Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 30, 2016

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Federal News

Zika Action Plan Summit, from The White House & CDC

The White House has announced a Zika Action Plan (ZAP) Summit to be held on Friday, April 1, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, in partnership with the National Governors Association and the nation's Governors. A live webcast will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET: registration is required. The goal of the partnership is to coordinate federal, state, and local response and prevention efforts through a coordinated attack on the mosquito and the spread of the virus. The CDC will be sharing summit information on its Twitter Homepage and using hashtag #ZikaSummit to live tweet parts of the event.

Parenting Interventions Resources, from ACF

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Children and Families has released The Compendium of Parenting Interventions and a companion implementation guidebook. These resources profile parenting interventions for families of children ages 0-5 that are research-based, as well as the steps to successfully implement a parenting intervention in an early childhood program. These resources work in connection with a wide range of tools that reflect the Administration's focus on supporting early childhood programs, so they can better partner with families.

TSA Compliance Letter, from Congress

U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Maternity Care Caucus, have sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration urging full compliance with the current liquids exemption for mothers and passengers traveling with breast milk and formula. Despite the exemption already being listed under TSA's Special Procedures, parents often complain of inconsistent, harassment-like scrutiny from TSA employees and being forced to dispose of breast milk, formula, and cooling packs in order to proceed through TSA security checkpoints.

Member News

Breastfeeding Toolkit, from ACOG

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a breastfeeding toolkit, with materials designed to help ob-gyns and other women's health care providers enable women to achieve their infant feeding goals. The toolkit aims to increase breastfeeding rates by enhancing provider and patient knowledge on the benefits of breastfeeding, common questions, and where women can go to get additional support.

National Public Health Week Activities, from APHA

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) have introduced resolutions recognizing National Public Health Week (NPHW) and the importance of public health in our daily lives in supporting a strong, healthy nation. While such resolutions do not become law, they function as statements of intent for Congress. Individuals are encouraged to use an easy action tool to send a message to their Senators and Representative urging them to support public health and co-sponsor the resolution. Individuals and organizations are also encouraged to attend these NPHW events:

  • NPHW opening forum: "Creating the Healthiest Nation by 2030" on Monday, April 4, at 1 p.m. ET: APHA President Camara Phyllis Jones, Aetna Foundation President Garth Graham, and Magi Linscott, 2014 Advocate of the Year for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, will have a lively discussion on how the U.S. can become the healthiest nation by 2030; and
  • National Public Health Week 2016 Twitter chat on Wednesday, April 6, at 2 p.m. ET: join leaders from federal agencies, health departments, non-profits and more for a chat focused on the health impacts of the environment, gun violence, high school graduation, and other social determinants of health.

Partner News

#FirstFood16 Twitter Chat, from WKKF, ROSE, and MomsRising

Join The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, MomsRising, and Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere for the #FirstFood16 Twitter chat on Thursday, March 31, from 8-9 p.m ET. The chat will provide an opportunity for organizations, lactation professionals, and parents to address the question, "What's working to close the equity gap in breastfeeding?" The chat will be held in conjunction with the WKKF First Food Forum 2016, held March 30-April 1 with the theme: Achieving Health Equity in Every Community. WKKF will be tweeting throughout the conference using the hashtag #FirstFood16.

Women's Good Jobs Resources, from IWPR

The Institute for Women's Policy Research has launched Pathways to Equity, a new interactive website featuring a searchable database that allows users to identify pathways for women workers to access better jobs. The website accompanies a new report, Pathways to Equity: Narrowing the Wage Gap by Improving Women's Access to Good Middle-Skill Jobs, that addresses women's access to well-paid, growing, middle-skill jobs (jobs that do not require a Bachelor's degree). It documents sex segregation in middle-skill jobs, and discusses how gender integration of good jobs could both reduce skill shortages and improve women's economic security.

News from the Field

Resources on Obesity in Latino Children, from Salud America!

Salud America! has released a new 2016 Healthy Weight Research Review, Issue Brief, and Infographic on achieving a healthy weight by kindergarten for Latino kids. The report highlights breastfeeding as an important measure for obesity prevention and calls on policymakers to expand and enforce state and federal policies promoting breastfeeding in hospitals, child care centers, workplaces, and public settings to promote breastfeeding initiation and duration.

Breastfeeding Statement, from UN Women

A Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative Statement was finalized and disseminated at the meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on March 21, 2016. The statement links breastfeeding to women's empowerment and sustainable development, which is the priority theme of the Commission. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is one of the organizations signing and supporting the statement.

Research on Child Care Providers' Breastfeeding Support, from American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing

The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing has published "Child Care Centers' Role in Support of Breastfeeding Families," a report containing the results of research conducted by a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. The study found child care providers and staff need more education and training regarding the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the proper handling and storage of breast milk in order to properly support breastfeeding families.

Collective Impact Connection

Health Equity Innovations Special Supplement, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released a special supplement sponsored by Grantmakers In Health examining the organizations and programs that are addressing social inequalities in housing, transportation, work, and other parts of society that create disparate health outcomes. 

News & Views

The New York Times: "The Benefits of Spicing Up a Breast-Feeding Mother's Diet"

Health.com: "Infant Ear Infections Becoming Less Common"

AEI Public Policy blog: "Let's talk about paid family leave"

HHS blog: "LGBT Health Awareness Week – Addressing LGBT Health Disparities Across the Board"

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