Weekly Wire: September 22, 2019

Weekly Wire: September 22, 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​
    • Board of Directors Election Results
    • Racial Equity Webinar on Community Support
    • USBC Membership Informational Session on 9/25
  • International News
    • Report on Health Facilities Supporting Early Breastfeeding, summarized from USAID
  • National News​
    • Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill Released, summarized from Congress
    • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2030 Meeting Announcement, summarized from HHS
    • Annual State Health Rankings Report, summarized from United Health Foundation
    • Annual State of Obesity Report, summarized from TFAH
    • Congressional Hearing on Affordability of Raising a Family, summarized from Congress
    • Congressional Hearing on Maternal Mortality, summarized from Congress
    • Study on Depression and Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Outcomes, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
  • State/Community News
    • Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Implementation Brief, summarized from UCB
    • Global and Local Health White Paper, summarized from NACCHO
  • Collective Impact Connection​
    • Trends in Community Change Webinar, summarized from Tamarack
    • Collective Impact and Social Change Article, summarized from SSIR
    • Guide on Building a Common Agenda, summarized from Tamarack
  • Equity Lens​
    • Webinar on Health and Racial Equity, summarized from Dialogue4Health
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Board of Directors Election Results

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, we are pleased to share the results of the 2019 Board of Directors election. Please join us in congratulating our newly-elected Board members:

  • Treasurer – Amy Smolinski
  • Elected Directors – Stephanie Carroll and Tina Sherman

The USBC Nominating Committee is grateful to all of the talented individuals who expressed interest in being considered for service on the USBC Board, as well as to the dedicated individuals whose terms have ended:

  • Treasurer – Suzanne Haydu
  • Director – Jeanette Kowalik
  • Director – Laurel Wilson

Racial Equity Webinar on Community Support

Join the USBC on Tuesday, September 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Cultural Communities Supporting Breastfeeding in Kansas." Presented as part of the Racial Equity Webinar Series, the webinar will feature speakers from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. (KBC). The KBC created the "Communities Supporting Breastfeeding" (CSB) designation to recognize communities in Kansas who have a multifaceted community approach to breastfeeding support. The CSB designation criteria include local breastfeeding leadership, peer support, maternity care practices, support in public spaces, worksite support, and childcare provider support. "Community" can be defined by geography or culture. In this presentation, speakers will examine how the CSB criteria were adapted to a Native American reservation and African-American neighborhoods in Kansas City to build a landscape of breastfeeding support in these marginalized and underserved populations.

USBC Membership Informational Session on 9/25

Join the USBC on Wednesday, September 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the last virtual information session of September. Organizations that are interested in becoming members of the USBC are encouraged to join in order to learn about USBC's various membership categories, the application process, and the benefits of membership. The session will also include a Q&A period. The USBC is currently accepting applications for membership under the following categories: Affiliate Nonprofit Member, Associate Nonprofit Member, Coalition Member, and National Nonprofit Member.

International News

Report on Health Facilities Supporting Early Breastfeeding, summarized from USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development has published a report titled "Examining the Role of Health Facilities in Supporting Early Breastfeeding in Haiti and Malawi." The report examines the relationship between the breastfeeding-related health service environment during antenatal care and early initiation of breastfeeding. The study used data from the Demographic and Health Surveys and Service Provision Assessment surveys in Haiti and Malawi. The analysis showed that having more providers recently trained on breastfeeding was significantly associated with increased odds of early breastfeeding among antenatal care clients in urban areas of Haiti and Malawi. Additionally, women in urban areas of Malawi who had more counseling during antenatal care were more likely to initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth compared with women in areas with less counseling. 

National News

Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill Released, summarized from Congress

The Senate Appropriations Committee has released the text of its FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill and conference report. The spending bill includes funding for programs within the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and other related agencies. The bill combines $178.3 billion in base allocation with $9.4 billion in changes in mandatory programs. This represents a one percent increase over the FY2019 enacted level. Both chambers of Congress still have to come together to negotiate a final bill. Read the press release

USBC Insight: USBC has published a detailed analysis titled "Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY2020 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill," which includes highlights from the bill that have an impact on breastfeeding families. The Senate bill includes $2 million less than the House bill for the CDC's Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program compared to the House bill, and eliminates the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. In addition, the USBC has delivered a joint letter urging Senate leaders to direct at least $10 million in FY2020 for the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program. The letter was signed by 43 international, national, and tribal organizations and 67 regional, state, and local organizations. Individuals are encouraged to use USBC's online tool, "Ask Congress to Invest in Breastfeeding Families," to urge Members of Congress to support these funding priorities.

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, October 2, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. The Committee will deliberate the importance of local data and how data partnerships can contribute to achieving Healthy People 2030 objectives. The meeting will be held via webcast and is open to the public. Individuals must pre-register to attend.

Annual State Health Rankings Report, summarized from United Health Foundation

The United Health Foundation has published the 2019 America's Health Rankings "Health of Women and Children Report." The report provides a state-by-state comparison of the health of women, infants, and children, combining various health-related measures across categories of health determinants and health outcomes using a wealth of reputable data sources. The report highlights 73 health indicators, including exclusive breastfeeding rates, and spotlights disparities in maternal and child health across race/ethnicity, age, income, geography, gender, and education.

Annual State of Obesity Report, summarized from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has published their 16th annual "State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America" report. The report is based in part on newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and analysis by TFAH, and it provides an annual snapshot of obesity rates nationwide. The authors found that nine U.S. states had adult obesity rates above 35% in 2018, up from seven states at that level in 2017. The report's policy recommendations to address obesity include expanding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to age 6 for children and for two years postpartum for mothers and fully funding the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program.

USBC Insight: The National WIC Association hosts online action tools to support both of the policy recommendations highlighted in the State of Obesity report:

Congressional Hearing on Affordability of Raising a Family, summarized from Congress

The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee has held a hearing, titled "Making it More Affordable to Raise a Family." Congresswoman and Vice-Chair Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) touched on paid leave in her opening statement, including the inclusion of the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act in the National Defense Authorization Act. The hearing also featured testimony from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and Executive Director of USBC Member MomsRising. Written witness testimony, opening statements, and a video of the hearing are archived on the committee's website.

Congressional Hearing on Maternal Mortality, summarized from Congress

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee has held a hearing entitled, "Improving Maternal Health: Legislation to Advance Prevention Efforts and Access to Care." Witnesses discussed the crisis of maternal mortality, especially disproportionate rates of death during childbirth experienced by Black women and Native American/Alaska Native women. The hearing also highlighted four bills which propose various approaches to promote maternal health: the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act (H.R. 1897), Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act (H.R. 1551), Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act (H.R. 2902), and Healthy MOMMIES Act (H.R. 2602). Written witness testimony, opening statements, and a video of the hearing are archived on the committee's website.

USBC Insight: The USBC hosts an online action tool titled "Ask Congress to Support the MOMMA's Act!" to support individuals to contact their Members of Congress about the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act. 

Study on Depression and Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Outcomes, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has published a study titled "The Mood, Mother, and Infant Study: Associations Between Maternal Mood in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Outcome." The study examined the role of depression and anxiety in breastfeeding cessation. The authors found that maternal symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy were associated with earlier cessation of exclusive and any breastfeeding. They further found that women with a history of childhood trauma, disordered eating symptoms, and poor prenatal sleep quality were at increased risk.

State/Community News

Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Implementation Brief, summarized from UCB

A research team in Population Studies at the University of California at Berkeley has published an issue brief titled "Evaluating the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance: Employer Perspectives." The issue brief documents leavetaking from a survey of working mothers who gave birth in 2016, prior to the implementation of the ordinance. In addition, the report presents results from a survey of Bay Area employers conducted in 2018, comparing changes in paid parental leave offering in San Francisco versus nearby counties. Findings from the survey indicate that the San Francisco PPLO significantly increased the proportion of San Francisco firms offering paid parental leave, from 44% in 2016 to 75% by 2018.

Global and Local Health White Paper, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has published a white paper titled "Lessons from the World: Applying Global Thinking to Local Public Health." Created as part of NACCHO's Global-to-Local Public Health Exchange, the literature review explores successful approaches to health management in other countries that can be adapted by local health departments to promote health.

Collective Impact Connection

Trends in Community Change Webinar, summarized from Tamarack

Join the Tamarack Institute on Tuesday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "The Latest Trends in Community Change." Speakers will draw on relevant research, observations, and engagement with community changemakers to talk about topics such as including individuals with lived and living experience, building effective and sustainable collective impact efforts, bringing innovative design practices into community spaces, and adaptive leadership practices.

Collective Impact and Social Change Article, summarized from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article titled "Filling the Gaps in Collective Impact." The authors describe nine supporting activities that can help make collective impact approaches to social change more nuanced and rigorous. The article also describes five takeaways that are relevant for partnerships of all kinds, regardless of their stage of development.

Guide on Building a Common Agenda, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has published a guide titled "Foundations for Building a Common Agenda." The publication was created to support communities in understanding the process and ingredients to move from building the energy to developing a community-wide common agenda. The guide also provides key principles to consider when laying these foundations to set communities up for success ahead of implementing a community plan.

Equity Lens

Webinar on Health and Racial Equity, summarized from Dialogue4Health

Join Dialogue4Health on Wednesday, October 2, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Advancing a System of Prevention for Health and Racial Equity." The presentation will encourage health practitioners and partners to work together to produce systems that redefine health, safety, and equity. Prevention Institute will share its System of Prevention framework, which explains how systems shape health and equity. The event will also feature leaders of HIP-Cuyahoga, a county-wide health improvement partnership of over one hundred agencies, community groups, and organizations that are taking a systems approach to advancing health equity and racial justice.

News & Views

Alabama Local: "Alabama lacks workplace protections for moms who want to breastfeed"

CBS Local: "California Could Become Latest State To Allow State Workers To Bring Infants To Work"

Lexology: "Dear Littler: Do We Have to Provide the Kitchen Sink (Literally!) to Lactating Employees?"

Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast blog:

Our Milky Way: "Making a difference for pregnant and lactating incarcerated people"

The Root: "When Will America Save Black Mothers From Dying? Never, Without Us"

Union Bulletin: "Pregnant behind bars: A prison opens a special wing for mothers-to-be and postpartum inmates"

University of Arkansas blog: "U of A School of Nursing to Set Up 'Tiny Tusks' Breastfeeding Support Tent at Home Football Games"

WBIR: "Knoxville's first breast milk bank opening Tuesday to help preemies"

WIVB: "Motorcyclists deliver donated milk, raise awareness for New York Milk Bank"

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