Weekly Wire: March 8, 2018

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USBC Updates

2018 NBCC Awards Launched!

The Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening will be held Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, in Atlanta, Georgia. We are thrilled to invite eligible and interested maternal and child health grassroots workers to apply for two awards:

  • The Drs. Ruth Lawrence & Audrey Naylor Emerging Leader Award is offered to two dedicated individuals who are actively involved in maternal and child health in their communities, and/or are active members of a state, territorial, tribal, local, or cultural breastfeeding coalition. Preference will be given to applicants who have never attended a USBC Coalitions Convening, who are working with a coalition serving a state or community (geographic or cultural) with breastfeeding rates that are below the U.S. national rate.
  • The Tribal Trailblazer Award honors seven talented and dedicated individuals who are actively involved in maternal and child health and promoting and supporting breastfeeding in their Tribes. This award recognizes the rich contributions of new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding leaders. This award is for individuals of American Indian/Native American and Alaska Native heritage.

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Federal News

Updated Grant Funding Profiles, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated the Grant Funding Profiles website with fiscal year (FY) 2017 data and profiles. The website provides interactive data and summaries of CDC cooperative agreement and grant funding to recipients in U.S. states and territories, and the District of Columbia, starting with FY 2010. The data is compiled in a format that allows users to view, sort, and analyze funding data by funding opportunity announcement, funding source (CDC funding category and sub-category), geography, and recipient name and type. 

Member News

Online Learning Hub for Public Health Nutritionists, from ASPHN

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has launched publichealthnutrition.org, an online nexus with resources and programs for public health nutritionists. The information within the site is organized by the nutritionists' broad categories of practice: Nutrition, Advocacy, Communication, Research, PSE, and Leadership. The six categories are sub-categorized by indicators, which are accompanied by clear definitions of what they encompass and offer links to resources developed by government agencies, educational institutions, professional organizations and others.

Interview with Surgeon General, from APHA

The American Public Health Association has published an interview titled "Q&A with Surgeon General Jerome Adams: Gaining better health through better partnerships: Report to highlight links between US health, economy." In the interview, Adams discusses his main priorities as Surgeon General, an upcoming report on links between health and the economy, and the importance of showing the "return on investment" of public health.

USBC Insight: A 2016 study of both maternal & pediatric health outcomes and associated costs based on 2012 breastfeeding rates showed that, if 90% of infants were breastfed according to medical recommendations, 3,340 deaths, $3 billion in medical costs, and $14.2 billion in costs of premature death would be prevented, annually. To learn more see the "Breastfeeding Saves Dollars and Makes Sense" webpage. In addition, the Health and Human Services' Business Case for Breastfeeding shows an impressive return on investment (almost 3:1) for employers that provide lactation support, including lower health care costs, absenteeism, and turnover, and improved morale, job satisfaction, and productivity. It is easier to provide temporary, scheduled breaks for milk expression than to cover the missed work shifts of an employee who is absent because her baby or family members are sick. To learn more see the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Provision fact sheet.

Partner News

Online Collaboration Platform, from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has launched the NICHQ Collaboratory (CoLab), a technology platform designed to help improvement teams collaborate, innovate, and make rapid change. NICHQ CoLab combines the sharing standards of social networks and the efficiency of file-sharing systems with data-tracking and management. By leveraging collective knowledge and common measurement to drive improvement, users can exchange ideas, innovate, and spread best practices in children's health.

Annual Analysis on Public Health Spending, from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has published their annual report on federal and state public health funding titled "A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State and Federal Public Health Funding Facts and Recommendations." The report provides policymakers and communities with an independent analysis of how their communities protect their health, encourages transparency and accountability, and recommends strategies to modernize the nation's public health system. This year's version concluded that spending on public health at federal, state, and local levels was insufficient. The report includes key recommendations for public health funding moving forward.

IBCLC Day Celebration, from ILCA

The International Lactation Consultant Association celebrated IBCLC Day on Wednesday, March 7. IBCLC Day was developed to recognize the role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and the knowledge each IBCLC has to make a difference in the lives of breastfeeding families. ILCA published several shareable graphics and certificates of appreciation in celebration of the day.

International Women's Day Statement, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has released a statement for International Women's Day titled, "Empower Everyone: Breastfeeding and the Transformation of Women's Lives." The International Women's Day 2018 theme is Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives. In honor of the theme, the WABA statement reflects on the diverse stories of breastfeeding activists from around the world. 

News from the Field

Maternal and Child Health Learning and Training Portal, from NCEMCH

The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University has launched the MCH Navigator, an online learning and training portal. The portal provides state and local public health professionals with free online, competency-based learning opportunities and training resources to provide them with the tools they need to effectively address emerging health issues and to improve the health of children and families. 

Formula Marking Report, from Save the Children

Save the Children has published a report titled "Don't Push It: Why the formula marketing industry must clean up its act." The report looks at the aggressive marketing activities of six global formula milk companies – RB, Abbott, Kraft Heinz, FrieslandCampina, Danone, and Nestlé – that together own more than 50% of the market in breast-milk substitutes. The report calls on the formula industry to publicly commit to upholding the established International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, calls on investors to support companies to increase compliance with the Code, and calls on governments to protect breastfeeding by incorporating the Code into domestic law and regulations.

Study on Severe Obesity Trends Among Children Enrolled in WIC, from Pediatrics

The journal Pediatrics has released an article titled "Trends in Severe Obesity Among Children Aged 2 to 4 Years Enrolled in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children From 2000 to 2014." The article examines trends in severe obesity by age, sex, and race/ethnicity among enrollees in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The article reports recent modest declines in severe obesity in all subgroups, and suggests that ongoing surveillance can assess whether these declines will continue into the future.

Report on Paid Family and Medical Leave, from WORLD Policy Analysis Center

The WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has released a new report entitled, "Paid Family and Medical Leave: Healthier U.S. Families Within Our Reach." Based on a systematic review of more than 5,500 studies, medical evidence, and paid leave laws and policies in the United States and other high-income countries, the report addresses the need for and value of paid leave to care for personal and family members' serious health conditions. Resources include a review of medical needs by a team of medical experts and an in-depth analysis of paid leave laws and policies in 34 countries to assess economic feasibility.

State & Community News

Health Equity Webinar, from Great Lakes Region

Join the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities and the Great Lakes Health Equity Council on Friday, March 23, from 3-4 p.m. for a webinar titled "Equity in Quality." The webinar will explain the important role of equity in health care quality improvement efforts, describe effective approaches health service organizations have taken to integrate equity into their organizational quality strategies, and identify strategies and resources to eliminate disparities and improve outcomes in readmissions, heart disease, and diabetes.

Collective Impact Connection

Engagement Triangle Tool, from Capire Consulting

Capire Consulting Group has released a toolkit called "The Engagement Triangle: Understanding the Purpose of Your Engagement." Community engagement refers to the many ways that organizations connect with communities in day-to-day interactions and in the development and implementation of policies, programs, and services. The Triangle is a spatial tool small groups or teams can use to identify desired outcomes of engagement based on the overarching objectives of informing decisions, building capacity, and strengthening relationships. The Triangle should be used in early stages of planning to help clarify objectives, map stakeholders, and identify appropriate tools/techniques.

Cross-Site Study of Collective Impact Initiatives, from ORS Impact/Spark Policy Institute

ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute have published a report titled, "When Collective Impact Has an Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact Initiatives," The report features findings from the Collective Impact Research Study, completed in partnership with 25 collective impact sites in the United States and Canada. The study looks at the contribution and outcomes of Collective Impact and the design and implementation of the Collective Impact approach, with a specific deep-dive into equity. It also lifts up implications from the study as well as considerations for Collective Impact funders, implementers, community participants, and evaluators.

News & Views

Mom2Mom Global blog: "Lactation Licensure: Unintended Consequences"  

Insights (NICHQ blog): "Family Engagement: Identifying the Right Parent Partners for Improvement Work

Babble: "Even Senator Tammy Duckworth Can't Get Decent Maternity Leave, and That's a Problem"

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