Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 20, 2014

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National Breastfeeding Month Updates


The National Breastfeeding Month 2014 "Breastfeeding in Six Words" campaign is in full-swing! All month long individual advocates, coalitions, member/partner organizations, and other interested supporters are invited to share six word stories on what breastfeeding means to them. Participants are posting "selfie" photograph on Facebook and/or Twitter, holding a sign with their six word story and using the hashtags #NBM14 and #SixWords. Each week the campaign is focusing on a specific sector/system of support, with Twitter chats and advocacy tools to inspire education and action to support breastfeeding families from the grassroots to the treetops. Take action on the web pages for:

From Black Breastfeeding Week

The second annual Black Breastfeeding Week celebration will take place August 25-31. "Like" the Black Breastfeeding Week Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for details on the action-packed agenda. Highlights include:


In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation has developed an exciting new social media aggregation tool displaying Facebook and Twitter posts using the #NBM14 hashtag. In addition, WKKF's Diana Derige published a guest blog post on bringing racial equity to the forefront of the breastfeeding discourse.


USBC Updates

EHR Best Practices Guide

To support implementation of EHR usage, USBC has published a Best Practices Guide for Implementation of Newborn Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding in Electronic Health Records. Developed in collaboration with clinicians, health information technology (HIT) experts, and government, public, and private partners, the guide provides an overview of the factors, programs, and regulations supporting exclusive breast milk feeding data documentation, measurement, and reporting in Electronic Health Records during the birth of a newborn. 

Federal News

EHR Studies from ONC

Two new studies published by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology show significant increases in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) among physicians and hospitals. The studies also show that more work is needed to support widespread health information exchange and providers' ability to achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Obesity Research Funding Announcement, from NIH

The National Institutes of Health has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) inviting Research Project Grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to characterize or identify factors in early childhood (birth-24 months) that may increase or mitigate risk for obesity and/or excessive weight gain and/or to fill methodological research gaps relevant to the understanding of risk for development of obesity in children. Studies may also assess factors relevant to families and/or caregivers of children from birth to 24 months.

Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity, from IoM

The Institute of Medicine has announced the release of materials from the Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity workshop, held December 2013. Download the workshop-in-brief.

Member News

Public Health ACTion Campaign, from APHA

Join the American Public Health Association in educating members of Congress on important public health issues during the August congressional recess with the Public Health ACTion Campaign. The campaign Action Kit includes fact sheets, infographics, advocacy tips, and more to help individuals and organizations express support for protecting critical funding for public health agencies and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The campaign's "Public health takes on obesity" infographic highlights the important role of breastfeeding in obesity prevention.

Partner News

FMLA Guide, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has released the seventh edition of the Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), available in both English and Spanish. The guide is a comprehensive explanation of the FMLA that aims to make the law more accessible and help individuals navigate its protections and the adjustments made to it over the years. Read the press release.

Working Families Action Memo, from CAP

The Center for American Progress has published the Working Families Action Memo, providing background information, tools, and resources for individuals and organizations to build support in their communities on key policy priorities for working families. Follow hashtag #WEmatter on Twitter and Facebook to participate in actions and celebrations for Women's Equality Day on August 26.

News from the Field

Working for Families Reports, from American Women

American Women has published Working for Families Reports, a national and state-by-state guide for women and families to know where their federal representatives stand on issues such as equal pay for women and raising the minimum wage.

News and Views

Office on Women's Health blog: "Make Work and Breastfeeding Work For You"

The Brooklyn Reader: "The A-Train Breastfeeders"

Press-Telegram: "Breast-feeding mothers need support: Guest commentary"

Impatient Optimists (Gates Foundation blog): "World Breastfeeding Week: Looking Beyond 2015"

The Huffington Post: "Supporting Formula-Feeding Moms During World Breastfeeding Week"

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