Weekly Wednesday Wire: December 31, 2014

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USBC Updates

Last Chance: Year-End Giving

Today is the last day of an amazing year. Every day we are moving closer to our shared vision of "Thriving families and communities." We want to see breastfeeding supports built into all the institutions and environments surrounding our nation's moms. Much progress has been made, but we aren't there yet. Your tax-deductible donation by midnight tonight will strengthen USBC's work in 2015 to ensure that every mother receives the support she needs to make breastfeeding possible.

Federal News

Grant Announcements, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Community Health has posted more detailed grant-specific information on its Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH), Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), and the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention program grantees. The three programs total nearly $94 million and support 93 grantees. The grantee names, award amounts, project overviews, and more are now posted for each program. 

Member News

Affordable Care Act Resource, from ASPHN

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Council has published an ACA reference listing to help state public health nutritionists easily access resources to implement health care reform policies. The listing includes print and electronic resources that provide an overview of the law, plus more detailed resources on its nutrition and preventive services provisions.  

Summary Report of Lactation Summit, from IBLCE / ILCA / LEAARC

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, International Lactation Consultant Association, and Lactation Education, Accreditation and Approval Review Committee have jointly released a summary report of their Lactation Summit. The July 2014 summit was the first event of a multi-year initiative to explore equity and diversity in the lactation consultant profession. The proceedings served as a needs assessment to identify the issues, barriers, and stakeholders involved in equitable access to the profession. 

Partner News

Breastfeeding Highlights, from NICHQ

The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) December 2014 newsletter includes an article on engaging fathers in the breastfeeding process, and a video following the journey of two hospital teams in NICHQ's Best Fed Beginnings initiative as they take their final steps toward Baby-Friendly designation.

Collective Impact Connection

Three Lessons from Rereading "Collective Impact," from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published a list of top 10 most popular articles in 2014, including an article outlining three lessons about Collective Impact the author rediscovered after rereading the original Collective Impact article.

News from the Field

Health Equity and Public Health Practice Web Forum, from Dialogue4Health

Join Dialogue4Health on Thursday, January 8, from 11:30-1 p.m. PST for a web forum entitled "Expanding the Boundaries: Health Equity and Public Health Practice." The event will focus on the the underlying social inequalities that create health inequities, the importance of creating an organizational culture that supports confronting those underlying causes, approaches to working with communities to integrate social equity issues into public health, and strategies for engaging agencies and organizations outside of the traditional public health sector.

Final Research Plan on Primary Care Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding, from USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final research plan on primary care interventions to promote breastfeeding. The draft plan for this topic was posted for public comment from October 9 to November 5, 2014, and joint organizational comments were submitted under the auspices of USBC and the Coalition for Quality Maternity Care. The final research plan is used to guide a systematic review of the evidence by researchers at an Evidence-based Practice Center. The resulting Evidence Review will form the basis of the USPSTF Recommendation Statement on this topic.

News and Views

U.S. Department of Labor blog: "Learning from Canada on How to Lead on Leave"

MSNBC Morning Joe: "A push for paid leave time"

WBUR: "Pediatric Politics: How Dire Warnings Against Infant Bed Sharing 'Backfired'"

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