Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 9, 2016

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Federal News

Prevention Status Reports, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released updated Prevention Status Reports, highlighting—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of policies and practices designed to address ten important public health problems. Promoting evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding in hospitals and birth centers is included under the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity health topic.

MEDCOM Breastfeeding Policy, from Department of the Army

The Department of the Army has released OTSG/MEDCOM Policy Memo 16-005 to establish guidance for the implementation of a breastfeeding policy that addresses early postpartum and workplace lactation support. The policy is applicable to all U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) facilities with the intention to incorporate the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding into the policies of Health Readiness Platforms (HRP) that provide inpatient maternal and newborn care, while also implementing an HRP workplace breastfeeding and lactation support program to benefit all breastfeeding employees. The policy requires Regional Health Commands to collect and report annual data on breastfeeding rates of active duty Soldiers.

Head Start Expansion in Flint, from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that Head Start and Early Head Start services will expand immediately in Flint, Michigan, to help children and families exposed to lead in the city's water supply. The expansion was made possible through one-time emergency funding of $3.6 million. 

Member News

National Nutrition Month, from AND

March is National Nutrition Month®: a nutrition education and information campaign hosted annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2016 is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," and the webpage houses a toolkit including event ideas, proclamation language, and marketing and social media materials.

National Public Health Week, from APHA

National Public Health Week is coming up April 4-10, hosted by the American Public Health Association. This year's theme is "Healthiest Nation 2030," rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation. There are many ways to get involved: visit the website for "facts of the week," downloadable logos, wallpaper, infographics, and a full toolkit.

Resource on Nutrition in MCH Block Grants, from ASPHN

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has released a publication entitled, Incorporating Nutrition into the Title V Maternal Child Health Services Block Grant National Performance Measures. This new resource lists nutrition related, evidence-based, or evidence-informed strategy measures to help states achieve the National Outcome Measures and National Performance Measures in Title V. National Performance Measure 4 measures breastfeeding rates, and the resource describes several strategies across sectors.

News from the Field

State of the States Report 2015, from CAP

The Center for American Progress has released the State of the States Report 2015, evaluating progress toward cutting poverty and increasing opportunity by tracking 15 key indicators in each state. The report ranks states according to how successfully they are reducing poverty and inequality, improving the quality of jobs and education, promoting family stability and strength, and ensuring family economic security. The report also highlights examples of commendable and innovative steps that states have recently taken to support and strengthen families.

International Women's Day, from UN Women

UN Women celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 with the theme "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality," reflecting on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. The webpage contains more details about the theme, info about the Step It Up initiative, recorded speeches and messages, and a photo essay.

Resources on Metrics and Equity Education, from IoM

The Institute of Medicine has published Metrics That Matter for Population Health Action, a summary of a workshop convened to explore the status and uses of measures and measurement in the work of improving population health. The report reviews the workshop objectives, including: highlight existing and emerging population health metrics sets and explore their purposes, areas of overlap, and gaps; highlight population health metrics with attention to equity and disparities; discuss characteristics of metrics necessary for stakeholder action across multiple sectors whose engagement is needed to transform the conditions for health in communities; and highlight population health metrics useful to addressing health beyond health care and engaging "total population health."

The Institute of Medicine has also released a report entitled A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health. Educating health professionals in and with communities negatively affected by the social determinants of health can generate awareness among those professionals about the potential root causes of ill health, contributing to more effective strategies for improving health and health care for underserved individuals, communities, and populations. This report describes a high-level framework for educating health professionals, aligning education, health, and other sectors to better meet local needs in partnership with communities.

Collective Impact Connection

Podcast on Continuous Learning, from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has released a podcast about the importance of continuous learning. Hallie Preskill and Efrain Gutierrez of FSG discuss why continuous learning is so vital for collective impact efforts to be successful and provide tips on how to build continuous learning into your work.

News & Views

U.S. News & World Report: "Rep Duckworth: Let's Refocus Efforts on Needs of Working Families"

CNN: "Are there unintended consequences to calling breast-feeding 'natural'?"

The Atlantic: "Life in the Only Industrialized Country Without Paid Maternity Leave"

The Washington Post: "Doctor says: When it comes to breastfeeding, your health and happiness matter as much as your baby's"

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