Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 9, 2014

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USBC Updates

Legacy Scholarship to Attend National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference

USBC is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Drs. Ruth Lawrence & Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship, to be offered each year the National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference is held. The vision of the scholarship is to provide support to talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding coalition leaders. In 2014, two recipients will be selected. The application deadline is Monday, May 5.

Exhibitor & Marketing Prospectus: Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference

Reserve your exhibit or sponsor opportunity now for the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference! This one-of-a-kind event will kick off National Breastfeeding Month festivities in Arlington, Virginia, on August 2-4, 2014. Conference opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility: choose from a variety of individual opportunities or create your own customized package.

Federal News

National Minority Health Month, from HHS

April is National Minority Health Month, which aims to raise awareness about the health disparities that affect minorities. This year's theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity, emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. The DHHS Office of Minority Health has published the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities: Toolkit for Community Action to help individuals, communities, and organizations from the public and private sectors work together to implement programs and policies to end health disparities. The DHHS Office on Women's Health is marking National Minority Health Month by celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of the It's Only Natural campaign to help African-American women and their families understand the health benefits of breastfeeding.

Member Updates

Peers for Progress Report, from AAFP

Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and the National Council of La Raza have published Peer Support in Health: Evidence to Action, a report that examines how peer support programs improve health outcomes by boosting outreach and education for disease prevention and management. The report is a guide for health care organizations developing peer support programs that will help people with health problems live healthier lives. Peer support programs are located throughout the U.S. and are included in the Affordable Care Act as a way to improve health care quality and reduce costs. Read the press release.

Action Alert: Healthy Start Funding, from HCOne

Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) has put forth a request for $25 million in additional funding for the Healthy Start Program to integrate the Community-Based Doula program across all existing Healthy Start sites. This would allow for the hiring of two full-time community-based doulas to each of the approximately 100 Healthy Start sites in 39 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In addition to the House appropriations request, HealthConnect One has formally asked Senators Durbin (IL) and Harkin (IA) to include a similar increase in the Healthy Start budget of $10 million. Contact your legislators in support of these funding increases with the easy action tool from HealthConnect One.

Collective Impact Corner

Evaluating Impact, from Tamarack Institute

An article in the April issue of the Tamarack Institute newsletter entitled "Evaluation Impact: Looking Beyond Programs" reviews and responds to the Stanford Social Innovation Review article "Programs Aren't Everything," highlighting the limitations of standard outcome measurement models when evaluating the work of non-profit organizations.

News from the Field

Public Workshop on Communities Improving Health, from IoM

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement is holding a public workshop on the roles and potential of communities in improving health. The workshop will feature speakers from communities across the U.S. who work with a variety of partners to tackle critical issues related to the social determinants of health. The Los Angeles workshop is scheduled for April 10 at 8 a.m. PDT / 11 a.m. EDT, and it will be webcast. 

State/Community News

Breastfeeding Bill Passes, from Missouri

A new Missouri law has been passed that allows breastfeeding mothers to be excused from jury service and amends the existing breastfeeding in public law by removing the requirement that a mother use "as much discretion as possible" and instead require that the mother "use discretion."

News and Views

Mother Jones: "Baseball Player Takes 2 Days of Paternity Leave. Sports Radio Goes Ballistic"

MomsRising YouTube Channel: "MomsRising CEO says, 'Don't be afraid to speak up!' on the Katie Couric Show"

Impatient Optimists (Gates Foundation blog): "Listen to the Talking Baby: Breastfeeding is a Smart Idea"

BBC News: "Is buying breast milk online safe?"

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