Weekly Wire: May 4, 2019

Weekly Wire: May 4, 2019

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
    • USBC Executive Director Position Posted
    • NBCC Marketing Opportunities - Deadline May 24
    • Welcome New USBC Members: Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition & Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition
  • International News
    • Joint Statement on Work Safety, summarized from WABA
  • National News
    • Urgent Reminder for Hospitals to Participate in mPINC Survey, provided by CDC*
    • National Women's Health Week Activities, summarized from OWH*
    • Impact of Underfunding Public Health, summarized from TFAH
  • State/Community News
    • State Legislation Policy Brief, summarized from NCSL
  • Equity Lens
    • Black Maternal Health Week Resources, summarized from BMMA
    • Maternal Mortality and Implicit Bias Article, summarized from Child Trends
    • Workplace Gender Bias Workshop Activity, summarized from Lean In
  • News & Views

 * denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

USBC Executive Director Position Open - Apply Today

The United States Breastfeeding Committee has published the job posting for the Executive Director position. The Executive Director (ED) ensures advancement of strategic and policy priorities, ongoing programmatic excellence, and consistent quality of finance, administration, fundraising, communications, and systems. Scion Executive Search has been retained to lead this search. Please direct all inquires to Scion Executive Search via email to bbparse@scionstaffing.com Attn: Braden Busch, Managing Partner using the subject title: “USBC Executive Director.” Read the full job posting to learn more about the position overview and candidate profile.

NBCC Marketing Opportunities – Deadline May 24

The National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening offers a range of marketing opportunities at various price points to sponsor or advertise a business or organization. Sponsorship options include supporting our Childcare Room and Lactation Lounge, offering a branded water bottle to attendees, sponsoring the 2019 NBCC app, and more! We also have half and full page ads in the program book or the option to put an item or flyer in the attendee bag. Learn more about marketing opportunities and complete an online application today. Applications must be received by Friday, May 24.

Welcome New USBC Members: Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition & Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) is a new coalition member of the USBC working collaboratively to create an environment in Minnesota where breastfeeding is recognized and supported as a vital component to the health and development of children and families. MBC encourages the formation of local or regional coalitions throughout the state, provides a forum for local coalitions to connect and share information and successes in order to improve community health through breastfeeding. Over the last five years MBC has focused on racial equity and access to breastfeeding support at its annual meetings and workshops, supporting a licensure bill that would increase access to breastfeeding services, forming an equity and access subcommittee, and partnering with entities such as the State Health Improvement Plan, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave to increase access to underserved communities in Minnesota. Learn more about their work here!

The Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition (GBC) is a new coalition member of the USBC with the mission to promote breastfeeding as the cultural and social norm and improve and maintain the health of Georgia's families by protecting, supporting, and promoting breastfeeding in the state of Georgia. Over the years the GBC has worked on many projects to advance breastfeeding as a public health issue including the "Georgia Shape Initiative" to make Zipmilk.org live in Georgia. GBC has also worked on many projects to create and enhance community in the world of breastfeeding support, including partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health on several projects and advising on Title V spending priorities. Learn more about their work here!

International News

Joint Statement on Work Safety, summarized from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, in partnership with the People's Health Movement, has published a joint statement in honor of World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Titled "Advancing Support For Women To Combine Their Productive And Reproductive Roles Including Breastfeeding In The Informal Economy," the publication calls for the safety and health of women in the informal economy. The statement includes information about the need for workplace maternity support in all workplaces, including informal ones. It also highlights two global examples of lactation support women can receive in their workplaces.

National News

* 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.

* National Women's Health Week Activities, summarized from OWH

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health has announced that National Women's Health Week (NWHW) will take place this year Sunday, May 12 - Saturday, May 18. NWHW empowers women over 18 years of age to make their health a priority and encourages them to take preventive steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases. OWH has published social media tools that individuals and organizations can use to promote NWHW.

Impact of Underfunding Public Health, summarized from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has released a report, "The Impact of Chronic Underfunding of America's Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2019." The report examines federal, state, and local public health funding, and it recommends investments and policy actions needed to prioritize prevention, effectively address 21st century threats, and ultimately achieve optimal health for all Americans. The report highlights recommendations for increasing federal investments in public health, including protecting the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

State/Community News

State Legislation Policy Brief, summarized from NCSL

The National Conference of State Legislatures has published a brief in partnership with the Think Babies™ campaign, "Helping Babies and Toddlers Thrive: A Look at Recent State Legislation." The publication explores state-level legislation across the country focused on toddlers and babies. The report highlights state advances in supporting breastfeeding through workplace and school accommodations, accommodations for inmates who are breastfeeding, access to donor milk, and providing paid family and medical leave.

Equity Lens

Black Maternal Health Week Resources, summarized from BMMA

Black Mamas Matter Alliance has published highlights from Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW). Resources spotlighted include BMMA-hosted webinars, highlights from the Black Maternal Health Caucus launch, and the hashtag #CiteBlackWomenSunday.

Maternal Mortality and Implicit Bias Article, summarized from Child Trends

Child Trends has published a blog post titled "Reducing implicit bias, raising quality of care may reduce high maternal mortality rates for Black women." Citing several studies and articles, the authors discuss the links between medical providers' implicit bias and high maternal mortality rates. They also highlight several methods medical facilities can use to address implicit biases and improve their quality of care.

Workplace Gender Bias Workshop Activity, summarized from Lean In

Lean In has published presentation and workshop materials titled "50 Ways to Fight Bias," a card activity designed to engage all genders in a discussion about gender bias in the workplace. It uses 50 specific examples, including some about gender bias regarding paid leave, to learn about and take action on bias in the workplace. The digital version of the cards and materials for a training workshop are available at no cost.

News & Views

The Glow Up: "Now That We Know There's a Maternal Mortality Crisis, How Can We Help Fix It?"

Harvard Business Review: "How Companies Can Support Breastfeeding Employees"

Nature: "Breastfeeding mums are finally getting spaces to pump at some US institutions"

Capital Public Radio: "California Moms On Medi-Cal Want Better Breast Pumps. They're Asking the Governor for Help"

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