Weekly Wire: June 7, 2018

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USBC Updates

NBCC Preliminary Schedule

USBC has launched the Preliminary Program Schedule for the Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening. All three days will be packed with speakers, events, and networking opportunities. Check back in for additional details in the weeks to come. Registration for the conference is open. We hope to see you in Atlanta!


Federal News

Guidance on Alcohol Consumption and Breastfeeding, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a webpage on consuming alcohol while breastfeeding. The page features information and resources on alcohol consumption and breastfeeding for health care providers and breastfeeding parents.

Small Business Funding Opportunity, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has announced a funding opportunity through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants program. Eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) are invited to submit SBIR grant applications. The goals of the Innovative Approaches for Maternal and Infant Safety in Maternity Hospitals topic are to develop creative, innovative approaches, including but not limited to technological applications, to standardize methods and procedures to support safe implementation of skin-to-skin for healthy infants and safe rooming-in throughout the birth hospitalization. Full details on the topic can be found on pages 216-217 of the funding announcement. Please share this information among your networks and contacts. The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 5.


Member News

Research and Data Webinar, from NWA

Join the National WIC Association on Thursday, June 28, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Got Data? Planning and Conducting Research to Support Your WIC Program." Speakers will present ideas on conducting research on a slim budget and developing effective collaborations between WIC staff and researchers. The webinar will also feature highlights from the recently published 2018 WIC Research Needs Assessment.

Letter to Congress on Young Child/Caregiver Separation at the Border, from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE has sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen summarizing decades of research on the importance of primary relationships to young children and urging an end to the separation of children, especially babies, from their caregivers. The letter recommends a policy that emphasizes keeping families intact, absent a substantiated finding of abuse or neglect and of danger to the child of remaining in the parent's custody. ZERO TO THREE has also launched a webpage with resources and action tools on this issue.

Zika Virus Refresher Webinar, from ACOG

Join the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Thursday, June 14, from 12-1 p.m. ET for an webinar titled, "Zika Refresher: The Latest Recommendations on Counseling, Testing, and Management of Zika Virus in Pregnant Women." This webinar will review recommendations for screening and testing, discuss who should be assessed for Zika exposure, and highlight what follow-up is recommended for infants of women with possible Zika exposure during pregnancy.

Family Child Care Webinar, from ZERO TO THREE

Join ZERO TO THREE on Thursday, June 7, from 2-3:15 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Where the Babies Are: Exploring Strategies to Increase the Quality of Family Child Care." The webinar is hosted in partnership with Family Care Child Care, The BUILD Initiative, and the Center for Law and Social Policy, and will explore multiple strategies at use across urban, rural and suburban family child care (FCC) settings, with diverse populations of providers and families. The presentation will include an introduction to the use and capacity of FCC, an overview of the network concept as a quality support and the continuum of services networks offer, a network example with shared services as part of their core delivery, and a review of technical assistance for FCC providers via home visiting.

Global Breastfeeding Webinar Series, from 1,000 Days

Join 1,000 Days, in partnership with Upswell, for the Global Breastfeeding Webinar Series in the lead up to World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August. The series consists of five webinars training breastfeeding advocates around the world on how to utilize social media to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. The first webinar, "The Potential of Social Media for Advocacy," will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 9-10 a.m. ET. Speakers will explore real-world social media results from nonprofits around the globe. Participants can sign up for the webinar series via an online form.


Partner News

World Environment Day Statement, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has published a statement on World Environment Day titled "Yes to Breastfeeding, No to Plastic Pollution!." The statement highlights the connection between human health and nature's ecosystems and notes that breastfeeding is a climate-smart decision to help ensure food security.

Low-Wage Work Fact Sheet, from CLASP

The Center for Law and Social Policy has released a fact sheet titled "The Struggles of Low-Wage Work." The fact sheet describes the millions of workers in the United States who have low-wage jobs and the challenges these workers face. The publication also lifts up policy needs of low-wage workers like fair wages, paid family and medical leave, fair scheduling practices, and strong enforcement of labor standards.


News from the Field

NICU Baby App, from MoD

March of Dimes has released an app for parents with babies in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). The "My NICU Baby" app was created to provide accessible answers, tools and support for parents, so they can learn about NICU staff, policies, equipment and terminology on their own schedules. The app can be used to track breastfeeding sessions, breast pumping, kangaroo care, and weight. Parents can connect with other NICU parents in the app and create a customizable check list to prepare for taking their baby home.

Women's Health Policy Position Paper, from ACP

The American College of Physicians has published a position paper titled, "Women's Health Policy in the United States." The paper outlines the unique health challenges faced by women in the U.S. health care system, and contains policy recommendations for improved health outcomes, including universal access to paid family and medical leave. Improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates are included as part of the ACP's recommendation for universal access to paid family and medical leave.


Collective Impact Connection

Promoting Population Health Report, from CHCS

The Center for Health Care Strategies has released a report titled "Promoting Better Health Beyond Health Care: Considerations for States." CHCS, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, conducted a national analysis of state-level strategies to promote health beyond the traditional health care levers, and this report explores the ways that states are collaborating across agencies to improve population health while accomplishing reciprocal goals in areas such as transportation and education. The report includes critical success factors for cross-sector collaboration and success and opportunities for further multi-sector collaborations to achieve population health goals.

Final 'Getting to Impact' Webinar, from Tamarack

Join the Tamarack Institute on Thursday, June 7, from 12-1 p.m. ET for the final presentation in the Getting to Impact webinar series titled "Getting to Impact: Lessons Learned from Vibrant Communities." Speakers will reflect on the results of the "When Collective Impact has an Impact" report, and the implications this evaluation might have on the future design of Vibrant Communities Canada.


State/Community News

Maternal Mortality Initiative Announced, from New York

New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a comprehensive initiative to target maternal mortality and reduce racial disparities in health outcomes. The initiative will build on New York's commitment to addressing maternal mortality across the state. The multi-pronged initiative includes efforts to review and better address maternal death and morbidity with a focus on racial disparities, expanding community outreach, and taking new actions to increase access to prenatal and perinatal care, including establishing a pilot expansion of Medicaid coverage for doulas.

Proposal for Medi-Cal Breast Pump Rate Increase, from California

The California WIC Association is sponsoring a proposal in the State Budget to seek a rate increase for quality breast pumps in the Medi-Cal Program, the first in over 30 years. The Senate Budget Subcommittee voted to adopt $4 million for this proposal, but the Assembly did not include funding for this proposal in its budget. The item will now be discussed in Budget Conference hearings between the Senate and Assembly. CWA has background information on the proposal, contact information, and a bill monitor list on their website.


News & Views 

Reuters: "U.S. doctors call for health policies that support women"  

Kaiser Health News"California Hospitals Urge Moms To Favor Breast Milk Over Formula"  

The Nation"How Kids and Families Pay the Real Cost of Health Inequality"   

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