Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 21 & 28, 2017 (combo issue)

USBC Updates

Coalitions Convening Marketing Opportunities

There's still plenty of time to book Event Marketing Opportunities for the Seventh National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening. This one-of-a-kind event will kick off National Breastfeeding Month festivities in Arlington, Virginia, on August 4-6, 2017. There is no better way to reach such a distinct and diverse audience, bringing together national organization leaders and coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territoryincluding representatives from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations. Conference opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility: choose from a variety of individual opportunities or create your own customized package!

Workplace Breastfeeding Law Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, July 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from an expert panel about the laws protecting breastfeeding employees and the tools that can help support them. The "Everything You Need to Know About Workplace Breastfeeding Law" webinar will include speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Center for WorkLife Law, and the USBC. This webinar training will bring information and implementation resources related to workplace breastfeeding law to life so that participants have the tools needed to respond to questions from employers and employees. Submit your most pressing questions on this topic ahead of the webinar so that they can be addressed during the presentation.


Federal News

Fair Scheduling Act Introduced, from Various

The Schedules That Work Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress. The bill would give all employees the right to make scheduling requests without employer retaliation. Employers would be required to consider scheduling requests from all employees and provide a response. The right to request provision in the Schedules That Work Act is based on similar laws recently enacted in Vermont, New Hampshire, Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco and Emeryville, California, and which have been in place for more than a decade in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Women are disproportionately affected by unstable, unpredictable work schedules because women not only hold the majority of low-wage jobs but also still shoulder the majority of caregiving responsibilities. Media and partner highlights included:


Member News

#FactsNotFear Campaign, from 1,000 Days/KSA

1,000 Days and Kimberly Seals-Allers have launched the #FactsNotFear campaign to highlight that mothers deserve the facts, not fear-mongering, with respect to breastfeeding. The campaign builds on a coordinated effort begun in April to set the record straight on breastfeeding in response to the disinformation campaign organized by the Fed Is Best Foundation. They have released a blog post entitled, "Facts Not Fear: Protecting the One Place Where Fear Does Not Belong." Supporters are encouraged to post the blog post to their website and share the #FactsNotFear Facebook and Twitter graphics.   

Structural Inequities and Infant Mortality Webinar, from AMCHP/NICHQ

Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs on Thursday, July 27, from 2-3:30 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled, "The Residual Impact of Historical Structural Inequities: Connecting Residential Segregation and Mortgage Discrimination to Current Infant Mortality and Breastfeeding Rates." Participants will learn to define health equity, explain the various levels of structural inequity, describe the practices of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC) and associated policies, relate how past housing policies and mortgage discrimination inform current health equity improvement work, and identify ways Healthy Start can serve to address historical structural inequities and improve disparities in infant mortality and breastfeeding initiation and duration rates. The webinar is first in the six-part Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality webinar series, providing an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health.

Web Series on Dads, from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE and YouTube star La Guardia Cross have collaborated to create "Daddy Matters," a four-part web series that explores why dads matter and what matters to dads. Each week, these videos cover new topics and invite dads to join this important conversation.

Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN Interest Form Released, from ASPHN

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has announced that the Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN is recruiting state teams who want to learn more about this project. The Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN will support states' efforts to promote nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding in the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Completed forms from interested/intrigued states must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, July 10. This step comprises Phase I of the ASPHN recruitment process, in which a state commits to learning the details of the CoIIN and commits to developing a work plan consistent with breastfeeding and/or physical activity work streams. There is no commitment to apply at this point. During Phase II an application would be submitted. Only states in Phase I are eligible to apply for Phase II. 


Partner News

Voices for Healthy Kids Funding Opportunity, from AHA/RWJF

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have announced a series of new grant opportunities focused on efforts in schools, communities, and out-of-school/early care and education as part of the Voices for Healthy Kids program. Applications should support at least one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Lever. One of the included policy levers under the Early Care and Education category is to establish statewide nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards for early childcare providers, create avrecognition or designation program, secure public funding for technical assistance, and eliminate marketing in child care settings. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 21.            

Paid Leave Issue Brief, from NPWF

National Partnership for Women & Families has released an issue brief entitled, "Our Aging, Caring Nation: Why a U.S. Paid Leave Plan Must Provide More Than Time to Care for New Children." The brief demonstrates that although paid parental leave is critically important and must be included in any national paid leave plan, a policy that only covers parents caring for newborn or newly adopted children is insufficient. As the country's population ages and people live and work longer, only a comprehensive policy that recognizes a range of serious family and medical needs can meet the needs of America's working people and the family members who rely on them.  

New Policy Briefs on FY 2018 President's Budget Proposal, from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has released a new tool entitled, "Estimated Impact of the FY18 President's Budget on Selected Public Health Programs by State." The President's FY 2018 budget proposes major cuts to every area of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including a nearly 20 percent cut to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and significant cuts to programs that protect the American people from infectious diseases, environmental contaminants, exposure to tobacco and other key areas. Facts sheets provide highlights for what this budget proposal might mean for the states. In addition, TFAH has released, "Analysis: President's Budget Puts Nation's Health at Risk," which provides examples of a variety of cuts under the President's FY 2018 budget across multiple federal agencies that would adversely impact the health of Americans. 

Initiative Linking Housing and Health Outcomes, from ChangeLab Solutions

ChangeLab Solutions has introduced the BLOCK Project, an initiative exploring the intersection of housing and health. The BLOCK Project examines how housing policies and practices exacerbate health inequities and identifies promising solutions. The project is highlighting opportunities local institutions have to create a healthy housing system, as well as limits to local initiatives that may be posed by regional, state, and federal contexts. Those currently working on local housing issues are invited to participate in the Health and Housing Community Survey to help identify troublesome trends in local housing markets and share about efforts to link health and housing.

2017 Theme Announcement, from BBW

Black Breastfeeding Week has announced this year's theme, "Bet on Black: Nourishing Our Families, Communities & Futures." BBW is making an all-in bet on black women, men, families, and communities to create the solutions for a solid future. One of the key foundations for that vibrant future is supporting breastfeeding. The BBW signature "Lift Up" events will take place nationwide on Wednesday, August 26. Visit the BBW website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and follow the hashtag #BetOnBlack for more details, coming soon. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the celebration.


News from the Field

Breastfeeding Support Policy Analysis, from Medela

 

Medela has released the results of new research on policies that support access to breastfeeding counseling and supplies, including a shareable infographic. The data demonstrates that comprehensive breastfeeding support, now covered by most health plans under the Affordable Care Act has minimal impact on insurance premiums, while also resulting in potential cost savings from common pediatric conditions in the United States. Breastfeeding support represents only 0.028 percent of total commercial premium dollars and 0.041 percent of total Medicaid per-enrollee expenditures. Research shows that the benefit can save about $1.6 million per 100,000 women of peak childbearing age in 2017 dollars when factoring in just four of the most common and costly childhood conditions in the first year of life if optimal breastfeeding rates were to be achieved. The estimated savings under current breastfeeding rates could be between $405,000 to $940,000 per 100,000 women.

Funding Award to Support Community Resilience, from Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

 

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University has announced that the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness recently received an $800,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation for its Building Community Resilience (BCR) initiative. This grant matches an $800,000 grant awarded last year from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support BCR's work through the Nemours Foundation. BCR addresses the root causes of adversity to improve children's health and life outcomes by aligning resources and systems to strengthen community resilience, including pediatric health care and local governments. Currently, the initiative consists of five pilot sites across the country, which serve as a learning collaborative through which best practices are developed and shared.

Fact Sheet on AHCA and Women's Reproductive Health, from NHeLP

 

The National Health Law Program has released a fact sheet entitled, "Threats to Women's Reproductive Health Under the American Health Care Act." The fact sheet addresses how the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act would threaten women's access to reproductive health services, including maternity and newborn care.   

Video on Women's Bureau, from Make It Work

 

Make It Work has released a video entitled, "Four Ways the Women's Bureau Has Boosted Women." The video draws attention to the importance of the Women's Bureau, including the paid leave grants it has provided to cities and states, and opposes the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate it. 

Article on Hospital Supplementation of Breastfed Newborns, from Pediatrics

 

The journal Pediatrics has released an article entitled, "Widespread Hospital Variation in Supplementation of Breastfed Newborns." The authors found that approximately half of breastfed infants in their cohort received formula in the first 2 days. Furthermore, there was a higher likelihood of supplementation with increasing level of perinatal care at the delivery hospitals. These findings persisted after adjusting for variables known to impact breastfeeding outcomes. There was significant interhospital variation in the rate of formula supplementation, ranging from rare (2.8%) to nearly universal (98.4%). This variance was widest in level 3 facilities (that are capable of providing complex care to high-risk women and their newborns) and narrowed with lower levels of care.

Breastfeeding and WIC Update Webinar, from SNEB

 

Join the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior on Tuesday, July 11, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Breastfeeding and WIC Update." This webinar will provide a forum to highlight the results of current WIC breastfeeding efforts and to discuss innovative strategies between WIC and other community agencies to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. Participants will learn about the potential impact of proposed changes to the WIC food package for lactating women and the role of breastfeeding in attenuating obesity rates in Hispanic children enrolled in WIC.

Breastfeeding Support Toolkit for College Campuses, from The University of Northern Colorado's Nutrition & Dietetics Program and Women's Resource Center

 

The University of Northern Colorado's Nutrition & Dietetics Program and Women's Resource Center has developed a toolkit to assist universities and colleges working to establish breastfeeding support programs. The "Toolkit for Establishing Breastfeeding Support on University and College Campuses: Using University of Northern Colorado as an Institutional Model" is designed to be a catalyst for supporting the rights of breastfeeding individuals. Visit the University of Northern Colorado Breastfeeding Support Program Facebook page.

Men's Caregiving Report, from MenCare

MenCare has released a new report entitled, "State of the World's Fathers: Time for Action," which provides a global view of men's changing contributions to caregiving and parenting. The report offers an agenda for progress toward global gender equality. 


Collective Impact Connection

Exploration of the Term Systems, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "What Exactly Do We Mean by Systems?" The article explores three distinct ways the term is being used: systems change, systems thinking, and systems entrepreneurship. 


News & Views

TIME: "How Breastfeeding Lowers a Mom's Risk of Heart Disease"
 
NPR: "What Women Should Keep In Mind When They're Thinking Of Breast-Feeding"

Goats and Soda
(NPR): "Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know"
 
Infectious Disease Advisor
: "Breast-Feeding Profoundly Affects Infant Gut Microbiome Composition"
 
NASHP State Health Policy Blog: "Three Ways the Proposed White House Budget Could Affect Public Health in States"

 

Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 28, 2017

USBC Updates

Coalitions Convening Marketing Opportunities

There's still plenty of time to book Event Marketing Opportunities for the Seventh National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening. This one-of-a-kind event will kick off National Breastfeeding Month festivities in Arlington, Virginia, on August 4-6, 2017. There is no better way to reach such a distinct and diverse audience, bringing together national organization leaders and coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territoryincluding representatives from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations. Conference opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility: choose from a variety of individual opportunities or create your own customized package!

Workplace Breastfeeding Law Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, July 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from an expert panel about the laws protecting breastfeeding employees and the tools that can help support them. The "Everything You Need to Know About Workplace Breastfeeding Law" webinar will include speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Center for WorkLife Law, and the USBC. This webinar training will bring information and implementation resources related to workplace breastfeeding law to life so that participants have the tools needed to respond to questions from employers and employees. Submit your most pressing questions on this topic ahead of the webinar so that they can be addressed during the presentation.


Federal News

Fair Scheduling Act Introduced, from Various

The Schedules That Work Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress. The bill would give all employees the right to make scheduling requests without employer retaliation. Employers would be required to consider scheduling requests from all employees and provide a response. The right to request provision in the Schedules That Work Act is based on similar laws recently enacted in Vermont, New Hampshire, Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco and Emeryville, California, and which have been in place for more than a decade in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Women are disproportionately affected by unstable, unpredictable work schedules because women not only hold the majority of low-wage jobs but also still shoulder the majority of caregiving responsibilities. Media and partner highlights included:


Member News

#FactsNotFear Campaign, from 1,000 Days/KSA

1,000 Days and Kimberly Seals-Allers have launched the #FactsNotFear campaign to highlight that mothers deserve the facts, not fear-mongering, with respect to breastfeeding. The campaign builds on a coordinated effort begun in April to set the record straight on breastfeeding in response to the disinformation campaign organized by the Fed Is Best Foundation. They have released a blog post entitled, "Facts Not Fear: Protecting the One Place Where Fear Does Not Belong." Supporters are encouraged to post the blog post to their website and share the #FactsNotFear Facebook and Twitter graphics.   

Structural Inequities and Infant Mortality Webinar, from AMCHP/NICHQ

Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs on Thursday, July 27, from 2-3:30 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled, "The Residual Impact of Historical Structural Inequities: Connecting Residential Segregation and Mortgage Discrimination to Current Infant Mortality and Breastfeeding Rates." Participants will learn to define health equity, explain the various levels of structural inequity, describe the practices of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC) and associated policies, relate how past housing policies and mortgage discrimination inform current health equity improvement work, and identify ways Healthy Start can serve to address historical structural inequities and improve disparities in infant mortality and breastfeeding initiation and duration rates. The webinar is first in the six-part Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality webinar series, providing an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health.

Web Series on Dads, from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE and YouTube star La Guardia Cross have collaborated to create "Daddy Matters," a four-part web series that explores why dads matter and what matters to dads. Each week, these videos cover new topics and invite dads to join this important conversation.

Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN Interest Form Released, from ASPHN

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has announced that the Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN is recruiting state teams who want to learn more about this project. The Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN will support states' efforts to promote nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding in the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Completed forms from interested/intrigued states must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, July 10. This step comprises Phase I of the ASPHN recruitment process, in which a state commits to learning the details of the CoIIN and commits to developing a work plan consistent with breastfeeding and/or physical activity work streams. There is no commitment to apply at this point. During Phase II an application would be submitted. Only states in Phase I are eligible to apply for Phase II. 


Partner News

Voices for Healthy Kids Funding Opportunity, from AHA/RWJF

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have announced a series of new grant opportunities focused on efforts in schools, communities, and out-of-school/early care and education as part of the Voices for Healthy Kids program. Applications should support at least one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Lever. One of the included policy levers under the Early Care and Education category is to establish statewide nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards for early childcare providers, create avrecognition or designation program, secure public funding for technical assistance, and eliminate marketing in child care settings. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 21.            

Paid Leave Issue Brief, from NPWF

National Partnership for Women & Families has released an issue brief entitled, "Our Aging, Caring Nation: Why a U.S. Paid Leave Plan Must Provide More Than Time to Care for New Children." The brief demonstrates that although paid parental leave is critically important and must be included in any national paid leave plan, a policy that only covers parents caring for newborn or newly adopted children is insufficient. As the country's population ages and people live and work longer, only a comprehensive policy that recognizes a range of serious family and medical needs can meet the needs of America's working people and the family members who rely on them.  

New Policy Briefs on FY 2018 President's Budget Proposal, from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has released a new tool entitled, "Estimated Impact of the FY18 President's Budget on Selected Public Health Programs by State." The President's FY 2018 budget proposes major cuts to every area of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including a nearly 20 percent cut to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and significant cuts to programs that protect the American people from infectious diseases, environmental contaminants, exposure to tobacco and other key areas. Facts sheets provide highlights for what this budget proposal might mean for the states. In addition, TFAH has released, "Analysis: President's Budget Puts Nation's Health at Risk," which provides examples of a variety of cuts under the President's FY 2018 budget across multiple federal agencies that would adversely impact the health of Americans. 

Initiative Linking Housing and Health Outcomes, from ChangeLab Solutions

ChangeLab Solutions has introduced the BLOCK Project, an initiative exploring the intersection of housing and health. The BLOCK Project examines how housing policies and practices exacerbate health inequities and identifies promising solutions. The project is highlighting opportunities local institutions have to create a healthy housing system, as well as limits to local initiatives that may be posed by regional, state, and federal contexts. Those currently working on local housing issues are invited to participate in the Health and Housing Community Survey to help identify troublesome trends in local housing markets and share about efforts to link health and housing.

2017 Theme Announcement, from BBW

Black Breastfeeding Week has announced this year's theme, "Bet on Black: Nourishing Our Families, Communities & Futures." BBW is making an all-in bet on black women, men, families, and communities to create the solutions for a solid future. One of the key foundations for that vibrant future is supporting breastfeeding. The BBW signature "Lift Up" events will take place nationwide on Wednesday, August 26. Visit the BBW website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and follow the hashtag #BetOnBlack for more details, coming soon. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the celebration.


News from the Field

Breastfeeding Support Policy Analysis, from Medela

 

Medela has released the results of new research on policies that support access to breastfeeding counseling and supplies, including a shareable infographic. The data demonstrates that comprehensive breastfeeding support, now covered by most health plans under the Affordable Care Act has minimal impact on insurance premiums, while also resulting in potential cost savings from common pediatric conditions in the United States. Breastfeeding support represents only 0.028 percent of total commercial premium dollars and 0.041 percent of total Medicaid per-enrollee expenditures. Research shows that the benefit can save about $1.6 million per 100,000 women of peak childbearing age in 2017 dollars when factoring in just four of the most common and costly childhood conditions in the first year of life if optimal breastfeeding rates were to be achieved. The estimated savings under current breastfeeding rates could be between $405,000 to $940,000 per 100,000 women.

Funding Award to Support Community Resilience, from Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

 

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University has announced that the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness recently received an $800,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation for its Building Community Resilience (BCR) initiative. This grant matches an $800,000 grant awarded last year from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support BCR's work through the Nemours Foundation. BCR addresses the root causes of adversity to improve children's health and life outcomes by aligning resources and systems to strengthen community resilience, including pediatric health care and local governments. Currently, the initiative consists of five pilot sites across the country, which serve as a learning collaborative through which best practices are developed and shared.

Fact Sheet on AHCA and Women's Reproductive Health, from NHeLP

 

The National Health Law Program has released a fact sheet entitled, "Threats to Women's Reproductive Health Under the American Health Care Act." The fact sheet addresses how the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act would threaten women's access to reproductive health services, including maternity and newborn care.   

Video on Women's Bureau, from Make It Work

 

Make It Work has released a video entitled, "Four Ways the Women's Bureau Has Boosted Women." The video draws attention to the importance of the Women's Bureau, including the paid leave grants it has provided to cities and states, and opposes the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate it. 

Article on Hospital Supplementation of Breastfed Newborns, from Pediatrics

 

The journal Pediatrics has released an article entitled, "Widespread Hospital Variation in Supplementation of Breastfed Newborns." The authors found that approximately half of breastfed infants in their cohort received formula in the first 2 days. Furthermore, there was a higher likelihood of supplementation with increasing level of perinatal care at the delivery hospitals. These findings persisted after adjusting for variables known to impact breastfeeding outcomes. There was significant interhospital variation in the rate of formula supplementation, ranging from rare (2.8%) to nearly universal (98.4%). This variance was widest in level 3 facilities (that are capable of providing complex care to high-risk women and their newborns) and narrowed with lower levels of care.

Breastfeeding and WIC Update Webinar, from SNEB

 

Join the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior on Tuesday, July 11, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Breastfeeding and WIC Update." This webinar will provide a forum to highlight the results of current WIC breastfeeding efforts and to discuss innovative strategies between WIC and other community agencies to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. Participants will learn about the potential impact of proposed changes to the WIC food package for lactating women and the role of breastfeeding in attenuating obesity rates in Hispanic children enrolled in WIC.

Breastfeeding Support Toolkit for College Campuses, from The University of Northern Colorado's Nutrition & Dietetics Program and Women's Resource Center

 

The University of Northern Colorado's Nutrition & Dietetics Program and Women's Resource Center has developed a toolkit to assist universities and colleges working to establish breastfeeding support programs. The "Toolkit for Establishing Breastfeeding Support on University and College Campuses: Using University of Northern Colorado as an Institutional Model" is designed to be a catalyst for supporting the rights of breastfeeding individuals. Visit the University of Northern Colorado Breastfeeding Support Program Facebook page.

Men's Caregiving Report, from MenCare

MenCare has released a new report entitled, "State of the World's Fathers: Time for Action," which provides a global view of men's changing contributions to caregiving and parenting. The report offers an agenda for progress toward global gender equality. 


Collective Impact Connection

Exploration of the Term Systems, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "What Exactly Do We Mean by Systems?" The article explores three distinct ways the term is being used: systems change, systems thinking, and systems entrepreneurship. 


News & Views

TIME: "How Breastfeeding Lowers a Mom's Risk of Heart Disease"
 
NPR: "What Women Should Keep In Mind When They're Thinking Of Breast-Feeding"

Goats and Soda
(NPR): "Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know"
 
Infectious Disease Advisor
: "Breast-Feeding Profoundly Affects Infant Gut Microbiome Composition"
 
NASHP State Health Policy Blog: "Three Ways the Proposed White House Budget Could Affect Public Health in States"

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