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OSTLTS Launches Gateway and Facebook for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial (STLT) Public Health Employees
The Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) launched two new products: the STLT Public Health Gateway website and the CDC STLT Connection Facebook page designed to enhance communication with state, tribal, local and territorial health agencies. The STLT Gateway offers a one-stop shop for the STLT public health community and will continue to grow to ensure it is inclusive of information that matters to health departments on all levels. The Facebook page will allow the STLT audience to engage with CDC and each other in open, real-time conversations.

Women’s Health    

New Report on Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding
The report, “Vital Signs: Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding -- United States, 2007 and 2009,” published in the August 2, 2011, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, examines practices in 2,690 hospitals and free-standing birth centers in all states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. Contents include data and analysis for 10 indicators consistent with the World Health Organization-United Nation's Children's Fund's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: existence of a model breastfeeding policy, staff competency assessment, prenatal breastfeeding education, early initiation of breastfeeding, teaching breastfeeding techniques, limited supplementation of breastfeeding infants, rooming-in, teaching feeding cues, limited use of pacifiers, and post-discharge support. To download the report, visit here. [Excerpt taken from the August 5 issue of the MCH Alert, published by the Maternal and Child Health Library at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.]