Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 22, 2015

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USBC Updates

NPHW Breastfeeding Twitter Chat Recap

On Thursday, April 9, the USBC hosted a Twitter chat celebrating National Public Health Week, with partners National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). The storify recap has been posted with highlights of the latest public health breastfeeding initiatives and partnerships: over 160 contributors posted more than 1,000 tweets for a total of 1.8 million timeline deliveries!

Federal News

Minority Health Month, from HHS

The Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Offices of Minority Health have co-published a blog post to celebrate this year's Minority Health Month theme: "30 Years of Advancing Health Equity, The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America."

It's Only Natural Turns Two, from OWH

The Office on Women's Health has published a shareable birthday card in celebration of the two year anniversary of the launch of the It's Only Natural initiative, developed to support African-American women considering breastfeeding.

National Women's Health Week, from OWH

The Office on Women's Health has launched the National Women's Health Week 2015 website, including a health pledge and checklist to encourage individuals to commit to a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways to get involved in #NWHW activities: join the #NWHW Thunderclap, use the social media toolkit to spread the word, or host a women's health event or activity.  

Member News

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Action Alert, from MomsRising

MomsRising has launched an easy action tool to gather support in the U.S. Senate for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The bill would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers who need them.

New Breastfeeding Success Stories, from ASPHN 

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has updated the Eat and Run Story Bank with new stories highlighting great work around the country. One new story profiles work in Louisiana to incorporate nutrition education in the state's home visiting programs. Another new story focuses on increasing the skills of home visiting program staff in New Hampshire. The state's WIC nutrition program staff trained home visiting professionals to help new mothers better understand their babies' cues and needs. Research shows that when new moms understand their babies' behavior, they have greater breastfeeding success.

Partner News

FAMILY Act Sign-on Letter, from NPWF

The FAMILY Act coalition, convened by the National Partnership for Women & Families, has released an invitation for national, state, and local organizations to sign on to a coalition letter urging Congress to support the bill. 
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.

Interactive Map of Breastfeeding Activities, from ASTHO

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has launched a new interactive map featuring descriptions of ASTHO-supported state breastfeeding activities. The website also includes resources to improve breastfeeding support in hospitals, increase access to peer and professional support, improve workplace support, and share breastfeeding laws and policies.

Perinatal Care Webinars, from TJC

Join The Joint Commission on Tuesday, April 28, from 12-1 p.m. CT for a webinar entitled "Overview to The Joint Commission's NEW Perinatal Care Certification." The webinar will provide an overview of the new Perinatal Care Certification standards, application process, and review process, and will include a Q & A session. A second webinar will be hosted on Thursday, May 14, from 12-1:30 p.m. CT entitled "Perinatal Care (PC) Core Measures: Updates for 2015." This webinar is a continuation of the April 28 overview webinar and focuses primarily on Perinatal Care Core Performance Measures.

#1stSacredFood Twitter Chat, from YWU/NNBC

Young Women United and the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition will host a Native American breastfeeding Twitter chat on Friday, April 24, at 2 p.m. ET. The #1stSacredFood chat is being hosted by and for the Native American community, to reclaim the breastfeeding tradition and celebrate what it means for Native people. 

Collective Impact Connection

Translating Statistics, from PHI

The Public Health Institute has republished a Berkeley Media Studies Group blog post entitled, "Using Social Math to Support Your Policy Issue." The article defines social math as the practice of making large numbers comprehensible and compelling by placing them within the appropriate social context to provide meaning, and includes examples of how social math is used and steps for implementation. 

News and Views

U.S. Department of Labor blog: "What Labor Department Data Do You Want?"

Women's eNews: "In Detroit Hospital, Black Babies are Latching On"

Women's Health Policy Report (NPWF blog): "Pew Report on Pregnant Workers Underscores Significance of Young Ruling"

CTV News: "Breastfeeding could keep new moms tobacco-free"

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