Weekly Wire: April 26, 2018

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USBC Updates

NBCC Call for Proposals Launch

The USBC has launched the call for proposals to be considered for breakout panel presentations, breakfast table discussions, and poster presentations for the Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening to be held on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5 in Atlanta, GA. The theme of the Conference is Advancing Public Health Through An Equity Centered Breastfeeding Movement. Breastfeeding coalitions, individuals, and other organizations are invited to submit presentation proposals. We are looking for dynamic and innovative proposals for breakout panel presentations, which: 1) demonstrate community impact by highlighting how strategic multi-sector collaborations and meaningful community engagement are mitigating structural barriers to breastfeeding support; and/or 2) demonstrate sustainability by highlighting how your coalitions' strategic decisions, planning, and capacity building are geared toward achieving mission and financial viability. For breakfast table topics and poster presentations, we invite you to share about your communities, programs, projects and coalition-building efforts. Find additional details in the Call for Proposals Guidelines and learn how to quickly and easily submit your proposal by watching the submission process tutorial. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sunday, May 20, at 11:59 p.m. ET. 


Federal News 

National Women's Health Week, from OWH

National Women's Health Week is May 13-19. The Office on Women's Health has launched the National Women's Health Week 2018 website, including a health pledge and checklist to encourage individuals to commit to a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways to get involved in #NWHW activities: join the #NWHW Thunderclap, use social media and promotional tools to spread the word, or host a women's health event or activity.

Tribal Public Health Emergency Law Webinar, from CDC

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Law Program and Office for Public Health Preparedness and Response on Wednesday, May 9, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar on tribal public health emergency law. The webinar will explore the legal challenges of working on public health emergencies that affect tribes or cross tribal borders and discuss addressing those challenges through cooperation with tribes. Registration is not required. Simply join the presentation on Adobe Connect at the designated date and time. 


Member News

New Clinical Protocol, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has released Clinical Protocol #28, Peripartum Analgesia and Anesthesia for the Breastfeeding Mother in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine. The protocol includes recommendations for practice regarding peripartum analgesia and anesthesia for the breastfeeding mother, examines current research, and makes suggestions for future research.


Partner News

Applications Open for Warm Chain of Support Seed Grants, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has opened applications for breastfeeding seed grantsWABA is seeking to support activities that protect, promote, and support the links of the "Warm Chain" of support for breastfeeding. This is in line with WABA's Warm Chain of Support campaign that strives to link different actors by coordinating efforts at all levels to provide a continuum of care from conception to the postpartum period and up to two years of age. WABA and its' partners aim to explore and develop a conceptual framework that can help to ensure that effective support is coordinated, integrated, and scaled up in health services and the community to achieve sustained high breastfeeding rates around the world. Applications with projects that focus on either starting a project or strengthening an existing effort to create an enabling environment for mothers to continue to breastfeed will be considered. Applications must be submitted via the online form by Friday, May 11. Five seed grants will be awarded.

Business Case for Racial Equity Report and Resources, from WKKF

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has published a report titled "The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth." The report makes an economic argument for the social justice imperative of racial equity and includes information and actionable strategies to advance racial equity within workplaces, communities, government, and institutions across the country. WKKF has also produced a social media toolkit with promotional graphics and sample language. Additionally, WKKF has launched an online racial equity resource guide featuring practical resources including articles, organizations, research, books, media strategies, and training curricula for organizations and individuals working to achieve racial equity.


News from the Field

Article on the History of Modern Human Milk Banking, from Breastfeeding Medicine

The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has released an article titled, "History of Milk Banking: From Origin to Present Time." The article examines the history of modern human milk banking, along with recommendations to set quality standards for monitoring milk bank activities.

Food Industry Marketing Brief, from Rudd Center

The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut has published a brief titled "Policy changes to reduce unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children in 2016 and 2017." The publication provides an overview of industry voluntary policies, legislation and guidance, legal action, and public-private partnerships proposed and/or enacted in 2016 and 2017 to reduce unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children, and includes policy updates related to infant formula labeling. The brief concludes that a concerted effort by policy makers, health advocates, and food and beverage companies is required to continue to reduce unhealthy food and beverage marketing to youth in measureable and meaningful ways.

Addressing Root Causes of Health Disparities Webinar, from NACDD

Join the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors on Thursday April 26, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Building the Narrative to Address Root Causes for Health." During the webinar, Richard Hofrichter, the Senior Director of Health Equity at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, will discuss how chronic disease prevention and health promotion practitioners can create opportunities for building a public narrative about the root causes of health disparities. State-level chronic disease programs will also provide examples of how they are addressing some of these root causes.

Issue Brief on Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Mortality, from CAP

The Center for American Progress has published an issue brief titled, "Racism: The Evergreen Toxin Killing Black Mothers and Infants." The brief summarizes the growing body of research on racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality and concludes that racism is a key contributing variable. The report concludes that to combat this growing threat to black mothers and their babies, targeted policy responses must be deployed.


Collective Impact Connection

Systems Change Strategies, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article titled, "Four Strategies for Large Systems Change." The article highlights that to create systems of societal change, we need to become clearer about the archetypes of societal change strategies, their strengths and weaknesses, and their interactions. It outlines four change strategies and six lessons of societal change.

Adaptive Leadership Webinar, from Tamarack

Join the Tamarack Institute on Tuesday, May 1, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Adaptive Leadership in a Changing World." During the webinar, speakers will discuss how a different leadership approach is required when engaging in community change efforts. They will also discuss the paradox of including diverse voices and balancing the power dynamics.


News & Views

Reuters: "Hospitals must support breastfeeding which saves lives - WHO, UNICEF"  

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots blog: "Army Authorizes Breastfeeding/Pumping T-Shirt"

The Washington Post: "How one university is normalizing breast-feeding on campus — for students and employees"

Colorlines blog: "Why Naming 'Race' As The Factor Behind Black Women's High Rates of Maternal Mortality Is Counterproductive

Fortune: "Meet the Activists Leading the Fight for Paid Family Leave"

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