Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 21, 2016

USBC Updates

NBM16 Comment Forums Reminder

In celebration of the five-year anniversary of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA), the USBC is mobilizing individuals and organizations to lift up the successes of the past five years and share input to shape our collective direction for the next five years. National, state, and local organizations and coalitions active in breastfeeding support are encouraged to create or update listings in the SGCTA Action Directory. Action Directory content posted or updated by Friday, September 30, will be compiled into a formal report delivered to the Surgeon General. Organizations and individuals are also invited to share written comments on priority action areas and associated implementation strategies for the next five years. The comment forums are hosted on four separate channels (Families & Communities, Health Care, Employment, and Cross-Sector) and will remain open through Friday, September 30. All comments will be compiled into a report delivered to the Surgeon General, the Federal Interagency Breastfeeding Work Group, and the USBC and its network, including USBC-affiliated Constellations pursuing national action.


Federal News

Clinical Trials Final Rule, from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a final rule that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov in an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public. The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information for clinical trials involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated drug, biological, and device products. At the same time, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a complementary policy for registering and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. Read the press release.

Disasters and Toxic Stress Webinar, from DHS/FEMA

Join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Individual and Community Preparedness Division on Tuesday, September 27, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Responding to the Impact of Trauma and Toxic Stress Prior to & After a Disaster." The webinar will provide faith- and community-based organizations with tools, resources, and partnerships to help respond to the needs of vulnerable populations and communities traumatically impacted after all hazards, including active shooter incidents.

Emergency Preparedness for Families Twitter Chat, from HHS/ASPR

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for the #Prep2Grow Twitter Chat on Thursday, September 29, from 1-2 p.m ET. Participants will learn about ways that families with young children can stay safe and healthy before, during, and after an emergency. 

Zika Virus Webinar, from CDC

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, September 29, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Zika Information for Local Agencies." Participants will learn the basics about Zika virus infection, the associated outcomes, how to protect against the virus, how to assess a client's exposure, and CDC's recommendations for follow-up and referral services. The webinar will also report on resources for counseling women and couples on how to avoid Zika infection as they plan for pregnancy and on effective contraception for those not planning pregnancy, how to help parents monitor their child's development and refer to pediatricians for age-appropriate developmental screening or to early intervention if there are concerns, and CDC's tools to help healthcare providers understand the evaluation and management of Zika virus infection among pregnant women and congenitally exposed infants.


Member News

Position Statement Comment Period, from ANA

The American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board has undertaken a review and revision of the ANA position statement, Non-punitive Treatment of Pregnant and Breast-feeding Women with Substance Use Disorder. ANA is soliciting public comments on the revised position statement. The deadline for comments is Monday, October 17, at 5 p.m. ET.

Federal Policy Recommendations, from AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a transition plan for the next presidential administration entitled, Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future​. The Blueprint presents specific policy recommendations for the federal government to align its activities to promote healthy children, support secure families, build strong communities, and ensure that the United States is a leading nation for children. Read the press release

Nutrition Report, from 1,000 Days

1,000 Days has released a report entitled, The First 1,000 Days: Nourishing America's Future. The report examines the nutritional health of America's mothers, infants, and toddlers, and highlights a set of "wins" to ensure that every child in the U.S. can have a healthy first 1,000 days. The report was launched at an event on Capitol Hill and live-streamed on social media. Related materials include "The 10 Building Blocks for Nutrition During the First 1,000 Days," "A Snapshot of the First 1,000 Days in America," and "10 Wins for the Next 1,000 Days." 


Partner News

Vision Statement Sign-on Letter, from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has released Vision for a Healthier America and is inviting organizations to sign on to show the collective support for public health to the incoming Administration and Congress. The vision statement identifies key problems and guiding principles for improving health. The sign-on letter is part of the Blueprint for a Healthier America project, which makes the case that improving health should be a top priority for the country.

Presidential Debate Tweet Storm, from NPWF

Join the National Partnership for Women and Families on Monday, September 26, at 12 p.m. in every time zone for the #HighNoon2016 debate day tweet storm ahead of the first presidential debate to create a louder drumbeat on key issues including paid leave, child care, maternity care, pregnancy discrimination, and more. Participants are encouraged to use the newly updated WeTweet.org social media tool, allowing individual Twitter users to tweet directly at their members of Congress and congressional and presidential candidates. 

Culture of Health Prize, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the 2016 Culture of Health Prize winners as well as the call for proposals for the 2017 Culture of Health Prize. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and wellbeing are greatly influenced by where we live, work, the safety of our surroundings, and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses—so that good health flourishes everywhere. Phase I applications are due by Thursday, November 3.

Maternal Heath Series, from The Lancet

The Lancet medical journal has released its Maternal Health 2016 Series, featuring six papers bringing knowledge of maternal health, its epidemiology, successes, and current failings together. The Series concludes with a call to action setting out five key targets which need to be met to ensure the progression of broader sustainable development goals.


News from the Field

Obesity Workshop, from NASEM

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Thursday, September 27, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET for a workshop entitled, "Driving Action and Progress on Obesity Prevention and Treatment." The workshop will assess how far the nation has come in tackling the obesity epidemic, identify the levers that will drive significant progress in obesity prevention and treatment, and discuss gaps in the field.

Lactation Support for Students, from Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine has released an article entitled, "Do American Colleges and Universities Support the Lactation Needs of Students?" The article reports on a study of one hundred fifty-seven colleges and universities from across the United States to assess the support they offer for lactating students. The vast majority of the sample did not have a policy for lactating students, and almost half of the schools did not have designated space for milk expression accessible to students.


Collective Impact Connection

Shared Definition of Equity, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "What the Heck Does 'Equity' Mean?" exploring the implications of the failure to establish a clear and common definition of equity at a time when the term is increasingly being used by organizations.


News & Views

The Huffington Post: "Do Mothers Really Have The Choice To Breastfeed?"

Los Angeles Times: "It's OK to sleep next to your infant child. In fact, it's beneficial"

SELF: "This Supermom Pumped Breast Milk While Running A Half Marathon"

Romper: "Regina King's 2016 Emmy's Red Carpet Comment About Work & Breastfeeding Was Spot On"

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