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NBCC Registration and Call for Proposals
The USBC has opened registration for the Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening (NBCC) to be held August 4-5, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. To elevate our collective capacity to implement The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, the NBCC program centers racial equity and community engagement, exploring some of the most pressing issues that impede our nation's ability to achieve better maternal, infant, and child health outcomes, and aims to build understanding, knowledge and inspiration for action. The theme for this year, Advancing Public Health Through an Equity-Centered Breastfeeding Movement, highlights the event's unique intersection of public health topics, equity learning sessions and peer sharing. Explore the preliminary program for more information about the event. The call for proposals to be considered for NBCC breakout panel presentations, breakfast table discussions, and poster presentations is open for one more week: the deadline to submit a proposal is Sunday, May 20. 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.
Invitation to Create an Organizational Profile on USBC Website
Tribal, local, cultural, and regional coalitions are invited to create an organizational group profile on the USBC website. This is a great way to connect with other organizations that are working to support breastfeeding families and raise the public profile of your organization! By creating a group profile for your organization, you can:
Set Engagement Levels to indicate your organization's interest level in collaborative work on a number of breastfeeding support topic areas. This database is a powerful tool that informs the development of our collaborative work and identification of stakeholders.
Share your organization's activities on each of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA) Actions. Group profile entries populate public pages on the SGCTA Action Directory so that all visitors can easily find and read highlights of related activities from across the country, sorted by topic.
Add your organization to the Coalitions Directory so that interested individuals can find and contact your coalition with questions or resources.
New Infant and Toddler Nutrition Webpage, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity has released a new Infant and Toddler Nutrition webpage that brings together existing information and practical strategies on feeding infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months of age. Topics include breastfeeding, formula feeding, feeding from a bottle, essential vitamins and minerals, introduction of solid foods and beyond (including what foods and drinks to encourage and what to limit or avoid), knowing when your child is hungry, mealtime tips and routines. Share this resource with parents, friends, family members and pediatricians to help provide caregivers with credible nutrition information to help infants and toddlers get a healthy start in life.
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Funding Opportunity, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has announced the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds to implement the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The five-year cooperative agreement focuses on improving health, preventing chronic diseases, and reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease, specifically for non-white populations. Applicants must propose work in three of the four strategies: tobacco, nutrition, physical activity, and community-clinical linkages. Activities listed under the nutrition strategy include increase continuity of care/community support for breastfeeding by incorporating services into existing community support services (early care and education centers, community health centers, home visiting programs, etc.); establishing lactation support services (support groups, walk-in clinics, Baby Cafés, etc.) that are accessible and culturally appropriate for the priority population; and providing breastfeeding support training to health care providers, community health workers, peer support providers, etc., that work with mothers and babies. The approach for this program incorporates evidence-based strategies found in a variety of publications and expert recommendations, including The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is Monday, June 11. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, July 16.
First Ever Rural Health Strategy, from CMS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the agency's first Rural Health Strategy. The strategy focuses on five objectives: applying a rural lens to CMS programs and policies; improving access to care through engagement and support; advancing telehealth and telemedicine; empowering patients in rural communities to make decisions about their healthcare; and leveraging partnerships to achieve the Strategy goals. A key supporting activity under the leveraging partnerships objective is to work in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal partners to increase the focus on maternal health, behavioral health, substance use disorders, and the integration of behavioral health and primary care. This strategy was designed with input from providers and beneficiaries, to ensure access to high quality, affordable healthcare.
Infant and Toddler Feeding Video Series, from 1,000 Days
1,000 Days has released a series of videos for parents as part of a new effort to help parents and caregivers navigate the what, when, and how of infant and toddler feeding. 1,000 Days has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Healthy Eating Research to translate the latest nutrition evidence into fun, accessible and trustworthy content for parents.
News from the Field
Report Analyzing Global Breastfeeding Rates, from UNICEF
UNICEF has released a report titled "Breastfeeding: A Mother's Gift, for Every Child," which analyzes breastfeeding rates in 123 countries, broken down by income. The report found that a higher percentage of children in high-income countries including the United States are never breastfed, compared to low- and middle-income countries. Within high-income countries, women in low-income households are less likely to breastfeed than those in wealthy households. The United States had the third-lowest percentage of any breastfeeding among the 19 high-income countries featured in the report. The report identifies a lack of supportive policies, in particular paid family leave and support for breastfeeding in workplaces, as a key underlying cause of these gaps, and identifies recommendations for governments, the private sector, and communities to better support breastfeeding.
Panel Webinar on Policies to Support Low-Income Families, from ChangeLab Solutions
Join ChangeLab Solutions on Tuesday, May 22, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Continued Conversation About Healthy Children & Families." Presented as part of the Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Through Supports for Working Families series, the webinar will feature a panel discussion and conversation about policies and systems that could support low-income families. Speakers include Kimarie Bugg from USBC member organization Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere.
Organizational Sign-On Letter Opposing 'Public Charge' Proposal, from CLASP/NILC
The Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Immigration Law Center have developed an organizational sign-on letter opposing a forthcoming "public charge" proposal from the Trump Administration. While the final notice of proposed rulemaking has not yet been published, The Washington Post published a leaked draft version in March. The leaked version includes restrictions for immigrant families and children to access public services, which include CHIP, WIC, and SNAP. USBC Insight: The Center on Budget and Policy priorities has examined the specific impact of the public charge proposal on children and pregnant women.
Survey on State of Obesity Report, from TFAH/RWJF
Trust for America's Health, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has published a survey to collect feedback on the State of Obesity report and accompanying website. Both resources provide data on adult and childhood obesity, information on policies to reduce and prevent obesity, and interactive tools to examine the data and policies in more detail.
Collective Impact Connection
Webinar on Using Collective Impact to Address Racial Disparities, from NPA
Join the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities on Wednesday, May 23, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Buncombe County: Utilizing the Collective Impact Model to Address Health Disparities." Hosted as part of the NPA Equity in All Policies series, the webinar will highlight Buncombe County, North Carolina's efforts to use the Collective Impact Model to leverage partnerships, funding, and community-based strategies to address racial disparities in diabetes mortality. Panelists from Buncombe County will speak on policy/systems review, community capacity-building, and wrap-around clinical interventions.
Article on Non-Traditional Leadership Training, from Tamarack
Tamarack Institute has published an article titled "Nurturing Context Experts: Building a Network of Non-Traditional Leaders." In the article, the authors discuss the Leadership Without Limits (LWL) program and how the work of LWL can be applied to other leadership programs. Unlike other resident leadership programs that work with residents "closest to the pain" and focuses heavily on understanding and impacting systems through advocacy, the residents recruited for LWL were people who have made it out of the pain, but still have a heart and connection for the community. LWL participants were chosen because they have an interest in running for office; being the CEO of a major local institution; and/or establishing the non-profit of their heart.