Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 27, 2016

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Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 27, 2016

Federal News

Updated Zika Virus Interim Guidance, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released "Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure — United States, July 2016" in the latest issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report includes updated recommendations for evaluating and testing pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure, prenatal management of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection, and postnatal management of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection.

FMLA Resource, from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a new resource entitled, Employer's Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The comprehensive guide is designed especially for employers, managers, human resources specialists, and professional leave administrators, walking step-by-step through the FMLA administration process.

Community-Wide Interventions Webinar, from Dialogue4Health/CDC

Join Dialogue4Health on Tuesday, August 9, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "HI-5: Exploring Community-Wide Interventions That Have Health Impact in 5 Years." John Auerbach from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other national experts will discuss the CDC's new Health Impact in Five Years (HI-5) initiative. The HI-5 or "High-Five" highlights a list of non-clinical, community-wide approaches with a proven track record. Each intervention listed is associated with improved health within five years and is reported to be cost-effective or cost-saving over the lifetime of the population or even earlier. Public and private organizations can use this list to quickly assess the scientific evidence for short-term health outcomes and overall cost impacts of community-wide approaches.

Member News

Public Health Campaign, from APHA

The American Public Health Association has launched the Public Health Action (PHACT), providing tools to educate members of Congress on important public health issues that help build and maintain healthy communities. Campaign resources address: meeting with members of Congress or their staff, attending a public forum or town hall, submitting an op-ed, communicating via social media, and calling or emailing members of Congress. 

Wellness Wednesday Twitter Chat Schedule, from MomsRising

Join MomsRising for #WellnessWed Twitter chats every Wednesday in August from 2-3 p.m. ET. In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, the chats will focus on a specific breastfeeding topic each week, with the following schedule:

  • August 3: Paid Leave and Breastfeeding: Focus on First Food
  • August 10: Breastfeeding at Work: Let's Make it Work
  • August 17: Breastfeeding and Healthcare
  • August 24: Kick Off of Black Breastfeeding Week on 8/25
  • August 31: A Look Back at The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

Partner News

Results-Based Accountability Webinar, from GARE

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity has released a recording of the "Achieving Equity with Results-Based Accountability" webinar. The webinar focused on how to use the framework and tools of Results-Based Accountability to achieve greater equity through the power of disaggregating data to discover the true picture of racial equity in a community and how to develop the broad range of strategies required to address those most impacted as part of an overall community strategy to improve lives.

Presidential Candidate Action Tool, from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE has released an easy action tool that allows users to tweet questions to the presidential candidates about their plans to invest in the health and well-being of babies and their families. Tools are available for five questions addressing a variety of issues, including: poverty, paid family leave, child care, resiliency, and military families.

Women's Health Twitter Chat, from CSPI

Join the Center for Science in the Public Interest for a #FoodFri Twitter Chat on Friday, July 29, from 1-2 p.m. ET to discuss how women can identify specific signals and prevent or reduce risk for the diseases and chronic problems that have the greatest impact on women's health. The chat will cover topics relevant to women of all ages and will provide tips and suggestions on how to support health as women age. 

Request for Proposals, from WHO

The World Health Organization's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development has issued a Request for Proposals for the project "Measuring exclusive breastfeeding using retrospective data: Challenges and opportunities." WHO is seeking proposals from eligible organizations, individuals, and/or consortiums to undertake research and develop reports and a peer-review journal article within the listed objectives and scope of work. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, August 15.

New Data on Access to Paid Sick Days, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women and Families has released a statement on the updated Bureau of Labor Statistics data on access to paid sick days. The data shows that 64 percent of private sector workers in the country can now earn paid sick days, compared to 61 percent in 2015. Substantial disparities remain with 73 percent of workers in the bottom decile of wage earners, those earning $9.37 per hour or less, unable to earn paid sick days. The NPWF statement calls on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act in order to establish a national paid sick days standard. 

Paid Sick Days Research, from IWPR

The Institute for Women's Policy Research has published Paid Sick Days Benefit Employers, Workers, and the Economy. The briefing paper summarizes research on the benefits of paid sick days and the effects of paid sick days policies in places that have them.

News from the Field

Flint Water Crisis Issue Brief, from Network for Public Health Law

The Network for Public Health Law has released an issue brief designed to give an overview of the factual context and allegations surrounding the Flint water crisis. The issue brief provides an introduction to some of the major legal and policy challenges that surfaced during the crisis and its aftermath.

Barriers to Breastfeeding Research, from Women's Health Issues

The Women's Health Issues Journal has published "Breastfeeding: The Illusion of Choice," identifying three issues which may be influencing suboptimal implementation of breastfeeding protections in the workplace: federal law does not address lactation space functionality and accessibility, federal law only protects a subset of employees, and enforcement of the federal law requires women to file a complaint with the United States Department of Labor. The paper recommends additional requirements surrounding lactation space and functionality, mandated coverage of exempt employees, and a requirement that employers develop company-specific lactation policies.

Collective Impact Connection

Partnership Initiation Assessment, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published, "Are You Sure You Should Be Launching Another Partnership?," featuring three important questions organizations should ask before starting a new partnership and a list of alternatives to multi-stakeholder initiatives. 

State/Community News

Emerging Practice Recognition, from Kansas

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition's Communities Supporting Breastfeeding program has been recognized by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) as an emerging practice. A summary of the program is available in AMCHP's Innovation Station. 

News & Views

The New Yorker: "Breastfeeding the Microbiome"

XXfactor (Slate.com blog): "It's Time for Breast-Feeding Advocates to Pay More Attention to Paid Leave"

Forbes: "And/And Jessica Shortall Opens Up About Paid Family Leave And LGBT Rights"

Philly: "Politically correct breast-feeding? They're here to help"

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