The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC’s mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.
In this Issue:
- USBC Updates
- National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening Webinar
- Take Action Before This Congressional Session Ends!
- Holiday Shopping with the USBC
- Federal News
- mPINC Survey Update, summarized from CDC
- Public Comment Opportunity on Proposed Healthy People 2030 Objectives, summarized from HHS
- Breastfeeding Support Resources for CACFP Providers, summarized from USDA/FNS
- Phase 1 Grand Challenge Winners Announced, summarized from HRSA MCHB
- Member News
- Accreditation of Community-Based Doula Program, summarized from BMBFA
- Partner News
- Paid Sick Days and Paid Family and Medical Leave Webinar, summarized from NPWF
- Funding Opportunity for Community Health Centers, summarized from NACCHO
- News from the Field
- Chronic Disease Prevention White Paper, summarized from NACDD
- Dietary Guidelines Sign on Letter Opportunity, summarized from UCS
- State/Community News
- Coalition Building Toolkit, summarized from Michigan
- Collective Impact Connection
- Article on Collective Impact Meeting Design, summarized from CIF
- Article on Monitoring and Evaluation in Social Sector, summarized from SSIR
- Equity Elements
- Virtual Panel Discussions on Infant/Maternal Mortality, summarized from Indiana
- Report on Disparities in Infant Mortality and Low Birth Weight Outcomes, summarized from AHRQ
- Report on Facility Holding Children Separated from Caregivers, summarized from OIG
- News & Views
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National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening Webinar
Join the USBC's National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC) team on Tuesday, December 11, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Everything you need to know about the NBCC." Presented as part of the CDC-USBC Bimonthly Webinar series, presenters will discuss the new NBCC dates and upcoming deadlines for the call for proposals, as well as answer participant questions about the conference.
Take Action Before This Congressional Session Ends!
The USBC has released an action tool titled "Ask Congress to Support Breastfeeding Families Before the End of the Congressional Session!". Individuals are encouraged to use the easy action tool to ask their Members of Congress to pass simple breastfeeding policy solutions before the 115th Congressional Session comes to a close, including the Supporting Working Moms Act and the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. Help us send 3,000 messages to Members of Congress by taking action today! Amplify your impact by sharing this action opportunity with your network on Facebook and Twitter.
Holiday Shopping with the USBC
Looking for a perfect gift for the breastfeeding advocate in your life? Find posters, holiday cards, t-shirts, and more in USBC's CafePress store. Order soon to ensure items arrive before the holidays!
mPINC Survey Update, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2018 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) has launched! Screening calls are made on a rolling basis by Battelle Health and Analytics, on behalf of the CDC. Please feel free to share this information with your partners who may wish to reach out to hospitals in their communities to encourage participation in the mPINC survey. To learn more about the mPINC survey, visit the website: www.cdc.gov/mpinc.
Public Comment Opportunity on Proposed Healthy People 2030 Objectives, summarized from HHS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030 (HP2030). Healthy People focuses on critical health promotion and disease prevention topics. Since its launch in 1979, the initiative has grown substantially—increasing from 226 objectives in 15 topic areas for Healthy People 1990 to more than 1,200 objectives in 42 topic areas for Healthy People 2020. Because stakeholders have indicated a desire for a more specific and targeted initiative in the next decade, Healthy People 2030 will be a streamlined set of national health objectives guiding the Nation in efforts to improve health. While this translates to a smaller set of objectives, Heathy People 2030 will continue to represent critical public health priorities by addressing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and driving action at the national, state, and local levels. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting written comments regarding the Healthy People 2030 objectives. The public comment period will be open through January 17, 2019. Meeting materials published from the Secretary's Advisory Committee for 2030 document the process taken to reduce the number of objectives.
USBC Insights: Healthy People 2020 includes eight breastfeeding objectives (including sub-objectives) reflecting breastfeeding behaviors as well as policy, systems, and environmental factors that impact breastfeeding families. Unfortunately, there is only one breastfeeding objective in the Healthy People 2030 proposal: "Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed exclusively through 6 months." During the 60 day public comment period, the USBC will connect and mobilize stakeholders and develop sample talking points to support individuals and organizations responding to the public comment opportunity.
Breastfeeding Support Resources for CACFP Providers, summarized from USDA/FNS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has published a resource kit titled "Breastfed Babies Welcome Here!" Child and Adult Care Food Program operators can use the kit to inform families that breastfeeding is welcome at their child care site. The kit includes a mother's guide, 11"x17" poster, and a message graphic.
Phase 1 Grand Challenge Winners Announced, summarized from HRSA/MCHB
The Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has announced the Phase 1 winners of MCHB's Grand Challenge, "Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities." This Challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of innovative ideas in childhood obesity prevention. Each Phase 1 winner has been awarded a $10,000 cash prize and will move on to Phase 2 to develop their prototype and begin small-scale testing through July 2019. Using different approaches and technology platforms, winning designs aim to empower low-income families to achieve healthy lifestyles and improve the health of communities across the U.S.
Accreditation of Community-Based Doula Program, summarized from BMBFA
Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association has announced that they have successfully received national accreditation through HealthConnect One's Community-Based Doula Accreditation Program. BMBFA's Community-Based Doula Home Visiting Program has assisted in more than one hundred births. Their data from 2015 to 2017 demonstrates the importance of their program in African-American communities. The program boasts 1100+ prenatal and postpartum encounters, 100% breastfeeding initiation rate, 100% regular prenatal care, 99% healthy birth weight, 99% full-term babies and 0 infant deaths. The Community-Based Doula program provides extended, intensive support to families throughout pregnancy, during labor and childbirth, and in the early months of parenting in communities that face high risks of negative birth and developmental outcomes.
Paid Sick Days and Paid Family and Medical Leave Webinar, summarized from NPWF
Join the National Partnership for Women & Families on Wednesday, December 12, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "State and Local Paid Sick Days & Paid Family and Medical Leave: What 2018 Taught Us for 2019." The webinar will review the legislative wins and challenges of the 2018 session and look ahead to the 2019 legislative sessions.
Funding Opportunity for Community Health Centers, summarized from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, has announced a funding opportunity for community health centers (CHCs). The purpose of this funding opportunity is to pilot a breastfeeding support model for CHCs and a technical assistance project to help CHCs explore and adopt policy, system and environmental solutions to increase their capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services to the families they serve. NACCHO will use the lessons learned, including barriers, facilitators and other data to inform the development of a breastfeeding support model toolkit. NACCHO will select three to six CHCs to design and implement a six-month breastfeeding promotion and support project. Organizations will be awarded up to $20,000 each. Online application submissions are due Sunday, January 6. Join NACCHO on Tuesday, December 11, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar on the RFA titled "Breastfeeding Support Model for Community Health Centers- RFA Webinar."
News from the Field
Chronic Disease Prevention White Paper, summarized from NACDD
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released a white paper titled, "Investing in the Future: Why Preventing Chronic Disease is Essential - Prevention Works" to support federal funding for CDC and state-based interventions in chronic disease prevention, control, and health promotion. The paper outlines some of the strongest public health, economic, and societal cases for increasing the government's focus on reducing the burden of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease, which are among the leading causes of preventable disability and death in the United States. The white paper also shares the impact that obesity (often a contributing factor to many chronic diseases) has on youth health and military readiness.
USBC Insight: Breastfeeding is a proven primary prevention strategy, building a foundation for life-long health and wellness. Compared with formula-fed infants, those who are breastfed have a reduced risk of diabetes. Women who breastfed their children have a reduced long-term risk of diabetes.
Dietary Guidelines Sign on Letter Opportunity, summarized from UCS
The Union of Concerned Scientists have launched a sign-on letter to urge the heads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to maintain a strong science-based process and reject industry influence that would compromise the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This sign on opportunity is open to individuals who have or are pursing advanced degrees in medical and public health fields. The deadline to sign on in 5 p.m. ET on Friday, December 7.
Coalition Building Toolkit, summarized from Michigan
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) has published a toolkit titled "MIBFN Blueprint for Coalition Building." The document outlines the ways in which MIBFN has chosen to collaborate with community partners to advance breastfeeding outcomes.
Collective Impact Connection
Article on Collective Impact Meeting Design, summarized from CIF
The Collective Impact Forum has published a blog post titled "Making Meetings Work." The article explores meeting design for Collective Impact initiatives. Every group should begin with clarity about their purpose, roles, and responsibilities. Meetings should be designed with specific results that make real progress on initiative goals, provide essential information, engage the diverse brain power and resources of the group, make efficient use of people's time, and engage commitment (and accountability) to the tasks necessary to move goals forward.
Article on Monitoring and Evaluation in Social Sector, summarized from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article titled "Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool." The article discusses how going beyond traditional monitoring and evaluation to focus on feedback can lead to new innovations in the social sector.
Virtual Panel Discussions on Infant/Maternal Mortality, summarized from Indiana
Join the Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition, Side Effects, the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and the Indianapolis Recorder on Tuesday, December 11, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET and Tuesday, January 8, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET for two live panel discussions titled "Happier Birth Days: Improving Birth and Health Outcomes for Indiana's Black Moms and Babies" on YouTube Live. Panelists will discuss what's being done to address Indiana's maternal mortality and infant mortality rates and answer audience questions.
Report on Disparities in Infant Mortality and Low Birth Weight Outcomes, summarized from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a Data Spotlight titled "Disparities Continue in Infant Mortality and Low Birth Weight" from the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. The spotlight, along with the accompanying infographic, reports that Black mothers had a higher percentage of infants born at lower birth weights than all other races between 2007 and 2015. The spotlight also includes information on federal programs working to reduce disparities.
Report on Facility Holding Children Separated from Caregivers, summarized from OIG
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General has released a report titled "The Tornillo Influx Care Facility: Concerns About Staff Background Checks and Number of Clinicians on Staff." The report addresses two significant vulnerabilities identified during a recent site visit to the influx care facility in Tornillo, Texas, a grantee of the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Democratic Senators have issued a statement criticizing these vulnerabilities, including the administration's decision to waive required fingerprinting and child abuse background checks for staff working with minors and the lack of mental health providers to provide services to children in HHS care. In addition, incoming Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) issued a press release in response to the OIG report saying she will continue to press the Administration for answers on family separation.
USBC Insights: The USBC does not condone the use of the word "alien" to describe people immigrating to the US. This word is included solely because it was in the official report provided by OIG. Read the USBC Statement on Unlawful Separation of Children and Families at the Border.
News & Views
Penn Today: "Student lactation stations on campus"