Weekly Wire: September 6, 2019

Weekly Wire: September 6, 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​
    • Take Action for Breastfeeding Families!
    • USBC Membership Informational Sessions
  • National News​
    • Maternal and Child Health Grand Challenges Demo Days, summarized from HRSA/MCHB
    • Issue Brief on Paid Family Leave, summarized from 1,000 Days
    • House Resolution on International Breastfeeding Support, summarized from Congress
    • Awareness Campaign on Marijuana Use and Brain Development, summarized from Surgeon General
    • Resolution on Lactation Accommodations in Courthouses, summarized from ABA
  • Collective Impact Connection​
    • Webinar on Asset-Based Community Development, summarized from Tamarack
  • Equity Lens​
    • Action Tool on Protections for Children at the Border, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
    • Call for Manuscripts on Minority Health, summarized from Ethnicity & Disease
    • Funding Opportunity for Early Career Researchers, summarized from RWJF
    • Articles on Revised WIC Food Package and Health Outcomes, summarized from JAMA Pediatrics
    • Report on Racial Equity and Federal Nutrition Policy, summarized from Bread for the World Institute
  • News & Views with a Special Section on Black Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month

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USBC Updates

Take Action for Breastfeeding Families!

National Breastfeeding Month has ended, but our work continues! The USBC launched three easy action tools to connect individuals with their Members of Congress and inform them about current policy opportunities that can help create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the nation. These action tools will remain relevant throughout the Congressional session. Connect with your legislators today (you can take action more than once!) and please share widely with your network.   

USBC Membership Informational Sessions

The USBC has announced three virtual informational sessions this month for organizations interested in becoming members of the USBC. This session will cover the USBC's various membership categories, the application process, and the benefits of membership. There will be a Q&A period during each session. Individuals may register for any of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 17, from 12-1 p.m. ET/9-10 a.m. PT
  • Thursday, September 19, from 5-6 p.m. ET/2-3 p.m. PT
  • Wednesday, September 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT

To apply for membership under any of the membership categories, please visit the Prospective Members webpage.

National News

 Maternal and Child Health Grand Challenges Demo Days, summarized from HRSA/MCHB

Join the Health Resources Service Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau on Thursday, September 12, and Friday, September 13, for the virtual "MCHB Grand Challenges: Phase 2 Demo Days." There are four prize-awarded Grand Challenges that are addressing critical issues in maternal and child health by seeking innovative, technology-based solutions that will improve the health of mothers, children, and families across the U.S. Phase 1 winners have been selected for all four Challenges and are prototyping their innovations and testing their effectiveness on end users. During Demo Days, each of the Phase 1 winners will pitch their innovations to panel judges and compete for a share of $125,000 per Challenge and the chance to advance to the third and final phase of the competitions. In addition to the Phase 1 winner demonstrations, participants will hear from HRSA and MCHB leadership and leaders in the fields of health technology innovation and commercialization.

 Issue Brief on Paid Family Leave, summarized from 1,000 Days

1,000 Days has published a paid leave policy brief titled "The First 1,000 Days: The Case for Paid Leave in America." The resource presents findings from a wide-ranging body of research on family and medical leave and its impact on maternal health and on child health and development. It also identifies paid leave as a critical support for successful breastfeeding. The authors conclude with a call to action urging policymakers to enact a national paid leave policy that ensures all workers can take the time they need to attend to their health needs and care for their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security.

House Resolution on International Breastfeeding Support, summarized from Congress

Representative Adam Schiff (CA-28) has introduced a Congressional resolution in the House titled "Supporting infant nutrition through improved breastfeeding practices." (H.Res.545). The resolution recognizes that it is in the public interest to support the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and urges the President to promote the health and welfare of children and their parents by supporting international efforts to improve breast­feed­ing practices globally. The resolution was introduced with 15 original co-sponsors.

Awareness Campaign on Marijuana Use and Brain Development, summarized from the U.S. Surgeon General

The U.S. Surgeon General's Office, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has launched a U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory titled "Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain." The public awareness campaign emphasizes the importance of protecting our Nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. The advisory includes a compilation of materials for individuals, families, states, communities, tribes, territories, and health providers. 

Resolution on Lactation Accommodations in Courthouses, summarized from ABA

The American Bar Association has adopted a resolution that encourages federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal legislatures and court systems, in conjunction with state and local bar associations, to support and assist with the establishment and maintenance of lactation areas in courthouses for members of the public, including lawyers, jurors, litigants, witnesses, and observers. The resolution highlights the growing number of female attorneys and increasing momentum for lactation accommodations in public spaces after the passage of the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act.

USBC Insight: No matter what they're doing or where they are, people who are lactating need to express milk every few hours. The recently passed Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act requires that certain public buildings, including courthouses, that contain a public restroom also provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and available for use by a member of the public.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Asset-Based Community Development, summarized from Tamarack

Join Tamarack Institute on Thursday, October 10, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Collective Impact Through the Lens of ABCD and Results Based Accountability." The webinar presenter will explore Collective Impact through the lens of Asset-Based Community Development and Results-Based Accountability.

Equity Lens

Action Tool on Protections for Children at the Border, summarized from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE has launched an online action tool titled "Tell Congress to Maintain Protections for Babies at the Border." Individuals can use the tool to contact their Members of Congress to uphold the Flores Settlement Agreement. For more information about the Flores Settlement Agreement, see last week's issue of the Weekly Wire.

Call for Manuscripts on Minority Health, summarized from Ethnicity & Disease

The journal Ethnicity & Disease has issued a call for manuscripts on the topic "Structural Racism and Discrimination: Impact on Minority Health and Health Disparities." Individuals, including researchers, scientists, and health professionals are invited to submit manuscripts via the online portal by the deadline of Monday, September 30.

Funding Opportunity for Early Career Researchers, summarized from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the "Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Policy and Law Research: 2019 Call for Proposals for Early Career Investigators." The program is designed to support researchers from multiple disciplines to better understand and find solutions that will promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being. This opportunity will support up to six early career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds. An initial letter of intent must be submitted by Wednesday, October 2, at 3 p.m. ET

Articles on Revised WIC Food Package and Health Outcomes, summarized from JAMA Pediatrics

JAMA Pediatrics has published an original investigation titled "Association of Revised WIC Food Package With Perinatal and Birth Outcomes: A Quasi-Experimental Study." The study examines whether revisions to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food package in October 2009, which increased access to whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk, resulted in improvements in maternal or infant health. After comparing WIC recipients before and after the package revisions, the authors concluded that the revised WIC food package, intended to improve women's nutrition during pregnancy, was associated with beneficial impacts on maternal and child health. They also conclude that this suggests that WIC policy may be an important lever to reduce health disparities among high-risk women and children at a critical juncture in the life course. In the same issue, JAMA Pediatrics published an editorial titled "Prenatal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participation: A Step Toward Human Capital Development." The authors of the editorial provide background on the 2009 revisions to the WIC package and highlight three issues that could be addressed by future research related to WIC.

Report on Racial Equity and Federal Nutrition Policy, summarized from Bread for the World Institute

The Bread for the World Institute has published a report titled "Applying Racial Equity to U.S. Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs: SNAP, WIC and Child Nutrition." The report provides the first-ever analysis to identify ways key nutrition programs can apply racial equity principles so that people of color are no longer disproportionately food insecure and no longer disproportionately at risk of food insecurity. The report also provides a detailed glossary of terms related to racial equity, historical accounts of structural racism, and spotlights of how various community members are already applying this lens effectively. Expanding postpartum care for breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers through the WIC program is included as a recommendation. 

News & Views

A Better Balance: "To Advance Women's Equality, We Need Fairness for Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, & Equal Pay"

Colorado Department of Public Health and Education: "State health department receives CDC funding for continued work on preventing maternal deaths"

Louisiana Department of Health: "Louisiana Department of Health hosts inaugural Maternal Mortality Summit"

New York Governor's Office: "Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Creating New York's Maternal Mortality Review Board"

NJ Health: "New Jersey Department of Health Receives $450,000 Federal Grant to Support Maternal Mortality Efforts"

Psychology Today: "Breastfeeding's Importance—What Science Tells Us"

The Washington Post: "This isn't another horror story about black motherhood"

U.S. Air Force: "Air Force mandates dedicated space for nursing mothers"

Special Section on Black Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month News & Views

Forbes: "How To Support Breastfeeding Moms At Work"

Ms. Magazine: "Happy Black Breastfeeding Week!"

NJ Health: "First Lady Tammy Murphy, Department of Health, and Department of Human Services Highlight Success During National Breastfeeding Month"

Public Health Newswire (APHA blog): "Empower parents, enable breastfeeding"

Public News Service: "Groups Push Paid Family Leave During National Breastfeeding Month"

WBTV: "'We don't have many safe spaces.' Local group supports Breastfeeding Moms of Color"

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