Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 30, 2015

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Federal News

Paid Leave Analysis Grants Awarded, from DOL

The Department of Labor has announced the recipients of the 2015 Paid Leave Analysis Grants. $1.55 million in funding was awarded to eight states to study the feasibility of developing and expanding statewide paid family and medical leave programs. This investment builds on the $500,000 in paid leave analysis grants awarded in 2014 and represents one of the key deliverables and action items announced at the June 2014 White House Summit on Working Families.

Member News

2015 Research Needs Assessment, from NWA

The National WIC Association's Evaluation Committee has published its 2015 WIC Research Needs Assessment, highlighting areas of research that have the potential to provide essential information to document the program's impact on participants and improve its effectiveness. The 2015 priorities fall into four main categories: Improve Quality and Use of WIC Administrative Data, Examine WIC Service Delivery, Improve Maternal Health During Periconceptional and Interconceptional Periods, and Examine Trends and WIC's Impact on Obesity.

Webinar Series on Engaging Multi-sector Stakeholders in Community Health, from APHA and other partners

Join the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, Trust for America's Health and others for a new Dialogue4Health webinar series focused on seizing new opportunities to engage multiple sectors in community health and prevention. It is increasingly clear that achieving the promise of greater community health and equity requires the know-how, innovations, and commitment of a wide range of sectors and stakeholders. The first webinar in the series, "A New Road Forward: How Hospital, Public Health and Stakeholder Collaboration has Changed the Community Health Landscape," will highlight how hospitals, public health, and key stakeholders are already working together to creatively and effectively address needs in their communities.

Partner News

State of FY16 Budget Twitter Chat, from NDD United

Join NDD United and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for a Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 6, from 2-3 p.m. ET.  Participants can ask questions about the state of the fiscal year 2016 federal budget and appropriations, the importance of a sequestration relief deal, and the perils of a year-long continuing resolution. Join the conversation by posing questions using the hashtag #RaiseTheCaps and following both organizations on Twitter: @nddunited and @centeronbudget.

State of Obesity Report, from TFAH/RWJF

Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released the 12th annual report entitled, The State of Obesity – Better Policies for a Healthier America. This year's report finds adult obesity rates remained mostly steady this past year, increasing in five states but remaining stable in all others. For more than a decade, the annual report has raised awareness about the health problems, supported the development of a national prevention-focused strategy, and highlighted promising approaches for improving nutrition and increasing activity in America. This year, RWJF announced an additional commitment of $500 million over the next 10 years to expand efforts to help all children grow up at a healthy weight.

News from the Field

Childhood Obesity Research Center, from USC

The University of Southern California has been awarded a federally funded research center to explore why childhood obesity affects some populations more than others. The Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center will study pregnant women and their infants over time in low-income, urban minority communities in Los Angeles that have both high obesity rates and wide-ranging exposure to environmental pollutants.

State/Community News

Workplace Wellness Resource Guide, from WWCMA

The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts has released the third edition of Healthy Workplaces: A Resource Guide for Worksite Wellness. The guide contains listings of non-commercial, publicly available resources, including a section on breastfeeding. 

Collective Impact Connection

Building Movements, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article entitled, "Building Movements, Not Organizations," exploring how organizations can function more like movements, which have been the primary driver of social change. The author describes how this might look in practice if we redefined three factors: success, leadership, and means.

News & Views

KMSP (Fox local): "Vikings to install 'lactation pods' for breastfeeding moms at stadium"

Forbes: "Study: Breastfeeding Won't Turn Your Baby Into Einstein"

Yahoo: "This Type of Mom Is More Likely to Breastfeed, Says Study"

ACLU of Northern California blog: "Let Young Parents Breastfeed in School"

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