Weekly Wire: May 11, 2018

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USBC Updates

FAM Act and SWMA Sign-On Letter Deadlines Extended

The USBC has extended the deadline for organizations to sign on to the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act and Supporting Working Moms Act sign on letters to Wednesday, May 16! Please find information on the bills as well as links to the letters and sign on forms below.

  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Stephen Knight (R-CA-25) are sponsoring the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act which would require all large and medium hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for mothers to express breast milk. The space would need to be accessible to persons with disabilities, available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, and include a place to sit, a table or other flat surface, and an electrical outlet. On Friday, April 27, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 which included the provisions from the FAM Act. Sign the letter thanking Senator Duckworth and Congressman Knight for supporting breastfeeding families, and to help build momentum for passage in the Senate. Organizations can sign via the online form.
  • Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) are sponsoring the Supporting Working Moms Act (SWMA) which would protect and expand working moms' right to breastfeed by extending the existing federal law to ensure that executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers, have the right to reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom place to express breast milk at work. Sign the letter thanking Congresswoman Maloney and Senator Merkley for supporting breastfeeding families. Organizations can sign via the online form

NBCC Call for Proposals

The USBC has opened the call for proposals to be considered for breakout panel presentations, breakfast table discussions, and poster presentations for the Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening to be held on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5 in Atlanta, GA. The theme of the Conference is Advancing Public Health Through An Equity Centered Breastfeeding Movement. Breastfeeding coalitions, individuals, and other organizations are invited to submit presentation proposals. Find additional details in the Call for Proposals Guidelines and learn how to quickly and easily submit your proposal by watching the submission process tutorialThe deadline to submit a proposal is Sunday, May 20, at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Registration for NBCC will be opening soon, stay tuned!


Federal News

Secretary's Advisory Committee Meeting on Healthy People 2030, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the ninth meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will take place on Monday, May 14, from 1-4 p.m. ET. The meeting is open to the public, but individuals must pre-register to attend the meeting. The Committee will continue its deliberations regarding the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives and will develop recommendations regarding the Leading Health Indicators and target setting methods for the Healthy People 2030 objectives.

Obesity Prevention Funding Opportunity, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, have released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a five-year cooperative agreement focused on improving nutrition and supporting safe and accessible physical activity in communities. The NOFO will fund up to 15 state health departments and/or the District of Columbia, providing health departments with the support and flexibility to work on systems at the state and local levels to implement evidence-based strategies and to leverage resources from multiple stakeholders and sectors (e.g., agriculture, transportation, education, business, commerce, housing) to improve the nutrition and physical activity status of Americans. Applicants must propose work in all five of the identified strategies, one of which focuses on interventions supportive of breastfeeding. Applications are due by Thursday, June 14.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, from OMH

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health has gathered resources and materials celebrating the rich culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders and raising awareness of health disparities, particularly hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes. OMH has also provided a platform for national, state and local health organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as it relates to decreasing health disparities and improving health outcomes.

Restoring Overtime Pay Act, from Congress

Senators Sherrod Brown and Patty Murray and Representatives Mark Takano and Bobby Scott have introduced the Restoring Overtime Pay Act in both the House and Senate. The bill would raise the salary threshold under which salaried workers are guaranteed overtime pay from $23,660 to $48,412, significantly increasing access to overtime protections.

USBC Insight: By increasing the number of employees who are considered eligible for overtime (nonexempt), the bill would also expand the right to workplace breastfeeding accommodations under the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law.


Member News

Letter on Fed Is Best Foundation, from ACOG

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Breastfeeding Expert Work Group has issued a Letter to Members to make them aware of a campaign of potentially misleading information by an organization called "Fed Is Best" (FIB) Foundation. The letter states that ACOG believes that parents must have accurate, current, evidence-based information on which to base their infant feeding decisions, not on sensationalized headlines. FIB's inflammatory anecdotes and misleading portrayal of evidence threatens to undermine and confuse mothers about well-established knowledge and breast-feeding protocols. Read more about the letter in the May ACOG Rounds newsletter.

Public Health Funding Action Tool, from APHA

The American Public Health Association has launched an action tool focused on public health funding in the fiscal year 2019 appropriations process. Individuals can use the tool to tell Members of Congress to reject proposed cuts to important public health programs in the President's budget proposal and instead prioritize public health by building upon the increased investments in public health provided by Congress in FY 2018.

'May is Miracle Milk Month' Campaign, from Best for Babes

Best for Babes has continued celebrating the May is Miracle Milk® Month campaign to deliver essential, positive, encouraging, evidence-based information into the hands of as many new parents, providers, hospitals and the public as possible. All month long, individuals can participate by registering as celebrants on the Miracle Milk website, posting evidence-based memes on social media, and sharing information with their networks. Print and share the Fast Facts about Miracle Milk® fact sheet and the Ultimate Healthy Infant Feeding Resource Card with doctor's offices, hospitals, birthing centers, maternity and baby boutiques, support groups, and WIC offices


Partner News

Workplace Breastfeeding Support Webinar, from BPHP

Join the Breastfeeding Public Health Partners on Monday, May 14, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for the third webinar of the Charting the Course Together webinar series titled, "Charting the Course Together: Supporting Breastfeeding at Work." The webinar will provide public health context on the importance of workplace support to increase breastfeeding duration rates, the return on investment for supporting both employers and employees to make breastfeeding work at work, and share useful and practical resources for supporting breastfeeding employees and their employers. In addition, the BPHP will shed light on current federal and state workplace breastfeeding legislation, past successes and the important role each one can play in advocacy, and describe outcomes of a national project supporting Title V programs to advance workplace breastfeeding accommodation.

Initiative to Increase CDC Funding, from ASTHO

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has launched the "22 by 22" campaign, which asks Congress to increase funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by 22% by fiscal year 2022. A 22% increase over four years will allow CDC to better implement effective programs to address federal, state, and local public health priorities. Organizations are invited to sign on in support of the initiative.

World Breastfeeding Week Action Folder, from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has published an action folder to help participants prepare for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018. This year's theme Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life will focus on breastfeeding as the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. The publication includes information on the objectives of WBW 2018, as well as case studies and potential actions advocates can take during WBW 2018.


News from the Field

Data and Community Health Webinar, from RWJF and DASH

Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Data Across Sectors for Health on Tuesday, May 15, at 3 p.m. ET for a webinar on improving health through multi-sector collaboration and systematic data sharing. Presenters from RWJF and DASH will review best practices for sharing data and connecting information systems, as well as addressing barriers to multi-sector collaboration. Representatives from community-based organizations in Trenton, NJ and Chicago, IL will also share about their experiences with building capacity for multi-sector data sharing.

Benefits of Paid Leave for Working Families Webinar, from ChangeLab Solutions

Join ChangeLab Solutions and the National Partnership for Women & Families on Thursday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m ET for a webinar titled "Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Through Supports for Working Families." Speakers will highlight the potential of paid family leave policies to support and strengthen low-income families, discussing the unique benefits of paid family leave for working families, and characteristics of inclusive paid family leave policies.

Study on Tennessee Collaborative to Increase Breastfeeding Rates, from Breastfeeding Medicine

The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has released an article titled, "A Statewide Quality Improvement Collaborative to Increase Breastfeeding Rates in Tennessee." The article looks at the work of the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, a statewide perinatal quality collaborative seeking to improve health outcomes for mothers and infants. Using large-scale improvement methodology, the successful statewide collaborative led to >10% relative increase in breastfeeding exclusivity at discharge in participating Tennessee hospitals.


Collective Impact Connection

Article on Strategy and Leadership, from Tamarack

Tamarack Institute has published an article titled "The Intersection of Strategy and Leadership." The article examines two recent publications on adaptive and core leadership skills, concluding that a combination of skills and perspectives are necessary when addressing complex problems.


News & Views

Eureka Alert: "Study examines impact of extended maternity leave on breastfeeding in active duty mothers"  

Denver ABC: "Get breastfeeding advice, tips from other moms through WIC's new texting program"

FOX 61: "Bill requiring inmates to be checked for pregnancy advances in Connecticut"

Culture of Health (RWJF) blog: "Surgeon General Jerome Adams and the Power of Partnerships"

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