Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 31, 2016

USBC Updates

Coalitions Conference and Day of Action Storify Recaps

The USBC hosted the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference—A New Day: Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movementheld August 5-7. Storify recaps have been posted with highlights from the conference, as well as from the Breastfeeding Advocacy Day of Action, held on Monday, August 8. 

National Breastfeeding Month Twitter Chat Storify Recaps

The USBC has released storify recaps of the Coalitions Conference Twitter Chat held on Saturday, August 6, and the National Breastfeeding Month Twitter chat with Unlatched author Jennifer Grayson held on Tuesday, August 16.


Federal News

Food Security Webinar, from USDA

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a webinar on Wednesday, September 7, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET entitled, "Household Food Security in the United States in 2015." The webinar will provide an overview of the USDA's annual report on the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households. The report includes changes in food insecurity from previous years, the prevalence of food insecurity by selected household characteristics, and food insecurity among children.  

WIC Nutrition Education Report, from USDA/FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has released WIC Nutrition Education Study: Phase I Report. The WIC Nutrition Education Study is a three phased research project that aims to develop a framework for evaluating WIC nutrition education. The purpose of Phase I was to provide a comprehensive nationally representative description of WIC nutrition education processes and features. The study found that many local agencies coordinate the delivery of nutrition education with other local programs or services to provide consistent messages or share resources. Agencies reported they most often coordinate with cooperative extension offices or breastfeeding coalitions or task forces. FNS plans to complete Phases II and III in fall 2017.

Zika Response Funding Awarded, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded $6.8 million to national public health partners to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial jurisdictions with their Zika responses in a wide range of activities, including surveillance and epidemiology, vector control, communication and outreach to pregnant women and vulnerable populations, and planning with key stakeholders. 


Partner News

#BBW16 Blog, from My Brown Baby

My Brown Baby celebrated Black Breastfeeding Week with a post dedicated to raising awareness of Black Breastfeeding Week and how individuals can participate. 


News from the Field

Study on Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer Mortality Rates, from Breastfeeding Medicine

The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has released an article titled, "Breastfeeding Associated with Reduced Mortality in Women with Breast Cancer." The article reports the results of a study finding that women with primary breast cancer had a better survival rate if total breastfeeding was longer than 6 months and/or if they had at least one pregnancy.  


Collective Impact Connection

Collective Impact Framework Upgrades, from Tamarack Institute

The Tamarack Institute has released a new paper entitled, "Collective Impact 3.0 – An Evolving Framework for Community Change." This article is the first of a series which will lay out a number of upgrades to the Collective Impact framework. The paper explores how the five principles of collective impact have evolved and argues that collective impact efforts are more likely to be effective when their participants operate from a movement-building paradigm.


State/Community News

Bill Requiring Public Lactation Spaces Signed Into Law, from New York City

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law a bill which will require city offices and service centers, such as job centers, medical assistance centers, and administrative offices to make at least one lactation room available upon request to an individual utilizing on-site services. The rooms must not be inside a bathroom and must provide a chair, an electrical outlet, and access to tap water. The law also requires the Department of Education to submit a report summarizing policies at NYC public schools to allow a student or parent/guardian of a student to access a lactation room upon request. Media highlights include:


News & Views

The Huffington Post:

metroparent (USA Today): "Supporting a mom's decision to breastfeed"

Films for Action: "Those Who Shame Breastfeeding in Public Called Out in This Incredible Short Film"

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