Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 1, 2016

USBC Updates

Military Parental Leave Modernization (MPLM) Act Action Alert

Join us this "Parents' Month" in supporting military families with an action alert asking Members of Congress to support the Military Parental Leave Modernization Act. Introduced by Representative Tammy Duckworth, this bill would remove the outdated policies that fail to recognize the makeup of modern families by ensuring all Servicemembers—regardless of gender—receive at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child. BOTH male and female parents, including adoptive parents, need and deserve dedicated time with their new children. The current policies can discourage adoption or fostering of children and penalize single-parent households as well as those where both parents serve. These policies and statutes are not only fragmented and outdated, but they're also inherently inequitable.

New Member Spotlight: The Milk Mob

The Milk Mob is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to optimize the promotion and support of breastfeeding for families in the outpatient sector. The Milk Mob is dedicated to building breastfeeding-friendly medical systems and communities through: 1) education of medical staff, providers, and other outpatient community breastfeeding supporters; 2) guidance in the development and sustainment of breastfeeding support networks within medical systems; 3) collaboration on breastfeeding support between hospitals, outpatient medical systems, and community institutions for collective impact; and 4) provision of educational resources for breastfeeding educators, such as sharing of materials, creation of audiovisual media, and tools for community supporters that promote consistent, evidence-based support of breastfeeding dads. The Milk Mob's 16-hour Outpatient Breastfeeding Champion Training is a clinically-focused course which has been employed by several WIC agencies, public health offices, and medical groups. The course teaches optimal breastfeeding triage skills and problem-based management for a variety of breastfeeding supporters, whether they work in medical offices or in other community institutions. The Milk Mob is launching its first one- and three-day courses for physicians and other medical providers in 2016-2017.


Federal News

Zika Funding Proposals Report, from Congressional Research Service

In its second session, the 114th Congress is considering whether and how to provide funds to control the spread of the Zika virus throughout the Americas. The Congressional Research Service has issued a report outlining the various Zika funding proposals from the Administration, Senate, and House of Representatives. Updates will be forthcoming as more details become available.

Webinar on Social Influences on Health Literacy, from HHS/HP2020

Join the Department of Health and Human Services, HealthyPeople 2020, on Thursday, June 16, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET for a progress review webinar on, "Targeting Social Influences That Shape Health Literacy in Communities." The webinar will feature two Healthy People 2020 topic areas: Health Communication & Health Information Technology and Educational & Community-Based Programs, and will also also highlight a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers working to improve health literacy.

Overtime Final Rule Webinars, from DoL

Join the Department of Labor for an informational webinar on the overtime final rule. The webinar will be presented at several times, with separate sessions for general information (June 2 & 9), the nonprofit sector (June 7), and state and local governments (June 8).


News from the Field

Updates on Proposed WHO Guidance on Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants/Young Children, from various

On May 13, a letter signed by 25 national organizations was sent to the U.S. Government to support WHO's proposed new Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children. This new WHO guidance was designed to address two critical policy gaps: 1) to provide clarity on what constitutes appropriate promotion of foods for children from 6-36 months of age; and 2) to clarify that milk products that are marketed for feeding infants and young children, including follow-up or follow-on formula (FUFs) and growing-up or toddler milks (GUMs), are in fact breast-milk substitutes and should be covered by the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant resolutions. The U.S. and other governments were heavily pressured by industry lobbyists to reject or weaken this guidance, which was on the agenda for the World Health Assembly May 23-28 in Geneva. Falling short of full endorsement of the Guidance, the final consensus Resolution "welcomes [it] with appreciation" and urges Member States to take all necessary measures to implement it.

Fatherhood Report & Activities, from MenCare & partners

MenCare will release the first-ever State of America's Fathers Report, coordinated by Promundo-US, on Tuesday, June 14, in New York City and Thursday, June 16, in Washington, D.C. The report explores fatherhood in the United States and examines fathers' roles in child care, how they manage work and family, and more. Partners are invited to join the National Partnership for Women & Families, Promundo, and Fatherly for a Father's Day themed #WhatDadsNeed tweet storm on Thursday, June 16, from 3-4 p.m. ET.

Issue Brief on State Levers for ACHs, from NASHP

The National Academy for State Health Policy has released a new issue brief entitled, State Levers to Advance Accountable Communities for Health, finding that "Accountable Communities for Health (ACHs) are surfacing as a promising state strategy to integrate and align state health care delivery system transformation with community-based social services to create communities that promote health and well-being."

State Telehealth Law Report, from PHI

The Public Health Institute's Center for Connected Health Policy has released an updated 4th edition of its summary guide of telehealth-related policies, laws, and regulations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Designed for policymakers, health advocates, and health care professionals, the report found that as many states are beginning to expand telehealth reimbursement, others continue to restrict and place limitations on telehealth delivered services. The website also contains an infographic, fact sheet and interactive map.

Paid Leave Poll, from AP/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released the results of the 2016 Long-Term Care trends poll, showing that 72% of Americans support paid family leave. Overall, support was stronger among people ages 40-64 and women. AP also published an article on the findings.


Collective Impact Connection

Applying an Equity Mirror, from Collective Impact Forum 

The Collective Impact Forum has published an article entitled, Applying an Equity Mirror to Collective Impact, providing a frank presentation on the realities of making a commitment to racial equity. The article provides three steps for individuals or organizations to examine their level of racial equity thinking while providing helpful information for those confronted with the commitment of time, attention, resources, and transparency the work requires.


News & Views

PRI: "The backwards history of attitudes toward public breastfeeding"

Rewire: "Breastfeeding, Bias, and Men Who Give Birth: Q&A With Trans Activist Trevor MacDonald"

Chicago Tribune: "Mama's Gotta Move: Labor and childbirth should empower women"

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