Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 18, 2015

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USBC Updates

Join Racial Equity Learning Community and 11/24 Session

The USBC has been funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to host a Racial Equity Online Learning Community as part of an inclusive learning and transformation process for the "First Food" field. In September, the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) kicked off the community's new webinar series with a presentation of highlights of their recently launched report, Removing Barriers to Breastfeeding: A Structural Race Analysis of First Food (view the webinar recording).

The theme for the next webinar on Tuesday, November 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET is "From Analysis to Action." This session will share examples of the Policy/Practice Recommendations highlighted in the CSI report, using an interactive meeting tool to allow for small group discussion to explore actions that could be taken in states/communities to address racial inequity in breastfeeding. To join the 11/24 session, just fill out this form to receive your personalized access link and phone number. Participants are also invited to join the conversation on the community's blog: this month three guest bloggers are sharing actions from each of the report's three sections: Medical Infrastructure, Workplace Policies, and Community Support.

Federal News

Community Health Impact Video, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Community Health has released a new video demonstrating the impact of community health efforts. The video, entitled "Making the Business Case: Community Health Investments Yield Results," highlights the positive impact of community health efforts across the country. 

News from the Field

Using Data for StoryTelling Web Forum, from Dialogue4Health

Join Dialogue4Health for the fourth web forum of the series, "Making Data Work for the Public's Health: Telling the Story Behind the Numbers," on Wednesday, December 16, from 2:30-4 p.m. ET. The webinar will explore methods of creating stories that build bridges between data and the audiences who can act on it, including a look at the HealthData+ initiative, an award-winning effort to combine health stories and data. Archives of the first three web forums in the series are available online.


County Health Gaps Reports, from RWJF & UWPHI

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have released the 2015 County Health Rankings Health Gaps Reports. The reports identify significant gaps in opportunities for good health among counties within each state, in an interactive format. 

New Center for Health Journalism, from USC Annenberg School of Journalism

The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism have evolved into the new Center for Health Journalism, now offering a family of programs designed to help journalists and community storytellers innovate, investigate, and illuminate health challenges in their communities. Offerings include: partnerships with reporters and their newsrooms to nurture ambitious journalism that impacts policy and stimulates new community discussions; an online community for people passionate about fostering great health coverage; annual grantmaking to reporters to underwrite substantive explanatory and investigative journalism; and the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative (teams of Fellows and their media outlets to tackle ambitious investigative projects on a common theme).

Culture of Health Resources, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a new Culture of Health website and Action Framework, which includes a set of metrics and drivers for change. The Action Framework reflects the Foundation's commitment to achieving a Culture of Health and health equity.

Paid Leave Issue Brief, from The Century Foundation

The Century Foundation has published an issue brief entitled, Tech Companies Are Leading the Way on Paid Family Leave, and the Rest of the Country Should Catch Up, reviewing the current state of and need for paid leave policies in the U.S.

State/Community News

School District Lactation Support Report Card, from Los Angeles, California

The ACLU of Southern California, BreastfeedLA, and the California Women's Law Center have released a new report card entitled, ABC's of Breastfeeding in Los Angeles County School Districts. The report card shows that 68 of LA County's 81 school districts received a grade of "C" or worse when it comes to supporting lactation accommodations for students and staff. The report also provides school districts with practical tips and tools for meeting legal requirements and supporting breastfeeding employees and students, including implementing the new state law resulting from AB 302.

Collective Impact Connection

Engaging Communities with Technology, from Tamarack Institute's Engage!

The Tamarack Institute's Engage! newsletter has published an article describing how new technologies are lending fresh perspectives and putting power back into the hands of communities. In the article, "Forward: How technology improves community engagement," Tamarack's Lisa Attygalle makes the case for using technology to expand the breadth, depth and quality of engagement.

News & Views

Yahoo Style Canada: "Fed Up Of 'Fantasy' Breastfeeding Pics, Photographer Captures The Reality"

Motherlode (The New York Times parenting blog): "A Baby Dies at Day Care, and a Mother Asks Why She Had to Leave Him So Soon"

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: "Veterans Day, Breastfeeding, and What this Day Means to Me"

Shots (NPR health news blog): "Mother's Milk May Help Prevent Blindness In Preemies"

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