Weekly Wire: June 21, 2019

Weekly Wire: June 21, 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
    • Thank You for Joining Us for the NBCC!
    • Thank You for Joining Us for the USBC Advocacy Day at Capitol Hill!
    • Collective Impact Webinar on Creating a Culture of Belonging
    • USBC Member Report on 2018-2019 Efforts to Create a Landscape of Breastfeeding Support 
  • National News​
    • mPINC Survey Closing on June 28, summarized from CDC
    • Funding Opportunity to Support State Maternal Health Innovation Program, summarized from HRSA/MCHB
    • Funding Opportunity to Support Exploration of Telehealth in WIC, summarized from USDA 
    • Federal Appropriations for CDC Breastfeeding Programs Included in Minibus, summarized from Congress
    • Black Breastfeeding Week Theme Announced, summarized from BBW
    • Webinar on Nutrition in the First 2 Years of Life, summarized from NASEM
  • State/Community News​
    • Funding Awarded to Expand ENRICH Carolinas Program, summarized from CGBI
    • Study on Baby-Friendly Hospital Practices and WIC Participants, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
  • Equity Lens​
    • Webinar on Social Determinants of Health, summarized from NACCHO
    • No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act, summarized from Congress
    • Webinar on Policy Changes and Proposals that Impact Immigrant Families,summarized from PIF
    • State of the World's Fathers Report Released, summarized from Promundo
    • Bill to Establish Standards for Individuals Customs and Border Protections Custody Introduced, summarized from Congress
    • Proposed Rule to Redefine Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, summarized from CMS
  • Collective Impact Connection​
    • Article on Addressing Racism in Cross-Sector Efforts, summarized from SSIR
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Thank You for Joining Us for the NBCC!

Thank you to all of the attendees, presenters, and host committee volunteers for taking the time to join us at the Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening! We are so grateful to each of you for the light that you brought to this conference. Your experiences, knowledge and presence — our presence together — reminds each of us that we aren't doing this important work for breastfeeding families alone.

If you haven't already, please add conference@usbreastfeeding.org to your contact list and be sure to check your spam folder for follow up messages from the conference, including the links to our evaluation surveys. We value your feedback!

Please save the date for next year's NBCC: June 12-13, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Thank You for Joining Us for the USBC Advocacy Day at Capitol Hill!

Thank you to the 57 individuals from 27 states and territories who met with the offices of their Senators and Representative as part of the USBC Advocacy Day at Capitol Hill on June 12! Attendees urged their Members of Congress to take action to support breastfeeding families through a wide range of policy priorities, including federal appropriations for CDC breastfeeding programs and the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, addressing gaps in the Military Parental Leave Program, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act, the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Thank you to our partners at MomsRising, National WIC Association, Mom2Mom Global, and A Better Balance for providing materials and talking points for this event!

Collective Impact Webinar on Creating a Culture of Belonging

Join the USBC on Tuesday, June 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "Beyond Collaboration: Create a Culture of Belonging." Presented by Dr. Ernelyn J. Navarro as part of the Collective Impact Webinar series, the webinar will explore how to expand existing perspectives and practices on how key stakeholders collaborate and how trust is built in a collective impact collaborative. In this session, participants will learn how to apply various approaches with the Collective Impact framework to create a sense of belonging. Dr. Navarro will share examples from a state coalition's multi-layered approach in engaging diverse stakeholders, local coalitions, hospitals, advocates, funders, and other organizations to envision a future in which "There are no barriers to breastfeeding in California." The coalition is transforming communities with intention and attention by cultivating/nurturing a sense of belonging and connection to a shared purpose greater than oneself. Register for the webinar.

USBC Member Report on 2018-2019 Efforts to Create a Landscape of Breastfeeding Support

The USBC has released the "2018-2019 USBC Member Report: The Round Table." The report contains highlights of the USBC member network's efforts in implementing The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, as well as the results from the 2019 Member Engagement Survey.

National News

 *mPINC Survey Closing on June 28, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a reminder that the 2018 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey will close on Friday, June 28. Of facilities that have received their survey, only about half have submitted their responses. Hospitals must complete their survey to receive a hospital-specific Benchmark Report. Please share this information with your partners who may wish to reach out to hospitals in their communities to encourage them to participate in the survey.

 *Funding Opportunity to Support State Maternal Health Innovation Program, summarized from HRSA/MCHB

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released a notice announcing the opportunity to apply for funding under the State Maternal Health Innovation (State MHI) Program. The State MHI Program is being established to assist states in collaborating with maternal health experts, and optimizing resources to implement state-specific actions that address disparities in maternal health and improve maternal health outcomes, including the prevention and reduction of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (SMM). Specifically, award recipients will: Establish a state-focused Maternal Health Task Force to create and implement a strategic plan that incorporates activities outlined in the state's most recent State Title V Needs Assessment; Improve the collection, analysis, and application of state-level data on maternal mortality and SMM; and Promote and execute innovation in maternal health service delivery, such as improving access to maternal care services, identifying and addressing workforce needs, and/or supporting postpartum and interconception care services, among others.

 *Funding Opportunity to Support Exploration of Telehealth in WIC, summarized from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a funding opportunity titled "

Federal Appropriations for CDC Breastfeeding Programs Included in Minibus, summarized from Congress

The House of Representatives has passed a package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills consisting of four bills that fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. The Labor-HHS appropriations bill includes $10M for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program, an increase of $2M from the fiscal year 2019 enacted level. Read the press release.

USBC Insight: The USBC has 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." Federal funding for CDC breastfeeding programs was one of the policy priorities included in the USBC Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

Black Breastfeeding Week Theme Announced, summarized from BBW

Black Breastfeeding Week has announced the 2019 theme: The World is Yours: Imagine. Innovate. Liberate. This year's theme is focused on bringing innovation and creativity to the black breastfeeding experience. The end game: liberation! Freedom from systemic racism, historical trauma and cultural barriers as black families envision and design a new shared future for black mothers and babies.

Webinar on Nutrition in the First 2 Years of Life, summarized from NASEM

Join the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine on Thursday, July 18, from 12-1:15 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "The Potential Role of Nutrition in the First 2 Years of Life in the Prevention of Child Overweight and Obesity." The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions is hosting a 75-minute webinar that will explore the role of infant and early childhood nutrition (birth to <2 years of age) related to healthy growth and the prevention of overweight and obesity later in childhood. Presentations will feature the current prevalence and trends of high weight-for-length in infants and young children, the state of the science on nutrition-related modifiable risk factors, and obesity prevention interventions that address healthy growth, with a special emphasis on reducing disparities in populations with above-average obesity risk.

State/Community News

 *Funding Awarded to Expand ENRICH Carolinas Program, summarized from CGBI

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has announced that ENRICH Carolinas, a project that supports hospitals in improving maternity care practices for mothers and babies, will be expanded across North and South Carolina thanks to awards from The Duke Endowment totaling $5 million. ENRICH Carolinas provides technical assistance and training for hospitals, prenatal clinics and childcare facilities on how to create a friendlier and safer environment for all infants that supports breastfeeding. The funding will allow the project, now in 19 counties, to expand and include support for all hospitals that provide maternity care at no cost to the facility.

Study on Baby-Friendly Hospital Practices and WIC Participants, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has published a new study titled "Breastfeeding Outcomes Among WIC-Participating Infants and Their Relationships to Baby-Friendly Hospital Practices." The study author, Shelly Jung MSPH, from the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, considers the relationship between Baby-Friendly hospital practices and breastfeeding among WIC participants in LA County. The study found that the more Baby-Friendly hospital practices mothers engaged with, the better the breastfeeding outcomes. Since 2008 the likelihood of mothers engaging with Baby-Friendly hospital practices significantly increased. The study concludes that effort is needed to ensure Baby-Friendly hospitals have support to continuously comply with all steps to maintain Baby-Friendly designation, and non-Baby-Friendly hospitals have support to incorporate these practices into hospital protocols.

Equity Lens

Webinar on Social Determinants of Health, summarized from NACCHO

Join the National Association of County & City Health Officials on Monday, June 24, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "Working Upstream: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities." As public health approaches move more upstream, its essential for health departments to build solid community foundations to support the work. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACCHO identified five rural communities currently engaged in addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) through planning and partnerships. The webinar will share the results of qualitative interviews with the sites that explore significant themes in upstream work. Each site will also share their own work as well as insights on key needs to successfully address SDOH in their communities.

No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act, summarized from Congress

Representative Judy Chu (CA-27) has introduced the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act (H.R. 3222). The bill would specify that no Federal funds (including fees) made available for any fiscal year, may be used to implement, administer, enforce, or carry out the proposed rule of the Department of Homeland Security entitled "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds." The bill notes that the proposed rule acknowledges it could cause "worse health outcomes, including increased prevalence of obesity and malnutrition, especially for pregnant or breast­feed­ing women, infants, or children."

USBC Insight: Known as the public charge rule, DHS has proposed to prescribe how it determines whether an immigrant is inadmissible to the United States under section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) because he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was not included in the proposed rule, however the final rule has not yet been published. The National WIC Association maintains the Immigration Resources webpage to include information on the public charge rule.

Webinar on Policy Changes and Proposals that Impact Immigrant Families, summarized from PIF

Join Protecting Immigrants Families on Thursday, June 27, at 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "PIF Campaign: The Invisible Wall." This webinar will provide an overview of many of the policy changes and proposals that seek to harm immigrants and their loved ones, creating an "invisible wall.” The webinar will help attendees better understand this "invisible wall," how to take action to oppose it, and will also provide resources to educate community members and constituents.

State of the World's Fathers Report Released, summarized from Promundo

Promundo has published a report titled, "State Of The World's Fathers: Unlocking The Power Of Men's Care." The third State of the World's Fathers report reveals new research on men's caregiving from 11 countries, with additional cross-country analysis of data from over 30 countries. It calls for men's uptake of their full share of the world's childcare and domestic work – across all societies and relationships – to advance gender equality.

Bill to Establish Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protections Custody Introduced, summarized from Congress

Representative Raul Ruiz (CA-36) has introduced the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act (H.R.3239). The bill would require that the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall ensure that any individual whom U.S. Customs and Border Protection detains receives an initial health screening by a medical professional and has access to accommodations, including for any dietary need or restriction in the case of a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, an infant, a child, an elderly individual, an individual with a disability, an individual with a food allergy, or an individual with religious dietary restrictions.

USBC Insight: The USBC Statement on Unlawful Separation of Children and Families at the Border affirms our strong stance on the need for nations to preserve dignity through humane treatment of vulnerable children and families. 

Proposed Rule to Redefine Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, summarized from CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have released a proposed rule titled, "Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities." The new HHS proposed rule would reverse the 2016 HHS rule that redefined discrimination on the basis of sex to include termination of pregnancy and gender identity. HHS has also released a fact sheet about the proposal titled "Fact Sheet: HHS Proposes to Revise ACA Section 1557 Rule." The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, August 13. Read the press release.

USBC Insight: Regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity help ensure that all breastfeeding and chestfeeding families have access to lactation support free from discrimination. Protect Trans Health has developed an online tool for individuals to submit comments on the proposed rule.

Collective Impact Connection

Article on Addressing Racism in Cross-Sector Efforts, summarized from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article titled, "The Challenge of Negotiating Race in Cross-Sector Spaces." The article explores why we must take on the difficult work of accounting for race and racism in our collective change-making endeavors or face the risk of failing to undo systemic inequities.

News & Views

 *1,000 Days blog: "Guest Post: What Would it Look Like if We Protected Rather Than Just Promoted Breastfeeding?"

 CGBI Breastfeeding Exclusive: "New Project Focuses on Health Equity in Newborn Critical Care Settings"

AL.com: "Alabama mother works to give other black women the breastfeeding support she never got"

Motherly: "Don't underestimate the way paid paternity leave benefits moms, babies *and* companies"


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