Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 13, 2016

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Federal News

Interactive Map & Infographic on Equal Pay, from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau has released a new interactive Equal Pay Map with brief summaries of current federal and state level equal pay and pay transparency protections afforded to workers. To help explain why the wage gap persists, the Women's Bureau also has released a new infographic highlighting some of its major components, including what the gap means, what has improved over the years, and some of what needs to change to eliminate the remaining 21%.

Community Health Webinar, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 20, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, entitled "Making the Link Part I - Increasing Access to Community Programs for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management." The webinar will provide strategies on how community health organizations can work with key stakeholders to help increase access to clinical and community preventive services, including chronic disease management.

Member News

New Clinical Protocol on Persistent Pain, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has issued a clinical protocol about persistent pain, lasting more than two weeks, associated with breastfeeding. Pain is associated with psychological stress and early termination of breastfeeding.

Funding Opportunity for Multisector Community Health Partnerships, from APHA

The American Public Health Association, the Aetna Foundation, and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, has announced the Healthiest Cities and Countries Challenge, a multiyear program to encourage small to mid-sized cities, counties, and federally recognized tribes to convene multisector partnerships in support of positive health change. More than $1.5 million will be awarded to participants that demonstrate measurable change in the next few years. Efforts will be judged both on the quality of cross-sector partnerships and progress on metrics such as tobacco use, walkability, housing affordability, living wages, and community safety. Proposals to participate in the Challenge are due May 31.

Partner News

Wage Gap Resources, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center released a new analysis about the lifetime wage gap for women overall and women by race and ethnicity, featuring an interactive map and state-by-state rankings. Additional resources include:

News from the Field

State Social Justice Report, from JSRI

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's grantee Jesuit Social Research Institute has released a new report on social justice indicators: issues like poverty, racial disparities and immigrant exclusion, in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The report identifies where inequity is concentrated and examines the historic, structural, and systemic factors that have—and continue to—contribute to inequity in certain communities and states. Read the WKKF press release.

Health Care Cost & Quality Improvement Report, from Center for American Progress

The current political environment makes it unlikely that reforms to control system-wide health care costs will be achieved at the federal level in the near future. States, however, are well-positioned to take the lead on implementing cost control and quality improvement reforms. The Center for American Progress has released a report detailing how states can control health care costs while improving quality under the Affordable Care Act, including policy options with state examples.

Family Leave Insurance Report, from NCCP

The National Center for Children in Poverty has released a report entitled, Protecting Workers, Nurturing Families: Building an Inclusive Family Leave Insurance Program, presenting findings and recommendations from the New Jersey Parenting Project. Project findings are based on data gathered from focus groups and structured interviews with 42 low-income parents in metropolitan Newark, Camden, and Trenton, New Jersey during a a year-long qualitative study.

Health Equity Article, from Health Education & Behavior

The journal Health Education & Behavior has released an article entitled, "Building a Thriving Nation: 21st-Century Vision and Practice to Advance Health and Equity." The article encapsulates the comprehensive approach the Prevention Institute applies to solving complex health and social issues across disciplines, promoting health in all policies, and viewing equity as a core component of all health decisions. The author illustrates many transformative ways community prevention strategies are creating lasting changes at the community level and addressing the systemic inequities that lead to poor health outcomes in disenfranchised communities and communities of color.

Trends in Breastfeeding Supply Market, from Technavio

The research firm Technavio has released a report predicting the U.S. market for breastfeeding supplies will exceed $2 billion by 2020, growing at nearly a 6% compound annual growth rate. The supplies include breast milk storage and feeding supplies, pumps, and breastfeeding accessories. The research analysts attribute greater awareness of breastfeeding supplies, higher disposable income, and a growing number of working mothers as factors affecting the U.S. market.

State/Community News

Grants Support Breastfeeding, from Kansas

The 2015 Impact Funding Team in Kansas received 25 proposals for breastfeeding grants and selected 15 of those projects to receive funding. Impact Funding is a program of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund designed to engage donors in participatory philanthropy and to leverage their contributions with matching funds and no overhead expenses. Grants awarded in the 2015 cycle will support the establishment of a breastfeeding clinic at Memorial Health System in Abilene, implementation of new and improved breastfeeding support programs at the hospital, the creation of a mini breastfeeding clinic within the Butler County Health Department, and the enhancement of a breastfeeding support group and improvements to a breastfeeding support room at the Wyandotte County WIC program, among other initiatives.

Non-Medical Determinants of Health, from New York

A new report from the New York State Health Foundation entitled, The Role of Hospitals in Improving Non-Medical Determinants of Community Population Health, highlights the experience of New York hospitals in funding social and economic determinants of health, including housing.

Collective Impact Connection

Unexpected Messengers for Effective Advocacy, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article, entitled "Engaging Unexpected Champions for Policy Change," encouraging advocacy organizations working across the political spectrum to consider how unexpected messengers can advance causes. The article shares three lessons learned: let your messengers speak for themselves, focus on bottom-line impacts directly relevant to your messengers' lives, and remember the power of personal connection.

News & Views

The Washington Post: "Sending nurses to work with poor moms helps kids. So why don’t we do more of it?"

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

Community Commons blog: "A Healthy Start: How Child Care Providers Can Promote Health"

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Grant Makers Need a New Approach to Reversing Inequities in America's Cities"

The Washington Post: "The wage gap is ridiculous and time for it to end"

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