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
- Support the Weekly Wire with a Donation Today!
- Webinar on Meeting Design and Facilitation
- New Arab American Heritage Month Webpage
- Reflections on Black Maternal Health Week
- Welcome New USBC Members: New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force, Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance, & West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance
- Federal News
- Urgent Reminder for Hospitals to Participate in mPINC Survey, provided by CDC
- SUID Prevention Bill Introduced, summarized from Congress
- Partner Updates
- Action Tool to Stop Budget Cuts Due to Sequestration, summarized from NACCHO
- Prevention and Public Health Fund Resources, summarized from TFAH
- News from the Field
- Webinar on Advocacy Funding from Foundations, summarized from AFJ
- Open Access Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
- State/Community News
- Paid Leave Implementation Webinars, summarized from DC
- News & Views
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Webinar on Meeting Design and Facilitation
Join the USBC on Tuesday, April 23, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Collective Impact Webinar: The Art & Practice of Facilitation: Designing Purposeful Meetings." This webinar, the second in the 2019 Collective Impact Webinar series, will explore best practices for meeting design and facilitation in collaborative groups. Speakers include: Kimberley Broomfield-Massey, a facilitator for the Lactation Support Providers Constellation; Cheryl Lebedevitch, steward of the Workplace Support Constellation; and Andrea Serano, a participant in the Workplace Support Constellation. Register for the webinar series.
New Arab American Heritage Month Webpage
April is Arab American Heritage Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled, "National Arab American Heritage Month." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the field, including resources that are available in Arabic and can be shared with breastfeeding families. Please send additional resources to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections on Black Maternal Health Week
As Black Maternal Health week comes to a close, the learning events of the past week have re-emphasized the power of black women-led cross-sector alliance. The webinars and events hosted across the country demonstrated the vital need to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. On April 17, the California Breastfeeding Coalition in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing (UCSF) hosted Prioritizing Black Maternal Health: Breastfeeding, Media, and Public Health. Kimarie Bugg, CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), Mona Liza Hamlin, USBC Chair, Monique Sims, WIC, and Kimberly Seals Allers, Author and Maternal and Child Health Communication Collective founder, were some of the outstanding speakers. Facilitating this powerful learning day, Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Assistant Professor of Nursing at UCSF, urged the First Food field to listen to, trust, and invest in Black maternal health by centering and amplifying the voices of Black Mamas. View the recording.
Welcome New USBC Members: New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force, Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance, & West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance
The New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force is a new coalition member of the USBC working to make breastfeeding a cultural norm in New Hampshire by increasing familial access to evidence-based breastfeeding information, care, and support. Over the past 22 years, the NHBTF has supported the NH Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Project, provided high quality breastfeeding education to breastfeeding advocates through their annual conferences, and has been deeply involved in the development of breastfeeding legislation. Today, the NHBTF continues to advocate for equal access to breastfeeding support, and members of the Task Force sit on a Governor's Advisory Council on Lactation providing accurate and comprehensive information on the current state of breastfeeding support and accommodations in NH. Learn more about their work here!
The Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance is a new coalition member of the USBC focused on improving the health of Ohio citizens by working collaboratively to promote, support, and protect breastfeeding and human milk feeding. Since their establishment in 2006, OBA has been involved in the Ohio First Steps, collaborated with the Ohio Department of Health Chronic Disease Prevention Plan, and has built a free Breastfeeding Services Resource Directory to assist anyone looking for referral services related to breastfeeding. As a result of the participation in the 2018 "Eliminating Disparities in Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality" Conference, the OBA plans to serve as a host to collaborative conversations regarding breastfeeding, infant mortality, and disparities. OBA plans to also play an active role in the development of a recognition program for childcare facilities who strive to provide supportive environments for families. Learn more about their work here!
The West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance is a new coalition member of the USBC that strives to improve the health of West Virginians by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and educate their community about breastfeeding. Originally formed as a coalition through the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership in 2007, the group evolved into the West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance in 2008 when they partnered with the Healthcare Education Foundation, a subsidiary of the West Virginia Hospital Association. Since this evolution, the WVBA has provided almost a yearly lactation counselor training course, breastfeeding conferences, and several Mother Baby Summits. The WVBA's advocacy efforts resulted in West Virginia becoming the 7th state in the U.S. to Ban the Bags in all 25 birthing facilities. In collaboration with the Directors of the West Virginia WIC program and Office of Maternal Child & Family Health Perinatal Programs, the WVBA is working to identify breastfeeding support 'deserts' to link mothers with breastfeeding support everywhere in the state. Learn more about their work here!
Urgent Reminder for Hospitals to Participate in mPINC Survey, provided by CDC
The 2018 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) is currently in the field. All hospitals with maternity services in the United States and Territories have been contacted at least once. When contacting hospitals, an initial screening call is placed to determine if the hospital is eligible to participate and, if eligible, the hospital is sent an email with a link to complete the survey. Of facilities that have received their survey, fewer than half have submitted their responses. If you were contacted to complete the survey and do not believe you have received it yet, please look for an e-mail from CDCMPINCSURVEY@battelle.org. Please check your junk e-mail folder, too. Please share this information with partners who may wish to reach out to hospitals in their communities to encourage them to participate in the survey. To learn more about the mPINC survey, visit the Web site: www.cdc.gov/mpinc. Periodic updates on the screening process will be available on the mPINC Web site and through the Weekly Wire.
SUID Prevention Bill Introduced, summarized from Congress
Senator Bob Casey (PA) and Representative Gwen Moore (WI-4) have introduced the Scarlett's Sunshine On Sudden Unexpected Death Act (S. 1130/, H.R. 2271) to provide additional critical support for advocates and families impacted by Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. The bill would provide grants to states, municipalities, and nonprofits to help improve data collection and death scene investigations for deaths categorized as Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), or Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). Read the press release from Senator Bob Casey. Read the press release from Representative Gwen Moore.
USBC Insight: Scarlett's Sunshine Act grants could open the way to improve consistency of investigation and reporting criteria for SUID across municipalities. This lever for change has been identified in the First Food field as an important mechanism for data improvement that would significantly contribute to breastfeeding research and safe sleep messaging for families.
Action Tool to Stop Budget Cuts Due to Sequestration, summarized from NACCHO
The National Association for County and City Health Officials has launched an online action tool titled "Tell Congress to Raise the Caps!" Individuals can send a message to their Representative asking them to support H.R. 2021, the Investing for the People Act. Before they can move forward on funding bills for Fiscal Year 2020, Congress must first address severely restrictive budget caps that are set to go into effect this year as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as sequestration. Without a deal to raise the caps—something that has occurred every year since the law was passed—there will be a $55 billion reduction in the total funding available for non-defense discretionary programs, which represents an overall 12% cut in all non-defense discretionary programs, when adjusting for inflation. H.R. 2021 would stop those cuts.
USBC Insight: Reduced overall funding for federal agencies with breastfeeding support programs could result in cuts to these and other programs. The USBC is monitoring the federal budget process and will continue to provide updates via the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire. Individuals are encouraged to use USBC's easy action tool to call on members of Congress to support families through five breastfeeding policy priorities, including federal funding for breastfeeding programs.
Prevention and Public Health Fund Resources, summarized from TFAH
Trust for America's Health has published new materials highlighting the work of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. A background document titled "The Prevention and Public Health Fund: Preventing Disease and Reducing Long-Term Health Costs" highlights why the Prevention Fund matters and describes key investments from Fiscal Year 2019, including CDC breastfeeding support programs. Updated Prevention and Public Health Fund State Fact Sheets show how Prevention Funds have been used in each state.
News from the Field
Toolkit on Advocacy Funding from Foundations, summarized from AFJ
The Alliance for Justice, through their Bolder Advocacy initiative, has released a resource titled "Foundation Advocacy Grants: What Grantees Need to Know." The publication includes information on the rules that govern advocacy funding by private and public foundations, the different kinds of advocacy that organizations can choose to engage in as a nonprofit, and the types of grants that can support this advocacy.
Open Access Articles, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
Breastfeeding Medicine has announced free access to a selection of articles through Tuesday, April 30. Open access articles include:
- "Peer-to-Peer Human Milk Sharing: Recipient Mothers' Motivations, Stress, and Postpartum Mental Health" by Rebecca J. McCloskey, Sharvari Karandikar
- "Infant Breastfeeding and Behavioral Disorders in School-Age Children" by Tingting Huang, Yihuan Yue, Hui Wang, Jianshan Zheng, Zhijian Chen, Tianyi Chen, Min Zhang, Shunqin Wang
- "An Exploration of Lactation Facilities and Planning in U.S. Higher Education Campuses" by Dare Henry-Moss, Joyce Lee, Kathleen Benton, Diane L. Spatz
Paid Leave Implementation Webinars, summarized from DC
Join the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, Office of Paid Family Leave on Wednesday, May 8, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET for the "DC Paid Family Leave Employer Webinar." The webinar is part of a series of webinars on the proposed Paid Family Leave tax regulations and requirements District employers will need to know to implement this program. Participants will be able to submit questions during the webinar. An additional webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 22. The Office of Paid Family Leave is responsible for planning, developing, and administering a paid leave program for the District of Columbia under the provisions of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. The Paid Leave Act provides up to eight weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child, six weeks of family leave to care for an ill family member with a serious health condition, and two weeks of medical leave to care for one's own serious health condition. On July 1, 2019, the District will begin the collection of taxes from employers and on July 1, 2020, the District will begin administering paid leave benefits.
News & Views
A Better Balance blog: "New Protections for Breastfeeding Parents in New York!"
NWA: "Weekly WIC Policy Update"