New Zika Funding, from HHS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $350,000 supplement to a one year cooperative agreement with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help children affected by the Zika Virus. The AAP will use these funds to provide technical assistance and education to clinicians providing care to children who are or may be impacted by Zika virus at community health centers and other health care sites in the United States and its territories.
Draft Guidance on Infant Formula Labels, from FDA
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has released "Draft Guidance for Industry: Substantiation for Structure/Function Claims Made in Infant Formula Labels and Labeling." The guidance document describes the type and quality of evidence that the FDA recommends infant formula manufacturers and distributors have to substantiate claims about effects on the structure or function of the body ("structure/function claims") made on the label and in other labeling of nonexempt and exempt infant formulas. The purpose of the guidance document is to help infant formula manufacturers and distributors making structure/function claims to comply with the statutory requirement that all claims in food labeling must be truthful and not misleading. See the Federal Register notice for more information, and submit electronic or written comments by Tuesday, November 8.
BABES Act Advances, from Congress
The Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act (BABES Act), introduced by U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), has been unanimously approved by the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee. The bill must now be considered by the full House of Representatives. The BABES Act directs the TSA to provide ongoing training so that its agents better support air passengers traveling with breast milk, formula, and infant feeding equipment.
Equitable Employment Policy Webinar, from DOL
Join the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau on Wednesday, September 21, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Using Equitable Employment Policies and Practices to Help Low-Income Mothers Achieve Self-Sufficiency and Balance Work/Family Obligations." Mothers working in low-wage jobs are more likely to face workplace inequities that compromise their ability to provide for their families. The webinar will focus on the challenges to and solutions for increasing economic security for working mothers.
Resolution on Relationship with Infant Formula Manufacturers, from NWA
The National WIC Association has announced that the Association is ending its relationships with infant formula manufacturers, putting into effect a resolution passed in May 2015 and reaffirmed in May 2016 by voting members. NWA will no longer invite infant formula manufacturers to be members, exhibitors at conferences, advertisers or sponsors of events and activities. For more information, read the press release and Frequently Asked Questions.
Zika Campaign, from TFAH
Trust for America's Health has launched a Zika preparedness, prevention, and response awareness campaign. The campaign includes graphics that can be shared on social media, TFAH editorials, and calls for funding to support Zika virus preparedness and prevention.
Guide for Representing Pregnant Workers, from Center for WorkLife Law
The Center for WorkLife Law at the UC Hastings College of the Law has released a resource entitled, The Shop Steward's Guide to Counseling and Representing Pregnant Workers. Shop stewards are labor union officials who are elected to represent the needs and interests of their co-workers. The manual provides shop stewards with the tools they need to effectively represent pregnant workers, provides practical tips for counseling them about critical workplace issues, explains the laws and common contractual provisions that may assist pregnant women who have been discriminated against or who need reasonable accommodations to continue working while maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and provides guidance on grieving contractual violations on behalf of pregnant workers.
Breadwinner Mothers Report, from IWPR
The Institute for Women's Policy Research has released a report titled, Breadwinner Mothers by Race/Ethnicity and State. In the United States, half of all households with children under 18 have a breadwinner mother, who is either a single mother who heads a household, irrespective of earnings, or a married mother who provides at least 40 percent of the couple's joint earnings. At the same time, women are more likely than men to shoulder unpaid caregiving responsibilities and many women, especially women of color, are more likely to be balancing work and care alone.
News from the Field
Health Equity Workshop Summary, from NASEM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities has released a report summarizing the presentations and discussions held at a workshop titled, "The Private Sector as a Catalyst for Health Equity and a Vibrant Economy." The primary focus of the workshop hinged on the private sector's triple potential in economic opportunity, healthy work and community environments, and improving employee health.
Health Equity Policy Webinar, from NPA
Join the National Partnership For Action to End Health Disparities on Thursday, September 22, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Achieving Health Equity - One Policy at a Time." Presenters will describe components of a health equity lens used to analyze proposed state legislation, articulate opportunities and challenges to applying a health equity lens, and share examples of training and resource materials.
Linkage to Formula Manufacturers, from BMJ/Baby Milk Action/IBFAN UK
Baby Milk Action has reported that delegates at the annual general meeting of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health voted in favor of a motion to decline any commercial transactions or any other kind of funding or support from companies that market and manufacture breast milk substitutes. The college agreed to survey its members on the issue, however those campaigning for the college to change its policy say that the wording of the survey is confusing and have written their own briefing for members.
Cognitive Development in Preterm Infants, from The Journal of Pediatrics
The Journal of Pediatrics has released an article entitled, "Breast Milk Feeding, Brain Development, and Neurocognitive Outcomes: A 7-Year Longitudinal Study in Infants Born at Less Than 30 Weeks' Gestation." The study involved 180 infants born before 30 weeks gestation or below 1250 grams birth weight and concluded predominant breast milk feeding in the first 28 days of life was associated with a greater deep nuclear gray matter volume at term equivalent age and better IQ, academic achievement, working memory, and motor function at 7 years of age in very preterm infants.
Complimentary Article Access, from Childhood Obesity
The journal Childhood Obesity is recognizing Childhood Obesity Month by providing complimentary access to a selection of top papers that are making an impact in the fight against childhood obesity. Access will be available for the entire month of September, including the following papers featuring breastfeeding: "Age at Introduction to Solid Foods and Child Obesity at 6 Years," "Well Baby Group Care: Evaluation of a Promising Intervention for Primary Obesity Prevention in Toddlers," and "Childhood Obesity Risk and Prevention: Shining a Lens on the First 1000 Days."
Collective Impact Connection
New Webinar Series, from Collective Impact Forum
The Collective Impact Forum has announced a new webinar series, which will feature three webinars focusing on advancing equity, building capacity, and embedding continuous learning within collective impact initiatives. Join the Forum on Tuesday, October 11, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for "Moving Equity from Theory to Practice," on Tuesday, November 1, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for "The What, the Why, and the How of Building Capacity for Collective Impact," and on Tuesday, November 29, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for "How to Integrate Continuous Learning into Collective Impact."
News & Views
The New York Times: "When the Pilot Is a Mom: Accommodating New Motherhood at 30,000 Feet"
Breastcancer.org: "Breastfeeding, Pregnancy Seem to Improve Breast Cancer Survival"
CHIRblog (Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center on Health Insurance Reforms blog): "Want to Know Whether Your Health Plan's Network is Narrow or Broad? You'll Need to Wait Another Year"