Welcome the 115th Congress and Remind Them That "Breastfeeding Saves Dollars and Makes Sense!"
On Monday, January 9, USBC and breastfeeding advocates will deliver a welcome message with signatures and personal notes to every Member of Congress, as part of a very special welcome kit for our Welcome Congress event. There are four ways to get involved with this important advocacy effort:
- Sign our note to welcome the new Congress and ask them to protect and build on federal policies and investments that support our Nation's breastfeeding families.
- Sign up to join us for the "Welcome Congress" delivery day, either in Washington, DC, or by visiting your Members of Congress in their district offices.
- Please consider becoming a Friend of the USBC today. Our advocacy initiatives are entirely funded by donations from this critical group of supporters.
- Share stories demonstrating why the ACA's breastfeeding-related components are so critical to sustain. Stories will be highlighted in the welcome kits and used to inspire Members of Congress and Trump Administration officials to protect these policies and investments. Priority story topics related to ACA include:
- Stories about your experience with the requirement for health plans to cover breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling as a preventive service. Submit your story here!
- Stories about your experience with the requirement for employers to provide break time and a place for employees (nonexempt workers) to express breast milk at work. Submit your story here!
- Stories about your experience with maternity care quality improvement initiatives. Submit your story here!
Updated Women's Preventive Services Guidelines, from HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced an update to the Women's Preventive Services Guidelines, applicable to plan years (or policy years in the individual market) beginning on or after December 20, 2017. The updated guidelines recommend, "comprehensive lactation support services (including counseling, education, and breastfeeding equipment and supplies) during the antenatal, perinatal, and the postpartum period to ensure the successful initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding." The Women's Preventive Services Initiative also developed implementation considerations as part of its final report, that provide additional clarity; these are separate from the clinical recommendations, informational only, and not part of the formal action by the HRSA Administrator under Section 2713 of the Affordable Care Act. Read the press release.
Policy Agenda and Updates, from Congress
The House of Representatives Freedom Caucus released its first 100 days agenda which recommends removing over 200 policies across the federal agencies, including the Department of Labor Overtime Rule. In addition, the Congressional Research Service has announced that it is estimated that the Congressional Review Act carryover period will apply to regulations finalized on or after June 13 of this year.
Nutrition Research Task Force Announced, from NIH
The National Institutes of Health has created a Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) to coordinate and accelerate progress in nutrition research across the NIH and guide the development of the first NIH-wide strategic plan for nutrition research for the next 10 years. The strategic plan will emphasize cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to accelerate nutrition research across a wide range of areas, from basic science to experimental design to training.
New Report and Final Conference, from White House Council on Women and Girls
The White House Council on Women and Girls has hosted their final conference, Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: Continuing Progress and Building Toward Change. The event highlighted the Administration's work to advance equity for women and girls of color and shared innovative solutions and exciting place-based work that is happening throughout the country. In addition, the White House has released an updated report on the steps the Obama Administration has taken to elevate and address key issues that cause disparities for women and girls of color, and women and girls from marginalized and underserved populations.
Human Milk Policy Statement, from AAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, Section on Breastfeeding, Committee on Fetus and Newborn has released a new policy statement entitled, "Donor Human Milk for the High-Risk Infant: Preparation, Safety, and Usage Options in the United States." The statement emphasizes the importance of the development of public policy to improve and expand access to pasteurized donor milk, including policies that support improved governmental and private financial support for donor milk banks and the use of donor milk.
Food Policy Twitter Chat, from MomsRising/CSPI
Join MomsRising and the Center for Science in the Public Interest on Friday, January 6, from 1-2 p.m. E.T. for a tweet chat to discuss what to expect on food policy in the upcoming year. The discussion will reflect on recent advances in food policy, threats to current policies, and opportunities to support and defend federal, state, and local food and nutrition policies. Join the conversation at hashtag #FoodFri.
Racial Healing and Transformation Implementation Resources, from WKKF
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has published an Implementation Guidebook, and other related materials from their recent Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Summit. The TRHT initiative is a multi-year, national and community-based effort to engage communities, organizations and individuals from multiple sectors across the United States in racial healing and addressing present-day inequities linked to historic and contemporary beliefs in a hierarchy of human value.
Value of Peer & Community-Based Breastfeeding Support, from National First Food Cohort
The National First Food Racial Equity Cohort has published new recommendations addressing the value of peer & community-based breastfeeding support. In March 2016, the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) convened this inaugural cohort comprised of 17 individuals from 14 states, to work closely with CSI for two years to develop leadership and capacity, with the ultimate goal of centering racial equity in the broader First Food field.
Paid Leave Coalition Website, from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families has launched SupportPaidLeave.org, a one-stop-shop for paid family and medical leave resources. The new website replaces the previous coalition website with a brand new look and features, including updated and expanded paid leave fact sheets and resources, a blog featuring posts from coalition partners, and a brand new "take action" tool that helps users easily connect with their members of Congress.
News from the Field
Webinar Recording and Sign-on Letter, from CHN
The Coalition on Human Needs has released a recording of their webinar entitled, "The New Congress: How It Plans to Cut and How to Fight Back." The webinar explains how the congressional budget rules work and what leverage points may exist for opponents. CHN is also circulating a sign-on letter and petition to protect proven investments to extend opportunity and economic security to all.
Conference Highlights, from IfPA/NCfIH
The Institute for Patient Access and the National Coalition for Infant Health have released footage and resources from the 2016 Infant Health Policy Summit where health care providers, patient advocates, parents, and policymakers gathered to discuss patient access issues facing vulnerable infants and their families, including human milk quality and safety.
Implications of Affordable Care Act Repeal, from various
Urban Institute has released a brief entitled, "Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation." In this brief, Urban Institute compares future health care coverage and government health care spending under the ACA and under passage of a reconciliation bill similar to the one vetoed in January 2016.
Families USA has released a series of new fact sheets highlighting what's at stake for each state if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, including the number of individuals at risk for losing coverage, numbers of individuals who will be affected by the loss of consumer protections, and the financial impact of repeal for individuals and states.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has published state-by-state fact sheets illustrating the impact of ACA repeal. The fact sheets, based on new Urban Institute data, detail the effects of eliminating marketplace subsidies and reducing Medicaid enrollment on low- and moderate-income families in each state, and how much each state would lose in federal funds as marketplace subsidies and the Medicaid expansion for low-income adults end.
Report on WIC Food Packages, from NASEM
Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Thursday, January 5, at 11 a.m. ET for a public webinar to announce the release of its latest scientifc review of the WIC Food Packages. To bring the WIC food packages into alignment with current dietary guidance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service requested that NASEM undertake a comprehensive review of the WIC food packages. The Phase II report is the last in a series of three reports.
Collective Impact Connection
Collective Impact 3.0, from Tamarack Institute
In this article entitled, "Collective Impact 3.0 | An Evolving Framework for Community Change," Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver of the Tamarack Institute discuss six ways to build the next iteration of the collective impact framework:
1. From a managerial paradigm to a movement building paradigm
2. From continuous communication to authentic engagement
3. From common agenda to shared aspiration
4. From shared measurement to strategic learning
5. From mutually reinforcing activities to a focus on high-leverage opportunities
6. From backbone support to a container for change
News & Views
Journal of the American Medical Association: "Marketing Claims for Infant Formula: The Need for Evidence"
Stanford Social Innovation Review: "The Curb-Cut Effect"
The Columbian: "Obama signs two Herrera Beutler bills"