Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 17, 2016

USBC Updates

Engage with the Racial Equity Learning Community: Webinar Archives, New Blog Posts, Discussion Questions

Missed the first sessions in the USBC's new Racial Equity webinar series? Catch up in the Racial Equity Learning Community. Archived files and recordings of the September, November, and January sessions are available, as well as the associated blog posts and discussion questions. Please join us!

  • You will need to be logged in to the USBC website to view and join the online community. If you do not yet have a user account, sign up here for instant access.
  • Then go to the learning community home page and click the "Join Community" button towards the top of the right sidebar.

Alternatively, you may access the public webinar archives without logging in to the website.

FY17 President's Budget

The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 was released last week, including:

  • flat funding of $8 million for CDC's Baby-Friendly Hospitals/Breastfeeding programs;
  • level funding of $638 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (AMCHP is advocating that Congress fund this program at $650 million for FY 2017);
  • continued expansion of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) by ramping up funding from the current level of $400 million per year to $2.1 billion in 2027; and
  • $6.35 billion for WIC, which is sufficient to meet current caseload of 8.1 million participants, with $80 million for breastfeeding peer counseling (a $20 million increase from recent years), and $10 million more for research.

With the release of the President's Budget stating the Administration's priorities, the action now moves to Congress through the spring and summer. Congress will now begin their process to draft appropriations bills reflecting their priorities with the goal of passing a final budget by the start of the next fiscal year on October 1, 2015. Stay tuned for future alerts on how you can make sure your voice is part of this process.


Federal News

Zika Virus Guidelines During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued information about pregnancy and the Zika virus, discussing how to prevent infection, how infection could harm your baby, and what you should do if you are pregnant and think you may have been exposed to the virus. CDC also has released interim guidelines for infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection, encouraging breastfeeding of infants even in areas where the Zika virus is active, citing available evidence demonstrating that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any theoretical harm associated with transmission in human milk.

Programs that Reduce U.S. Health Disparities, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a supplement to the Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The supplement highlights programs that reduce disparities by race/ethnicity, geography, disability, and/or sexual orientation across a range of different health conditions.


Member News

Black Breastfeeding Twitter Chat, from ROSE

Join Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere for a "Black Breastfeeding Matters" Twitter chat on Thursday, February 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET using #BlkBFing.

Michigan Seeks Emergency Coverage for Donor Human Milk for Babies Affected by Lead Poisoning, from HMBANA & BMBFA

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America and the Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association are advocating for lead-affected mothers and babies to receive donor human milk, working with Michigan state representatives and other community partners.

Paper on IBCLC Support in WIC, from National WIC Association

The National WIC Association has issued a paper entitled, Enhancing Breastfeeding Support in WIC: The Case for Increasing the Number of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. The paper outlines the crucial role that IBCLCs play in supporting vulnerable mothers and infants, and recommends that federal, state, and local agencies seek ways to create positions for IBCLCs and incorporate IBCLC services into their standard of care.

Black History Month Journal Article Access, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is celebrating Black History Month by providing complementary access to the following Breastfeeding Medicine journal articles till the end of March:


Partner News

Ending Childhood Obesity Report, from WHO

The World Health Organization Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity has presented its final report to the director general, offering six recommendations to governments for reversing the trend of children younger than 5 years becoming obese or overweight. Recommendations include promoting the intake of healthy foods, preconception and pregnancy care, early childhood and school-age diet, physical activity guidance, and weight management, including several actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.


State/Community News

Supreme Court Ruling on Workplace Accommodations, from PR

The Puerto Rican Supreme Court has held that, given certain conditions, failure by an employer to provide a safe, private, and hygienic place to extract breast milk may be a violation of the working mother's right to privacy under the Constitution of Puerto Rico, if the working mother's decision to breastfeed her child is affected by the employer's violation of Act 427.


Collective Impact Connection

How to Scale Up for Systems Change, from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute has released an article entitled, "Small Actions Big Change: Pathways for Systems Impact," explaining the three pathways organizations can use to scale-up their social impact work. The article highlights a new report, Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Scaling Deep, that grew from the realization that highly successful local projects too often fail to demonstrate meaningful impact on the broader social and/or environmental systems they are operating within.


News & Views

Well (The New York Times Health blog): "Support for Breast-Feeding, in a Multitude of Ways"

Kimberly Seals Allers: "Wanted: Food Justice for all Flint Babies. Why is the Government Only Funding Second-Rate Infant Food?"

ABC local: "Breastfeeding and lead exposure: what you need to know"

The New York Times editorial: "The Pentagon's New Parental Leave"

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