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MMWR Report on Breastfeeding Trends Among WIC Families in New York, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) entitled, "Trends in Breastfeeding Among Infants Enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children — New York, 2002–2015." To assess breastfeeding trends among New York WIC infants, indicators for measuring breastfeeding practices reported by the New York Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) during 2002–2015 were examined. Despite improvements in breastfeeding initiation, increasing the duration of breastfeeding and of exclusive breastfeeding among infants enrolled in the New York WIC program remains challenging. Identifying targeted strategies to support continued and exclusive breastfeeding should remain priorities for the New York WIC program.
Maternal Health Webinar, from AMCHP/ NIHCM Foundation
Join the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation on Tuesday, August 22, from 3-4:30 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled, "Maternal Health in Crisis." The webinar will explore the dynamics behind maternity workforce challenges, particularly in rural and other underserved areas. In addition, the webinar will include an example of a public-private collaboration to connect Medicaid mothers-to-be with prenatal care and resources like transportation to doctor visits, and explore how financial incentives can be used to encourage medical professionals to specialize in maternal health and to work in underserved areas.
Summer Recess Campaign, from APHA
The American Public Health Association has launched the Public Health Action Campaign (PHACT) to educate members of Congress on important public health issues that help build and maintain healthy communities. PHACT priorities include Public Health Funding, the Prevention and Public Health Fund/Affordable Care Act, and Climate Change and Health. APHA has compiled talking points, resources, and action tools to help advocates reach out to lawmakers during the Congressional recess.
Funding Award Announcement, from BMBFA
The Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association has been awarded the "Health of Metropolitan Detroit Community" grant from The Jewish Fund. Over the next three years, BMBFA will train more community-based doulas and expand services throughout the Detroit community. BMBFA's next training class will begin in the fall of 2017. In early 2018, BMBFA will employ additional community-based doulas. These program enhancements will increase the level of services to the community.
Nutrition and Infant Mortality Webinar, from NWA/ASPHN
Join the National WIC Association and the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists on Thursday, August 24, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled "The Role of Nutrition in Infant Mortality." The session will summarize the impact of nutrition on infant mortality and identify areas where nutrition interventions make a difference. The critical role of public health nutritionists in preventing infant mortality will be highlighted and WIC-specific strategies and tools will be shared.
Global Breastfeeding Reports, from 1,000 Days
As part of the Global Breastfeeding Collective, 1,000 Days has helped develop and launch a new report entitled, "Nurturing the Health and Wealth of Nations: The Investment Case for Breastfeeding". The report shows how targeted investments in breastfeeding can save lives, improve health and build prosperity. In addition, the Collective has published A Global Scorecard for Breastfeeding showing that no country meets the recommended standards for supporting breastfeeding. Together, these reports help reframe breastfeeding as a societal responsibility, not simply an individual choice. Media highlights included:
- USA Today: "Breastfeeding: Not a single country in the world meets WHO, UNICEF standards"
- Fast Company: "Can Encouraging Breastfeeding Around the World Boost the Global Economy?"
- Reuters: "Rich or poor, all countries fail to support breastfeeding: UN"
Culture of Health Prize Call for Proposals, from RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the call for proposals for the 2018 Culture of Health Prize. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and wellbeing are greatly influenced by where we live, work, the safety of our surroundings, and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses—so that good health flourishes everywhere. Phase I applications are due by Thursday, November 3. Join the informational webinar on Wednesday, September 20, from 3-4 p.m. ET.
ECE Partner Search, from Nemours
Nemours Children's Health System has announced a search to fund an organization to test an Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) Toolkit designed to guide a state/community through developing and implementing a childhood obesity learning collaborative for early care and education (ECE) providers. The ECELC model has been implemented with large grants to public and private partners and technical assistance from Nemours and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As part of the project, Nemours has developed an off-the-shelf ECELC Toolkit to guide organizations on how to run a learning collaborative for ECE providers focused on childhood obesity prevention. Nemours is seeking a partner organization to test whether the model can be implemented with limited technical assistance using the ECELC Toolkit and a small amount of funding. An informational webinar is scheduled for Monday, August 21, from 2-3 p.m. ET. For questions or to register for the webinar, contact Kevin Cataldo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinar Recording on Building Sustainable Programs, from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has published the recording of the final webinar in the Public Health Breastfeeding Webinar series, entitled "Breastfeeding in the Community Webinar Series: Building Sustainable Programs through PSE Changes." This webinar addresses how community level organizations can implement micro-level Policy, Systems and Environmental changes and work collaboratively to integrate and co-locate services.
FMLA Anniversary, from NPWF
This month marks the 24th anniversary of the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Since then, working people have used the family and medical leave the law provides more than 200 million times to care for new children or seriously ill loved ones or to address their own serious health issue. Individuals and organizations can help raise awareness by watching and sharing the National Partnership for Women & Families FMLA video with family and friends. Use WeTweet.org/leave to tell your elected officials that America needs paid leave and urge them to support an inclusive paid family and medical leave program. See the Twitter Moment showcasing the recent #FMLA24 tweetstorm. In addition, NPWF has published the following two blog posts on paid leave and progress in the states:
- The Huffington Post: "Continuing to Move the Country Toward Paid Family and Medical Leave for All"
- Medium: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Paid Sick Days and Paid Leave in the States in 2017"
Webinar on Infant Mortality Data, from NICHQ
Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality on Tuesday, August 22, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Learning from Rare Events Infant Mortality Data." Through this webinar, participants will be able to determine which statistical process control (SPC) charts are most effective for small numbers and rare events data reporting and learning; describe how to make and interpret SPC charts for rare events; identify ways to use small numbers data to identify progress and improvement as a result of IM CoIIN activities; plan how to best share and present data with small numbers to team members and stakeholders; and interpret the stratification of IM data (e.g. by racial groups) when it involves small numbers.
Call for Stories from Local Health Departments, from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has launched Stories from the Field, a website to highlight local health department (LHD) successes, challenges, and innovations. LHDs and their allies are invited to share how they are working to create an enabling environment for women to successfully breastfeed. NACCHO is particularly interested in stories of breastfeeding programs with a high recruitment and retention rates and other community engagement strategies. Stories will be searchable on the website and may be highlighted in future NACCHO webinars.
Speech to Governors, from WKKF
W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron has delivered a speech to the United States Conference of Mayors. The speech offered the Kellogg Foundation's support for the "Leadership for America: Mayors' Agenda for the Future" and highlights the Kellogg Foundation's framework for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation as a tool to help drive American cities and communities forward.
RAA Action Alert, from CSPI
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has issued an action alert for individuals to urge their Senators to oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA). The bill revises federal rulemaking procedures under the Administrative Procedure Act, adding burdensome legal steps to block the path of rules designed to safeguard Americans. The RAA recently passed the House and is up for consideration in Senate committee.
News from the Field
Breast Cancer Disparities and Breastfeeding Research, from AJPM
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine has released a special article entitled, "Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer Risk Reduction: Implications for Black Mothers." The article highlights the low rates of breastfeeding among black women, the potential link to higher rates of breast cancer, and the need for supports in the clinical, worksite, and community settings. The article calls for more work to improve the social factors and policies that influence breastfeeding rates, giving special consideration to the needs of black mothers to adequately address disparities in breastfeeding. A comprehensive approach that includes peer counseling, hospital policy changes, breastfeeding-specific clinic appointments, group prenatal education, and enhanced breastfeeding programs, may be most successful in helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals and reducing disparities in breastfeeding and potentially breast cancer incidence.
New Funding Opportunity, from Voices for Healthy Kids
Voices for Healthy Kids, a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released a new set of grant opportunities. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education. Applications should support at least one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Lever.
Reproductive Justice Webinar, from Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Join the Black Mamas Matter Alliance on Tuesday, August 22, from 1-2:30 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled, "Reproductive Justice and Black Women's Maternal Health." Participants will learn how organizations are working to address the unique needs of Black women and hear about efforts to harness women of color's collective power to tell their stories and make their health a priority. Participants are also encouraged to follow the conversation on Twitter using #RJ2017 and #BlackMamasMatter.
Opportunity to Highlight Wellness and Nutrition Programs, from The Harkin Institute
The Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University has announced that they are seeking information on wellness and nutrition initiatives and programs. The Institute is in the process of creating a report to share with communities, businesses, and legislators with the hope that the highlighted programs will help other groups implement wellness and nutrition programs within their communities and organizations. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 1.
Call for Papers on Social Justice in Breastfeeding, from JHL
The Journal of Human Lactation has released a call for papers for a special issue addressing social justice issues within the field of lactation. Manuscripts focusing on the local, regional, or global level are welcome. JHL is looking for an array of multi-disciplinary approaches from many perspectives, including program planning, interventions, and policy. Research manuscripts, as well as Insights into Practice, Insights into Policy, and commentaries are encouraged. The submission deadline is Friday, December 1.
Complimentary Access to Journal Articles, from Breastfeeding Medicine
In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, Breastfeeding Medicine has provided complimentary access to the following high-impact articles through the end of August:
- "Breasts, Pumps and Bottles, and Unanswered Questions"
- "Employer-Based Programs to Support Breastfeeding Among Working Mothers: A Systematic Review"
- "Do American Colleges and Universities Support the Lactation Needs of Students?"
State of Breastfeeding Report, from Kansas
In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has released a new report entitled, "State of Breastfeeding in Kansas." The report contains current breastfeeding data as well as suggested actions for improving these rates. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share the report with local governments, hospitals, employers, schools, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, child care providers and groups that support or serve families.
Bar Examiners' Rule On Breastfeeding Accommodations Amended, from Montana
The Montana Supreme Court adopted an interim rule and ordered an amendment to the state's Board of Bar Examiners' Rules on accommodations for breastfeeding women while taking the Bar Exam. Women must make the request in writing and include the child's birth date or expected date of birth. The infant must be younger than 12 months at the time of the exam. Accommodations may include permission to pump and store breast milk in a private or semi-private location with an electrical outlet and the right to a break to breastfeed or pump every three hours during the test. The court set a public comment period and will accept written comments filed with the Clerk of Court through Tuesday, September 5.
#Breastfeeding Twitter Chat, from Healthy Living Matters
Join Healthy Living Matters on Thursday, August 31, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the #breastfeeding twitter chat on current policies and realities faced by breastfeeding mothers. Healthy Living Matters is a collaborative of multi-sector leaders that promote policy aimed at system-level and environmental change to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity in the Houston/Harris County, Texas area.
Collective Impact Connection
Backbone Starter Guide, from Collective Impact Forum
The Collective Impact Forum has published "Backbone Starter Guide: A Summary of Major Resources about the Backbone," a new resource for those thinking about how to start a backbone, or for established backbone teams who are bringing in new members and partners. The starter guide includes a short overview of the collective impact approach, and ddresses the backbone's purpose and functions, different types of backbone structures, leadership skills for backbone staff, the importance of centering equity within a backbone's work, and the role of the funder in supporting a backbone's sustainability.
News & Views
The Atlantic: "Breastfeeding at Any Cost?"
Very Well: "Breastfeeding Among African American Women"
NIMHD Insights: "Breastfeeding Disparities in African American Women"
HHS Office on Women's Health blog: "An Interview About Breastfeeding: Lauren Sogor"
Parents: "A Guide to Donating Breast Milk"