Weekly Wire: June 21, 2018

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USBC Updates

CRASH Committee Seeking New Members

The USBC's Equity Committee, called CRASH (a mnemonic: Culture, Respect, Assessment/Affirmation, Sensitivity/Self-Awareness, Humility) is seeking to appoint new members. Members of the CRASH Committee serve a three-year term, beginning this August. To express your interest in participating in CRASH, please complete the online interest form by Friday, July 13. The USBC offers multiple formats for application submission, so if you prefer to send a video clip, Powerpoint, or audio file, instead of written responses to the online interest form, we will gladly accept your application. Please email office@usbreastfeeding.org, and our staff will assist you in the application submission process. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities at NBCC

Registration is open for the Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening (NBCC) to be held August 4-5, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. 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. Don't forget to join the Facebook event

See the Exhibit, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities to learn about on-site marketing opportunities beginning the evening of Friday, August 3 and going through mid-day on Sunday, August 5. Pricing is tiered, offering both large and small nonprofit rates. Explore these and many other options for supporting the Convening on the event's website, and click the tabs to view the preliminary event agenda or learn about registration pricing or the conference hotel. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

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Federal News

President Trump Signs Executive Order Halting Family Separation, from The White House

President Trump has signed an Executive Order titled "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation." The order states that it is the policy of the Administration to rigorously enforce U.S. immigration laws and specifies that the Administration will detain immigrant families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.

USBC Insights: National, state, and local organizations are invited to sign on to the joint statement on unlawful family separation. The USBC has released a statement on World Refugee Day expressing strong opposition to the zero tolerance policy and also to the separation of children and caregivers. The statement also urges the Administration to expedite the reunification of the babies and children already separated from their parents and ensure appropriate staffing in all facilities where children are being detained. This week's Executive Order calls on the Secretary of Homeland Security to find ways to hold parents and children together at the border instead of separating them, albeit for indefinite periods. As long as prosecutions continue, parents and families will remain at risk of separation. USBC will continue to rigorously advocate for the dignity and humanity of all people, and explore opportunities for collaborative action with our member and partner organizations.

A selection of statements that have been released to date include:

SAC Meeting, from Healthy People

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the tenth meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will take place on Tuesday, July 10. The Committee will discuss the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives and will provide recommendations to improve health status and reduce health risks for the nation by the year 2030. The Committee will further develop recommendations regarding setting targets for the Healthy People 2030 objectives and recommendations regarding the role of law and policy, systems science, health literacy, health promotion, health and well-being, summary measures, and health equity in Healthy People 2030. Pursuant to the Committee's charter, the Committee's advice must assist the Secretary in reducing the number of objectives while ensuring that the selection criteria identifies the most critical public health issues that are high-impact priorities supported by current national data.

Family Medical Leave Modernization Act, from Congress

Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) has introduced the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act of 2018 (FMLA Modernization Act). The bill would update the current Family and Medical Leave Act by lowering the employer threshold, adding parental involvement leave to the list of eligible caregiving purposes, and updating the family definition to cover a broader range of family relationships, including chosen family. Read the press release

Preterm Birth Data Brief, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a Data Brief titled "Describing the Increase in Preterm Births in the United States, 2014–2016." The report showed the preterm birth rates in the US increased from 9.57% to 9.85% from 2014 to 2016. The increase in the total preterm birth rate largely reflects an increase among late preterm births (34–36 weeks), and in particular, among births occurring at 36 weeks. Preterm birth rates increased in 23 states and the District of Columbia during 2014–2016.

Military Parental Leave Program, from DOD

The Department Of Defense has released Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 1327.06, which defines the new Military Parental Leave Program (MPLP), in accordance with the instructions from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The program outlines three forms of non-chargeable leave following a qualifying birth event or adoption: maternity convalescent leave, primary caregiver leave and secondary caregiver leave. Maternity convalescent leave is now six weeks (42 days), primary caregiver leave is six weeks, and secondary caregiver leave is three weeks (21 days). Every birth mother will have convalescent leave. Caregiver leave is given in addition to the convalescent leave.

USBC Insights: Mom2Mom Global, with sister organization Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, and MomsRising have published a blog showing their analysis of the new DOD policy. The blog raises several serious concerns, including: primary and secondary leave being at command discretion, inconsistency and inequity among service branches, unrealistic expectations of working spouses, and that no parental leave is authorized in the case of a stillbirth or infant death. The blog also highlights the positive strides forward made from this new policy. This includes: all three types of MPLP leave are non-chargeable leave and do not incur an Additional Service Obligation, clarity and inclusivity in the policy, choice for ServiceMembers, that it applies in cases involving surrogacy, it is deferable until after deployment, and that the new MPLP is retroactive to December 23, 2016. 

Partner News

Webinar on Communication Strategies for Zika Response Efforts, from NACCHO

Join the National Association of County & City Health Officials on Monday, June 25, from 12–1 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Communicating Changing Guidance Webinar: Lessons from Zika and Beyond." Participants will hear about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Zika response, communication strategies, and lessons learned that can be translated to the local level. In addition, local health department communication staff from Public Health-Seattle & King County will describe risk communication tools, tips, and experiences from multiple response efforts. 

Issue Brief on Aligning Public Health Programs, from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published an Issue Brief titled "Aligning Title V, Healthy Start, and Families to Increase New Mother Wellness in New Jersey." The issue brief examines how leveraging family and patient engagement can improve maternal and infant health outcomes. In an effort to increase postpartum visit rates and improve mother wellness, New Jersey engaged mothers as partners in their state's improvement work. The brief was developed as part of the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN).

Bias at Work Survey, from WLL

The Center for WorkLife Law has launched a national Bias At Work Survey to study how subtle forms of bias affect women, people of color, and parents in the workplace. Individuals are invited to share their experiences in the anonymous 5-minute quiz and receive real-time information and tips about their workplace climate. The data collected will help researchers understand and address workplace biases by creating tools specifically tailored to the findings. 

Fact Sheet on Fathers and Paid Leave, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has updated the "Fathers Need Paid Family and Medical Leave" fact sheet. The resource now features new research on low-income fathers, updated usage data from state paid leave programs, and updated demographic data.

News from the Field

Funding Opportunity, from Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids has announced a new round of grant opportunities. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, communities, and out-of-school time/early care and education. Applications should support at least one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Lever. Activities under the early care & education policy lever include establish statewide nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards for early childcare providers; create a recognition or designation program; secure public funding for technical assistance; and eliminate marketing in child care settings. All grants awarded within these opportunities will be 100% non-lobbying funding. The deadline to apply for the latest round of funding is Friday, July 13.

PREEMIE Reauthorization Act Sign On Letter, from MoD

The March of Dimes has released a coalition letter endorsing the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018. This legislation would renew programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources & Services Administration that focus on the prevention and treatment of preterm birth and reauthorize the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. Organizations are invited to sign on to the letter via the online form. The deadline to sign on is Monday, June 25. Individuals can contact their Members of Congress about the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act with an easy action tool

Webinar on Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Families, from SisterSong

Join SisterSong on Monday, July 2, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "End Shackling: Dismantling Structural Injustice." The webinar will spotlight SisterSong's North Carolina campaign to end the shackling of laboring people who are incarcerated. Learn more about their recent victory as well as ongoing efforts to not only ensure strong implementation, but also continue to advance the health, human rights, and dignity of people who are incarcerated.  

Free Access Articles on Marijuana and Breastfeeding, from Breastfeeding Medicine

The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has released three articles on breastfeeding and marijuana with free access through Monday, July 2:

Collective Impact Connection

Framework for Health Care and Public Health Collaboration, from PHLF/HCTTF

The Public Health Leadership Forum and Health Care Transformation Task Force have released "Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness: An Actionable Framework for Health Care and Public Health Collaboration." The framework addresses the need for more cross-sector partnerships between public and private health care providers to advance shared objectives and identifies five key elements of effective collaborations. Learn more about the framework by joining the "Catalyzing Health Care and Public Health Collaboration" webinar on Tuesday, July 31, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

State/Community News

Social Media Skill Building Webinar, from California

Join the California WIC Association and the California Breastfeeding Coalition on Monday, July 9, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET, for a webinar titled "California's 2018 World Breastfeeding Week Lactation Accommodation Campaign: Social Media Skill-Building Workshop." Learn how to craft effective tweets that focus on lactation accommodation in the workplace and harness the power of Twitter, a platform that has tremendous reach but is often underutilized. The webinar will feature guest speakers from the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee and California Department of Public Health.

News & Views


The New York Times: "Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America's Biggest Companies

Air Force Times: "Air Force expands parental leave for new parents

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