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
- Reclaiming Breastfeeding in Indigenous Communities Webinar
- Federal News
- Partial Government Shutdown Update, summarized from Congress
- Healthy People 2030 Public Comment Deadline, summarized from HHS
- Member News
- #MomLife Campaign Album, summarized from BMBFA
- Action Tool to Support Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, summarized from NWA
- Twitter Tool to Contact Members of Congress, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
- Partner News
- State Fact Sheets on Paid Family and Medical Leave, summarized from NPWF
- FAMILY Act Sign On Letter, summarized from NPWF
- Issue Brief on Insurance Coverage and Supportive Workplaces, summarized from NPWF
- Collective Impact Connection
- Compendium of Community Readiness Resources, summarized from Tamarack
- Resource on Cross-System Collaboration, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
- Resource on Systems Change Model, summarized from FSG
- Equity Elements
- National Day of Racial Healing, summarized from WKKF
- Report on Economic Insecurity, summarized from PolicyLink/PERE
- News & Views
Reclaiming Breastfeeding in Indigenous Communities Webinar
Join Camie Goldhammer (Sisseton-Wahpeton) and Kimberly Moore-Salas (Diné) on Tuesday, January 22, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Reclaiming Breastfeeding in Indigenous Communities." Presented as part of the USBC's "Racial Equity" webinar series, this presentation will discuss the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor course, a Native-designed and Native-taught program that is dedicated to supporting self-determination among Native communities. Participants will learn ways in which they can partner with and learn from Native communities in shared goals of advancing equity in breastfeeding.
Partial Government Shutdown Update, summarized from Congress
The partial government shutdown has continued in the absence of a compromise to fund seven unfinished spending bills comprising 25% of the federal government. See last week's issue of the Weekly Wire for a compilation of highlights from the field. Newly released highlights from the field include:
- Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs: "Legislative Alert: Shutdown Updates"
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
- House Committee on Appropriations:
- National WIC Association: "Weekly WIC Policy Update: 24 Days in, No Progress on Ending Shutdown, FNS Working to Keep WIC Open"
- Public Citizen: "As Shutdown Drags on, Agencies Devoted to Consumer and Worker Health and Safety Unfunded and Deprioritized"
- Trust for America's Health: "Government Shutdown Puts the Public's Health at Risk; Potential for Harm Increases as Impasse Continues"
- ZERO TO THREE: "Government Shutdown Jeopardizes Babies' Most Basic Needs"
Healthy People 2030 Public Comment Deadline, summarized from HHS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030. 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. HHS is soliciting written comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives. The deadline to submiy comments is Thursday, January 17, at 5 p.m. ET.
USBC Insights: The Breastfeeding Public Health Partners have released "Background, Rationale & Template Comments for Breastfeeding Objectives within Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030" to serve as a resource for individuals and organizations responding to the public comment opportunity. The proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030 includes one breastfeeding objective on exclusive breastfeeding at six months. This is a steep reduction from Healthy People 2020, which included eight breastfeeding objectives (including four sub-objectives). The Healthy People initiative has helped drive attention to breastfeeding support, and as a result, breastfeeding rates have increased, but stark racial and geographic disparities remain in breastfeeding rates and for associated health outcomes. To ensure continued momentum and progress toward creating a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States, it is critical that Healthy People 2030 maintains a focus on breastfeeding. Individuals and organizations are urged to submit comments ahead of today's deadline.
#MomLife Campaign Album, summarized from BMBFA
Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association has published a series of photographs as part of their #MomLife campaign. The photos demonstrates a black mother's day-to-day lifestyle as she breastfeeds her baby. The photos include descriptive captions and quotes from the photographed mothers.
Action Tool to Support Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, summarized from NWA
The National WIC Association has launched an online action tool titled "Support the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program." On January 15, breastfeeding peer counselors from across the country traveled to Washington, DC, to educate legislators about the value of the WIC breastfeeding peer counselor program. You can help amplify their message by contacting your legislators via the online action tool. Individuals can use this action alert to email, tweet, or call their members of Congress.
Twitter Tool to Contact Members of Congress, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE has released a Twitter tool titled "Tell Congress to #ThinkBabies." In order to make babies a national priority, our elected leaders need to hear from constituents. Let them know what babies and families need to thrive. Follow the steps to send your message directly to your Members of Congress on Twitter. If you would like to set up a Twitter account, follow ZERO TO THREE's "How to Create a Twitter Account" guide.
State Fact Sheets on Paid Family and Medical Leave, summarized from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families has updated an interactive map and set of fact sheets for each state and the District of Columbia that highlight the significant and growing need for a national paid family and medical leave law. The state fact sheets demonstrate how a lack of paid family and medical leave is causing people to experience conflicts between their jobs and their families.
FAMILY Act Sign On Letter, summarized from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families has launched an organizational sign-on letter calling on Members of Congress to co-sponsor and advocate for swift and thorough consideration of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. National, state, and local organizations are invited to sign on via the online form.
Issue Brief on Insurance Coverage and Supportive Workplaces, summarized from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families has released an issue brief titled "Better Together: Policies to Expand Insurance Coverage and Promote Supportive Workplaces Help Families Thrive." This issue brief demonstrates that very few states have policies to address the intersecting needs of women and families, and it outlines how the health and financial security of women and families are positively affected by having comprehensive health insurance and supportive workplaces.
Collective Impact Connection
Compendium of Community Readiness Resources, summarized from Tamarack
As part of the "Compendium of Collective Impact Resources" series, Tamarack Institute has published a collection of resources on community readiness. The collection is designed for communities considering deploying the Collective Impact framework to help them understand what pre-conditions and other considerations will be valuable in developing an effective and community-focused approach. The tool is structured to help build community capacity for collaboration and Collective Impact.
Resource on Cross-System Collaboration, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE has released a new resource titled "Innovation in Cross-System Collaboration to Better Support Babies." ZERO TO THREE developed four case studies and a companion brief to share examples of how states are connecting systems to collaboratively meet the needs of babies, young children, and families. Though not a comprehensive list of states working across systems, the profiles in this series – Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, and Washington – are meant to inspire and offer tips for states interested in embarking on similar collaborations. The companion brief identifies some of the common practices that were important to the states' collaborative efforts.
Resource on Systems Change Model, summarized from FSG
FSG has released a report titled "The Water of Systems Change." Foundations involved in systems change can increase their odds for success by focusing on the least explicit but most powerful conditions for change, while also turning the lens on themselves. The Water of Systems Change aims to clarify what it means to shift these conditions. The authors offer the "inverted triangle" framework as an actionable model for funders and others interested in creating systems change, particularly those who are working to advance equity.
National Day of Racial Healing, summarized from WKKF
Join the W.K. Kellogg on Tuesday, January 22, for the 2019 National Day of Racial Healing. The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort – a national, community-based process of transformative, sustainable change, addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Conceived in 2016 through a collaborative effort of more than 550 U.S. leaders, the National Day of Racial Healing is a time to: Reinforce and honor our common humanity, while celebrating the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant; Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed; Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another. WKKF has published engagement ideas for individuals, educators, businesses, and other organizations.
Report on Economic Insecurity, summarized from PolicyLink/PERE
PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California has published a report titled "100 Million and Counting: A Portrait of Economic Insecurity in the United States." The report shows that even with low unemployment, economic insecurity is growing rapidly. Since 2000, the population living at or below 200 percent of poverty has grown by 25 million — more than twice as fast as the nation's population growth overall. In addition to nuanced data on who is economically insecure in America, the report offers bold policies that organizers, policymakers, business leaders, and others can pursue to foster a more inclusive and equitable economy.
News & Views
FOX 25 News: "COMMUNITY FOCUS: Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank"
Metro Family Magazine: "Hotline Helps OKC Moms for 10 years" *See page 6