Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 27, 2013

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USBC Updates


On Tuesday, December 3, nonprofits across the nation will be celebrating Giving Tuesday, a day to come together in support of the causes you care about. Be part of the celebration: tell your friends and family about how you are giving back using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. Watch for an e-mail from us detailing the easy ways you can participate in support of USBC!

GoodSearch: Save Money on Your Purchases and Raise Money for Breastfeeding Advocacy

There are four easy ways you can turn your holiday (and everyday) purchases into valuable support for USBC—at no cost to you!

  • Download the USBC GoodApp, and every time you shop online at 1,000 participating stores (including Amazon, eBay, Target, Apple, and Staples), a percentage of your purchase will be donated to USBC!
  • Set GoodSearch.com as your homepage. You'll earn a penny for USBC every time you use the Yahoo-powered GoodSearch search engine.
  • Use GoodShop.com when you shop online to receive instant access to over 100,000 coupons from more than 2,500 major brands.
  • Enroll in the GoodDining.com program and up to 6% of every dollar you spend at any of 10,000 participating restaurants will be donated.

Visit the USBC GoodSearch page today to learn more about each of these features and register your support.


Federal News

New Infant Feeding During Disasters Infographic, from ACF/OHSEPR

The HHS Administration for Children and Families, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response has published a new Infant Feeding During Disasters infographic. The infographic highlights why breastfeeding matters during disasters, barriers to breastfeeding during a disaster, benefits of breastfeeding, and how responders can help.

Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, from CDC

The CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013 is the second Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report highlighting differences in mortality and disease risk for multiple conditions related to behaviors, access to health care, and social determinants of health. The findings and conclusions are intended for practitioners in public health, academia, and clinical medicine; the media; the general public; policymakers; program managers; and researchers to address disparities and help all persons in the U.S. live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

Member News

New Policy Statements, from APHA

The American Public Health Association (APHA) adopted 17 new policy statements at its 141st Annual Meeting in Boston, including policies related to breastfeeding and paid leave. The breastfeeding call to action continues APHA's strong support of breastfeeding and recognizes efforts to increase breastfeeding rates and narrow breastfeeding disparities as fundamental public health issues. The paid sick and family leave policies call on federal lawmakers to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act to apply to more employers. Read the press release.

Day of Action, from NWA

The National WIC Association (NWA) is organizing a call-in day for Tuesday, December 3, in support of the WIC program. NWA supporters are urged to mobilize their networks to contact Members of Congress to urge them to support a budget plan that provides adequate funding for non-defense discretionary programs like WIC and to eliminate the sequester. Call 855-435-7942 and ask for your legislator or use the NWA's action tool to send an e-mail.

Member & Partner News on Paid Leave

Paid family leave has a significant impact on breastfeeding success, but the U.S. is currently one of only three countries that does not guarantee paid leave for new mothers. The U.S. Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics have released a report entitled, National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, revealing that only 12% of all U.S. workers have access to paid leave.

Next month, Senator Gillibrand will introduce The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act in Congress. If passed, the FAMILY Act would create a new, self-sustaining paid leave fund through very small, shared costs to employees and employers. There are many ways to take action to ensure a strong introduction:

News Clippings

InterAksyon.com: "Mothers in Yolanda-hit areas urged to breast-feed their babies"

UNICEF Philippines: "Nutrition Cluster Press Statement on Super Typhoon Yolanda: Breastfeeding saves lives!"

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