Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 17, 2015

USBC Updates

Join the FAM Act Thunderclap on 6/18!

There's just one more day to join the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act Thunderclap! Participants will flood social media to share the same message at the same time through Facebook and Twitter, on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. ET. It just takes a moment to sign up to share this message: No mom should have to pump breast milk on an airport bathroom floor. Tell Congress to support the #FAMAct: http://thndr.it/1RN6Jr0

Give a Unique Father's Day Gift, and Have Your Donation Doubled

With Father's Day around the corner, give a gift that is both meaningful and powerful: make a donation to the USBC in honor of a special father in your life! We'll send you a link to acknowledge your gift with special certificates to print or e-mail, or sharable social media graphics, a simple yet unique way to acknowledge this special day. A dad's job is so important, in fact, that our spring campaign now runs from Mother's Day to Father's Day, and the USBC Board of Directors has come together to match all individual donations during this time. That means that any contribution you make through this Sunday, June 21, will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact!


Federal News

Paid Leave Grant Opportunity, from DOL

The Department of Labor has announced it will be awarding up to 10 grants of up to $250,000 each for research, analysis, cost-benefit, eligibility, and benefit studies on paid leave. The funding announcement builds on a 2014 Women's Bureau grant program that awarded a total of $500,000 to three states and the District of Columbia. Applications are due July 15, and there will be a webinar on June 24 at 1 p.m. ET to provide information to advocates and legislators interested in applying. Applicants must be a government entity.

New Vision & Performance Standards for Head Start, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced important steps to improve the quality of services at Head Start programs across the country, unveiling the first comprehensive revision of the Head Start Performance Standards since they were originally published in 1975. The revised standards reflect a vision for how to raise the bar on quality and build on the program's history of success to help more children onto a path to school success. The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed standards by August 18. (Note: The proposal includes expanded breastfeeding provisions: model comment talking points will be shared in a future issue of WWW.)

Prenatal Survey Highlights, from USDA/WIC

The Department of Agriculture has released findings from the "Feeding My Baby" Study's prenatal survey, which highlight the positive impact of WIC participation on breastfeeding acceptance, beliefs, and education. The prenatal survey is a segment of the findings from the the WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study 2 (WIC ITFPS-2), designed to describe the feeding practices used by caregivers and measure the nutrition outcomes of children who participate in WIC.


Partner News

Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ

The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) May 2015 newsletter contains a breastfeeding article, entitled "Making Breastfeeding A Community Affair."


News from the Field

Double Feature Webinar, from NCADD

Join the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors for a double feature webinar on June 25 at 3 PM ET. The webinar will cover two topics: "A Prevention Approach to ACA Insurance Coverage" and "The Changing Landscape for Community Health Workers."

Cross-Sector Obesity Responses Workshop Summary, from IOM

The Institute of Medicine has released a summary of its second Roundtable on Obesity Solutions workshop held on September 30, 2014. At the workshop, presenters explored models of cross-sector work that may reduce the prevalence and consequences of obesity; identified case studies of cross-sector initiatives that engage partners from diverse fields; identified lessons learned from and barriers to established cross-sector initiatives; and engaged participants in how best to apply the models or issues discussed in their communities and organizations.

Community Health Equity Resource, from Health Resources In Action

Health Resources in Action has released a new report, entitled Embracing Equity in Community Health Improvement. The report is a comprehensive resource for health professionals and community-based organizations, including a framework and practical tools for incorporating a health equity agenda into community health improvement work.


Collective Impact Connection

Equity Matters Video Posted, from Collective Impact Forum

Last month, over 1,600 viewers from 25 countries and 46 U.S. states joined the Collective Impact Forum for a livestream event Equity Matters in Collective Impact, a keynote and discussion that focused on the necessity to include an equity lens within collective impact work, regardless of the social issue. Now available online, watch the full video, read a transcript of the talk, and share your thoughts.


News & Views

US News & World Report: "The Dangers of Sharing Breast Milk"

Philly.com: "How Baby Friendly is getting more Phila. moms to breastfeed"

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: "Introducing Mom2Mom Global: Military Breastfeeding Support Around the World"

New York Magazine: "Does My Baby Only Like Me for My Boobs?"

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