Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 24, 2016

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Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 24, 2016

USBC Updates

NBM16 Comment Forums Open

In celebration of the five-year anniversary of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA), moms, grassroots advocates, and national, state, and local organizations are invited to share written comments on priority action areas and associated implementation strategies for the next five years. Online forums for written comments will remain open through Friday, September 30. A team of volunteers will review and compile all the comments received into a report for the USBC and its network, including USBC-affiliated Constellations pursuing national action in specific topic areas. The compilation report will also be delivered to the Surgeon General and the Federal Interagency Breastfeeding Work Group.

Federal News

2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, which includes breastfeeding rates from Puerto Rico for the first time. The report card includes two groups of indicators, which measure types of support in key community settings as well as the most current data on breastfeeding goals as outlined in Healthy People 2020. Data from the 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card show that in 2013, 81.1% of newborn infants started breastfeeding, 51.8% were still breastfeeding at six months, and 30.7% were still breastfeeding at twelve months. The percent of live births occurring at hospitals that have been designated Baby-Friendly by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative increased from 7.8% in 2014 to 18.3% in 2016. Read the press release

Infant Death and Preterm Birth Data, from HP2020

Healthy People 2020 has released "Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? — Maternal, Infant, and Child Health," featuring information on infant deaths and preterm births. Between 2003 and 2013, the percentage of live births that were delivered preterm (less than 37 completed weeks of gestation) decreased from 12.3% of live births to 11.4%. From 2003 to 2013, the infant mortality rate decreased from 6.8 deaths under 1 year of age per 1,000 live births to 6.0 in 2012 and 2013. Both indicators have reached the Healthy People 2020 targets. An infographic featuring key data has also been developed.

Breastfeeding Fact Sheet, from USDA/FNS

The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has released a MyPlate fact sheet for breastfeeding moms. Available in English and Spanish, the fact sheet outlines healthy food choices and a daily meal plan for breastfeeding mothers

Member News

Safe Sleep and Skin-to-Skin Care Clinical Report, from AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new clinical report entitled, Safe Sleep and Skin-to-Skin Care in the Neonatal Period for Healthy Term Newborns. The report is intended for birthing centers and delivery hospitals caring for healthy newborns to assist in the establishment of appropriate skin-to-skin care and safe sleep policies. 

Partner News

Black Breastfeeding Week, from BBW

The fourth annual Black Breastfeeding Week (#BBW16) celebration is taking place August 25-31. "Like" the Black Breastfeeding Week  Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for details on the action-packed agenda. The 2016 theme, Oh, What a Joy, shines a spotlight on the sweet joy of family bonds and perservence.

Latino Workplace Policy Brief, from CLASP

The Center for Law and Social Policy has released "Buenos Empleos: Latinos' Limited Access to Quality Jobs," a brief highlighting data demonstrating that Latinos disproportionately lack access to stable work schedules, family and medical leave, paid sick days, and employer-provided health insurance. The brief summarizes key legislative proposals as well as strategies for implementing existing laws that could address inequities.

News from the Field

New Community Action Guide, from NQF

The National Quality Forum has published a handbook entitled, Improving Population Health by Working with Communities: Action Guide 3.0. The Action Guide is a framework to help multi-sector groups work together to improve population health. It highlights best practices and resources for leaders from local business, community service organizations, healthcare institutions, health plans, public health departments, and more. 

Health Inequity Working Paper and Invitation to Provide Input, from Prevention Institute

The Prevention Institute has released a new working paper, "Countering the Production of Health Inequalities: An Emerging Systems Framework to Achieve an Equitable Culture of Health." The report details how inequities across multiple determinants of health have been produced, and identifies the roles multiple sectors and organizations can play in promoting equity. Commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the paper identifies opportunities to produce health equity through change at the community level, supported by local/regional, state, national, and sectoral actions. To refine the next steps in translating this framework into tools and products, the Prevention Institute is seeking input on how to best tailor this resource to help advance health equity. Join the webinar on Wednesday, August 31, from 2:30-4 p.m. ET for an overview of the framework and to provide input, or visit the webpage to provide input via an online survey. The deadline to submit feedback is September 1. 

Call for Submissions for Supplemental Issue on WIC, from JNEB

The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior is soliciting manuscripts for a supplemental issue on breastfeeding and the WIC Program, to include:

  • WIC breastfeeding peer counseling education
  • WIC breastfeeding promotion and education
  • Social-cultural environmental changes to overcome barriers to breastfeeding among US WIC eligible-populations
  • Best breastfeeding practices or current research related to US WIC-eligible populations

All manuscript types currently accepted by JNEB are suitable for this special supplement, including Research Articles, Research Briefs, Perspectives, Systematic Reviews, Methods, Reports, GEMs, and New Resources for review.

Please see the guidelines for authors for more details.

To be considered for publication, manuscripts must be submitted by Thursday, December 1, through the JNEB peer-review site for a targeted publication date of July, 2017. The cover letter should indicate that the submission is for this supplemental issue related to WIC.

20 Year Anniversary of TANF, from Clearinghouse Community

 The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Clearinghouse Community has published an article entitled, "Twenty Years After Welfare Reform: Reflections and Recommendations from Those Who Were There." To mark the 20th Anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, the article gathers brief reflections from 15 welfare-law experts who were engaged in the debates and implementation of welfare reform at the time.

State/Community News

State of Breastfeeding Report, from Kansas

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has issued a report entitled, The State of Breastfeeding in Kansas describing the current breastfeeding rates as well as suggested actions for improving these rates.

Collective Impact Connection

Community Strategies to Support Health Outcomes, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article titled, "Four Ways to Bridge the Grantee-Grantmaker Power Gap in Collective Impact." The article outlines how funders can be part of the movement to bridge the gap between bottom-up and top-down approaches. Funders are challenged to extend an authentic invitation and identify mutual interest with their grantees.

News & Views

Newsweek: "Long Ignored, Child Care and Paid Leave Take Center Stage in 2016"

The Huffington Post:

WABA: "Miriam Harriet Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC …. in memoriam"

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