Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 14, 2015

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Federal News

NCHS Data on Births, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics has released a data brief entitled, Births in the United States, 2014, presenting several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators by race and Hispanic origin, using 2014 final birth data. Trends in general fertility rates, teen birth rates, and cesarean delivery and preterm birth rates are explored.

Healthy People 2020 Public Comment Period, from HHS

A Healthy People 2020 public comment period will open on October 15 to propose new objectives to be added to the topic areas of Family Planning; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health; Preparedness; and Social Determinants of Health. Commenters can also propose new objectives to be included in the 42 existing Healthy People 2020 topic areas. Comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. ET on November 13.

SIDS Awareness Month Resources, from CDC

October is SIDS Awareness Month. Learn more about infant deaths from SIDS and other causes, and take action to reduce the risk, starting by always placing babies on their backs to sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners are addressing SIDS and other types of sleep-related infant deaths among Native Americans with the 1,000 Grandmothers project. Read more about the problem as well as other CDC activities to address it on the CDC's SIDS webpage.

Member News

Podcast on Starting a Donor Milk Bank, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has published a podcast entitled, "Starting a Donor Human Milk Bank," available free through iTunes.

Hispanic Heritage Month Twitter Chat Recap, from MomsRising

MomsRising has released a storify recap from the Celebrating Breastfeeding Traditions #HispanicHeritageMonth #WellnessWed Twitter chat held on October 7.

Improving Coverage & Care for Pregnant/Postpartum Women Webinar, from AMCHP

Join the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs on Monday, October 26, at 2 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Improving Coverage & Care for Pregnant & Postpartum Women," to explore ways to help women maintain insurance coverage during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Speakers will discuss the leading causes of pregnancy churn in the post-ACA insurance landscape, ways health plans can make it easier for women to navigate coverage options, and what states can do to improve continuity of coverage. 

Partner News

Working Families Day of Action, from NPWF

Join the National Partnership for Women and Families and other partners for a Working Families Day of Action on Tuesday, October 27, in celebration of National Work and Family Month. The event will focus on paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, equal pay, and other issues impacting women and families. Organizations can take advantage of this moment by signing and circulating the FAMILY ACT coalition letter, which will be delivered to Congress on the day of action.

Updated Compilations of Infant Mortality Data, from KFF

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released updated compilations of infant mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Number of Infant Deaths, Infant Mortality Rate, and Infant Mortality Rate by Race/Ethnicity are all presented at the state level.

Breastfeeding Policy Report, from Save the Children

The Save the Children Fund has published a report entitled, Breastfeeding: Policy Matters, identifying strategies to effectively influence political commitment to breastfeeding through review of six country case studies. The case studies of Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, the Philippines, and the U.K focused on the role of global and national organizations in influencing political will to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. According to the report, the six countries were selected because of their large populations, their particular health and nutrition challenges, their representation of different geographical regions, and their range of achievements and experiences in relation to breastfeeding.

News from the Field

Support Women and Families Webinar Recording, from CAP

The Center for American Progress has released a recording of its event held September 29 entitled, "To Fight Inequality, Support Women and Families." The event featured Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, who delivered remarks on exciting state and local paid leave initiatives. Secretary Perez's remarks were followed by a panel discussion about how policies such as paid family leave can and must be used as a vital tool in fighting income inequality.

State/Community News

State Goes Bag Free, from Maryland (via Public Citizen)

All birthing hospitals in Maryland have eliminated formula discharge bag distribution and are now in compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Maryland became bag-free with the closure of Laurel Memorial Hospital: the last hospital in Maryland to distribute formula samples. Read the press release from Public Citizen.

Collective Impact Connection

The Equity Imperative, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released a article entitled, "The Equity Imperative in Collective Impact," highlighting the importance of equity in collective impact work. The article stresses that lasting change cannot be created without attention to the policies, practices, and culture that are reinforcing patterns of inequity in the community.

News & Views

Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM blog): "Arthur Eidelman deconstructs the latest breastfeeding-and-IQ study"

Business Insider Australia: "Twitter joins an elite group of companies pioneering a radical perk new mums love"

Yahoo Parenting: "'You Can Have It All, But Not All at Once:' Words of Wisdom From Single Mom (And President Obama Confidant) Valerie Jarrett"

WTOP (local radio): "Smithsonian vows improvement after breast-pumping employees' complaint"

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