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Strategic Communication Planning Hub

July 13, 2023

The Strategic Communication Planning Hub by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a free online resource that provides valuable tools and insights for strategic communication planning. It includes guidance on content writing, digital strategies and tactics, message development, communication strategies for change and more. It also features an interactive tool where you can build your own communication plan.

Fact Sheet: Birth Trauma and Maternal Mental Health

September 7, 2023

This Fact Sheet focuses on birth trauma and the impact on maternal mental health: 1 in 3 childbearing people report feeling traumatized by their birthing experience, and 1 in 5 childbearing people report being mistreated during pregnancy or childbirth. pregnancy, disability, and maternal mental health.This Fact Sheet identifies key facts about birth trauma and maternal mental health, factors contributing to birth trauma, impacts of birth trauma and racism, and the intersection of birth trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Maternal and Child Health

Fact Sheet: Infant Feeding and Parental Mental Health

July 1, 2023

Human milk is widely considered to be the optimal food for infants, yet fewer than 25% of babies in the U.S. receive exclusive human milk at 6 months of age. This Fact Sheet shares evidence-based information on the mental health-related challenges parents face with infant feeding, including hormones and mood, racial and cultural challenges, prescription medications, sleep disturbances, and more.

Maternal and Child Health

USBC and the First Food Field

June 15, 2023

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) aimed to assess the baseline status of USBC-affiliated First Food field stakeholders in implementing, integrating, and embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their programs and services. This evaluation consisted of active stakeholder engagement throughout the stages of the evaluation, a convergent mixed methods design, enhanced data collection and analysis, and comprehensive and specific recommendations and feedback for USBC and affiliated member organizations.

Fact Sheet: Pregnancy, Disability, and Maternal Mental Health

April 1, 2023

Approximately 1 in 8 births are to women with disabilities, and women with disabilities are twice as likely to experience maternal mental health conditions as compared to women without a disability. This Fact Sheet outlines the factors impacting perinatal health care for women with disabilities with a specific focus on maternal mental health.

Maternal and Child Health

State of Black Breastfeeding Research & Policy Call to Action

February 28, 2023

Since the release of the African American Breastfeeding Blueprint, insightful discussions regarding further exploration of the landscape of breastfeeding across the Black Diaspora have ensued. From these discussions, ROSE created a space in which these ideas can be incubated and activated to increase and improve the rates and experience of Black breastfeeding. This became known as the State of Black Breastfeeding (SBB) Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Black communities by prioritizing perinatal Black families, community health workers and organizations, and healthcare providers.

Health Equity; Maternal and Child Health

Reforming National and State Policies to Reduce Inequity of Safely Managed Sanitation in the United States

February 27, 2023

The Decentralized Wastewater Innovation (DWI) Cohort is a nationwide community-driven research initiative by DigDeep Right to Water Project elevating decentralized wastewater challenges, solutions, and policy opportunities. Given the unique intersection of (1) unprecedented federal funding for decentralized and alternative wastewater solutions, (2) the complex landscape of residential infrastructure needs, and (3) the diverse, comprehensive expertise of the DWI Cohort, the Cohort recommends the following policy opportunities for federal agency consideration:1. Develop an accurate count and map of decentralized wastewater system deficiencies in the US; use this improved data to drive resource allocation to increase the efficiency and impact of federal and state programming.2. Expand and improve outreach programs to impacted communities and households to reduce access barriers to funding mechanisms.3. Prioritize regulatory support and funding for alternative technologies to improve access to affordable and effective decentralized wastewater systems.4. Invest in long-term relationships with impacted communities and households to improve compliance, ensure longevity, deepen cultural integration, and improve public health outcomes.

Health Equity

2023 State of WIC Report: Building the Bridge to a Healthier Future

February 22, 2023

The 2023 State of WIC Report: Building the Bridge to a Healthier Future, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, outlines progress on WIC modernization efforts; growing participation due to remote services; WIC's swift responses to the infant formula crisis; USDA proposed food package changes to improve nutrition security; and WIC's role in advancing health equity. The report brings together existing research and data to describe how the WIC program works and its positive impact on low-resourced families. The many useful facts and figures of the report are supplemented by quotes sharing the lived experiences of WIC participants and testimonials from WIC providers.

Maternal and Child Health

Supporting reproductive health among birthing persons with chronic conditions in the US: A qualitative multilevel study using systems thinking to inform action

January 11, 2023

To use systems thinking with diverse system actors to (a) characterize current problems at the intersection of chronic conditions (CCs) and reproductive health (RH) care and their determinants, (b) determine necessary system actors for change, and (c) document cross-system actions that can improve identified problems in the United States.

Centering Racial Justice to strengthen the Public Health Ecosystem

December 15, 2022

The public health field experienced a collective "moment" in 2020, declaring racism a public health crisis in cities, counties, and states across the country. However, since then, too many have slipped back to "business as usual." The new report Centering Racial Justice to Strengthen the Public Health Ecosystem: Lessons from COVID-19 from Prevention Institute and Big Cities Health Coalition calls on us all to reignite our collective commitment to bold transformational change rooted in equity and racial justice.

Racial Equity and Healing

Health, Work, and Care in Rural America: Distances to Hospital-Based and Skilled Nursing Care Make Paid Leave Critical for Rural Communities

November 17, 2022

People in rural America live an average of three to four times further from types of important hospital-based health care and skilled nursing facilities than people in urban communities. These long distances—combined demographic factors related to age, income, employment, and less access to paid and unpaid leave than people in metropolitan areas—create unique challenges for people in America's rural communities. Without access to paid sick time and paid leave for serious family and medical needs, workers are often forced to manage taking care of themselves or loved ones without pay while struggling to make ends meet, potentially jeopardizing their health, job, or economic security.Drawing on original research, this report offers a clear case for why guaranteed public paid leave policies should be considered a social determinant of health for rural people just as access to health care facilities and other economic stability indicators are. Paid leave could improve the health, wellbeing, and economic security of rural workers and families, and increase the economic competitiveness of America's rural communities.

A roadmap toward equitable, coordinated, quality reproductive care for women with chronic conditions

October 27, 2022

This article is the opening commentary of the Special Section on Chronic Conditions and Women's Reproductive Health in Health Services Research.

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