Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 3, 2015

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USBC Updates

Join the Coalitions Learning Connection

Active members of breastfeeding coalitions are invited to explore and join the Coalitions Learning Connection in the new USBC website, to network and share information and resources with other coalition leaders and members. Joining this online community will also ensure you receive details about USBC webinars and other program and resources for coalitions.

Federal News

Prevention Fund "Dear Colleague" Letter, from U.S. Senate

Senator Patty Murray and thirteen other Senators have sent a "dear colleague" letter to fellow Senators in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Individuals are encouraged to thank their Senator(s), if they are signed on.

Community Health Improvement Navigator, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a Community Health Improvement Navigator website for people who lead or participate in CHI work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations. The website helps public health agencies, organizations, and individuals improve and invest in the health of their communities by offering expert-vetted tools and resources like a database for interventions that work and case examples that public health agencies can use to partner with hospitals.

Member News

Appropriations Action Alert, from NWA

The National WIC Association has asked for $6.684 billion to fund WIC in the Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This level of funding would assure that no eligible applicants are turned away; maintain current and anticipated WIC participation levels; assure adequate nutrition services and administration (NSA) funding; respond adequately to forecasts of food cost inflation; and provide funds for nutrition services to maintain clinic staffing and assure competitive salaries. Visit the Legislative Action Center to sign on to this request.

MCH Program Planning Guide, from AMCHP

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs has created a new publication for MCH programs and their partners, entitled Health for Every Mother: A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States. The new resource is a comprehensive planning framework and menu of strategies, supported by implementation examples from more than 30 states and a wealth of national program and policy resources. The guide also includes assessment tools for use internally or with partners.    

Health Equity and Social Justice, from APHA and Grantmakers in Health

American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin has authored an article in the Grantmakers in Health Views from the Field series, entitled "Health Equity and Social Justice: A Health Improvement Tool." The article discusses the role of racism and discrimination on health, emphasizing the need for trust and the importance of not mistaking access for equity.    

IBCLC Achieves Licensure in Rhode Island, from USLCA

Rhode Island will become the first state to provide licensure for IBCLCs. Read the press release from the United States Lactation Consultant Association.

Partner News

Prevention Task Force Recommendations, from BPC

The Bipartisan Policy Center has released a report entitled A Prevention Prescription for Improving Health and Health Care in America, the result of a Prevention Task Force convened in 2014. The task force's first set of recommendations focuses on building the evidence base for prevention, while the second part of its framework focuses on near-term opportunities to embed prevention in broader health care delivery system reforms. 

Collective Impact Connection

Collective Impact Culture Podcast, from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has released a podcast featuring Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor to the Collective Impact Forum and former CEO of Public Allies, exploring the importance of building a culture that develops and rewards authentic, inclusive, and collaborative leadership, helps leaders work better together across differences, and engages community members as assets and partners in solving community problems. The podcast includes some of the key conditions needed to build an authentic and inclusive culture within a collective impact initiative.

News & Views

The Huffington Post:

The Atlantic: "America's Aging Population Is Bad News for Women's Careers"

Slate: "If We Want to Help Working Mothers, We Could Start With Paid Paternity Leave"

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