Weekly Wire: June 9, 2019

Weekly Wire: June 9, 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
    • Weekly Wire Hiatus Next Week
    • National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening Final Details
  • National News​
    • Title V Implementation Toolkits, summarized from AMCHP
    • Breastfeeding and Opioid Use Disorder Webinar, summarized from ACOG
    • Video on Centering Healthcare Model, summarized from CHI
    • Labor-HHS Appropriations Floor Proceedings, summarized from Congress
    • IHS Breastfeeding Support Included in Appropriations Bill, summarized from Congress
    • Health Equity and Public Policy Webinar, summarized from NAM
    • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2030 Meeting Announcement, summarized from HHS  
    • Webinar on Law and Policy to Achieve Healthy People Goals, summarized from HHS
    • State Paid Leave Programs and Employment Support Briefs, summarized from HHS
    • Action Tool to Encourage Public Health Funding in FY2020 Budget, summarized from NACCHO
  • State/Community News​
    • Baby-Friendly Facilities and Breastfeeding Rates Webinar, summarized from NMBFTF
    • Paid Sick Days Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from Maine
  • Equity Lens​
    • CARE for Families Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
  • Collective Impact Connection​
    • Article on Advocacy and Collective Impact, summarized from Tamarack
    • Article on Sharing Results as Part of Community Change Efforts, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Weekly Wire Hiatus Next Week

The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter will not be published next week, due to our conference. We will be back in 2 weeks! Want to stay updated during the conference? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

NBCC Final Details

The Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC) is almost here! Online registration is now closed, and walk-in registrants will be accommodated, space permitting. If you did not register for continuing education credits, you may do so on-site. Refer to the updated program schedule, or download a PDF of the program book to review session descriptions and event information. Connect with other conference attendees on our Facebook event page and check your email in-box (and spam) for details on how to download the event app. If you have not registered for the USBC Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and would like to participate, please email advocacy@usbreastfeeding.org to let us know that you'd like to join the group and we will register you on site. We look forward to seeing you in Bethesda next week!

National News

*Title V Implementation Toolkits, summarized from AMCHP

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has released a new set of Implementation Toolkits for Title V agencies, including one on National Performance Measure 4 focused on breastfeeding. The toolkit series provides Title V maternal and child health programs with evidence-based/-informed practices, reports, publications, and resources specific to National Performance Measures (NPMs), which can be adapted and implemented at the state/territory and community levels. Resources found in the toolkits were identified by reviewing Title V Block Grant applications on the Title V Information System (TVIS), searching AMCHP's Innovation Station database, and contacting partners. The toolkits aim to encourage collaboration between Title V agencies and partners, support practice implementation, and improve progress on NPMs across the U.S.

 *Breastfeeding and Opioid Use Disorder Webinar, summarized from ACOG

Join the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Tuesday, June 11, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Caring for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women with Opioid Use Disorder." Speakers will review evidence-based treatment and barriers to care for pregnant and breastfeeding women with opioid use disorder.

*Video on Centering Healthcare Model, summarized from CHI

The Centering Healthcare Institute has released a video titled "Centering" that asks patients, providers, staff and healthcare administration to address the question, "Why does Centering matter?" The video demonstrates Centering's continuum of care from pregnancy to pediatrics. Individuals are invited to share their thoughts in the online forum on CenteringConnects.

Labor-HHS Appropriations Floor Proceedings, summarized from Congress

The House Appropriations Committee has released a division-by-division summary of the first minibus of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. The package includes five FY 2020 spending bills: Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State-Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development. The House is expected to consider the legislation, H.R. 2740, beginning Wednesday, June 12. Read the press release.

USBC Insight: The USBC published an analysis of the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill in a blog post titled "House Appropriations Committee Advances FY2020 LHHS Appropriations Bill."

IHS Breastfeeding Support Included in Appropriations Bill, summarized from Congress

The House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies has introduced H.R.3052 - Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020. The subcommittee has also published the "Interior-Environment, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2020 Bill At-a-Glance." The accompanying Congressional Report encourages IHS to establish a pilot program to determine the most effective ways to educate IHS health care providers on how to evaluate risk factors that could interfere with successfully meeting breastfeeding goals; provide necessary support to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) mothers to prevent or address delayed initiation of milk production during the critical period immediately following birth; and provide support to AI/AN mothers to help them understand the benefits of long-term breastfeeding and improve clinically recommended rates, particularly when they return to work. The Committee also directs IHS to encourage breastfeeding support recommendations within the workplace which encourage job retention.

Health Equity and Public Policy Webinar, summarized from NAM

Join the National Academy of Medicine on Wednesday, June 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Messaging to Advance Health Equity in Public Policy." Presented as part of NAM's "Culture of Health" webinar series, speakers will highlight successful strategies for messaging and communicating health equity in public policy, and provide an example of a successful communications campaign that effectively utilized evidence-based strategies to engage key stakeholders to advance health equity in public policy. They will also identify current research gaps around effective messaging and communication for health equity, and there will be time for audience questions.

Secretary's Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2030 Meeting Announcement, summarized from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the next meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will take place on Wednesday, June 26, from 12-4 p.m. ET. The Committee will continue its deliberations regarding the Nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives, deliberate and prioritize recommendations for implementing Healthy People 2030, and develop recommendations regarding graphics for communicating key Healthy People 2030 elements. The meeting will be held via webcast and is open to the public. Individuals must pre-register to attend.

Webinar on Law and Policy to Achieve Healthy People Goals, summarized from HHS

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on Thursday, June 13, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Using Law and Policy to Promote Health Equity and Achieve Healthy People Goals." Participants will learn how evidence-based legal and policy approaches can advance health equity and create lasting changes that help every American live a long, healthy life. They will also hear from a community that has successfully used law and policy to move the needle on health equity and address pressing public health challenges.

State Paid Leave Programs and Employment Support Briefs, summarized from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released two new briefs on family leave for lower-income working families. The briefs are titled "Supporting Employment Among Lower-Income Mothers: Attachment to Work After Childbirth" and "Supporting Employment Among Lower-Income Mothers: The Role of Paid Family Leave." Based on interviews with 75 women who had used paid leave programs in California, New Jersey or Rhode Island, the briefs focus on how paid leave supports employment after giving birth. The briefs also highlight ways that state programs could be improved, and identify social and workplace supports in addition to paid leave that aid return to work.

Action Tool to Encourage Public Health Funding in FY2020 Budget, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has published an online action tool titled "Support Public Health Priorities in FY2020." Individuals can use the action tool to contact their Senators in support of funding for public health priorities in Fiscal Year 2020. The tool is customizable based on a community's public health program needs.

USBC Insight: A significant portion of federal funding for breastfeeding comes from the CDC. Appropriations for breastfeeding help build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to peer & professional support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. These programs rely on a strong CDC infrastructure.

State/Community News

*Baby-Friendly Facilities and Breastfeeding Rates Webinar, summarized from NMBFTF

Join the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force and Envision New Mexico on Monday, June 10, from 12-1 p.m ET for a webinar titled "Breastfeeding at Six-Weeks Postpartum: A Baby-Friendly Quality Improvement Project Telehealth Session." Presented as part of the Kellogg Breastfeeding Initiative, speakers will discuss the relationship between Baby-Friendly facilities and breastfeeding rates and identify barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period.

Paid Sick Days Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from Maine

Maine Governor Janet Mill has signed into law a paid sick days bill. Under the new law, an employee is entitled to earn one hour of paid leave from a single employer for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours in one year of employment. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2021.

Equity Lens

CARE for Families Act Introduced, summarized from Congress

Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), founders and co-chairs of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, introduced the Community Access to Resources and Education (CARE) for Families Act with Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-3). The CARE for Families Act will address maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. The legislation would create a grant program for local WIC agencies and clinics for community partnerships aimed at increasing the involvement of WIC staff in the community; improving health outcomes by better connecting WIC to community health providers like OB/GYNS, advance practice nurses and pediatricians; facilitating referrals between WIC and health care providers; and improving the coordination, quality, and cost effectiveness of health care services.

Collective Impact Connection

Article on Advocacy and Collective Impact, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has published a blog post titled "Collective Advocacy for Collective Impact." The article describes the First 2000 Days Network which includes participants at multiple levels: individual, community, organization & agency and systems-level that all share the goal of improving outcomes for children and families. The blog post includes an infographic explaining the First 2000 Days Network's theory of change, highlights from a paper they recently published, and links to palm cards focused on social issues related to early childhood development.

Article on Sharing Results as Part of Community Change Efforts, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has released a blog post titled "

News & Views

 *Metro PR: "Organización sin fines de lucro (ASI), Alimentación Segura Infantil, recibe prestigioso reconocimiento por excelencia en manejo de la lactancia"

ACLU press release: "ACLU, Dads Reach Historic Paid Parental Leave Class Action Settlement with JPMorgan Chase"

The Hill: "Connecticut House sends nation's most generous family leave policy to governor"


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