Weekly Wire: February 14, 2020

Weekly Wire: February 14, 2020

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​
    • NBCC 2020 Presentation Proposal & Award Application Deadline
    • NBCC Exhibitor, Marketing, Advertising Opportunities Now Open!
    • February Collective Impact Webinar on the Urgency of Now
    • March Power Tools Webinar on Ethical Leadership
  • National News​
    • Fiscal Year 2021 President's Budget Released, summarized from OMB
    • Interactive Safe Sleep Resource, summarized from NICHD 
    • Webinar on Early Child Nutrition, summarized from AAP
    • Digital Tool Featuring EMPower Training Resources, summarized from CGBI
    • In-Person Training Tools for CACFP Providers, summarized from USDA/FNS
    • Issue Brief on Innovative Prenatal Support Models, summarized from CAP 
  • State and Community News
    • Applications Open for Centering Implementation Awards, summarized from CHI
    • Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation, summarized from Ohio
    • Legislation to Provide Tax Exemption for Breast Pumps, summarized from Washington 
  • Equity Lens
    • Request for Information on Maternal Mortality, summarized from NIH 
  • News & Views

 *denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

NBCC 2020 Presentation Proposal & Award Application Deadline

The deadline to submit presentation proposals and awards applications for the Tenth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening is this Sunday, February 16. The conference will take place June 12-13, 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the theme Many Voices United: Transforming the Landscape of Breastfeeding

NBCC Exhibitor, Marketing, Advertising Opportunities Now Open! 

USBC has announced the 2020 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening marketing opportunities. The NBCC offers a range of marketing opportunities at various price points. Sponsorship options include supporting our Networking Event and Lactation Lounge, offering a branded water bottle to attendees, sponsoring the 2020 NBCC app, and more! Half- and full-page ads in the program book are available, as well as the option to put an item or flyer in the attendee bag. We offer a sliding scale of fees for small and large for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. Learn more about NBCC marketing opportunities and complete an online application today. USBC marketing and sponsorship opportunities are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

February Collective Impact Webinar on the Urgency of Now

Join USBC, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), and Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE) for a webinar titled "The Fierce Urgency of Now" on Tuesday, February 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET. Calvin Williams will discuss "the fierce urgency of now" and offer reflections on how ROSE and ROBE intend to elevate the power of the community as they work to eliminate breastfeeding disparities so that all families are able to achieve health equity through breastfeeding. Register for the webinar series.

March Power Tools Webinar on Ethical Leadership

Join USBC for a webinar titled "Ethical Leadership: What does this mean for my organization?" on Wednesday, March 18, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. In this presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of how the topic of ethics plays into various organizational types. Participants will learn to differentiate between and among nonprofit laws and duties and how each of these affects the ethics of their organization. To bring the topic of ethical leadership to life, participants will experience authentic organizational case studies as presented by organizations outside of USBC. Register for the webinar series

National News

Fiscal Year 2021 President's Budget Released, summarized from OMB

The Office of Management and Budget has released "A Budget for America's Future – President's Budget FY 2021." The report contains the Budget Message of the President for Fiscal Year 2021, information on the President's priorities, and summary tables. Additional supporting materials can be found on the OMB President's Budget webpage. Details specific to federal agencies that impact breastfeeding families can be found in the Department of Health and Human Services Budget In Brief, Center for Disease Control and Prevention Justification of Estimates for Appropriation CommitteesU.S. Department of Agriculture FY 2021 Budget Summary, 2021 USDA Explanatory Notes-Food And Nutrition Service, and Health Resources Service Administration Budget in Brief.

USBC Insight: Each federal budget is developed for what is called a Fiscal Year, which begins on October 1 and runs through September 30 of the following year. Developing a federal budget begins with the President submitting a budget plan which reflects the vision, values, and priorities of the Administration. The President's budget sets the stage for the federal budget negotiation process which will take place in the coming months. Learn more about the federal budget process.

Key funding updates relevant to the breastfeeding field in the President's FY21 budget and associated agency summary reports include:

  • Elimination of funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program. This program was funded at $9 million in fiscal year 2020.
  • Elimination of funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. REACH works to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities through local, culturally appropriate programs, including breastfeeding support programs. This program was funded at $59.95 million for fiscal year 2020.
  • $5.5 billion in funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a $500 million decrease from the fiscal year 2020 level.
  • $60 million in funding for WIC's Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, a $30 million decrease from the fiscal year 2020 level.
  • $1 billion in funding for paid family leave for new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, through state programs.
  • Notice that the Women's Preventive Services Initiative will undergo an open competition which will include a review of updated evidence for breastfeeding services and supplies.

The USBC closely monitors the federal budget process and mobilizes the field to take action during strategic moments in the negotiation process. A detailed analysis of the Fiscal Year 2021 President's budget and agency summary reports relevant to the breastfeeding field has been published in a USBC blog titled, "Fiscal Year 2021 President's Budget Released." In addition, USBC has launched an online action tool titled, "Ask Congress to Invest in Breastfeeding Families." Individuals are encouraged to use the online tool to contact Members of Congress in support of FY21 funding for CDC breastfeeding support programs. 

Member and partner highlights include:

*Interactive Safe Sleep Resource, summarized from NICHD

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has updated their "Safe to Sleep® Interactive Room." The Interactive Room allows users to explore a safe sleep environment and learn how to create one in their homes. Users can take a virtual tour of a safe sleep environment, zoom in and out on different parts of the room, and learn about the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for safe infant sleep. The educational resource includes information on a variety of environmental factors that can contribute to creating a safe sleep environment in a home, including breastfeeding.

*Webinar on Early Childhood Nutrition, summarized from AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with 1,000 Days and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will host a webinar titled "Early Child Nutrition: From Birth to Two Years" on Wednesday, February 26, from 12-1 p.m. ET. The speaker, Dr. Heather Hamner, will highlight key findings from her recent article, "Dietary quality among children from 6 months to 4 years, NHANES 2011–2016" and her other research work. Additional discussion will focus on implications for pediatric care and public policy.

*Digital Tool Featuring EMPower Training Resources, summarized from CGBI

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has published the "EMPower Training Digital Tool." The EMPower Training project was a two-year initiative aimed at improving evidence-based maternity practices supportive of optimal infant nutrition. The digital tool makes the information and resources developed through the initiative publicly available. 

USBC Insight: Learn more about the EMPower Training and CGBI's other projects in the most recent session of the CDC-USBC Bimonthly Webinar Series, "Training Resources from the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Initiative."

*In-Person Training Tools for CACFP Providers, summarized from USDA/FNS

The U.S Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, has published "CACFP Trainer's Tools: Feeding Infants." The in-person training resources bring to life the Feeding Infants in the Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guide. Resources include a trainer's guide, presentations with trainer notes, videos, game-show style digital interactives to help participants test their knowledge, as well as pre- and post-tests. The resources focus on topics such as developmental readiness, hunger and fullness cues, solid foods, and more. The training includes specific materials on storing and handling breast milk in a child care site and creating a breastfeeding-friendly child care environment. All materials are available in English and Spanish. 

Issue Brief on Innovative Prenatal Support Models, summarized from CAP

The Center for American Progress has published an issue brief titled "Ensuring Healthy Births Through Prenatal Support: Innovations From Three Models." The publication examines three different programs that provide prenatal care and/or support, exploring what happens when this care is reimagined as a broader, holistic system of supports throughout pregnancy in order to improve birth outcomes and ensure optimal health for parents and infants. 

State and Community News

*Applications Open for Centering Implementation Awards, summarized from CHI

The Centering Healthcare Institute has launched a request for applications for the "2020 Centering Implementation Awards." The awards address financial barriers to starting the Centering model of group healthcare in health centers in resource-limited communities. CHI is awarding these services to up to 50 practices on a rolling basis in 2020. Previously, awards have been given primarily to Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers. Qualified practices can get up to two years of free services to start CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care or CenteringParenting group well-child care. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout 2020 until all slots have been awarded.

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation, summarized from Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance, and Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association have partnered to offer a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation. The purpose of this designation is to provide early childhood education (ECE) professionals with the knowledge and tools to support breastfeeding children, families, and employees in their setting. ECE programs can earn breastfeeding friendly designation by creating and implementing a breastfeeding policy that meets the minimum requirements outlined in the designation application and completing the Ohio Approved online training, "Supporting Breastfeeding in the ECE Setting."

Legislation to Provide Tax Exemption for Breast Pumps, summarized from Washington

Washington state Representatives Shewmake, Paul, Pollet, Rude, and Tarleton, have introduced Washington House Bill 2927. The bill would provide an exemption from the sales and use tax for the sales of breast pumps, breast pump collection and storage supplies, breast pump kits, breast pump parts, and certain services to maintain and repair breast pumps. Media highlights include:

Equity Lens

Request for Information on Maternal Mortality, summarized from NIH

The National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research, has published a request for information (RFI) titled "Input on a Proposed Research Initiative to Decrease Maternal Mortality." The RFI invites input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communities, as well as the general public, on a proposed two-pronged research initiative in pursuit of cutting-edge, innovative, and collaborative approaches to reduce maternal mortality. Comments must be submitted electronically by Friday, February 21.

News & Views

A Better Balance blog: "A Historic Congressional Hearing on the Paid Family & Medical Leave Workers Need"

*MomsRising blog: "Maternal Justice Legislative & Policy Updates - January 2020"

NPR: "Finland's Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent"

TEDxColoradoSprings: "Milk – The Food That Helped Evolve Humanity | Laurel A Wilson"

The Washington Post: "Mormon women are pushing the LDS Church to be clearer on its breastfeeding policies"

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