breastfeeding as the cornerstone of child nutrition, health, and development. It reflects a shared vision in which stakeholders commit to accelerate progress towards the ultimate goal of creating an environment enabling mothers everywhere to breastfeed.

Child Opportunity Index Webinar, from PolicyLink

Join PolicyLink on Wednesday, March 18, at 1:00 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled "Data Tools for Change: The Child Opportunity Index." The webinar will discuss the Child Opportunity Index and how it can further cross-sector efforts toward child health equity.

Collective Impact Connection

Collective Impact E-Course, from Living Cities

Living Cities has launched registration for a free e-course entitled "The Why and How of Working with Communities through Collective Impact," designed to help collective impact initiatives engage and include community members. Although the e-course's five modules can be taken as an individual, it is recommended that participants discuss the modules in a group, with other members of their collective impact initiative. The course will launch on March 17, with a new module released each week.

News and Views

Blog of Rights (ACLU blog): "New Mom Who Needed to Pump During Bar Exam Would Not Take 'No' for an Answer"

The Guardian: "Natural superfood: is it time to regulate the sale of breast milk?"

The Wall Street Journal: "A Company Is Making Life Easier for New Moms (And Why That's News)"

NPR Morning Edition: "The Gentle Cesarean: More Like A Birth Than An Operation"

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