Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 6, 2016

USBC Updates

National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference Deadlines

The Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference, hosted by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, will convene from August 5-7, 2016, in Arlington, VA. The 2016 theme is A New Day: Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movement. The deadline to make hotel reservations at the conference rate is Monday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m. ET. The exhibition and presentation proposals deadline is Friday, July 15. There's still time to book Exhibit, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities. There is no better way to reach such a distinct and diverse audience, bringing together 350-400 national organization leaders and coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territory—including representatives from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations. Conference opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility: choose from a variety of individual opportunities or create your own customized package!


Federal News

Memorandum on CACFP Meal Pattern, from USDA/FNS

The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has issued guidance for early implementation of the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern requirements and the updated infant and preschool meal pattern requirements in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program prior to the compliance date of October 1, 2017. Those operating these meal programs may begin implementing the updated meal pattern requirements that are consistent with the current meal pattern requirements as soon as is feasible. However, there are some allowances under the updated meal patterns that are not allowed under the current meal patterns, including reimbursing infant meals when the mother breastfeeds on-site. State agencies have the discretion to allow all of their CNP operators, state-wide, to begin implementing certain allowances in the updated meal patterns that are not allowed in the current meal patterns. FNS is also providing State agencies the discretion to approve operators on a case-by-case basis to implement the entire updated meal pattern requirements prior to October 1, 2017.

Funding Opportunity, from NIH

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health has published the Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30) Funding Opportunity Announcement, inviting applications from institutions/organizations that propose to establish core centers that are part of an integrated and existing program of nutrition and/or obesity research. The letter of intent due date is Sunday, October 23, 2016. The application is due by Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Heath Equity Training, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health, Office of Health Equity, in collaboration with the Training, Translation and Communications Branch, has released an updated Community Approaches to Advance Health Equity online training module. The training course provides an introduction to the topic of health equity and is designed to help learners more effectively incorporate health equity into all aspects of their work. The course is comprised of six lessons, each of which includes knowledge check questions or an interactive activity designed to help learners test their knowledge and practice new skills. The course also includes a post-test to assess learners' mastery of the material presented.


Member News

Audrey Naylor Tributes, from various

The First Food community is saddened by the loss of Dr. Audrey Naylor. Audrey was a co-founder of Wellstart International, a nonprofit organization established to educate health care providers about optimal infant and young child feeding. She served as chair of the USBC Leadership Team from 2004-2008 and was a founding member of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and the Section on Breastfeeding of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2014, the USBC established the Inaugural USBC Legacy Award to honor the lifelong achievement of Drs. Audrey Naylor and Ruth Lawrence. Tributes to Dr. Naylor included:

Revised Clinical Protocol, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has revised ABM Clinical Protocol #16: Breastfeeding the Hypotonic Infant. Recommendations include: educating mothers about the advantages of breastfeeding; initiating the first feed as soon as the child is stable; encouraging kangaroo care; and clinical assessment of the infant's ability to latch, suck, and transfer milk.


Partner News

Racial Equity Webinar, from CSI

Join the Center for Social Inclusion on Wednesday, July 13, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET for the Achieving Equity with Results Based Accountability webinar. The webinar will focus on how to use the framework and tools of Results-Based Accountability to achieve greater equity through the power of disaggregating data to discover the true picture of racial equality in a community and how to develop the broad range of strategies required to address those most impacted as part of an overall community strategy to improve lives. Participants will also hear stories of success from the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE).


State & Community News

Marijuana Education Campaign, from Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched an education campaign about the risks of using marijuana during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Campaign information is based on "Monitoring the Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2014," a report developed by Colorado's Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee. The report found that there is no known safe level of marijuana use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act Expansion, from SHRM

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed Colorado's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into law. Effective on August 10, the act amends the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act and requires employers to accommodate medical conditions and limitations stemming from pregnancy that may not separately qualify as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Society for Human Resource Management has released an article with recommendations for Colorado employers to ensure they are in compliance.  


News from the Field

Global Nutrition Report, from International Food Policy Research Institute

The International Food Policy Research Institute has released Global Nutrition Report 2016, documenting progress on commitments made on the global stage. The report aims to make it easier for governments and other stakeholders to make high impact commitments to end malnutrition in all its forms. Global Nutrition Targets for 2025 include a 50% increase in exclusive breastfeeding. The report includes significant attention to legislation to support breastfeeding and the global status on implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.

Lactation Policies in Higher Education, from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has released the results of a study on support for lactating students and the availability of lactation spaces on college campuses. Researchers found only 3.6% of U.S. colleges and universities studied had an official policy for lactating students or a lactation space mentioned in the student handbook, and only 54.68% of these higher education organizations had designated lactation spaces accessible to students.

Child Well-Being Report, from AECF

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new KIDS COUNT Data Book featuring a child well-being ranking of the nation by state. This year, the annual report focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and offers recommendations for how policymakers can ensure all children are prepared for the future, based on the country's shared values of opportunity, responsibility and security. Minnesota leads the country in overall child well-being.


Collective Impact Connection

Interview Series with Backbone Leaders, from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has released a new interview series where backbone leaders from across the U.S. share the lessons they've learned, the challenges they've faced, and the progress they've seen doing collective impact work. The first two interviews feature Ellen Kahler of Vermont Farm to Plate and Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend of Project U-Turn.   


News & Views

Lactation Matters (ILCA blog): "Protections for Breastfeeding at the 69th World Health Assembly"

The New York Times: "The Breast Milk Gap"

Center for Social Inclusion: "CSI's Inaugural National First Food Racial Equity Cohort develops pathbreaking vision"

The Huffington Post: "New Labor Law Has A Hidden Benefit For Working Moms"

The Hill: "Native women must make their own choices about breastfeeding"

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