Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 15, 2014

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Federal News

Health Care Innovation Learning Communities, from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched a new Health Care Innovations Exchange initiative to expand scale-up and spread of innovations through three learning communities that aim to improve care. The communities consist of select groups of stakeholders who work collectively to promote adaptation and implementation of innovations featured in the Innovations Exchange. Each learning community will convene participants around a specific common challenge in health care, focusing on the following high-priority topic areas: Making Hospital Care More Patient- and Family-Centered, Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Department Use, and Medication Therapy Management for At-Risk Populations.

New Phase of Cooperation, from NIH

The National Institutes of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have entered into a new phase of cooperation to develop interventions to reduce major global health burdens, concluding an agreement to govern confidential disclosures and facilitate the sharing of data and expertise. The two organizations will launch milestone-driven projects on an agreed set of priorities, including maternal and infant nutrition; reduction of premature births; and healthy cognitive development in children, among others.

Maternal and Child Health Timeline, from MCHB/HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau MCH Timeline is a searchable tool tracing the history of maternal and child health in the United States, featuring key changes in the landscape from public health and medicine as well as government and policy.

Prevention and Public Health Fund Reporting Databases, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has published the Prevention and Public Health Fund Reporting database, including funding opportunity announcements, requests for proposals, and other funding solicitations for activities funded from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Information is posted as it becomes available.

Member News

Hospital Quality Improvement Partnership, from Abt Associates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a new three-year $6.6 million contract to Abt Associates to work with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Center for Public Health Quality, Baby-Friendly USA, and Lactation Education Resources to provide technical assistance and training to hospitals to support the attainment of the Baby-Friendly designation and determine the most effective models to achieve designation.

Partner News

Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2014, from WABA

The Watch Consortium and the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition have published the Right to Food & Nutrition Watch 2014 report entitled, Ten Years of the Right to Food Guidelines: Gains, Concerns, and Struggles. The report features reflections on the past ten years of the Right to Food Guidelines, key developments related to the right to adequate food and nutrition struggle, and articles on relevant developments at national and local levels, including from Dr. Marcos Arana, representative from the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy. Read the press release.

Breastfeeding Video, from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published a YouTube video entitled [Part 2] Working Toward Baby-Friendly: Improving Breastfeeding Support in US Hospitals. The video follows the story of two teams in NICHQ's Best Fed Beginnings initiative as they take the final steps toward Baby-Friendly designation and reflect back on the journey as a participant of the nationwide quality improvement project.

News from the Field

Hispanic Children Report, from CTHI

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. In celebration, the Child Trends Hispanic Institute has published America's Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward, a report highlighting high rates of healthy weight at birth, high rates of breastfeeding, and low infant mortality among U.S. Latinos.

News and Views

Journal of Human Lactation: "Pandora's Box Is Already Open: Answering the Ongoing Call to Dismantle Institutional Oppression in the Field of Breastfeeding"

Work in Progress (DoL blog): "4 Things You Need to Know About Paid Leave"

The Huffington Post:

MS News Now: "Breast-feeding mother uses social media to change 'disgusting' nursing area"

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