Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 3, 2016

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Federal News

Birth Rate Data, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a data brief entitled, Mean Age of Mothers is on the Rise: United States, 2000–2014. Key findings include an increase in the average age of mothers for all birth orders, with age at first birth having the largest increase, up from 24.9 years in 2000 to 26.3 years in 2014. The CDC also released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) entitled, "QuickStats: Birth Rates Among Females Aged 15–19 Years, by Race/Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1991 and 2014." The report shows that from 1991 to 2014, the birth rate for females aged 15–19 years declined 61%, from 61.8 to 24.2 births per 1,000, the lowest rate ever recorded for the United States.

Member News

Eliminating Breastfeeding Disparities Training, BMBFA

Join the Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association for a webinar on Tuesday, February 16, from 2-3 p.m. ET, entitled "Eliminating Breastfeeding Disparities for African Americans." The training will describe how historical events have influenced breastfeeding outcomes in African-American communities, list societal and social barriers that hinder breastfeeding success, identify strategies to eliminate disparities in breastfeeding rates for African Americans, and list available support resources.

Revised Clinical Protocol on Prenatal Setting, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has released a revised Clinical Protocol #19 Breastfeeding Promotion in the Prenatal Setting, Revision 2015. Recommendations include: create a breastfeeding-friendly office and community; consider the background, ethnicity, and culture of individual women, families, and communities; consider behavioral and psycho-educational approaches to breastfeeding support; and integrate breastfeeding promotion, education, and support throughout prenatal care.

Partner News

Breastfeeding Series Launch, from The Lancet

The Lancet launched its special series on breastfeeding with a live webcast and simultaneous Twitter conversation on Friday, January 29. The Lancet Breastfeeding Series is the first of its kind to evaluate global breastfeeding levels, trends, and inequalities, as well as the short- and long-term benefits for both mother and child. It reviews nearly 30 different studies on the contribution of early, exclusive, and continued breastfeeding in preventing neonatal and child mortality, and in improving the health of women and children beyond survival. The hashtag #LancetBF reached trending status in the United States, signaling widespread interest and momentum. Media highlights include:

FMLA Anniversary Activities & Family Leave Advocacy Webinar, from NPWF

Join the National Partnership for Women & Families for a celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act on Friday, February 5. Individuals and organizations are invited to join the #FMLA23 Thunderclap and participate in the #FLMA23 tweet storm taking place on February 5 from 2-3 p.m. ET to call for paid family and medical leave. In addition, join the National Partnership for Women & Families and diversitydatakids.org on Wednesday, February 10, at 3 p.m. ET for the webinar, "New Tools for Paid Leave Advocacy: State-By-State Measures of FMLA Access and Affordability." Participants will learn about new family and medical leave indicators and the ways advocates can leverage this critical data to build a more compelling understanding about the need for paid leave programs. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, February 8.

Racial Equity Narratives Campaign, from WKKF

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has launched the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise, a broad coalition that will help communities embrace racial healing and address centuries of racial inequities in the United States. WKKF simultaneously launched Remix the Narrative, a web-based campaign inviting and empowering people to share their stories in their own voices of "how others see you" and "how you see yourself" to help confront stereotypes, labels, and misperceptions of people. Follow the conversations at hashtag #RemixTheNarrative.

HHS Funding Appropriations Sign-on Letter, from CHF

The Coalition for Health Funding is joining the Committee for Education Funding and the Campaign to Invest in America's Workforce in a sign-on letter to secure a strong funding allocation for the Labor-HHS appropriations subcommittee in FY 2017. The deadline to sign on is Friday, February 5.

News from the Field

Maternal Depression Screening Statement, from JAMA

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued an updated recommendation statement on screening for depression in adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Maternal Depression and WIC Participation Research, from MCH Health Journal

Maternal and Child Health Journal has released an article entitled, "Influence of Maternal Depression on WIC Participation in Low-Income Families," detailing the results of a study examining whether maternal depression is predictive of lower WIC participation in early childhood. The research showed that maternal depression was significantly associated with decreased WIC participation.

Webinar on Community Health Worker Financing, from Dialogue4Health

Join Dialogue4Health on Thursday, February 11, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a web forum entitled, "Sustainable Financing for Community Health Workers: Exploring Medicaid Opportunities." The web forum will feature speakers from state agencies in Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania who will provide valuable insight into how they have approached sustainable financing levers for Community Health Workers, such as the recent preventive service rule change (440.130), managed care contracting, and health homes.

Research Funding Opportunity, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched its first call for proposals for innovative research that can inform what policies can serve as levers to improve population health and well-being and achieve greater levels of health equity, as part of an efforts to better understand the wide range of influences that can help build a Culture of Health. An informational webinar for applicants will be held on Tuesday, February 16, from 1­-2 p.m. ET. 

State/Community News

Breastfeeding-Friendly Resource for Outpatient Settings, from California

The California Department of Public Health, California WIC Association, and California Breastfeeding Coalition have released a new resource entitled, 9 Steps To Breastfeeding Friendly: Guidelines for Community Health Centers and Outpatient Care Settings. The guidelines were developed to help community health centers and outpatient care settings successfully implement practices and policies that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding, and provide a framework for creating and sustaining a community-based, universally accessible, quality care and support system for breastfeeding mothers and their families.

Collective Impact Connection

Engaging the Business Community, from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has released a blog post entitled, "Engaging the Business Community in Collective Impact." The article discusses how collective impact partners can include local businesses in their work, focusing on public education while also exploring what makes the model particularly interesting to business leaders.  

News & Views

Vox: "The case for breastfeeding: what skeptics miss when they call it overrated"

The Daily Beast: "Tech Has No Space for Breastfeeding Moms"

Refinery29: "This Country's New Policy For Working Moms Is Great"

The Cut (New York blog): "The Army Bumps Paid Maternity Leave to 12 Weeks"

Public Radio International: "How important is breast milk and delivery method to a newborn's health?"

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