Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 23, 2015

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Federal News

An mPINC Minute, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) has begun. Screening phone calls are being conducted in alphabetical order by state/territory abbreviation and facilities will be contacted on a rolling basis. Screening has begun in states/territories beginning with letters 'A' through 'P' and screening in states/territories beginning with the letters 'R' through 'T' will begin over the next few weeks.

Women's Health Issues Workshop, from NIH/ORWH

On Friday, September 25, the Office of Research on Women's Health of the National Institutes of Health will host a workshop on women's health issues entitled, Raising the Bar—The Health of Women in America. The workshop will focus on the 2013 report, US Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, which documented the relative and growing disadvantage of U.S. women compared with women in other countries. 

Partner News

Paid Leave Letter from Business School Professors, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center has reported that 203 Business & Management School deans and professors sent a letter to Congress urging support for a national paid family and medical leave program, specifically, the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. The professors cite research showing the benefits of paid leave for workers and businesses and conclude that the FAMILY Act offers a smart, affordable way to establish a national standard. Read the press release.

Analysis of 2014 Census Poverty Data, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center has released a detailed gender analysis of the 2014 Census poverty, income, and health insurance data. The report found that women's poverty rates were substantially above the rates for men, and that women continue to rely more heavily on Medicaid coverage than men.

News from the Field

Childhood Obesity Workshop Updates, from IOM

In February 2015 the Institute of Medicine and other partners convened a workshop to explore the body of evolving science that examines the nexus of biology, environment, and developmental stage on risk of childhood obesity. The workshop focused on the prenatal period, infancy, and early childhood and addressed evidence from both animal and human studies. A summary report has just been released, entitled Examining a Developmental Approach to Childhood Obesity: The Fetal and Early Childhood Years Workshop Summary.

On Tuesday, October 6, the Institute of Medicine will host another workshop, entitled Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions. The workshop will highlight the science and recent developments in the understanding of emerging modifiable factors associated with the risk of early childhood obesity, including maternal health. The workshop agenda also will include presentations and discussion that address sustainable collaborations and new insights into implementing interventions and policies.

Preemie Matters Summit Highlights, from NCfIH

The National Coalition for Infant Health has released a video from the June 2015 Preemie Matters Summit, featuring U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), and CNN Anchor Nancy Grace, as well as revised values and priorities influenced by the Summit.

Webinar on Health Care for Kids, from NIHCM

Join the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation for a webinar on Wednesday, September 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET, entitled "Health Care for Kids Post-ACA: An Evolving Patchwork of Coverage." Presentations will explore the many challenges in keeping kids covered, including variations in state Medicaid policies.

Collective Impact Connection

"Getting Started" Webinar Series, from Collective Impact Forum/FSG

Join the Collective Impact Forum and FSG for a series of three webinars on October 6, October 20, and November 3, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, designed to help organizations determine if collective impact is the right approach for their work, how to get started building an initiative, and how to create a common agenda.

News & Views

NICHQ blog: "A Breastfeeding Culture Starts in the Community, Not the Hospital"

Wendy Wisner blog: "My Problem with Similac's #endmommywars Campaign"

TakePart: "Campaign Shames Breast-Feeding Moms Who Eat Doughnuts and Burgers"

The Colorado Statesman: "Coffman: Common sense help for women in the workplace"

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