Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 25, 2016

USBC Updates

Parents' Month: Twitter Party Thursday, May 26

Through the Parents' Month: Celebrating, Centering, Connecting campaign, the USBC is working to provide opportunities for parents to share their stories, express their ideas for and experiences with supportive communities, and then take those ideas forward to policymakers to truly move the needle for our Nation's families. Join us for this week's activities:

  • Join the Conversation: Join us at hashtag #Parents3Cs for a Twitter party with co-hosts Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere and the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color on Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m. ET to talk about Building Communities of Support.
  • Share Stories: Read the stories of a variety of individuals and share your own at hashtag #Parents3Cs. Your reflection can be shared as a written blog post, video or audio recording, art piece, or a combination of these.
  • Share Graphics: Share our latest series of graphics bringing together beautiful images with the words of moms and advocates who are working to ensure every family has the opportunity to reach their personal breastfeeding goals.

New Member Spotlight: CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) is an international certification organization for doulas, childbirth educators, and lactation educators. As one of the first and most comprehensive perinatal organizations, CAPPA is respected for its longevity and commitment to excellence in both education and unsurpassed student and member support. Since its founding in 1998, CAPPA has certified thousands of perinatal professionals around the world, encouraging culturally relevant education, training, and support. CAPPA believes that all women have the right to make informed decisions regarding their options throughout pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding. With this belief in mind, CAPPA certified professionals aim to facilitate empowerment, connection, and self-advocacy in families from pre-conception through early parenthood. Of CAPPA's several certification options, the Certified Lactation Educator™ (CLE®) is a CAPPA trained non-clinical professional who offers education, support, and counseling to families and the public. CAPPA professionals encourage families to choose health care providers and places of birth that most reflect and support their values and needs. CAPPA seeks to forge positive and productive relationships with organizations that support healthy, informed family decisions, and strives to build a bridge of understanding, respect, and communication with all health care professions.


Federal News

New Maternal Mental Health Initiative, from NIH/NICHD/NCMHEP

The National Child and Maternal Health Education Program, a program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, has announced a new initiative, Moms' Mental Health Matters. The program aims to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the baby is born. Free health education materials are available in English and Spanish, including posters, a conversation starter postcard specifically designed for the mom's support system, and an action plan to help moms identify when to seek help.

Updated Nutrition Facts Label, from FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has finalized a new Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. The updates include a declaration of grams and a percent daily value for "added sugars" to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to a product. The changes are based on updated science that reinforces the link between diet and chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The new labels will appear on most products by July 26, 2018. The new label changes apply to conventional foods and dietary supplements (21 CFR 101.9 and 21 CFR 101.36) specifically purported to be for infants and children, however, infant formulas are exempt from the requirements of these regulations. Requirements for the labeling of infant formula are provided for in other regulations (21 CFR 106 and 21 CFR 107).

Overtime Fact Sheet, from White House

The White House has released a new fact sheet entitled, Growing Middle Class Paychecks and Helping Working Families Get Ahead By Expanding Overtime Pay, with historical information about overtime protections as well as data on the anticipated effects of the new overtime rule. 

Health Insurance Coverage Report, from CDC/NCHS

The National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has released a report finding that the number of uninsured Americans has declined from 36 million in 2014 to 28.6 million in 2015, with under 10% of all Americans now uninsured.


Member News

House Committee Passes Harmful Child Nutrition Bill, from NWA

The House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Congressman John Kline (R-MN) voted 20-14 in favor of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill (HR 5003) entitled "Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016," which was introduced by Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN). The bill contains many harmful provisions for a wide range of child nutrition programs, and it fails to make critical improvements or investments in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The National WIC Association and hundreds of public health and anti-hunger organizations stand in firm opposition to HR 5003.

Women's Preventive Services Update Process, from ACOG

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has launched the Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI).  Through this five-year cooperative agreement with the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration, ACOG is engaging a coalition of national health professional organizations and consumer and patient advocates with expertise in women's health across the lifespan to develop, review, and update recommendations for women's preventive health care services. This process will include review of the current HRSA Preventive Services Guidelines for "breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling."

WHO Code Day of Action Recap, from Public Citizen

Public Citizen has posted a recap of the May 21st WHO Code Day of Action, including over 100 images shared.


Partner News

Impact of Redirected Funds for Zika Response, from ASTHO/NACCHO/APHL/CSTE

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists have released a report entitled, Impact of the Redirection of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Funding from State and Local Health Departments to Support National Zika Response. The report addresses the impact of $44.5 million of PHEP funds redirected to fight the Zika outbreak, finding that this would likely have an impact on state and territorial preparedness, including 86% of local health departments anticipating an impact to their jurisdictions' ability to lead a response to a public health emergency.


News from the Field

Ob/Gyn Educational Intervention Study, from Breastfeeding Medicine

The Breastfeeding Medicine journal has published the results of a study on educational interventions about breastfeeding for obstetricians and gynecologists, showing that a brief intervention had a meaningful impact on resident physician counseling behavior. Pre- and post-test responses showed a slight improvement in knowledge of the topic and a more positive trend for promoting breastfeeding. The authors conclude that breastfeeding training should be included in residency curricula.

Obstetric Practice Webinar, from University of Albany

The University at Albany has released the recording and materials from a webinar entitled, "Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice," originally presented on May 16, 2016. The webinar reviewed the recently updated American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee Opinion, and sought to reach obstetricians and gynecologists, midwives, other obstetric providers, lactation consultants, nurses, and staff to review these recommendations and their role in supporting women to meet their breastfeeding goals.

Pay for Success in Children's Health Webinar, from NIHCM Foundation

On Monday, June 6, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will host a webinar entitled, "Investing in Children's Health and the New "Pay for Success" Approach." With one in five American kids living below the federal poverty line—a start that leads to health disparities and life-long achievement gaps—services like home visits for new mothers have been proven to mitigate the impact of poverty on children. The Pay for Success (PFS) approach is shaking up the way these services are financed, inviting investors and philanthropies to fund evidence-based social programs with reimbursement from the government when the programs achieve their objectives. The webinar will inform participants how Pay for Success works, which programs and partners might benefit from it, and the challenges they face; provide an update on federal efforts in Pay for Success from the director of the White House Social Innovation Fund; and present the results of feasibility studies on various state-level Pay for Success proposals.


State/Community News

Breastfeeding and Childhood Obesity Study, from Oregon

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon has issued a press release about the results of an Oregon based study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity. The study examined data from the CDC's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System and found increased breastfeeding was associated with decreased obesity among the 493 children followed up to age two.

New Overtime Rule Report, from New York City

The City of New York's Office of the Comptroller has released a report entitled, Past Time for Overtime: How Expanded Access To Overtime Protections Will Boost Wages For Working Families In New York City," examining the potential impact of this change on workers in New York City.


Collective Impact Connection

Collective Impact Research Results, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article entitled, "The Changing Face of Collaboration," exploring a three-year research project commissioned by The Wallace Foundation to investigate collective impact and cross-sector collaborations for education more generally. The article presents important finding about the prevalence of initiatives branding themselves with collective impact, increased sense of urgency around social issues, and the long history of collaborative work on the field. 


News & Views

The Washington Post: "Breastfeeding: Not just for the women who give birth"

OWH blog: "Taking Care of Your Health — and Your Baby's"

Our Milky Way (HCP blog): "USBC receives Lamaze International President's Award"

NBC local:"Cuyahoga County village offers six-month parental leave"

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