Weekly Wire: May 11, 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
- Support Moms 365 Days a Year with a Donation to the USBC
- Power Tools Webinar on World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative
- Welcome New USBC Members: Adelante, The Latino Network for Health and Education, & Southeast Michigan IBCLC's of Color!
- International News
- World Breastfeeding Week Event Pledge Form, summarized from WABA
- National News
- Revised Infant Nutrition Guide for WIC Program, summarized from USDA
- Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill Includes Increase in Breastfeeding Funding, summarized from Congress
- House Hearing on Paid Family Leave, summarized from Congress
- MOMMA's Act Introduced in House and Senate, summarized from Congress
- House Resolution Supporting USAID's Commitment to Global Nutrition, summarized from Congress
- Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators Webinar, summarized from ODPHP
- State/Community News
- Action Webpage to Support Paid Family Leave in Connecticut, summarized from Campaign for Paid Family Leave
- Report on State Policies to Support Pregnancy and Early Childhood, summarized from NGA
- Equity Lens
- Vital Signs Report on Pregnancy-Related Deaths, summarized from CDC
- Webinar on Maternal Mortality Efforts and Impact, summarized from HRSA
- Racial Impact Legislation Introduced, summarized from Illinois General Assembly
- Collective Impact Connection
- Report on Building Successful Partnerships, summarized from Equal Measure
- News & Views
Support Moms 365 Days a Year with a Donation to the USBC
Here at the USBC we are dedicated to creating a future in which every family is surrounded by support each and every day. By making a donation to the USBC, you are contributing to powerful and important efforts to increase access to paid family leave, maintain health plan coverage of breastfeeding support and supplies, support working parents, and beyond! Together, we can create lasting change for breastfeeding families.
Power Tools Webinar on World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative
Join the USBC and Karin Cadwell on Wednesday, May 15, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi): the US Results." Presented as part of the USBC's "Power Tools" series, the webinar will examine how the United States scores on the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) which measures how each nation is supporting, protecting, and promoting breastfeeding. Karin Cadwell will present on both national and state data. Attendees will learn how coalitions and task forces can use the data to identify areas of focus and strategic goals. Register for the webinar series.
Welcome New USBC Members: Adelante, The Latino Network for Health and Education, & Southeast Michigan IBCLC's of Color!
Adelante, The Latino Network for Health and Education (LNHE) is a new coalition member of the USBC whose vision is to see a society where each family has the tools and power to raise their children happy and healthy, direct the creation of community services, and be valued as experts of the health, education, and wellbeing of their family. Adelante was founded in 2018 and in the last few months, Adelante launched a Spanish-speaking, Latino peer counselors' curriculum and has been formally recognized by IBLCE as a recognized Breastfeeding Peer Counselor organization. The Adelante Promotoras de Lactancia program is quickly expanding to other counties based on the strong community commitment and organizational support. Among other things, Adelante, LNHE offers monthly family events related to health and education reaching between 30-50 families, monthly meetings for Adelante Leaders (leadership training), and Neighbor (family, friend, and neighbor) trainings for unlicensed child care providers to learn more about child development. Adelante's website is currently being developed.
The Southeast Michigan(SEMi) IBCLCs of Color is a new coalition member of the USBC. The organization is working collaboratively to meet the unique needs for mentorship, fellowship, and professional growth by IBCLCs of Color in the Southeast Michigan region in order to supply their community with equitable access to culturally competent lactation support and advocacy. SEMi IBCLCs of Color actively collaborates with other organizations of color to support breastfeeding in the Southeast Michigan region. They also use their position to teach equitable lactation support practices to dominant culture healthcare providers who serve families in their community, as well as provide breastfeeding education and support to families of color. As a group, they are dedicated to improving access to skilled lactation support for families of color through outreach and education—as well as advocating for the hiring of non-RN IBCLCs in local birthing hospitals to increase the presence of non-dominant culture lactation consultants in the medical setting. Learn more about their work here!
World Breastfeeding Week Event Pledge Form, summarized from WABA
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has launched the #WBW2019 pledge form. Individuals and organizations are invited to pledge to participate in World Breastfeeding Week by submitting details of #WBW2019 event(s). WABA will pin the location and information on the Pledge Map.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has released the revised "Infant Nutrition and Feeding, A Guide for Use in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)." The guide is primarily focused on nutrition for healthy, full-term infants and is a research-based resource for WIC staff who provide nutrition education and counseling to the parents and caregivers of infants, defined as birth to one year old. The revised publication includes expanded content about the development of infant feeding skills that emphasizes the ways in which parents and care providers respond to infant hunger and satiety cues and updated recommendations on nutrient intakes as well as breastfeeding.
Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill Includes Increase in Breastfeeding Funding, summarized from Congress
The House Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The legislation includes funding for programs within the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and other related agencies, including the Social Security Administration. In total, the bill includes $189.9 billion in base discretionary funding, an increase of $11.8 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $48 billion over the President's 2020 budget request. The bill includes $10M for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program, an increase of $2M from the fiscal year 2019 enacted level, to support evidence-based practice improvements in hospitals, with an emphasis on physician and care provider education. Read the bill text. Read the conference report.
USBC Insight: The USBC has published a full analysis of the bill. Its important to note that this is still an early step in the federal budget process. Next, the bill will go to the House for initial passage. Once appropriations bills pass both Houses, they must be "conferenced" to work out any differences between the two versions. House-Senate conference committees make final determinations and prepare a Conference Report. The Conference Report is then passed by the House and the Senate and sent to the President to be signed.
Federal appropriations help build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to lactation support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. The USBC closely monitors the federal budget and appropriations process, mobilizing advocacy and outreach to maintain and expand federal investments in breastfeeding. In April, the USBC delivered a joint letter signed by 99 organizations urging that at least $13 million be directed in Fiscal Year 2020 for CDC breastfeeding support programs. In addition, nearly 1,000 messages were sent to Members of Congress by their constituents urging support for five breastfeeding policy priorities, including federal funding for breastfeeding. Thank you to everyone who took action. Your voice has been heard!
House Hearing on Paid Family Leave, summarized from Congress
The House Ways & Means Committee has held its first-ever hearing on paid family and medical leave, titled "Paid Family and Medical Leave: Helping Workers and Employers Succeed." Committee Chairman Richard Neal (MA-1) made a statement in support of paid leave, and testimony was submitted by several witnesses, including USBC member MomsRising. Any individual or organization may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. Statements must be submitted by the close of business on Wednesday, May 22. Highlights from the field included:
- CNN: "How Congress could finally get it right on paid leave"
- Medium: "We're closer than ever to creating a national paid leave program. But we need to do it right."
- Paid Leave for the United States: "How would paid family leave change your life?"
MOMMA's Act Introduced in House and Senate, summarized from Congress
The Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA's) Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress. The House bill was introduced by Representative Robin Kelly (IL-2), along with 23 original co-sponsors. The Senate bill was introduced by Senator Richard J. Durbin (IL), along with 8 original co-sponsors. The MOMMA's Act uses a five-pronged approach to address and reduce maternal deaths: Establishing national obstetric emergency protocols through a federal expert committee; Ensuring dissemination of best shared practices and coordination amongst maternal mortality review committees; Standardizing data collection and reporting; Improving access to culturally competent care throughout the care continuum; and Expanding Medicaid coverage to new mom's entire post-partum period (1 year). The bill includes technical assistance for improved data collection, including on breastfeeding. The bill would also support maternal safety bundles to assist States and health care systems in aligning national, State, and hospital-level quality improvement efforts to improve maternal health outcomes, including optimization of support for breastfeeding.
House Resolution Supporting USAID's Commitment to Global Nutrition, summarized from Congress
Representative Roger W. Marshall (KS-1) has introduced a House resolution titled "Recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting United States Agency for International Development's commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy." The resolution recognizes the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting the United States Agency for International Development's commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy. The resolution includes language stating that scientific evidence supports the benefits of improved breastfeeding practices on the short-term and long-term health and development of children and their mothers.
Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators Webinar, summarized from ODPHP
Join the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on Thursday, May 23, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Maternal, Infant, and Child Health." The webinar will highlight national and state efforts to reduce infant deaths and preterm births. Participants will also learn how the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia's Prenatal Education Program is working to help expectant families get the information and resources they need to have healthy birth and postpartum outcomes.
Action Webpage to Support Paid Family Leave in Connecticut, summarized from Campaign for Paid Family Leave
The Connecticut Campaign for Paid Family Leave has launched an action webpage titled "Contact Your State Legislator!" Individuals can use the instructions and scripts on the page to call or email their state legislators in support of paid family leave in Connecticut.
Report on State Policies to Support Pregnancy and Early Childhood, summarized from NGA
The National Governors Association, in partnership with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and the Think Babies™ campaign, has released a report titled "Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal to Age 3 Policies." The report explores the elements needed for integrated prenatal to age three policies and identifies what state governors can do to advance those policies. The report includes paid family leave as one of the policy levers to consider, among other programs and services to support families.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a Vital Signs report on the topic of pregnancy-related deaths. Of the 700 pregnancy-related deaths that happen each year in the United States, nearly 31 percent happen during pregnancy, 36 percent happen during delivery or the week after, and 33 percent happen one week to one year after delivery. Overall, heart disease and stroke caused more than 1 in 3 (34 percent) pregnancy-related deaths. The findings are the result of a CDC analysis of 2011-2015 national data on pregnancy mortality and of 2013-2017 detailed data from 13 state maternal mortality review committees. CDC defines pregnancy-related death as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy from a pregnancy complication; a chain of events initiated by pregnancy; or the aggravation of an unrelated condition by the physiologic effects of pregnancy. The data confirm persistent racial disparities: Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women were about three times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause as white women. However, the new analysis also found that most deaths were preventable, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Join the Health Resources and Services Administration on Wednesday May 15, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET for a presentation titled "HRSA Public Health Webinar Series - Maternal Mortality." The webinar will discuss federal projects, clinical research, and available resources to improve maternal mortality rates. HRSA will review agency level projects and funding. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Illinois Department of Public Health, will discuss their work to create or improve Maternal Mortality Reviews. There will also be a discussion with a high-risk pregnancy health care provider and preeclampsia researcher.
Racial Impact Legislation Introduced, summarized from Illinois General Assembly
Illinois General Assembly members have introduced SB 1485, also known as the "Racial Impact Note Act." The bill would allow legislators to request a Racial Impact Note on any piece of legislation, requiring state agencies to estimate the possible effect of the legislation on communities of color. The bill passed the Illinois Senate unanimously and now moves to the House, where it has seven sponsors.
Collective Impact Connection
Report on Building Successful Partnerships, summarized from Equal Measure
Equal Measure, in partnership with the Irving Foundation, has published a report titled "Weaving Successful Partnerships: When Funders, Evaluators, and Intermediaries Work Together." The report looks beyond a two-part funder and intermediary relationship to explore more complex change strategies. The report includes a literature review on partnership structures, trust building, and developing a culture of learning. It also highlights case studies of three different initiatives involving the partnership triad of funders, evaluators, and intermediaries identified by Equal Measure. Finally, it looks at the experience and observations of the funder and authors of the paper, all of whom have engaged in initiatives involving this constellation of relationships.
News & Views
Mom2Mom Global blog: "Milspouse hand-expresses into toilet after Delta confiscates her pump. #DeltaDumpsPumps"
MomsRising blog: "Paid Leave Implementation Bill passes in CO!"
U.S. News & World Report: "Signs That a Workplace Culture Supports Working Mothers"