Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 10, 2016

Federal News

Funds Temporarily Allowed for Flint-Area WIC Recipient Lead Testing, from USDA

The USDA announced today that it will temporarily allow Michigan to use WIC funds to conduct lead testing for WIC participants, affecting potentially 3,800 participants. The announcement also advised that mothers of formula-fed infants participating in WIC have been given the option to receive ready-to-feed formula instead of the standard powdered formula. In addition, the 7,585 Flint residents participating in the WIC program (including 1,527 women, 1,792 infants, and 4,266 children) are being offered water filters, and other supportive services.

The United State of Women Summit, from The White House

The White House, with cooperation from the Ford Foundation, 10,000 Women, and the Tory Burch Foundation, will convene The United State of Women Summit on May 23, 2016, in Washington, DC. Summit topics will include economic prosperity, health and wellness, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation, civic engagement, and leadership and visibility.

"Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Law FAQ Updates, from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division has published updates to the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Law FAQs regarding which types of employers are covered and how the provision applies to small businesses. All employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of the size of their business, are required to comply with the law. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not subject to the FLSA break time requirement, however, if the employer can demonstrate that compliance with the provision would impose an undue hardship. Whether compliance would be an undue hardship is determined by looking at the difficulty or expense of compliance for a specific employer in comparison to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer's business.

An mPINC Minute, from CDC

The deadline for submitting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) is March 1, 2016. Facilities are encouraged to complete the survey online to ensure it is received by the deadline. If your facility would prefer to complete the hard copy survey, please return it using the provided business reply envelope no later than February 19.

Paid Leave Feasibility Study Results, from DOL

In 2014 the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau awarded $500,000 to assist the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana, and Rhode Island in conducting feasibility studies on paid leave, to help inform the development or implementation of paid family and medical leave programs at the state level. The District of Columbia and Massachusetts developed microsimulation models to analyze different paid leave options, which are now being used by other states and municipalities. Later this spring, the Women's Bureau will publish materials that will summarize the key research and analysis findings from each of the four 2014 grants. 


Member News

Happy Birth Day Website Launch, from HCP

Healthy Children Project has launched Happy Birth Day, a unique website for expecting parents, promoting and celebrating normal, drama-free birth. Happy Birth Day offers crisis- and cliffhanger-free stories of real birth through videos of expecting mothers and supportive hospital staff. Videos include interviews with mothers and their partners before and after childbirth, as well as scenes from labor and delivery. Videos can be rented through the site for 24 or 48 hours for a small fee, or downloaded permanently.

New Committee Opinion on Breastfeeding, from ACOG

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has published a new Committee Opinion, Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice. The previous version was revised to address how obstetrician–gynecologists and other obstetric care providers can enable women to achieve their infant feeding intentions, as well as policy changes needed to help breastfeeding families reach their goals.


Partner News

FMLA Resources, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act by releasing new national poll results showing that voters overwhelmingly support a national paid family and medical leave law across party lines. The Partnership also released the eighth edition of their guide to the FMLA, available in both English and Spanish.

Raising of America Documentary & Toolkit, from NPWF

The Raising of America documentary is available for free streaming online through February 15. The five-part series explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated, and more prosperous and equitable America. The National Partnership for Women & Families has created a toolkit to support the use of the documentary as a paid leave advocacy tool.

Equal Rights Amendment Video, from ERA Coalition

The Equal Rights Amendment Coalition has produced a video featuring an inter-generational discussion on the Equal Rights Amendment with prominent feminist activists. The conversation was moderated by Agunda Okeyo and included Gloria Steinem, Carol Robles-Román, Ai-jen Poo, Jennifer Pozner, Jamia Wilson, and Elizabeth Deutsch.


News from the Field

Paid Leave Campaign & Website, from PL+US

Paid Leave for the United States has launched a new website and campaign to win paid family and medical leave for everyone working in the U.S. by growing grassroots power with engaging media campaigns that reach new audiences, build victory momentum, and increase the political stakes. PL+US can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Mobile Health Technology Webinar, from NIHCM Foundation

Join the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation for a webinar on mobile health technology on Tuesday, February 16, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET. Speakers will discuss examples of how mobile technology is being used by Medicaid managed care plans, health care providers, and states, and internationally; strategies for improving care management through low-cost interventions such as text message reminders; an innovative program deploying mobile devices in home-based care; and the potential for mobile technology to increase the productivity of the health care workforce.

Breastfeeding Pump Market Research, from Research and Markets

Research and Markets has predicted growth of about 9% in the Global Breastfeeding Pump Market between 2015-2019. The research firm attributes the increase to the number of women with insurance that covers the pumps, increased investment in health care, and greater numbers of working women. The U.S. accounted for about 60% of the market share in 2014.


Collective Impact Connection

Social Impact needs Systematic Solutions, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "An Outcomes Mindset for Systemic Impact." The article explains the role of government in leading an outcomes-focused approach that embraces data and technology, aligns financial incentives, learns from policy failures and successes, and acts on new knowledge about what works.


News & Views

Fortune: "What Does a Model Breastfeeding Twins Have to Do with Working Out?"

Refinery29: "The Ugly Reality Of A Too Short Maternity Leave"

The Boston Globe: "Maternity wards are moving away from nurseries"

The Huffington Post: "Paid Leave Policies Can Level the Playing Field for Small Business"

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