Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 3, 2013

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Federal News

Healthy People 2020 Webinars, from HHS

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for these upcoming Healthy People 2020 webinars:

  • Thursday, July 18, from 12–12:45 PM ET: "Maternal, Infant, and Child Health." This Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator webinar will be led by Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard K. Koh and will include a roundtable discussion on the impact of this critical Leading Health Indicator topic, in addition to highlighting the work of the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative.
  • Wednesday July 24, from 2–3:30 PM ET: "Measuring Policy and Environmental Change in Obesity Prevention." This Healthy People eLearning webinar will explore the issue of childhood obesity and the state of the science in measuring policy and environmental change in obesity prevention, highlighting two communities working to implement and evaluate obesity prevention at the local level.

Revised Title IX Guidance Includes Breastfeeding, from DoE/OCR

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights has published a revised version of the document Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students: Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In addition to covering Title IX requirements, the document offers strategies to assist administrators, teachers, and school counselors in going beyond their basic legal obligations to best help pregnant and parenting students continue their education and maintain their academic progress, including providing breastfeeding support during the school day.

New Baby-Friendly Hospital, from IHS

Congratulations to the Claremore Indian Health Service Hospital on becoming the first hospital in the state of Oklahoma to achieve Baby-Friendly designation. The hospital earned designation while participating in the Indian Health Service Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative, a part of the First Lady's "Let's Move in Indian Country" initiative, which is working to decrease childhood obesity in the American Indian and Alaska Native population. The IHS's goal is for all the 13 obstetrical IHS (federal) hospitals to be designated as Baby-Friendly by the end of 2014.

State/Community News

Rhode Island Poised to Pass Paid Leave Bill, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families reports that Rhode Island is expected to pass paid family and medical leave legislation, the Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act (H.B. 5889/S.B. 231), by the end of today! By 2014, Rhode Island will be the third state in the nation with paid family and medical leave. This is great for Rhode Island families, employers, and the economy. It also shows the importance of the State Paid Leave Fund and helps lay the groundwork for a federal paid leave proposal. The bill would provide up to four weeks of paid time off to workers caring for new children or ill family members, expanding on Rhode Island's longstanding state temporary disability insurance program which workers can use to address their own serious health conditions.

Breastfeeding Support Webinar Series, from CWA

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month this August, the California WIC Association's free WIC WORKS summer webinars will focus on breastfeeding support. All webinars will take place on Wednesdays from 11–11:30 PT. The dates and topics are:

  • July 10, Breastfeeding, Medi-Cal & the ACA: You Can Play a Part!
  • July 17, Medicaid in New York State: Find Out What's Working
  • July 24, Partnering with Safe to Sleep Campaign
  • August 14, Citywide Breastfeeding Support: Rancho Cucamonga's Experience

News Clippings

venezuelanalysis.com: "Venezuela Promotes Breastfeeding over Baby Food, Corporate Media Spins Out of Control"

The New York Times: "American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World"

The Huffington Post: "C-Sections Are Now More Often Done Closer To Mom's Due Date"

The Huffington Post: "Mommy Wars: The Milky Way vs. the American Way?"

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