Weekly Wire: May 23, 2018

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USBC Updates

NBCC Registration Open, Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

The USBC has opened registration for the Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening (NBCC) to be held August 4-5, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. To elevate our collective capacity to implement The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, the NBCC program centers racial equity and community engagement, exploring some of the most pressing issues that impede our nation's ability to achieve better maternal, infant, and child health outcomes, and aims to build understanding, knowledge and inspiration for action. The theme for this year, Advancing Public Health Through an Equity-Centered Breastfeeding Movement, highlights the event's unique intersection of public health topics, equity learning sessions and peer sharing. Explore the preliminary program for more information about the event.

The USBC has also extended the deadline to submit proposals for the NBCC to next Monday, May 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. We invite the submission of proposals to be considered for breakout panel presentations, breakfast table discussions, and poster presentations. Find additional details in the Call for Proposals Guidelines and learn how to quickly and easily submit your proposal by watching the submission process tutorial.


Federal News

Budget Rescissions Package, from White House

The White House has submitted a rescission package to Congress requesting a vote to repeal funding for specific programs that were approved as part of the FY2018 Budget. The $15.2 billion in proposed cuts is utilizing a rarely used budget maneuver to give the president authority to force reconsideration of items in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which the President and Congress enacted in early February. The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing Thursday morning to consider this rescission package, with $7 billion coming from cuts to the Children's Health Insurance Program and more than 30 programs slated for cuts. The rescission package includes $230 million in rescinded funds from housing, rental assistance, and community revitalization efforts. Other proposed rescissions in the package include, $800 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation program and $252 million in funding designated for the 2015 Ebola outbreak. Media and partner highlights included:

Recommendations on Pregnant and Lactating Women in Clinical Research, from NICHD

The Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women, led by the National Institute's of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has approved fifteen recommendations, which include involving pregnant and lactating women in clinical research and improving the quality, quantity and timeliness of studies on the safety and efficacy of therapeutic products they use. It is unknown whether the HHS secretary will act on these recommendations. Media highlight:

2018 Farm Bill Update, from Congress

The House of Representatives has voted down the $867 billion Farm Bill, which included the reauthorization of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Democrat members opposed the bill due to deep cuts to SNAP and work requirements for individuals utilizing public benefits, and GOP members opposed because they could not garner support from the Leadership for a future immigration bill. A wide swath of stakeholder groups, including faith organizations, anti-hunger coalitions, children's advocacy organizations, military and veterans activists, and disability rights groups, contributed to the conversation. The House Leadership has not yet clarified the next steps for this bill. Without surety of its support, the next vote has been pushed back to June. Member and partner highlights included: 

Webinar on Community Health Needs Assessments and Federal Compliance, from CDC

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program and the American Health Lawyers Association on Wednesday, May 23, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a webinar on community health needs assessments (CHNAs) and best practices for complying with federal laws. This is the first webinar in a three-part series called The Intersection of Public Health and Health Care: Emerging Trends in Health System Transformation and the Law. The webinar will provide a practical primer on implementing CHNAs and best practices for collaborating with health departments. The webinar will also discuss case studies offering successful risk mitigation strategies for hospitals or health systems.

WIC Participant Research Innovation Lab Funding Opportunity, from USDA/FNS

The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has announced the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds to support creating a Participant Research Innovation Laboratory focused on Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program services. The five-year cooperative agreement spotlights supporting and evaluating WIC local agency-initiated projects that design and implement strategies, including innovative tools and technical resources, to promote customer service surrounding WIC nutrition services which will contribute to retention of eligible participants. Public and private academic research institutions and other non-profit research organizations are eligible to apply. Proposals should incorporate strategies that acknowledge the social and cultural diversity of WIC participants and those eligible for the Program. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is Monday, June 11. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, July 16.


News from the Field

Course on International Code of Marketing Breast-milk Substitutes, from WHO/UNICEF

The World Health Organization and UNICEF have developed a free online introductory course about the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. The educational program explains the importance of breastfeeding and appropriate complementary food, recommendations for optimal feeding, the content of the Code and the role it plays in feeding, and how to implement the Code and monitor or measure compliance. The course will help policy makers, legislators, health practitioners, relevant UN agency staff and civil society partners staff to be adequately informed of Code matters.

Article on Breastfeeding and Endometriosis, from BMJ

The BMJ has published an article titled, "History of breast feeding and risk of incident endometriosis: prospective cohort study." The cohort study investigates the association between lifetime breast feeding, exclusive breast feeding, postpartum amenorrhea, and incidence of endometriosis among parous women. The study found that breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop endometriosis and that the longer the duration of exclusive breastfeeding, the greater the decrease in risk of endometriosis. Highlight from the field:


Collective Impact Connection

Article on the Strategy Continuum, from Tamarack

Tamarack Institute has published a document titled, "What We Know So Far About The Strategy Continuum." The What We Know So Far series summarizes some of the latest thinking or developments in the field of social innovation and community change. The document describes the three models most commonly used in social and community change efforts: Emergent, Umbrella and Detailed. They range from "loose" to "tight", each suitable for a particular type of context in which the social innovators are operating. The report notes that while the continuum lays out three distinct orientations to strategy, social innovators tend to employ a mix of each in their day to day work.


State & Community News

Breastfeeding-Friendly Campus Initiative, from Connecticut

The Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) has launched a Breastfeeding-Friendly Campus Initiative to address the increasing need for breastfeeding-friendly environments on college and university campuses. The Initiative expands upon federal and state breastfeeding laws to include the rights of all students, employees, and visitors on campus needing lactation support through the provision of guidelines, accommodations, and a culture that recognizes the importance of helping students achieve their breastfeeding and academic-related goals. CBC recognized Southern Connecticut State University as the first breastfeeding-friendly campus in the state. Southern has approximately 55 "breastfeeding champions" located in different parts of campus who serve as resources for anyone looking to find a safe and private place to breastfeed or pump breast milk. Southern also has a multi-user lactation space centrally located on campus.

Human Milk Promotional Videos, from Massachusetts

The Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts (NeoQIC) has created educational videos focused on the unique needs of preterm infants cared for in the NICU. The videos are 1-3 minutes long, featuring a diverse group of parents describing their experiences providing milk for their infants. The videos are available in both English and Spanish.

Pregnancy Discrimination Law Passed, from South Carolina

South Carolina has passed the South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act into law. The legislation requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including but not limited to, lactation. The Act requires employers to treat any of these situations the same as it would any other medical condition or accommodation and all employment-related purposes, including the receipt of benefits. The Act also requires employers to post notice of the right to be free from discrimination for medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, and also to provide written notice of this information to all new employees at the commencement of employment and to existing employees within one hundred twenty days. The law provides examples of reasonable accommodation, including providing a private place, other than a bathroom stall for the purpose of expressing milk.

Paid Sick Leave Bill Signed Into Law, from New Jersey

New Jersey has become the 10th state to require employers to provide paid sick leave for workersThe new legislation will allow workers to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours each year. The bill further permits employers to create more generous policies that provide additional leave time. Employees may use paid sick leave for the diagnosis, treatment, or recovery from a mental or physical illness or injury, or preventive care, for the employee or a family member; obtaining services if the employee or a family member is a victim of domestic or sexual violence; circumstances arising from a public health emergency; or a school-related meeting or event with regard to the employee's child. The law will go into effect on Monday, October 29. Read the press releaseUSBC Insights: Access to paid sick days helps ensure that individuals are able to utilize preventive services, including breastfeeding support. 


News & Views

The Hill: "America can be a difficult place to be a mother"  

The Advocates (ERA blog): "Lactation Accommodations: A Right, Not a Privilege"

Self: "Here's How a Muslim Dietitian Eats to Stay Energized During Ramadan"

California HealthLine: "Insurer Slashes Breast Pump Payments, Stoking Fears Fewer Moms Will Breastfeed

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