Weekly Wire: April 12, 2018

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Federal News

Senator Duckworth Gives Birth, from Congress

Senator Tammy Duckworth has become the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office! She is one of only 10 women in the history of the nation to give birth while serving in Congress. Duckworth has championed support for breastfeeding families in both houses of Congress. While serving as a representative to the U.S. House, she introduced the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act in 2015 and the Military Parental Leave Modernization Act in 2016. Duckworth is currently serving as a U.S. Senator and introduced the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act in 2017. Media and partner highlights include:

National Public Health Week Resolution Introduced, from Congress

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California) and Senator Tom Udall have introduced Congressional resolutions supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week. The resolutions recognize the efforts of public health professionals, governments, tribes, and individuals in preventing disease and injury and encourages strengthening the public health system and increasing efforts and resources to help create the healthiest nation in one generation. The House resolution included 19 original cosponsors and the Senate resolution included 14 original cosponsors. 

CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator Appointed, from HHS

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has appointed Robert Redfield to serve as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Dr. Redfield has been a public health leader actively engaged in clinical research and clinical care of chronic human viral infections and infectious diseases, especially HIV, for more than 30 years.

Member News

Logic Model for the Call to Action to Support Black Breastfeeding Families, from BBC

The Black Breastfeeding Caucus has released the "Logic Model for the Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding for Black Families." The BBC developed the logic model as a visual representation and guide to the development of the Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding for Black Families (CTA). It highlights the process for the development of the CTA, the internal and external resources needed, and outlines an analysis of anticipated activities, benefits, outcomes and impacts. The BBC is a national collective of service providers, advocates, academics and other stakeholders committed to equitable breastfeeding support for black families. Read the press release from Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

Physician Education and Training Action Plan, from AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published the "Physician Education and Training on Breastfeeding Action Plan." The comprehensive action plan includes recommendations for addressing: (1) gaps in breastfeeding training and education for physicians, with special emphasis on underserved populations and (2) training to support the safe implementation of evidence-based maternity practices supportive of breastfeeding. Strategies include integration of breastfeeding training in the various stages of formal medical education, encouraging culture change to support breastfeeding within the medical education and training process, and encouragement of continuity of care with community breastfeeding resources. The document was developed as part of the Physician Engagement and Training Focused on Breastfeeding Project. 

Research Needs Assessment Report, from NWA

The National WIC Association Evaluation Committee has completed the "NWA 2018 Research Needs Assessment" which identifies research areas that support NWA and WIC programs nationwide to be responsive to emerging issues and continue to explore, demonstrate, and integrate evidence-based practices that improve the health and well-being of low-income families. The Committee has prioritized six research areas based on the needs assesment. Newly identified areas of research include an expanded view of the economic impact of WIC, the impact of potential changes to the WIC food packages, aligning policies and procedures for systems-level innovation, and understanding how WIC participants use technology.

Partner News

Infographic on Evolution of Public Health, from NACCHO

The National Association of County & City Health Officials has released an infographic illustrating how public health has evolved and improved since the release of the Institute of Medicine's 1988 report "The Future of Public Health." The infographic shows that if funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had kept pace with inflation since then, the agency would receive more than $1.96 trillion in FY2018. CDC's current funding is $6.2 billion. 

Health in All Policies Fact Sheet, from NACCHO

The National Association of County & City Health Officials has published a fact sheet titled "Five Promising Strategies for Local Health Department Health in All Policies Initiatives." Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a change in the systems that determine how decisions are made and implemented by local, state, and federal government to ensure that policy decisions have neutral or beneficial impacts on the determinants of health. HiAP initiatives emphasize the need to collaborate across sectors to achieve common health goals. The fact sheet follows up on NACCHO's 2017 report on HiAP initiatives in local health departments

World Breastfeeding Week Event Pledge Form, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has launched the #WBW2018 pledge form. Individuals and organizations are invited to pledge to participate in World Breastfeeding Week by submitting details of #WBW2018 event(s). WABA will pin the location and information on the Pledge Map.

News from the Field

Study on Social Determinants of Health, from IJMA

The International Journal of MCH and AIDS has published a study titled "Social Determinants of Health in the United States: Addressing Major Health Inequality Trends for the Nation, 1935-2016." The study describes key population health concepts and examines major empirical trends in U.S. health and healthcare inequalities from 1935 to 2016 according to important social determinants of health such as race/ethnicity, education, income, and geographic location. The study showed that despite overall health improvement, significant social disparities remain in a number of health indicators, most notably in life expectancy and infant mortality. Marked disparities in various health outcomes indicate the underlying significance of social determinants in disease prevention and health promotion and necessitate systematic and continued monitoring of health inequalities according to social factors. The authors concluded that a multi-sectoral approach is needed to tackle persistent and widening health inequalities among Americans.

Local Health Policy Webinar, from NABLOH/NPHL

Join the National Association of Local Boards of Health and Network for Public Health Law on Thursday, April 19, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Local Health Policy 101: Understanding Ordinances, Resolutions, and Proclamations." The presentation will cover resources and strategies for researching law and policy at the local level, and highlight examples of legal and policy innovations in small- and medium-sized communities, as well as in the nation's largest cities.

State & Community News

New Law to Protect Breastfeeding in Public, from Idaho

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has signed House Bill 448 into law. The bill amends existing law to provide exemptions from indecent exposure and obscenity for breastfeeding mothers. When the law goes into effect on Sunday, July 1, all 50 states will have a law in place to protect the right to breastfeed in public!

Collective Impact Connection

Inclusive Engagement Webinar, from Tamarack

Tamarack Institute has posted the recording for the "Strategies for Inclusive Engagement" webinar. In the webinar, Capire Consulting's Amy Hubbard provides an overview of some of the tools and practices used by Capire to promote inclusive engagement. The presentation introduces Capire's Triangle of Engagement - a tool to clarify the desired outcomes of engagement; explores the six phases in developing an authentic Community Engagement strategy; and provides insights in overcoming the barriers that can undermine authentic Community Engagement efforts.

News & Views

Slate: "Insurance Companies Should Be Investing More, Not Less, in Breastfeeding"

Belleville News-Democrat: "Award-winning author speaks about breastfeeding in the military

New Haven Register: "Southern Connecticut State University becomes breastfeeding-friendly campus"   

The Boston Globe: "New perk for nursing moms: Lactation pods signal changing times (and laws)"  

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