Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 25, 2015

USBC Updates

Supporting Working Moms Act Introduced!

On Friday, November 20, the Supporting Working Moms Act of 2015 (SWMA) was introduced in both houses of Congress! This bipartisan legislation would protect and expand working moms' right to breastfeed by extending the existing federal law to ensure that executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers, have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace.

A sincere thank you to co-sponsors Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Al Franken (D-MN), and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) for championing this important bill!

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Sample tweets:

  • Breaking News! Supporting Working Moms Act introduced in Senate and House: 1.usa.gov/1OgQSl0 #SWMA #Breastfeeding

  • Big #SWMA TY 2 @SenJeffMerkley @RepMaloney @RonWyden @lisamurkowski @SenSchumer @SenMarkey @SenGillibrand @SenWarren @alfranken @RepMaloney

  • Because teachers shouldn't have to choose between #breastfeeding and their students, I support #SWMA bit.ly/1O4XWlE

  • Supporting Working Moms Act is good for families, employers, & economy: where do your legislators stand? #SWMA bit.ly/1O4XWlE

  • Supporting Working Moms Act would make #breastfeeding possible for an additional 13.5 million #WorkingMoms #SWMA bit.ly/1O4XWlE

  • 60% don't reach their own #breastfeeding goal, but laws that guarantee #BFing breaks at work can help change this #SWMA bit.ly/1O4XWlE


Federal News

WIC Program and Participant Report, from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has published the WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2014 report. This biennial report provides nationwide demographic information on WIC program participants as well as information on participant income and nutrition risk characteristics. The report found the proportion of breastfeeding women exceeded that of non-breastfeeding postpartum women, continuing the trend exhibited for the first time in 2012. Breastfeeding initiation also increased from 67.1% in 2012 to 69.8% in 2014.


Partner News

Reducing Infant Mortality Video, from NICHQ

NICHQ has released a video about how the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality is combining three key methods for change—collaborative learning, innovation networks and quality improvement—to achieve results in reducing infant mortality across the country.

Interactive Data Platform and Report, from Big Cities Health Coalition, a project of NACCHO

The Big Cities Health Coalition, a project of the National Association of County & City Health Officials, has released a new interactive data platform and report, the Big Cities Health Inventory. The new resource examines data from 26 cities across 34 health indicators. The data set is the first of its kind to be compiled in an open access format to provide a broad, comparable view of city health.

Maternal-Newborn Progress Report, from WHO

The World Health Organization has released A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: The 2015 Report. The report contains significant information on breastfeeding, estimating that 800,000 deaths of children could be avoided by increasing breastfeeding rates. Children from poor families are doing better than children from rich families when it comes to breastfeeding, perhaps because people in many countries do not consider it a modern practice. The country with the highest percentage of exclusive breastfeeding was Rwanda and the lowest was Chad.


News from the Field

Population Health Survey Report, from CHA

The Children's Hospital Association has released findings from its recent population health survey of children's hospitals. Three new resources are provided on its website, including an infographic and slide deck of the key findings, in addition to the survey report.

Review of WIC Food Packages, from IOM

The Institute of Medicine has published the Review of WIC Food Packages: Proposed Framework for Revisions: Interim Report. The purpose of this report is to provide details of the evidence that was considered in the first phase of the review, and present the framework that will be used for the committee to make recommendations in the second phase.

Call for Papers on Childhood Obesity Risk Factors & Prevention in First 1000 Days, from Childhood Obesity

The journal Childhood Obesity plans to publish a special issue dedicated to Childhood Obesity Risk Factors and Prevention in the First 1000 Days: conception to age 24 months. The call for papers seeks articles that characterize or identify factors in early life that may increase or mitigate risk for obesity and/or excessive weight gain and/or that fill methodological research gaps relevant to the understanding of risk for development of obesity in children. Better understanding of the development of obesity in early life could inform preventive interventions particularly among vulnerable populations. Manuscript submission guidelines are available online and the deadline is January 1, 2016.

Report to Congress on Evidence Gaps for Preventive Services, from USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released its Fifth Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services, prioritizing evidence gaps related to women's health. Research in these areas would generate much needed evidence for important new recommendations to improve the health and health care of women in the United States.


State/Community News

Paid Family/Medical Leave Report, from Montana

The Montana Budget and Policy Center has released its first in a series of reports on paid family and medical leave. This first report provides state policymakers, advocates, and the broader public with information on why paid family leave is a critical step in helping families, businesses, and the state economy. It examines the evidence from state-initiated paid leave programs and national studies.


Collective Impact Connection

Building Capacity to Address & Reduce Inequities, from GEO & Collective Impact Forum

Earlier this year, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Collective Impact Forum came together around the question of, "How can grantmakers instill an equity lens within their collaborative efforts?" Through research and interviews with funders and leading organizations in the equity field, they produced a research scan that identifies some of the major challenges organizations grapple with around advancing equity, and also discusses key focus areas that funders could support to help build their grantees' capacity to address and reduce inequities. To find out more, read the research scan, Collaborating to See All Constituents Reach Their Full Potential, and read a blog post with more background of this early study, entitled "Exploring Equity in Collaborative Grantmaking."


News & Views

NICHQ blog: "4 Tips for Reducing Formula Supplementation in the Hospital"

The New York Times: "Breast-Feeding Is Good for Mothers, Not Just Babies, Studies Suggest"

The New York Times: "The Politics of Paid Time Off to Have a Baby"

The Huffington Post: "Spotify’s New Parental Leave Policy Is Pretty Amazing"

GQ: "How Hard Should You Push for Paternity Leave?"

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