Weekly Wire: August 23, 2019

Weekly Wire: August 23, 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​
    • Continuity of Care Survey
    • Collective Impact Webinar on Battling Bias in Maternal and Infant Care
    • Help the USBC Support Breastfeeding Families During National Breastfeeding Month and 365 Days a Year with a Donation
    • Welcome New USBC Members: Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition and AM2 Solutions LLC
  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • National News​
    • Bill to Create Consistency for Traveling Parents, summarized from Congress
    • Bill to Improve Obstetric Care in Rural Areas, summarized from Congress
    • Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications, summarized from RWJF
  • State/Community News​
    • New York Paternal Leave Know Your Rights Document, summarized from ABB
    • Paid Family Leave Findings Report, summarized from New York
    • Paid Leave Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from Oregon
  • Equity Lens​
    • Impact of Incarceration on Parents and Children Webinar, summarized from EmbraceRace
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinar, summarized from SSIR
    • Inclusive Communities and Indigenous Youth Tip Sheet, summarized from EmbraceRace
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Continuity of Care Survey

The USBC-affiliated Continuity of Care Constellation has launched a survey titled "Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support - Summer 2019 Survey." The survey will gather information from additional sources across the field to help develop the outline of what falls within the frame of continuity of care in breastfeeding support. The Constellation brings together stakeholders in the First Food field for the purpose of developing a framework of what continuity of care in breastfeeding support means, as well as identifying where there are barriers and where there are opportunities for improvement.

Collective Impact Webinar on Battling Bias in Maternal and Infant Care

Join the USBC and Kimberly Seals Allers on Tuesday, August 27 from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Battling Bias: Community-Centered, Digital Innovations for Equitable Care." Implicit bias has been well documented as directly linked to the black maternal mortality crises and high rates of black infant deaths. During the webinar, hosted during during Black Breastfeeding Week, participants will hear from Kimberly Seals Allers about a new digital project, Irth (as in birth, but without the B for bias), that centers the communities most burdened by the problem of biased care, and she will highlight its community participatory research and reproductive justice framework as critical elements in developing community solutions to directly take on improving maternal/child health. 

Help the USBC Support Breastfeeding Families During National Breastfeeding Month and 365 Days a Year with a Donation

National Breastfeeding Month shines the spotlight on breastfeeding in August, but 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 our collective 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. Donate today!

Welcome New USBC Members:  Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition and AM2 Solutions LLC

Formed in 2009, the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition is a new Coalition Member of the USBC. The mission of the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition (NBC) is to improve the health of Nebraskans by making breastfeeding the norm through education, advocacy, and collaboration. With more than 300 members, they have built and fostered a network statewide to help them achieve their mission. In their 10 years of service, the NBC has provided CLC trainings for more than 200 individuals, collaborated with the Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services to reach nearly 5,000 Nebraska businesses regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act, and supported community breastfeeding initiatives in 14 Nebraska communities. Learn more about their work here!

Founded in 2007, AM2 Solutions LLC is a new Affiliate For-Profit Member that began supporting the Washington Headquarters Services Nursing Mothers program in 2016. AM2 Solutions strives to provide quality, private, and secure nursing facilities for mothers. Their program maintains dedicated private space, equipment, and furniture for nursing mothers on the Pentagon Reservation, which are used more than 2,000 times a month. The program also provides hospital grade multi-user pumps, refrigerators to store milk, and cleaning products for the moms. Learn more about their work here!

Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month! The theme of National Breastfeeding Month 2019 is Support Changes Everything. There are four sub-themes focusing on the following:

Help celebrate these exciting events by letting us know if your organization has an NBM webpage, resources, or virtual events planned via the online submission form and join the conversation at hashtags #NBM19 and #SupportChangesEverything. Highlights from the field include:

State/Community Events: In honor of NBM, we are featuring celebrations and events from throughout the country. Please share additional events and action opportunities for next week's final edition of the 2019 Weekly Wire NBM State/Community Events Section via the online form.

NBM News & Views:

National News

Bill to Create Consistency for Traveling Parents, summarized from Congress

Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT), Kevin Cramer (ND), Doug Jones (AL), and Martha McNally (AZ) have introduced the Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019 (S. 2381). The bill would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a review of the Transportation Security Administration's implementation of the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act, as well as the effectiveness of TSA in ensuring screening protocol clarity and screening consistency relating to the screening of formula, breast milk, purified deionized water for infants, and juice. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the House version of the bill (H.R. 3246) was introduced in June.

Bill to Improve Obstetric Care in Rural Areas, summarized from Congress

Senators Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Doug Jones (AL), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Tina Smith (MN) have introduced the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services Act (S. 2373). Also known as the Rural MOMS Act, the bill would take initial steps toward understanding the root causes of maternal mortality and morbidity and developing solutions to improve maternal care in rural America. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications, summarized from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has opened the call for applications for the 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The award recognizes communities working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more—so that the opportunity for better health flourishes for all. Applications close Monday, November 4. RWJF is hosting an informational applicant webinar about selection criteria and the submission process on Tuesday, September 24 from 3-4 p.m. ET.

State/Community News

New York Paternal Leave Know Your Rights Document, summarized from ABB

A Better Balance has published "Your Paid Family Leave Rights: A Guide for Dads & Male Caregivers in New York." The guide explains who is covered by New York state's paid leave program and answers common questions about the features of that program, including job protection, wage replacement and coverage for child bonding and family care leave.

Paid Family Leave Findings Report, summarized from New York

The state of New York has released a report titled "Paid Family Leave: 2018 Year in Review." The report includes findings about the first year of the state's paid leave program and highlights the progressive features of the program, including job protection, extended weeks of leave, and military-related leave.

Paid Leave Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed into law a paid family medical leave bill (HB 2005). Under the new law, workers will receive up to 12 weeks of paid time off that can be used to care for a new baby, recover from a serious illness, or support newly adopted or foster children. It also provides paid time off for victims of domestic violence and guarantees 100% of wages to low-income workers.

Equity Lens

Impact of Incarceration on Parents and Children Webinar, summarized from EmbraceRace

Join EmbraceRace on Tuesday, August 27 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "'It's a shared sentence': Parents, kids, and the costs of incarceration." Speakers will discuss their extensive experience with the prison and juvenile justice systems, and with the parents and children in them. They will offer insights into the impact of incarceration on family life and ideas about how to help make things better.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinar, summarized from SSIR

Join the Stanford Social Innovation Review on Wednesday, August 28 from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Addressing Marginalization: Redirecting Strategies of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace." Presented as part of the "Breaking Through Barriers to Equity" series, this session will examine contemporary discussions around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Speakers from three different sectors will unpack key complex issues related to addressing marginalization in organizations, such as welcoming different lived experiences, creating belonging, and halting assimilation. Attendees will receive guidance on approaches to observe and reflect on the effects of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; identify and embrace differences; and redirect practices designed for convergent thinking and action.

Inclusive Communities and Indigenous Youth Tip Sheet, summarized from EmbraceRace

EmbraceRace and Indigenous Vision have published a tip sheet titled "Building inclusive communities and strong Indigenous youth." The publication discusses culturally affirming approaches to youth development, specifically in Indigenous communities.

News & Views

*CDC blog: "Breastfeeding for Cancer Prevention"

Clarion Ledger: "ICE raid separates 4-month-old baby from breastfeeding mom"

CNN: "A detained immigrant says she needs to breastfeed her daughter. ICE responds with a lactation exam"

Forbes: "Your Company Should Get Rid Of Its Maternity Leave Policy"

Michigan Radio: "Tribal communities in Michigan use traditional knowledge to tackle modern public health crisis"

NICHQ blog: "Breastfeeding in 2019: Safe Sleep, Bias, Gender Equitable Norms and Paid Leave"

Territorial Dispatch: "Sutter County Receives National Recognition For Removing Barriers To Breastfeeding When Moms Are In Jail"

The Nation: "Paid Family Leave Is a Game Changer for New Parents' Health, Not Just Their Economic Security"

Undark: "Wriggling Around Law, Insurers Deny Coverage for Breastfeeding Help"

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