Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 16, 2015

USBC Updates

New Racial Equity Webinar Series

The USBC network of member and partner organizations and breastfeeding coalitions is invited to a new series of bi-monthly webinars, launching this month as part of our efforts to "create and model a culture of inclusion, diversity & equity" (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 4). With funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this series will focus on building the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies. For the first webinar session in the series on Tuesday, September 29, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, Simran Noor, Director of Policy and Strategy at the Center for Social Inclusion will present highlights of CSI's recently launched report, Removing Barriers to Breastfeeding: A Structural Race Analysis of First Food.


Federal News

An mPINC Minute, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) has begun. Screening phone calls are being conducted in alphabetical order by state/territory abbreviation and facilities will be contacted on a rolling basis. Screening has begun in states/territories beginning with letters 'A' through 'L' and screening in states/territories beginning with the letters 'M' through 'P' will begin over the next few weeks.

Grants to Support Healthier Foods in Schools and Child Care Centers, from USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture will be awarding $8 million in grants to support healthier foods in schools and child care centers. Approximately $2.6 million will support implementation of new national professional standards for the National School Lunch/Breakfast Programs, and $5.6 million will go to help states expand and enhance food service training programs and provide nutrition education in school, child care, and summer meal settings.

Child Care Webinar and Spanish Language Resource, from USDA/FRAC/RWJF

Join the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food Research Action Center, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Friday, September 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET for a webinar on creating healthier child care environments with the newly released Spanish language version of Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and other Spanish language resources.


Member News

#BirthEquity Storify, from HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One has released a storify recap from their #BirthEquity Twitter chat held on September 9. The chat focused on equity in birth and breastfeeding.


News from the Field

New Documentary on the Universal Issues Surrounding Breastfeeding

Through an intimate and artistic lens, the new documentary MILK brings a global perspective on the politics, commercialization, and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the world. The film can be used as a vehicle to galvanize your local community around these important issues. Join the movement by hosting a screening event at your local theater.

Virtual Advocacy Day for PICH Program, from SOPHE

Join the Society for Public Health Education on Tuesday, September 29, for a Virtual Advocacy Day to educate policymakers on the vital role of the CDC's Partnerships in Community Health (PICH) program. PICH programs are three-year initiatives that provide funding for local government agencies and non-governmental organizations to implement evidence- and practice-based strategies that address chronic disease risk factors related to tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and a lack of access to health care. PICH funding has been eliminated in the proposed FY 2016 House and Senate appropriations bills.

Future of Health Professional Education Workshop Summary, from IOM

The Institute of Medicine has published a summary of a workshop held in April on Envisioning the Future of Health Professional Education. The workshop aimed to explore the implications that shifts in health, policy, and the health care industry could have on HPE and workforce learning; to identify learning platforms that could facilitate effective knowledge transfer with improved quality and efficiency; and to discuss opportunities for building a global health workforce that understands the role of culture and health literacy in perceptions and approaches to health and disease.

Case Studies of Health Equity Practice, from PHI/Berkeley Media Studies

The Public Health Institute has published a new report entitled, Advancing Health Equity: Case Studies of Health Equity Practice in Four Award-Winning California Health Departments, exploring the creative ways California counties are tacking health inequity with limited resources.

Work Family Policy Toolkit, from Work Family Strategy Council

The Work Family Strategy Council has released Time to Care: A Work Family Policy Toolkit, providing resources for organizations to move campaigns forward with clear language and information to differentiate family leave and paid sick days, as well as expand the definition of family to recognize the diversity of family structures.  


State/Community News

Childhood Obesity Action Plan, from San Diego

The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a public-private partnership focused on reducing and preventing childhood obesity through policy, systems, and environmental change, has released the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Action Plan. The plan includes case studies that highlight best practice examples of how partners have put obesity prevention strategies into practice. The plan also includes breastfeeding, including advocating for the promotion of breastfeeding as the healthiest first food and for the provision of lactation support.


Collective Impact Connection

Aligning Multiple Partners, from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute has released an article on strategies for aligning multiple partners for collective impact work. Collective impact requires a variety of different partners to come together and work collaboratively across a variety of different sectors. Looking for synergy and alignment can be a powerful strategy to maximize resources and increase impact. The alignment of strategies between collective impact efforts at the local, state, or national levels can be called the nested effect. In this metaphor, the nest supports the local partners intentionally through their development phase and then the two partners become equal learners as the initiatives develop and begin to fly.


News & Views

CNN: "Soldiers in uniform pose for photo to 'normalize breastfeeding'"

KATU 2 (ABC local): "Mom told to breast-feed in bathroom gets support from state"

The Stir: "9 Parody Photos That Nail What Being a Breastfeeding Working Mom Is Really Like"

Yahoo! Parenting: "When Custody Battles Make Breastfeeding Nearly Impossible"

Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM blog): "Is it really about sexualizing breasts? Or is it about rape culture?"

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