Weekly Wire: March 15, 2018

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USBC Updates

Upcoming 'Power Tools' Webinar on Breastfeeding Policies

Join us for the next "Power Tools for Coalitions" webinar on Wednesday, March 21, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, titled "Breastfeeding Legislation and Policy: Updates and Beyond." During the webinar, USBC staff will share key information and status updates on both emerging and past legislation and policies that impact breastfeeding families. The webinar will include the launch of a new policy toolkit outlining major breastfeeding-related policies and legislative actions and featuring background information, current status, action opportunities, key messages, sample tweets, and relevant resources. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the toolkit and share ideas for future advocacy resources. 

Federal News

Updated Diabetes Report Card, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the 2017 Diabetes Report Card. The report includes information and data on diabetes, preventive care practices, health outcomes, and risk factors such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and prediabetes. The report also includes trend analysis for the nation and, to the extent possible, state progress in meeting established national goals and objectives for improving diabetes care and reducing health care costs and the rate of new cases. Public health professionals, state health departments, and communities can use the data to focus their diabetes prevention and control efforts on areas of greatest need.

USBC Insight: Breastfeeding is a proven primary prevention strategy, building a foundation for life-long health and wellness. Compared with formula-fed infants, those who are breastfed have a reduced risk of diabetes. Women who breastfed their children have a reduced long-term risk of diabetes.

Member News

Webinar on Disaster Preparedness, from ANA

Join the American Nurses Association, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for a webinar on Friday, March 16, from 2-3 p.m. ET titled "Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Disaster Preparedness through the Seasons." This webinar will address how participants can be prepared to maximize patient safety, decrease occupational exposures, and prevent the spread of infections in schools, healthcare facilities, and communities during an outbreak or disaster.

USBC Insight: Stay tuned for updates on an upcoming Racial Equity webinar which will feature a panel discussion on infant and young child feeding in emergencies.

Partner News

Report on MCH Capacity for Zika Response, from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has published a report titled "Maternal Child Health Capacity for Zika Response." With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACCHO surveyed local health departments in 10 high-priority states to assess their capacity to monitor, track, and support mothers and infants potentially affected by the Zika virus. The report highlights key findings and recommendations for strengthening the response capacity of local maternal and child health programs.

New Website on Connections Between Racism and Health, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a web page titled "Race, Racism and Health." The webpage collates resources from RWJF that examine the connections between race, racism, and health in the United States, including blog posts, reports, and program updates.

Webinar on Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities, from NACCHO

Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials on Friday, March 23, from 1:30pm-3:00 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Working Upstream in Rural Communities: Addressing Social Determinants of Health through the CHA/CHIP." Staff from NACCHO and three local health departments: Whatcom County, WA; Humboldt County, CA; and Madison County, NY, will discuss how to address social determinants of health (SDOH) in rural communities through community health assessment and community health improvement planning (CHA/CHIP) processes. Participants will learn about the Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health framework and discover tools and resources to facilitate SDOH discussions. Participants will also hear practical examples from the three local health departments on their efforts to address SDOH priorities through the CHA/CHIP.

News from the Field

Interactive Family Leave Map, from LGBT MAP

The LGBT Movement Advancement Project has released an interactive map titled "Family Leave Laws." The map illustrates access to state-level laws that ensure equitable access to paid and unpaid leave for same-sex couples and parents. The majority of states lack laws that grant workers leave to care for a same-sex partner or for a child to whom the parent does not have a legal or biological tie.

Collective Impact Connection

Empathy Mapping Tool, from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has released a tool titled "The Empathy Map." The Empathy Map is a tool that helps users consider the perspectives of those who their project serves or affects. It can help a team consider many of the forces around them that affect their experiences. Empathy maps can be completed individually or as a team.

Article on Collaborative Readiness, from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has published a blog post titled "Building Collaborative Readiness: Mapping Community Resources." In the post, the author discusses how building a community asset map can be a foundational tool to build collaborative readiness for a project in a community.

News & Views

Pilot Online: "Anthem is cutting support for breast pumps nearly in half, angering breastfeeding advocates"   

The Huffington Post: "Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Breastfeeds In Campaign Ad: 'This Is Real Life'"   

Hello Giggles: "For your consideration: Chelsea Peretti's awards season breast pumping posts should get ALL the trophies"   

NACCHO Voice: "Public Health Advocacy: Informing Lawmakers about What Matters Most in Our Communities"  

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