Weekly Wednesday Wire: January 1, 2014

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USBC Updates

Thank you to all the Friends of USBC who generously contributed to our year-end holiday campaign! Thanks to your support, we are beginning 2014 inspired and well-equipped to continue our work together to transform the "Landscape of Breastfeeding Support." None of this would be possible without you. Thank you again, and happy new year!

Member News

Article on the Role of Fathers in MCH Home Visits, from AMCHP

A new article published in the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Pulse newsletter discusses the role of fathers in maternal and child health, including their impact on breastfeeding.

Response to AAP Partnership with Formula Manufacturer

Several organizations have published open letters to the American Academy of Pediatrics in response to recent media coverage about the AAP logo on formula-company sponsored gift bags given by hospitals to new mothers. Highlights from USBC members and partners include:

Partner News

World Breastfeeding Week 2014 theme, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has announced that the slogan and theme for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2014 will be "BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - for Life!" The theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown and beyond. The WBW 2014 Objectives are:

  • To inform people about the MDGs and how they relate to Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding.
  • To showcase the progress made so far and the key gaps in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding.
  • To call attention to the importance of STEPPING UP actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding as a key intervention in the MDG countdown, and in the post 2015 era.
  • To stimulate interest amongst young people of both genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in today's changing world.

Transitions of Care Portal Update, from TJC

The Joint Commission's Transitions of Care Portal has been expanded and updated with new resources. This portal provides information from The Joint Commission and other health care organizations about transitions of care (the movement of individuals between various health care settings and organizations).

News from the Field

Obesity Workshop Webcast, from IOM

Join the Institute of Medicine on January 7, 2014, for a workshop entitled, "The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States," the introductory event for the new IOM Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. The workshop will present a status update on the current epidemiology of obesity and explore the prevalence, trends, severity, and disparities across the United States. Workshop presenters will discuss key settings where change is happening, focusing on nutrition, physical activity, the elimination of health disparities, and what should happen next. Panel topics include: early care and education; schools; worksites; health care: hospitals, clinics, and insurance companies; communities and states; federal government; and businesses and industry. The workshop will be available via live webcast.

Nutrition and Childhood Obesity Webinar Archive, from NIHCM Foundation

To discuss strategies for improving children's nutrition, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation hosted a webinar on "Expanding Nutritional Counseling to Prevent Childhood Obesity" on December 12, 2013. The webinar focused on the critical importance of proper nutrition in childhood, including a brief overview of federal improvement efforts from Health Resources & Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director, Dr. Michael Lu. An archived recording of the event and the presentation slides are now available.

News Clippings

Motherlode (NYTimes.com parenting blog): "Does the A.A.P. Logo Belong on Formula Gift Bags?"

NBCNews.com: "US infant mortality rate drops only a little"

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