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2016-17 Annual Report Launched!
The USBC has published the 2016-2017 annual report highlighting our work to build a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. Check it out to find out more about how we're learning, working, and building together. Learning Together as we navigate our racial equity journey. Working Together as we evolve our Collective Impact model. And, Building Together as we expand our collective capacity to create a "landscape of breastfeeding support." Included are updates from our board and staff leaders, reports from committees and Constellations, and highlights from each year's conference. Please also share the link with your friends and colleagues: usbreastfeeding.org/annual-report
Webinar on Building a Breastfeeding Support Program within the Ho-Chunk Nation Community
Join us on Tuesday, February 13, from 2-3 pm ET, for a webinar entitled, "Building a Breastfeeding Support Program within the Ho-Chunk Nation Community." Part of the CDC-USBC Bi-Monthly Coalitions Webinar Series, presenters Shawn Meyer and Allie Iassacson from the Ho-Chunk Nation Breastfeeding Coalition will share about their experience building a breastfeeding support program within a tribal health setting and community. Discussion will include completing a community assessment of lactation services, finding a local champion, policy changes, and setting up lactation rooms at tribal community buildings and gaming sites. All CDC-USBC webinars are recorded and can be accessed in the webinar archives.
Secretary's Advisory Committee Meeting on Healthy People 2030, from HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the next meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will take place on Wednesday, February 28, from 2-5 p.m. ET. The Committee will continue its deliberations regarding the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives and will develop recommendations regarding: Leading Health Indicators; the setting of targets for a more focused set of measurable, nationally representative objectives; the roles of health equity, systems science, and law in Healthy People 2030; and the creation of a logic model for communicating the role of Healthy People 2030, disease prevention, and health promotion. The agenda for the meeting has been posted on the Healthy People web site. The meeting will be held online via webinar and is open to the public. Individuals must pre-register to attend the meeting. See USBC's Healthy People 2020: Breastfeeding Objectives webpage to learn more about how the Healthy People initiative has addressed breastfeeding.
Public Health Emergency Funding Opportunity, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support has announced a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) titled "Technical Assistance for Response to Public Health or Healthcare Crises." CDC will strengthen the U.S. public health system's response to public health or healthcare crises by funding qualified organizations to provide expert technical assistance and other forms of support to parties engaged in a public health or healthcare crisis. The purpose of this NOFO is (1) to establish a pool of organizations capable of rapidly providing essential expertise to various parties involved in an emergency response, and (2) to fund select awardees to provide that support, when required, based on CDC's determination of need. The role of the awardee will be to function as a rapid provider of information and/or resources, as well as a coordinator of the project management components involved. Applications are due by Friday, March 16.
Tribal MIECHV Funding Opportunity, from HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has announced implementation and expansion grants for the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (HHS-2018-ACF-OCC-TH-1365). Funds will support 5-year grants (cooperative agreements) between ACF and federally-recognized Indian tribes (or a consortium of Indian tribes), tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations that are currently operating an evidence-based home visiting program and propose to expand or sustain their established infrastructure for home visiting services in tribal communities. This funding opportunity announcement is intended for tribal entities that have an established history of implementation of high-quality, culturally relevant, evidence-based home visiting services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) families and children, implementation of performance measurement and continuous quality improvement systems, development of early childhood systems, and conducting rigorous evaluation. Applicants may include existing grantees under the Tribal MIECHV program that are proposing to sustain services, as well as other tribal entities that can demonstrate past and current experience with conducting such activities and are proposing to expand services. Applications are due by Saturday, April 14.
Data Brief on Prenatal WIC Receipt, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics has published a data brief titled "Maternal Characteristics of Prenatal WIC Receipt in the United States, 2016." In 2016, all states and the District of Columbia reported information on maternal receipt of WIC food during pregnancy on the birth certificate based on the question, "Did you receive WIC food for yourself because you were pregnant with this child?" The publication shows varying rates for prenatal WIC receipt by state, maternal age, race and Hispanic origin, and education. The brief will be followed by a report from the National Center for Health Statistics on the new birth certificate item.
EMPower Training Update, from CGBI
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has announced that 22 EMPower Initiative facilities have been designated and at least 40 others are either awaiting their scheduled final assessment visit from Baby-Friendly USA or have had their final site visit and are awaiting results. The remainder of the EMPower facilities are in the final phase of the Baby-Friendly Pathway. Because of an extended period of performance granted last September, EMPower facilities will continue to receive expert breastfeeding and quality improvement technical assistance through March 2018.
Paid Family Leave Advocacy Toolkit, from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE has launched a paid family leave advocacy toolkit to support effective communication with policymakers and community members about paid family leave. The virtual toolkit includes a fact sheet featuring policy recommendations, talking points, graphics, and a sample op-ed for easy adaptation and submission to local media.
Birth Equity Leadership Academy, from HealthConnect One
HealthConnect One has announced a call for applicants for the Birth Equity Leadership Academy. HCO is looking for community leaders from multiple disciplines - including artists, entrepreneurs, researchers, doulas, community health workers, etc. - who want to share their gifts and experience to support moms, babies and families in their community. HCO faculty members will be assigned as personal mentors to help with the success of facilitating equity and equality of birth in communities across the U.S. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 28.
Webinar on President's Budget, from CHN/CBPP/CAP/FRAC
Join the Coalition on Human Needs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Center for American Progress, and the Food and Research Action Center on Wednesday, February 14, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET for a webinar on potential effects of the President's budget proposal. Panelists will examine President Trump's budget proposal (expected to be released on Monday, February 12) and discuss how it will effect low-income and moderate-income people and communities. Speakers will also share poll findings and action steps.
Workplace Leave Laws Report, from ABB
A Better Balance has published a report titled, "A Foundation and a Blueprint: Building the Workplace Laws We Need After Twenty-Five Years of the Family & Medical Leave Act." The publication lifts up states and cities that have passed laws providing paid family & medical leave, expanding job protection, offering more inclusive family definitions, and guaranteeing paid sick days.
News from the Field
Paid Leave Cost Analysis and Report, from IWPR
The Institute for Women's Policy Research has released a report featuring an updated cost estimate for the FAMILY Act. IWPR's economic simulation model simulates specific leave-taking behavior (including number, length, benefit eligibility, and benefit receipt) onto individual employees using data from the Census Bureau's 2011-2015 American Community Surveys (ACS). The report shows that paid leave under the FAMILY Act would be a modest cost for the country's economy with major benefits for workers.
Report on Improving Health Systems' Community Engagement, from deBeaumont Foundation
The de Beaumont Foundation has published a report in partnership with the BUILD Health Challenge titled "Conversations with Hospital and Health System Executives: How Hospitals and Health Systems Can Move Upstream to Improve Community Health." The report looks at how hospitals and health systems can improve their community engagement work through cross-collaborative partnerships that focus on upstream factors affecting community health outcomes. It contains best practices, executive-level insights, and guides on connecting community and hospital leaders.
Collective Impact Connection
Evaluation Measures to Support Social Change, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review, has published an article titled "Can Measures Change the World?" focused on the broader use of measures to report on, and hopefully drive, large-scale social change. The article shares lessons learned about how measurement supports system improvement and innovation and starts a dialogue about how organizations can better use measurement to promote large-scale system change.
News & Views
Center for Parental Leave Leadership: "FMLA is Twenty-Five! A Roundup of Anniversary Articles and Resources"
Center for American Progress: "Exploring African Americans' High Maternal and Infant Death Rates"
The Huffington Post: "For Breastfeeding Moms, A Difficult Choice: Work Or Pump?"