Tweet Your Members of Congress and Candidates about Breastfeeding!
The USBC has partnered with the National Partnership for Women & Families to create a WeTweet.org partner page to ensure breastfeeding is on the radar of our new President and the 115th Congress. This innovative social media advocacy tool makes it easier than ever before to tweet your Members of Congress and Congressional and Presidential candidates to share your expectations that they do their part to support breastfeeding families. Simply enter your zip code, select one of our messages, and then tweet directly at the policymakers the tool will auto-populate for you. It's that easy!
Early Care and Education State Indicator Report, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity has developed the first ever Early Care and Education (ECE) State Indicator Report. The report looks at seven areas within CDC's Spectrum of Opportunities framework and identifies fifteen indicators measuring state-level policies and system supports that can help prevent childhood obesity. The report also showcases supportive policies and practices early care and education stakeholders can integrate in order to prevent childhood obesity.
Flu Season Informational Webinar, from CDC
Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, October 27, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "What's New for the 2016-2017 Flu Season: Recommendations for Children." Several new recommendations have been identified that particularly impact flu vaccination for children. During the webinar, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC will highlight this critical information and discuss strategies that primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve flu prevention and control in children.
Affordable Care Act Planning Tool, from CDC, GHPC, & NNPHI
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Health Policy Center, and the National Network of Public Health Institutes have developed the Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool. The online tool guides public health leaders through a five-step planning process with information about the Affordable Care Act, common questions raised by health reform and health system transformation, and action steps to support strategic thinking and implementation. The updated tool can help health departments and their partners navigate the technical and adaptive challenges associated with health system transformation.
Updated Safe Sleep Recommendations, from AAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS has released an updated policy statement, "SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment" and accompanying technical report. The updates elevate the recommendation to breastfeed to reduce the risk of SIDS from #8 to #3, emphasizing the importance of exclusivity; provide information for families to deal with the realities of feeding infants at night so that they can mitigate risk and maximize benefits; call for doctors to "have open and nonjudgmental conversations with families"; and recommend skin-to-skin care for all mothers and newborns, regardless of feeding or delivery method, for at least an hour immediately following birth. Read the news release. Partner and media highlights included:
- NAPPSS pre-launch press release: "Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding Advocates Come Together in NAPPSS"
- NAPPSS post-launch press release: "STATEMENT: The National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep on Revised AAP Safe Sleeping Recommendations"
- Federal partners' press release: "Federal agencies express support for updated safe infant sleep recommendations"
- The Washington Post: "Updated guidelines on infant sleep highlight danger of parents’ tiredness"
- Shots (NPR Health News blog): "New Guidelines Acknowledge The Reality: Babies Do Sleep In Mom's Bed"
- USA Today: "Infants should share parents' room for 1st year, report finds"
Policy Priorities Report, from TFAH
Trust for America's Health has released the Blueprint for a Healthier America report, featuring high-impact policies for the next Administration and Congress. The report calls for a new approach to health that prioritizes improving health and addressing major epidemics in the United States, and details pressing crises and how investments could yield positive returns on investment by adopting proven health strategies. The Blueprint also highlights leading evidence-based strategies for improving health and policy as well as models to help bring them to scale across the country.
Demographic Analysis, from IWPR
The Institute for Women's Policy Research has released Women of Color: Where They Are in the United States. The report includes a regional demographic analysis of the concentration of women and girls of color across different racial and ethnic groups and finds that White, Black, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander women are concentrated in different regions of the country. IWPR also published a companion analysis Girls and Young Women of Color: Where They Are in the United States.
News from the Field
Recommendation Statement, from USPSTF
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released the final Recommendation Statement on Primary Care Interventions to Support Breastfeeding and Evidence Review on primary care interventions to support breastfeeding. The updated Recommendation retains its B grade, demonstrating that upon review, the Task Force found adequate evidence that interventions to support breastfeeding during pregnancy and after birth, including professional support, peer support, and formal education, change behavior and have a moderate net benefit. USPSTF recommendation statements influence which preventive services insurers are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act, and this B grade maintains ACA coverage for breastfeeding counseling. Media highlights included:
- Journal of the American Medical Association:
- EurekAlert!: "Providing interventions during pregnancy and after birth to support breastfeeding recommended"
- TIME: "Breastfeeding Programs Help New Moms Stick With It: Gov Panel"
Petition for Disaggregated Race and Ethnicity Data, from APIAHF
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum has released a petition urging the federal Office of Management and Budget to support the collection and reporting of disaggregated data. OMB is collecting public comments on potential revisions to its 1997 standards for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data. The APIAHF petition calls on OMB to count each detailed ethnic group (e.g. Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Native Hawaiian, Chamorro, Samoan, Tongan, etc.).
Health Community Efforts Report, from Build Healthy Places Network
The Build Healthy Places Network has released a report entitled, Summarizing the Landscape for Healthy Communities. The report catalogs the range of community improvement efforts sprouting up across the nation and is designed to build awareness around support mechanisms for healthy communities programs, highlight available resources, and lift up emerging strategies for financing and supporting local efforts. Download the Executive Summary.
Breastfeeding Support Access Research, from JHCPU
The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved has released a paper reporting a lack of compliance in rural areas with the Affordable Care Act's "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" provision requiring employers to provide time and space for "nonexempt" employees (hourly wage-earning and some salaried employees exempt from overtime) to express breast milk during the work day. Researchers found inadequate breastfeeding information for mothers and a lack of support from co-workers and supervisors. The article recommends greater collaboration between rural health agencies and businesses to remove barriers to breastfeeding in the workplace.
Collective Impact Connection
Building a Relational Public Sector, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Building a Relational Public Sector." The article explores what the United States and Denmark can learn from each other about how to navigate community relationships with both the public and non-profit sectors.
News & Views
The Nation's Health (APHA newsletter):
- "Challenge brings communities together to improve health: Fifty cities, counties receive funding"
- "Q&A with Victor Dzau: Under National Academy of Medicine, health innovations can flourish: New Vital Directions initiative outlines future for US health"
- "National Academy of Medicine initiative outlines vital directions to improve US health"