Action Alert: Contact Your Legislators About the FAMILY Act
In honor of Mother's Day we came together to educate employees and employers about the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law and call on Congress to take the next step with the Supporting Working Moms Act. Now let's keep the momentum going for Father's Day! The United States is one of only eight countries that does not guarantee paid leave for new mothers and fathers. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) would create a national insurance program that would support workers and businesses by providing eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of paid leave for their own serious illness or that of a child, parent, or spouse; the birth or adoption of a child; the injury of a family member in the military; or exigencies arising from a servicemember's deployment. The program would be entirely self-funded by employer and employee contributions of two-tenths of one percent of a worker's wages. When constituents talk, legislators listen: take action to support the FAMILY Act!
Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities: Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference
Reserve your exhibit or sponsorship opportunity now for the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference! This one-of-a-kind event will kick off National Breastfeeding Month festivities in Arlington, Virginia, on August 2-4, 2014. Conference opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility: choose from a variety of individual opportunities or create your own customized package.
Funding Announcements, from CDC
Five new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) have just been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with one additional obesity-related FOA expected this week. Information on funding focus and eligibility, and application instructions, are accessible through the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion FOA webpage.
- Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): teleconference for potential applicants Friday, May 30 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET.
- State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke: teleconference for potential applicants Thursday, May 29 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET
- A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country: teleconference for potential applicants Wednesday, May 28 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
- Partnerships to Improve Community Health: teleconference for potential applicants Wednesday, May 28 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET
- National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention: teleconference for potential applicants Friday, May 30 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET.
WHO Code Day of Action, from Public Citizen
In celebration of the 33rd anniversary of the World Health Organization adoption of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, Public Citizen brought together individuals and organizations last week to send a unified message that formula marketing in health care facilities is unethical and in violation of international standards. Media highlights included:
- Public Citizen press release: "Infant Formula Manufacturers Criticized for Violating World Health Organization Marketing Standards"
- MochaManual.com: "Forget the WHO Code. It's The Street Code That Undermines Mothers in Detroit"
- Best for Babes blog: "We Support Formula-Feeding Moms AND We Fight Formula Marketing"
- Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM blog): "Day of Action: get out from under the influence of a lifetime of formula marketing"
- breathe. push. grow. (HealthConnect One blog): WHO Code Anniversary blog series
- Lactation Matters (ILCA blog): "Keep Infant Formula Marketing Out Of Healthcare Facilities: Action Day"
- Breastfeed Chicago blog: "Free Ain't Free"
World Health Assembly Update, from IBFAN
The 67th World Health Assembly meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, May 19-24. In addition to attending, the International Baby Food Action Network published a statement of concern about the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors as well as a statement on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition. The decision was adopted on May 24 to have further consultation on the draft framework. In addition, IBFAN published Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2014, demonstrating evidence of company non-compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent WHA resolutions.
News and Views
Women's eNews YouTube Channel: "21 Leaders for the 21st Century, 2014: Kimarie Bugg"
NPR blog: "Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires"
The Daily Mail: "Meet Evelyn! Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming introduces the world to their new baby in intimate breastfeeding shot"
The New York Times: The Opinion Pages: Room for Debate: