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Thu Dec 9 03:57:02 EST 2010


This is a giant step forward, providing help to millions of American
families and businesses and building a foundation we can be proud of.
Our new Health Reform Central (
http://www.familiesusa.org/health-reform-central/ ) will tell you
everything you need to know about this historic law, from who will
benefit and how—including what it will mean for your state—to what we
can expect from implementation and what to make of the roadblocks the
opponents of reform are trying to erect. “ Go to
http://www.familiesusa.org/to find out more!
 
Heads UP: Text4baby ( http://text4baby.org/ )* is a free mobile
information service designed to promote maternal and child health.  An
educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with
information to help them care for their health and give their babies the
best possible start in life.  Women who sign up for the service by
texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) will receive free SMS text
messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.
http://text4baby.org/Community Journeys to Reduce Infant Mortality by
Addressing Racism: Translating Learning into Action (NACCHO and
CityMatCHco-produce "Emerging Issues in MCH"
(E-MCH) webinars, presenting current research, policy and practice
strategies on critical issues in US public health)
This webinar will describe how three national organizations and six
communities across the country worked together to translate research and
knowledge into action around one of the most sensitive topics we face in
public health: racism. By the end of this workshop participants will be
able to:Define key differences between health disparities and health
equity 
Describe processes by which teams can effectively approach and address
a complex and sensitive issue, such as racism 
Describe the role of local and state health departments and other
community organizations in reducing infant mortality by addressing
racism 

·         Identify at least two resources for local health departments
to shape their efforts to reduce infant mortality by addressing racism  
   
 
April 15 is TAX DAY –Where do your tax dollars go? Go to
http://www.nationalpriorities.org/taxday2010  to find out.
April 20 2010 is Equal Pay Day —Just one year after college graduation,
women earn only 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Ten
years after graduation, women fall further behind, earning only 69
percent of what men earn. Even after controlling for hours, occupation,
parenthood, and other factors known to affect earnings, the research
indicates that one-quarter of the pay gap remains unexplained and is
likely due to sex discrimination. Over time, the unexplained portion of
the pay gap grows. In recognition of this inequity, Equal Pay Day will
be marked on April 2.According to new data from the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, the ratio of women's and men's median annual earnings
reached almost 78 cents on the dollar for full-time year-round workers,
up from just under 77 cents in 2006. This is the narrowest the wage gap
has ever been, but it's only an additional one cent on the dollar. It
isn't real change. The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
with over one hundred thousand members sponsors this event and urges
women to take action to call attention to this inequity To learn more,
go to http://www.aauw.org/advocacy/issue_advocacy/EqualPayDay.cfm  
Evenflo Recalls Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates Due to Fall Hazard. The
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in
cooperation with Evenflo Co. Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio announced a
voluntary recall of about 180,000 Evenflo Top-of-Stairâ„¢ Plus Wood Gates
made in Mexico.  Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed. The slats on the gate can break
or detach, posing a fall hazard to children. Evenflo has received 142
reports of slats breaking and/or detaching from the gate. Three children
gained access to stairs. One of those children fell through the gate and
down five steps; another fell down one step. Injuries included four
children who sustained bumps and bruises to the head and seven children
who sustained minor injuries including scratches, scrapes and
bruises.These were sold at Toys “R” Us, Burlington Baby Depot, Kmart and
other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide in the
U.S. and Canada, and on the Web at Amazon.com and other online retailers
from October 2007 through March 2010 for about $40.Remedy: Consumers
should stop using the recalled gate and contact Evenflo to obtain a free
newer model 10503 or 10513 Top-of-Stairâ„¢ Plus Wood replacement gate. To
learn more or to view the product, go to
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10181.html
 


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