Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 2, 2016

USBC Updates

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!


Member News

Breastfeeding Club Webinar, from BMBFA

Join the Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association on Wednesday, November 9, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Start your own Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Club." Participants will learn how the Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Club model can be adapted to fit their communities while specifically addressing the historical, societal, and social barriers that African-Americans face.

Public Health Funding Action Alert, from APHA

The American Public Health Association has launched an action tool calling for Congress to adequately fund federal public health programs. Congress is working to finish fiscal year 2017 spending bills before the short-term continuing resolution that the government is currently operating on expires on Friday, December 9. Spending decisions for Fiscal Year 2017 will impact public health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. 

CIMS Merges with BNN and Improving Birth, from CIMS

BirthNetwork National, the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, and Improving Birth have merged their organizations to create ImprovingBirth. This merger will establish fully functional, funded, and staffed chapters. Over the next three years, ImprovingBirth expects to have three main programs in place: the Community Advocate Training Program, the Mother-Friendly Provider Designation, and the Mother-Friendly Hospital Certification Program. ImprovingBirth has also released the ImprovingBirth Pledge, available for all friends and supporters in the birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum community in order to create a groundswell of community support to improve maternity care for all pregnant women and their families.


Partner News

Pregnancy Discrimination Analysis, from NPWF

In celebration of the 38th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the National Partnership for Women & Families has released a new analysis of charges of pregnancy discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission between October 2010 and September 2015. The analysis shows that the number of charges filed remained relatively unchanged year to year and that women in every industry, across races and ethnicities, and in all 50 states and D.C. report pregnancy discrimination. The most common issue raised in the charges was discharge from employment; nearly one-third of charges fell in this category.

Food Marketing Report, from Rudd Center

The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut has published a new report entitled, Baby Food FACTS. The report examines the nutritional content of food and drink products marketed to parents for their babies and toddlers up to age 3, the messages used to promote these products, and how well the marketing messages correspond with expert advice on feeding young children. Overall, nearly 60 percent of advertising dollars promoted products that are not recommended for young children.

Maternity Care Webinar, from CHAMPS/MSDH

Join CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) and the Mississippi State Department of Health on Wednesday, November 9, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Hospital Experiences: Staff Education." This webinar is part of a series of key topics in evidence-based maternity care and infant feeding practice.


News from the Field

State Health Rankings Report, from The Center on Society and Health

The Center on Society and Health, in partnership with the Urban Institute, has released the first report in a series to come out of The Health of the States (HOTS) project. The Summary Report details how states rank on each of 39 health outcomes, and examines the links between those outcomes and over 100 determinants of health. Exclusive breastfeeding is identified as a health behavior with a strong correlation to health outcomes. A series of supplemental reports will be released in the coming months that unpack these findings, presenting maps and more detailed data on how these factors affect health across the life course.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Article, from Maternal and Child Health Journal

The Maternal and Child Health Journal has published an article entitled, "Why Paid Family and Medical Leave Matters for the Future of America's Families, Businesses and Economy." The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without paid family and medical leave, and the fact that these basic workplace protections are missing hurts America's global competitiveness, businesses, economy, and, most importantly, infant and maternal mortality rates.

Community Health Worker Consensus Statement, from C3

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Core Consensus Project (C3) has released 2016 recommendations for a consensus statement of Community Health Worker (CHW) roles/duties, skills, and essential qualities in order to build a greater common understanding of this growing workforce. The proposed roles, skills, and qualities are not intended to define the range of practice of any individual CHW or CHW organization, but rather to represent the potential range of CHW roles and skills, and an essential set of qualities. Individuals are invited to review and comment on the recommendations and officially recognize, acknowledge, or endorse them as a fair representation of the nature of the CHW workforce by the deadline of Sunday, April 30. Share any endorsement or adoption of roles and skills with the C3 Project team care of: info@c3project.org


State/Community News

Updated Hospital Regulations, from New York

The New York State Department of Health has announced amended regulations requiring hospitals to place newborns with their mothers immediately after delivery unless contraindicated, discuss with patients the risks of early pacifier use, and communicate their updated breastfeeding policies and procedures to staff every year. In addition, the new regulations prohibit hospitals and affiliated clinics from giving out gift bags that contain formula marketing materials. The regulations do not affect infants whose mothers have chosen formula feeding or for whom breastfeeding is medically contraindicated. Hospitals will still provide formula to those infants while they are in the hospital, and will be required to provide individual training in formula preparation and feeding techniques. The updated regulations go into effect Monday, January 16. To assist hospitals, the Department has developed a Model Hospital Breastfeeding Policy and Implementation Guide. 


Collective Impact Connection

Trend Mapping Tool, from FSG

FSG has released Guide to Trend Mapping: A Tool for Supporting Systems Thinking and a blog post discussing one Foundation's experience facilitating a trend mapping exercise. A trend map is a visual depiction of relevant trends influencing the system around a given topic. Developing a trend map can help a group deepen their understanding of an issue through exploring related history, identifying key external factors, and tracking shifts in social and cultural norms.


News & Views

Los Angeles Times: "Too many mothers stop breastfeeding too soon, and task force says doctors should change that"

The New York Times: "2 Kentucky Police Officers Win Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit"

The Huffington Post: "Speak Out Against False Formula Advertising: An Open Letter to the FDA"

The Washington Post: "Child care isn't just expensive. It's hard to find"

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