Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 6, 2016

USBC Updates

Coalitions Conference Scholarship Applications Now Open: Deadline May 8

Legacy Scholarship: The Drs. Ruth Lawrence & Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship was established in 2014 as part of the creation of the USBC Legacy Award to honor the lifelong achievement of these two leaders in the field. The scholarship is offered to two recipients each year the National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference is held. The vision of the scholarship is to provide support to talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding coalition leaders. The scholarship is open to individuals who are actively involved with a state, territorial, tribal, local, or cultural breastfeeding coalition in the United States.

Tribal/Native Scholarship: Thanks to the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are also available to support tribal/native representatives' participation in the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference. The vision of the scholarship is to provide support to talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding leaders in native communities. The scholarship is open to tribal/native individuals who are actively involved in collaborative efforts to support breastfeeding in their communities.


Federal News

Vital Signs Report on Zika and Pregnancy, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released this month's Vital Signs report, focused on the threat of Zika to pregnant women and their fetuses and the steps that can be taken by pregnant women, their partners, and communities to thwart this public health threat. Visit the Vital Signs web page to find the fact sheet and other materials. Take advantage of CDC's social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates.

Presidential Proclamations, from The White House

The White House has issued Presidential Proclamation -- Women's History Month, 2016, calling upon all Americans to observe Women's History Month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. Additionally, the White House has released Presidential Proclamation: National Public Heath Week, 2016, calling on all citizens, government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other groups to join in activities and take action to improve the health of our nation.

Health Equity Forum, from HHS & HHS/OMH

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the HHS Office of Minority Health will host an HHS Health Equity Forum (available for live online streaming), in observance of National Minority Health Month and the 30th anniversary of OMH on Thursday, April 7, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET. The Forum will highlight initiatives underway by the Obama Administration and HHS to reduce disparities and further efforts needed to accelerate health equity and expand opportunity for all. This event builds upon the work initiated in 2015 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health (Heckler Report), the first comprehensive study of the health status of racial and ethnic minorities conducted by the U.S. government that led to the establishment of OMH in 1986.

Revised Recommendations for Preparing Powdered Infant Formula, from USDA/FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has responded to the National WIC Association's request to review and revise the recommendations for preparing powdered infant formula in Infant and Nutrition Feeding: A Guide for Use in the WIC and CFS Programs, to align with recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to address concerns about the water temperature for mixing powdered formula. USDA/FNS is currently revising its guidelines to align with the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation that government agencies should not issue advice that is contrary to the FDA-approved labels on formulas.

Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal, from FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has released new data and a scientific assessment on arsenic in infant rice cereal, with targeted advice for pregnant women and infants. Through a draft guidance to industry, the FDA is proposing a limit or "action level" of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal. Read the press release.


Member News

NPHW Twitter Chat, from NWA and MomsRising

Join the National WIC Association and MomsRising for a Twitter chat on Friday, April 8, from 1-2 p.m. ET at hashtags #FoodFri and #Gr8rwithWIC. The conversation will focus on National Public Health Week and how the work of the Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children projects contribute to public health.


Partner News

Family Leave Webinar, from CLASP

Join the Center for Law and Social Policy on Thursday, April 21, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Family Leave 2016 Year To Date," to include information on existing state paid family leave programs, active state paid leave bills, and the federal FAMILY Act paid family leave bill.


News from the Field

Business Leader Survey Results, from CMD

The Center for Media and Democracy has released data and video footage from a closed-door webinar about a new poll taken by LuntzGlobal, showing that business leaders overwhelmingly support raising minimum wage and expanding paid sick time, maternity/paternity leave, and predictive scheduling. The poll was shared with business lobbyists, who were instructed on how to manipulate the public debate over those policies rather than implement the views of the business executives who were polled. The LuntzGlobal survey reflects a national sample of business owners and executives who are registered voters and who are members of the local, state, or U.S. Chamber of Commerce or match the profile of executives that the chambers would want to attract. Read the press release.

Health Disparities Report, from JWH

Journal of Women's Health has published "A Report of the Women's Health Congress Workshop on The Health of Women of Color: A Critical Intersection at the Corner of Sex/Gender and Race/Ethnicity," highlighting major points from a pre-conference workshop held at the 23rd Annual Women's Health Congress, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women's Health. The report focuses on the unique health challenges faced by women of color and health disparities for a wide range of conditions.


State/Community News

Paid Family Leave Bill Signed into Law, from New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill establishing a paid family leave program that passed both houses of the state legislature with bipartisan support. Under the new program, employees will be able to take leave to bond with a new child (including adopted and foster children); care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, or grandparent; or address certain military family needs. The law will be phased in over time, with employees eligible for up to 8 weeks of leave a year beginning in 2018, up to 10 weeks in 2019 and 2020, and up to 12 weeks in 2021 and beyond. The amount of money workers receive will increase during the first four years of the program and will be capped in relation to the statewide average weekly wage. In 2018, a worker will receive 50% of his or her average weekly wages up to a cap that is equal to 50% of the statewide average weekly wage. This amount will increase over the following three years to 67% of the worker's average weekly wages, up to a cap of 67% of the statewide average weekly wage. The law also includes job protection. New York is the fourth state to pass paid family leave legislation. Partner and media highlights include:

Lead Exposure and Breastfeeding Podcast, from Michigan

Michigan Breastfeeding Network Co-Chair Julie Lothamer and Genesee County Coalition Chair Shonte Terhune have been featured in The Boob Group's podcast interview, "Lead Exposure and Breastfeeding (Flint, Michigan Water Crisis)." Find more information, including FAQs, recommendations, and details about where to find breastfeeding support, on the MIBFN Lead Exposure & Breastfeeding webpage.


Collective Impact Connection

Partnership Survey & Resources, from ReThink Health

ReThink Health has released the 2016 Pulse Check survey (deadline for response is Monday, April 18). Last year's report from the 2014 Pulse Check, Multisector Partnerships for Health, provided a national snapshot of these groups and their role in reshaping the rapidly evolving health landscape across the country. This year's questionnaire focuses primarily on how these partnerships develop over time, how they finance their work, as well as the main drivers of their momentum and potential pitfalls.  A dissemination toolkit is available.


News & Views

Working for You (DOL blog): "Back Pay for Nursing Mother Forced to Quit"

Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM blog): "@nickkristof When Whites Just Don't Get It: Breastfeeding is not a 'personal behavior'"

Blog for Health Equity (OMH blog): "A Time for Women and Girls to Discover Their Greatness"

People: "Mother Defends 'Tandem Breastfeeding' of Both Her 3-Year-Old and 1-Year-Old Daughters: 'This Is What's Right for Us'"

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