Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 22, 2016

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USBC Updates

Coalitions Conference Marketing Opportunities

There's still plenty of time to book Exhibit, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities for the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference. This one-of-a-kind event will kick off National Breastfeeding Month festivities in Arlington, Virginia, on August 5-7, 2016. There is no better way to reach such a distinct and diverse audience, bringing together 350-400 national organization leaders and coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territory—including representatives from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations. Conference opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility: choose from a variety of individual opportunities or create your own customized package!

Federal News

United State of Women Summit Recap, from The White House

The White House convened The United State of Women Summit on June 14, 2016, bringing together activists from all 50 states and around the world, of all ages, ethnicities, gender identities, and religions. Summit speakers focused on topics in six pillars: Economic Empowerment, Health & Wellness, Educational Opportunity, Violence Against Women, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Leadership & Civic Engagement. The video of the entire summit is now available, along with #StateofWomen highlights.

Women's Health Care Issue Brief, from HHS/ASPR

The Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released an issue brief that explores how health care access, affordability, and quality of care have improved the lives of women since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Report on Early Learning Workforce, from HHS/Ed

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have released a report entitled, High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce: Low Compensation Undermines Quality. The report discusses the importance of supporting the early learning workforce— nearly a totality of whom are women—not only to improve program quality, but also to ensure fair pay so workers can support their own families.

Zika Interim Response Plan, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a draft interim response plan for the first locally acquired cases of Zika virus infection in the continental United States and Hawaii.

Partner News

Infant Bottle Size & Weight Gain, from Pediatrics

The journal Pediatrics has published an article entitled, "Bottle Size and Weight Gain in Formula-Fed Infants," presenting findings from a study of 386 infants showing that feeding a baby with a bottle larger than 6 oz is associated with gaining more weight and larger weight-for-length than feeding with a smaller bottle.

News from the Field

Pay for Performance Webinar, from Center for Health Journalism, USC Annenberg School of Journalism

Join The Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenburg School of Journalsm for a webinar on Tuesday, June 28, at 1 p.m. ET that will take a hard look at the track record of "pay for performance" and claims that it's improving care. Reporters and policymakers will leave with a better sense of the tough questions that should be asked of such programs.

Feeding at the Breast Reduces Otitis Media, from Journal of Pediatrics

The Journal of Pediatrics has published an article showing that the mode of breast milk delivery may contribute to improved infant health. A study found feeding at the breast was associated with a reduced risk of otitis media, a common middle ear infection, as compared to expressed milk. Researchers found one month of feeding at the breast was associated with a 4% reduction in the odds of ear infection and a 17% reduction in the odds for infants fed at the breast for six months of infancy. Additionally, they found breast milk feeding lowered the risk of diarrhea as compared to formula.

Priorities to Combat Childhood Obesity, from WHO

Delegates to the World Health Organization's World Health Assembly in Geneva met and agreed to pursue six recommendations in a report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. The objectives include tackling environmental norms that promote obesity, reducing risk through life, and treating obese children. The assembly called on the WHO Secretariat to develop an action plan to work toward implementing the actions and suggested that member states develop national responses to end child and teen obesity along the lines of the report's recommendations.

Collective Impact Connection

Maintaining Second Generation Social Impact Movements, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Second-Generation Collective Impact," exploring four elements needed to maintain a successful second generation collective impact effort: 1) align and deliver results, 2) develop and share leadership, 3) keep the mission manageable, and 4) keep data alive.  

News & Views

Breastfeeding Today (LLLI blog): "Being a Dad Advocate for Breastfeeding"

Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM blog): "It's time to disarm the formula industry"

NICHQ News: "Rooming-in: An Essential Evolution in American Maternity Care

The Washington Post: "Why men fear paternity leave"

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