Weekly Wire: May 15, 2020

Weekly Wire: May 15, 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​
    • Stories from the Field on COVID-19 and the Infant Feeding Landscape
    • May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
    • Welcome New USBC Member: PumpHero 
  • Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) 
  • International News
    • 2020 Report Released, summarized from GNR
  • National News​
    • Report on Maternal Health and Medicaid, summarized from IMI
  • State & Community News
    • Funding Opportunity for Communities, summarized from Bush Foundation
  • Equity Lens
    • Webinar on Birth Equity, summarized from HealthConnect One
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Interactive Session on Developing Continuity of Care Blueprint, summarized from NACCHO
    • Webinar on Cross-Sector Partnerships, summarized from PHF
    • Webinar on Collaborative Leadership, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

* denotes a USBC member organization news item

+ denotes a USBC-affiliated Constellation news item


USBC Updates

Stories from the Field on COVID-19 and the Infant Feeding Landscape

The USBC has published the second edition of "Voices from the Field: COVID-19 & Infant Feeding." The COVID-19 pandemic has created seismic shifts in the infant and young child feeding landscape with dangerous compromises to the initiation and establishment of breastfeeding. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is collecting stories from families, clinicians, and allied health workers to create a public record of their lived experiences. This second installment of Voices from the Field demonstrates the impact of the pandemic and associated policy responses on families and communities. It is a sampling of stories shared with the USBC between April 9 and May 13, 2020. The USBC will publish synthesis documents like this on an ongoing basis. Individuals are encouraged to continue sharing stories via USBC's online tool titled "How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Infant Feeding?". There are options to share privately and anonymously. Stories shared privately will not be included in public documents like Voices from the Field.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

The USBC has updated the "Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month" webpage. The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from USBC and the First Food field related to breastfeeding, nutrition, health, and culture. Please share additional resources for consideration via the online submission form.  

Welcome New USBC Member: PumpHero

PumpHero is a new Affiliate For-Profit Member of the USBC. PumpHero's mission is to connect people who pump to safe, clean, and comfortable locations, or PumpSites, and empower individuals with the choice of where and for how long their breastfeeding journey lasts. PumpHero began out of the CEO's experience as a working and traveling mom who found it difficult to locate safe and comfortable places to pump. She realized there was no centralized place to collect information on available breastfeeding locations. PumpHero was created to aggregate information on available breastfeeding locations in order to provide the safe and comfortable spaces for people who pump. It is a website and an app that is committed to eliminating the anxiety of finding appropriate locations to pump with dignity.

Special Section on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

As communities around the nation respond to the global Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the USBC has continued to serve as a communication hub for the breastfeeding field. View the updated "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies" webpage for key resources on COVID-19 and infant feeding. See the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire archive for previous compilations of COVID-19 resources and updates. Submit additional resources for consideration via the online form. Highlights from the field include:

  •  * ASPHN: The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has released a resource page titled "COVID-19 Resources." The webpage includes a compilation of funding opportunities and resources, with resources on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and infant feeding.
  • * BreastfeedLA: BreastfeedLA is hosting a webinar titled "Birthing and Breastfeeding in a COVID19 World: What Parents and the Health Care Team Need to Know" on Friday, May 22, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The webinar will explore the hospital experience during COVID-19, discuss the shared-decision making process, and share resources that make up the safety-net of care to ensure families have a safe and satisfying birthing and breastfeeding experience.
  • Harvard Medical School: Harvard Medical School has launched the COVID Mothers Study. The worldwide survey aims to assess infected mother's maternity experiences.
  • * HealthConnect One: HealthConnect One has published "Birthing Families Need Your Support: A Collection of Stories and Experiences from Across the U.S." The story collection includes perspectives from doulas, peer counselors, and other community health workers on the extreme problems faced by birthing communities during this pandemic.
  • * LER: Lactation Education Resources has posted archived presentations on lactation support and COVID-19 from Nikki and Nikki Lactation Career Consultants. Presentation topics have included inpatient and outpatient lactation support, telehealth, and relactation.
  • * MIBFN: The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has released an on-demand webinar titled "Pushing Through: Community Breastfeeding Support in a Pandemic." The presentation describes strategies for providing accessible lactation education and support in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the Detroit community.
  • *NPA/NANN: The National Perinatal Association and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses have released a joint position statement titled "Mothers with COVID-19 and Their Newborn Infants – Issue: Shared Decision Making." The statement offers guidance on creating a culture of shared decision-making when health care providers must deliver the newborn of a COVID-19 positive mother or when the mother is a Person Under Investigation. NPA and NANN have also released an infographic on the benefits of shared decision-making for mothers and infants.
  • PHI: The Public Health Institute is hosting a webinar titled "COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color: Our Nation's Inequities Exposed" on Wednesday, May 20, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will highlight the disproportionate health and economic impacts the pandemic is having on communities of color, the short- and long-term efforts needed to advance equity in the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and future public health emergencies, and recent federal legislation and state actions in response to COVID-19.
  • UCSF: The University of California San Francisco has announced the "COVID-19 Birth Worker Relief Fund." Created in collaboration with the UCSF School of Nursing, the California Black Infant Health Program, and the California Breastfeeding Coalition, the fund intends to provide one-time small grants, in the amount of $500-$2,500, to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) lactation support persons, birth workers, and community based organizations that are serving BIPOC communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 News & Views

Insider: "New moms who've recovered from the coronavirus appear to have a 'strong immune response' to the disease in their breast milk"

* La Leche League USA blog: "Parenting and Breastfeeding Through COVID-19"

The Lancet: "Maintaining safety and service provision in human milk banking: a call to action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic"

UNICEF blog: "Breastfeeding during coronavirus (COVID-19): An interview with nutrition expert at UNICEF"

International News

2020 Report Released, summarized from Global Nutrition Report

The Global Nutrition Report has released their latest report titled "2020 Global Nutrition Report." The Global Nutrition Report is a multi-stakeholder initiative, consisting of a Stakeholder Group, Independent Expert Group, and Report Secretariat. The 2020 report looks beyond global and national patterns, revealing significant inequalities in nutrition outcomes within countries and populations. Based on the best-available data, in-depth analysis and expert opinion rooted in evidence, the report identifies critical actions to achieve nutrition equity. Global Nutrition Targets for 2025 include a 50% increase in exclusive breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding at six months, continued breastfeeding at one year, and continued breastfeeding at two years are included as infant and young child feeding indicators. 

National News

Report on Maternal Health and Medicaid, summarized from IMI

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation has published a report titled "Improving Maternal Health Access, Coverage, and Outcomes in Medicaid: A Resource for State Medicaid Agencies and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations." The report uses a decades-long evidence base to demonstrate the benefits of the midwifery-led model of care on maternal health outcomes. It includes information for Medicaid stakeholders who are considering improving access and coverage for the midwifery-led model of care, including accreditation, licensure and certification, and state variation in Medicaid reimbursement. The report also provides information to support the development of a business case for the midwifery-led model of care in Medicaid, including a checklist of essential items to consider. It also includes clinical, research, and policy opportunities on the subject. Increased breastfeeding rates is identified as a favorable birth outcome of midwifery-led care. 

State & Community News

Funding Opportunity for Communities, summarized from Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation has announced a funding opportunity titled "Community Innovation Grants." Community Innovation Grants fund problem-solving projects that work inclusively with their communities, make the most of existing resources, and collaborate with other organizations as part of their problem-solving process. Grants must be used for projects located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Equity Lens

* Webinar on Birth Equity, summarized from HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One will host a webinar titled "Birth Equity In Practice" on Thursday, May 28, from 12-1 p.m. ET. The Southern Birth Justice Network will present on community-led programs that address birth equity for communities of color and center African-American/Black birthing families. Participants will learn what birth equity looks like, what resources it takes to address birth equity and reproductive justice in communities of color, and what support for birthing families looks like when rooted and centered in the community.

Collective Impact Connection

+ Interactive Session on Developing Continuity of Care Blueprint, summarized from NACCHO

The USBC-affliated Continuity of Care Constellation will host a virtual facilitation session titled "Developing a Continuity of Care (CoC) Blueprint Virtual Interactive Session" on Tuesday, June 30, from 1-3 p.m. ET. Hosted by the Constellation Steward, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, participants can expect to identify and define roles and responsibilities of the major community stakeholders within the lactation support landscape. In addition, NACCHO will provide a background of the preliminary accomplishments of the CoC Constellation and its subgroups from the blueprint development during the past year, review the science of CoC, and its application to breastfeeding support. Participants do not need to have attended previous CoC Constellation meetings to take part.

Webinar on Cross-Sector Partnerships, summarized from PHF

The Public Health Foundation has released an archived webinar titled "Cross-Sector Collaboration: Making Partnerships Work for Your Community." Speakers discussed why organizations partner to achieve shared objectives and tools participants can use to build and sustain a cross-sector collaboration. The session also included examples of cross-sector collaborations and their impact on the community and resources to help address common community health challenges.

Webinar on Collaborative Leadership, summarized from Tamarack

Tamarack Institute is hosting a webinar titled "Tenacity, Humility, and Collaborative Leadership" on Tuesday, June 2, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Speakers from Tamarack will engage in a conversation about the elements of tenacity and humility and how these play out when being a collaborative leader. The session will include time for participation from the audience.

News & Views

Pacific Air Forces blog: "Liquid gold in uniform"

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