Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 29, 2014

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USBC Updates

Tweet Your Candidates

Election season is in full swing: it's the perfect time to ask your candidates to go on record in support of breastfeeding families with USBC's "Breastfeeding is Bipartisan: Tweet Your Candidates" campaign! Our state-by-state tool features built-in custom Tweets, pre-populated with the Twitter usernames for the candidates in each Congressional race. Simply select your state to find your candidates for Congress and send them a customized tweet with just a few simple steps. Help spread the action alert by sharing this link: www.usbreastfeeding.org/tweet-candidates

Structural Racial Equity Webinar

As you know, USBC has committed to taking on racial equity as a core issue, to identify and lift up opportunities for racial equity analysis capacity building. To that end, the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) will facilitate an overview webinar on Wednesday, November 12, from 2-3 p.m. ET, which outlines the basics of a structural racial equity approach. CSI will share their racial equity analysis and strategies that create structural inclusion for people of all races and incomes. Register for the webinar.

Federal News

Funding Award Summary, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has produced a user-friendly, four page summary of the $212 million in new chronic disease prevention and health promotion awards. For a related webinar, see the Member News section below. 


Member News

Community Prevention Webinar, from APHA

Join the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health on November 13 at 2 p.m. ET for a Dialogue4Health webinar, Strengthening the Community Prevention Landscape: New CDC Grants and the Road Forward. Attendees will hear from CDC leadership about goals for the six new chronic disease prevention funding awards,and learn strategies and efforts to continue building a system of prevention and community-clinical integration, as well as ways to advance equity through community engagement and partnerships. Register for the webinar.

Best Babies Zone Initiative Update, from AMCHP

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs featured an update on the Best Babies Zone initiative (BBZ) in the September/October Pulse Newsletter. BBZ, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, is a national, multi-sectoral place-based initiative working toward improving birth outcomes and reducing infant mortality and preterm birth through community-driven strategies that achieve community transformation through collective impact. The three Best Babies Zones are located in Price Hill in Cincinnati, OH; Hollygrove in New Orleans, LA; and the Castlemont neighborhood in Oakland, CA. 

Patient-Centered Pediatrics Webinar, from AAP

Most children's health system experience is limited to the pediatrician's office, but those with chronic or complex medical needs often deal with care that is fragmented, duplicative, and crisis-driven. Join The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics on November 10 at 1 p.m. ET for a webinar highlighting efforts to strengthen care coordination for kids. Register for the webinar by Monday, November 10 at 11:30 a.m. ET.


Partner News

Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ

The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) October 2014 newsletter includes an article featuring the story of Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Learning Collaborative parent partner Lisa Mayberry.

News from the Field

National Equity Atlas, from PolicyLink

PolicyLink and the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity has launched the National Equity Atlas data tool. The Atlas provides data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States. Join the launch webinar on November 18 at 3 p.m. ET.

News and Views

MSNBC: "How workplaces can make parenting easier"
Breastfeeding Medicine: "Airports in the United States. Are They Really Breastfeeding Friendly?"
USDA blog: "Happy Birthday! USDA Celebrates WIC Program Anniversary, Accomplishments"

The Huffington Post: "Food Justice for Babies"
NBC local: "UMC apologizes to breast-feeding mother"

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