Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 18, 2015

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Federal News

Community Health Status Indicators, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched the redesigned Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 web application, featuring public health profiles for all counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors, and the physical environment. All indicators are benchmarked against those of peer counties, the median of all U.S. counties, and Healthy People 2020 targets. Organizations conducting community health assessments can use CHSI data to identify disparities and mobilize multi-sector partnerships to work collaboratively to improve population health.

Member News

"We Can Do Better" Contest, from APHA

The American Public Health Association has launched the "We Can Do Better" Contest in celebration of National Public Health Week, coming up April 6-12. Individuals, communities, and families are encouraged to submit a photo, video, meme, or event page that demonstrates a health promotional change in behaviors by Monday, April 20. Entries can be submitted via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Google+, using the hashtag #NPHWcontest or emailed to NPHWcontest@apha.org with the subject line: "We can do better submission."

Breastfeeding Event at the UN, from ABM

On March 17, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, in conjunction with 1,000 Days, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy, International Lactation Consultant Association, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, and The Working Group on Girls, presented a parallel event at the annual Commission on the Status of Women entitled "Mothers Matter: the Power of Breastfeeding." The event was held at the Church Center of the United Nations in New York.

Partner News

World Breastfeeding Week Theme, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has announced the theme for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2015: Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make It Work!. The focus on working women and breastfeeding revisits the 1993 WBW campaign on the Mother-Friendly Workplace Initiative in a renewed effort to make workplaces supportive of lactating mothers.

FAMILY Act Reintroduction, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has launched a new action tool for individuals to contact members of Congress about the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), to be reintroduced this week by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro. The FAMILY Act would create a national insurance program that would support workers and businesses by providing eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of paid leave for their own serious illness or that of a child, parent, or spouse; the birth or adoption of a child; the injury of a family member in the military; or exigencies arising from a servicemember's deployment.

Title IX Webinar, from NWLC

Join the National Women's Law Center on March 19 at 2 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled "Title IX & Pregnant and Parenting Students 101." The webinar will give a general overview of how Title IX applies to student parents and parents-to-be, as well as tips for recognizing Title IX problems and how to address them.

News from the Field

Dietary Recommendations Update, from AHA

The American Heart Association has published updated Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Children, including breastfeeding as ideal nutrition to support optimal growth and development for the first 4-6 months of life, and encouraging maintained breastfeeding for the first 12 months of life.

Collective Impact Connection

Network Strategy, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article entitled "Networks: The New Organizational Strategy," discussing the importance of building networks to foster organizational resilience. Networks and organizational tenacity are also identified as important for the creation of movements and as a driving force behind social change.

State/Community News

Public Breastfeeding Bill Passes into Law, from Virginia

Virginia has passed a law protecting the right of a mother to breastfeed in any public place she is legally allowed to be. The previous law only protected breastfeeding in public on property owned, leased, or controlled by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Media highlights included:


News and Views

Quartz: "Facebook redefines nudity to exclude breastfeeding shots, but rear ends are still off limits"

NY Daily News: "Growing number of city hospitals offer premature babies donated breast milk"


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