At the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference, Kim Bugg, Karin Cadwell, Miriam Labbok, and Marsha Walker were celebrated as recipients of the 2016 USBC Legacy Award. Close colleagues shared reflections on each awardee's legacy in the breastfeeding field in special video interviews played at the awards ceremony on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The Inaugural USBC Legacy Award was given in January 2014 to honor the lifelong achievements of Drs. Audrey Naylor and Ruth Lawrence. At the 2016 ceremony, Dr. Ruth Lawrence also shared reflections in memory of Dr. Audrey Naylor, who passed away earlier this summer.
In addition to the award, in 2014 the USBC also established the Drs. Ruth Lawrence & Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship to support attendance at the National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference. Stay tuned to this space for profiles of this year's scholarship awardees, and for news of future USBC award opportunities.
New Head Start Standards, from HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced new Head Start Program Performance Standards. Under the new standards, programs must collaborate with parents to promote children's health and well-being by providing medical, oral, nutrition and mental health education support services. Programs must provide enrolled pregnant women, fathers, and partners or other relevant family members prenatal and postpartum information, education, and services that address, as appropriate, fetal development, the importance of nutrition, the risks of alcohol, drugs, and smoking, labor and delivery, postpartum recovery, parental depression, infant care and safe sleep practices, and the benefits of breastfeeding. In addition, programs must ensure infants and young toddlers are fed on demand to the extent possible, provide facilities to properly store and handle breast milk, make accommodations for mothers who wish to breastfeed during program hours, and if necessary, provide referrals to lactation consultants or counselors.
Grant Success Stories, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a set of success stories that highlight a portion of the 61 grantees who received Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant funding. Items of interest include success stories from Nebraska, where PHHS Block Grant funding was used to develop the Nebraska Worksite Wellness Toolkit which features lactation rooms for nursing mothers, and Utah, where funding was used to support coordinators at local health departments in implementing the Utah Department of Health Targeting Obesity in Preschools and Childcare Settings (TOP Star) Program, which includes support for breastfeeding moms and their babies.
Women's Preventive Services Initiative, from ACOG
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists launched the Women's Preventive Services Initiative. Through a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 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 healthcare services. The recommendations, if adopted by HRSA, will help ensure that women receive a comprehensive set of preventive services without having to pay a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible. Draft recommendations have been posted for public comment. Comments must be received on or before September 30.
Updated Website, from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families has redesigned and updated the Childbirth Connection website, designed to be a reliable source of information for expecting mothers. Enhancements include an updated Giving Birth section, revised Maternity Care section, a list of tools for women to use as they choose a maternity care provider and birth setting, and a new mobile-friendly design.
State of Obesity Report, from TFAH/RWJF
Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released the 13th annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. The report found that between 2014 and 2015, U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states, increased in two states, and remained stable in the rest. This marked the first time in the past decade that any states have experienced decreases, aside from a decline in Washington, D.C. in 2010. The report also found that childhood obesity rates have stabilized, while declining among 2-5 year olds. However, significant racial and ethnic inequities remain.
News from the Field
Implicit Bias Webinar Series, from NCHE/WOL
Join the National Collaborative for Health Equity and the Within Our Lifetime Network for a two-part webinar titled Beyond Bias, taking place on Thursday, September 8, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET and Thursday, September 15, from 2-3 p.m. ET. Part 1 will explore the science of implicit bias and how it shows up in everyday life, paying particular attention to the role of implicit bias in the delivery of health care services. Part 2 will review strategies for reducing and/or disrupting implicit bias and the related phenomena of racial anxiety and stereotype threat.
Collective Impact Connection
Backbone Organization Board Member Roles, from The Collective Impact Forum
The Collective Impact Forum has released an article entitled, "Backbone Board Members Have Additional Roles and Responsibilities." The article explains the unique role board members of backbone organizations have in developing a systems view, advancing shared responsibility, and creating a collaborative environment.
News & Views
Well (The New York Times blog): "Can You Safely Lose Weight While Breast-Feeding?"
New York Magazine: "One Way to Make Life Easier for Moms Returning to Work"