Weekly Wire: August 10, 2018

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USBC Updates

Thank You for Making the National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening a Success!

Thank you to our conference supporters, sponsors, and attendees and to the USBC staff, Board of Directors, Conference Program Committee, and CRASH Committee for helping make the Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening a successful event. We are so grateful to each of you for taking the time to attend, and sharing your stories and wisdom. We celebrated a few exciting "firsts," including our first-ever NBCC app, our first time providing childcare for attendees, and our first time hosting the NBCC outside of DC. We've enjoyed seeing tweets on the #NBCC18 hashtag and posts in our Facebook event, so please keep sharing your photos and feedback!

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office for State, Tribal, Local & Territorial Support and the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity as well as from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Thank you to our event sponsors, Pacify (Silver Sponsor) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Bronze Sponsor), as well as our conference exhibitors.  

Advocating for Reduced Breastfeeding Disparities Webinar

Join the USBC and BreastfeedLA on Tuesday, August 14, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Advocating for Reduced Breastfeeding Disparities in Los Angeles County, California." Part of the CDC-USBC Bi-Monthly Coalitions Webinar Series, the presentation will discuss the comprehensive advocacy toolkit developed by BreastfeedLA for their 2017 Advocacy Day training. The innovative, inclusive design of the day-long Advocacy training centered breastfeeding equity concepts and principles and focused on putting advocacy into practice. Webinar participants will learn design elements of the Advocacy Day training and explore the components of the comprehensive advocacy toolkit, learning how to utilize it as a model for law and policy development and implementation.

Webinar on Supporting Breastfeeding Employees and Students

Join the Workplace Support Constellation on Tuesday, August 21, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET for the inaugural webinar in the Breastfeeding Works series. The "Breastfeeding Works: How To Support Nursing Employees and Students" webinar will give health care and lactation support providers the information and tools they need to counsel breastfeeding workers and students. The expert panelists will cover the national and state laws that protect breastfeeding parents from discrimination, and the laws that require lactation accommodations at work and school. The webinar will offer guidance on what lactation consultants and other healthcare providers can do to best support their patients, including how to write effective work notes. Using vignettes based on real-world scenarios, the experts will walk you through key considerations in counseling parents who are facing challenges at work or school.  In addition, the webinar will introduce you to the top resources available when you or your patient need additional support.


Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

The USBC has launched the National Breastfeeding Month 2018 webpage, highlighting four weekly themes:

  • Week 1: Policy Pulse 
    Finding Solutions: Small policy changes can go a long way toward supporting breastfeeding families
  • Week 2: Special Circumstances & Emergency Preparedness 
    Always Ready: Resources and guidance on how to manage feeding during an emergency
  • Week 3: Call to Action 
    Answering the Call: Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier
  • Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week 
    Love on Top: On top of joy, on top of grief, on top of everything

Help celebrate the launch of these exciting events by letting us know if your organization has an NBM webpage, resources, or virtual events planned via the online submission form and join the conversation at hashtag #NBM18. Highlights from the field include:

  • Congress: Senator Jeff Merkley, with 12 cosponsors, has introduced a Senate resolution designating the first week in August as World Breastfeeding Week and the month of August as National Breastfeeding Month. Resolutions are non-binding, but would express the intent and principles of the Senate to support breastfeeding families.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture:

    • US Secretary of Agriculture Perdue has proclaimed August 1-7 as National WIC Breastfeeding Week. Each year, National WIC Breastfeeding Week is held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week during the first week of August to promote and support breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for a baby's first year of life. 

    • The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has launched a new breastfeeding campaign entitled "WIC Breastfeeding Support – Learn Together. Grow Together." The research-based social marketing campaign encourages moms who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to breastfeed their babies and provides them with support and expertise to help them succeed. Read the press release.

  • Office on Women's Health: The Office on Women's Health will be sharing breastfeeding resources, information, and tips all month long at hashtag #BreastfeedingTips4Mom on Twitter and Facebook.

  • 1,000 Days: 1,000 Days has published an Inspiration Guide, an open-source, unbranded library of content for a community of organizations working to utilize social media to promote, protect and support breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month, Black Breastfeeding Week, and beyond.

  • National WIC Association: The National WIC Association has published a blog titled "Ways to Promote Breastfeeding All Month." In addition, NWA has published National WIC Breastfeeding Week graphics in both English and Spanish

  • HealthConnect One: HealthConnect One has launched the "Three-Month Breastfeeding Challenge." Throughout the month of August, HCO will share words of encouragement and photos of women of color breastfeeding. The 3-month challenge launches in August 2018, and invites all moms to share why they breastfeed or what motivates them to continue. Join the conversation at #3MonthBFChallenge 

  • Breastfeeding Medicine: In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Breastfeeding Medicine has provided free access to a selection of their most-downloaded papers through August 31st.

  • Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition: The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition is collecting photos for World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. They are looking for photos of babies/toddlers with an 8x10" sign with a breastfeeding/chest feeding/breast milk feeding message. Submit photos to breastfeedingmaryland@yahoo.com as an attachment, and the coalition will send a consent for use form for you to complete.

  • Mom2Mom Global: Mom2Mom Global is highlighting the diversity of military families by sharing video submissions from around the world of military families speaking the World Breastfeeding Week 2018 theme "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life" in as many languages as possible.   


Federal News

National Public Health Act Introduced, from Congress

Representative Mark DeSaulnier has introduced the National Public Health Act (H.R. 6481) to hold corporations accountable for actions that hurt public health. The National Public Health Act would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work with the National Academy of Medicine to establish and continuously update a list of public health crises. In addition, the Secretary of HHS would be required to develop a list of products that contribute to these public health crises. Any company that manufactures these products would then be required to develop and implement a plan to mitigate any public health impacts of the covered product.

MIECHV Program Brief and State Fact Sheets, from HRSA

The Health Resources & Services Administration Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program has released its national program brief and state fact sheets. The MIECHV Program supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. Home visiting helps prevent child abuse and neglect, supports positive parenting, improves maternal and child health, and promotes child development and school readiness. The program brief includes an overview of MIECHV Program administration, research and evaluation and FY 2017 participant and performance measurement data. The state fact sheets highlight how the MIECHV Program is helping at-risk families in U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia, including home visits made, parents, children and communities served, and evidence-based models used.

Report on Expanding Work Requirements, from The White House 

The White House has released "Expanding Work Requirements in Non-Cash Welfare Programs," following an Executive Order in April requiring federal agencies to review all programmatic requirements and submit recommendations to the White House identifying opportunities to strengthen work requirements. The report calls for an expansion of work requirements in non-cash benefits programs, specifically SNAP and Medicaid, including CHIP. 

Small Business Funding Opportunity, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has announced a funding opportunity through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants programEligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) are invited to submit SBIR grant applications. The goals of the Innovative Approaches for Maternal and Infant Safety in Maternity Hospitals topic are to develop creative, innovative approaches, including but not limited to technological applications to standardize methods and procedures to support safe implementation of skin-to-skin for healthy infants and safe rooming-in throughout the birth hospitalization. Full details on the topic can be found on pages 216-217 of the funding announcement. Please share this information among your networks and contacts. The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 5.

Senate Hearing on Reuniting Separated Children, from Congress

The Senate Judiciary Committee has held a hearing with federal immigration officials about the Trump administration's issues with reuniting separated migrant children from their families. Commander Jonathan White, Federal Health Coordinating Official for the 2018 UAC Reunification Effort, said he warned the administration about the significant risk of harm and psychological injury the zero tolerance policy would have on the children, and was ignored. White was selected to supervise the reunification efforts at HHS after a federal judge requested that the separated children be reunited with their parents within a specific timetable. 

Senators Send Letter to HHS Secretary Requesting Family Reunification Procedures, from Congress

Ranking members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Finance and Judiciary Committees sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting a briefing on the procedures and standards the agency is using to make reunification eligibility decisions.

Working with Faith-Based and Community Organizations to Support Emergency Preparedness, from DHS

The Department of Homeland Security has released a report titled "Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers." The guide provides a foundation for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations that can be partners in building a culture of preparedness and enhancing the security and resiliency of our nation.


Member News

Immigration Resources Webpage, from NWA

The National WIC Association has launched an Immigration Resources webpage as a central location for all materials related to public charge, increased ICE enforcement, and other issues related to the intersection of WIC and immigration. There is also a survey on the page for clinics experiencing concerns around immigration policies. NWA will post new resources to this page as they become available.

Petition to End Industry Influence on Public Health, from MomsRising

MomsRising has joined with Alyssa Milano and Care2 to demand that Nestlé and Abbott Laboratories put the health and well-being of moms and babies above corporate profits. Sign and share the petition.   

Facebook Live Q&A on Paid Leave, from ZERO TO THREE

Join ZERO TO THREE, Family Values @ Work, National Partnership for Women and Families, and special guest, David Bolotsky, CEO of Uncommon Goods, on Tuesday, August 14, from 1-2 p.m. ET for an "Ask Us Anything" chat on Facebook Live about paid leave. Discussion will include how the different policy proposals would work, who they benefit, and how to urge Congress to #ThinkBabies as they consider the issue. Individuals are invited to submit questions ahead of time via the online form. To participate, tune in to ZERO TO THREE's Facebook page.      


Partner Updates

Paid Leave Policy Brief Series, from ABB

A Better Balance has begun publishing a series of policy briefs titled "Constructing 21st Century Rights For A Changing Workforce." The series will analyze key issues in covering non-standard and precarious workers under paid leave laws. The first brief, "Paid Family and Medical Leave and the Self-Employed," focuses on self-employed workers, like freelancers and independent contractors, and paid family and medical leave laws.

Need for Paid Leave White Paper, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has released a white paper titled "An Unmet, Growing Need: The Case for Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave in the United States." The paper illustrates the growing number of people that need family and medical leave; why the United States needs a national paid leave standard that includes parental, family, and personal medical leave; and how paid leave is a personal family, health, workforce, and economic issue.

Report on Recommended Policies and Practices for Working Families, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center has published a report titled "Stepping Up: New Policies and Strategies Supporting Parents in Low-Wage Jobs and Their Children." The report is a follow up to "Set Up for Success: Strategies to Support Parents in Low-Wage Jobs and Their Children," an action agenda published by NWLC in June 2016. The new report provides examples of the ways in which different stakeholders have implemented new policies, practices, and strategies to advance five key goals toward improving the lives of working families across the country, including stable, predictable work schedules, access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave, and access to high-quality, affordable child care.


News From the Field

Report on Trends of Early Initiation of Breastfeeding, from WHO/UNICEF

The World Health Organization and UNICEF have published "Capture the Moment: Early initiation of breastfeeding – the best start for every newborn." The joint report analyzes early initiation of breastfeeding and describes trends over the past 10 years for more than 70 low- and middle-income countries, as well as several high-income countries. Drawing on an analysis of early initiation rates among babies delivered by skilled birth attendants, the report describes key findings and examines the factors that support and hinder an early start to breastfeeding. The report outlines key learnings from countries where rates of early initiation have improved or deteriorated and offers recommendations for policy and programmatic action.

Webinar on Governing for Racial Equity, from PHI

Join the Public Health Institute on Tuesday, August 21, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET for a Dialogue4Health webinar titled "Governing for Racial Equity: California's State-Level Capitol Cohort." The webinar will highlight the work of Race Forward's Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). In 2018, the California Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force partnered with Race Forward to launch the first state-level GARE cohort. The HiAP Capitol Cohort brings together 19 departments and agencies for a yearlong learning and capacity building pilot project, and is paving the way for implementation of racial equity strategies in state government. The presentation will feature racial equity leaders from the California HiAP and Capitol Cohort, including the backbone facilitation team and staff from the Department of Public Health, which has been a pioneering state government agency within the GARE network. Presenters will share how they have secured political will for racial equity work, how this work is being pursued by individual departments and agencies, what implementation looks like, and what challenges and opportunities (both anticipated and unexpected) are emerging as a result of this work.


Collective Impact Connection

Article on Design Thinking, from Tamarack

Tamarack Institute has published a new paper titled "An Overview of Community Innovation Trends - Part 1: Design-Based Approaches." In the article, the author identifies some of the most prominent Community Innovation trends, the value of these approaches for community changemakers, and how to further your learning in this area. Not only does this paper provide a detailed look at the current landscape, but it also provides a thorough outline of resources and outlets that will help you jumpstart your practice of Community Innovation. This is the second paper in the 2018 Community Change Festival Series, highlighting each of the 5 interconnected practices essential for community change.


News & Views

UN News: "When it comes to breastfeeding, 'timing is everything' in saving newborn lives – UNICEF chief"   

Mothers Milk Bank Northeast: "Donating After Loss: In Memory of Baby Shane"

1,000 Days Blog: "Guest Post: When the US opposes evidence-based efforts to promote breastfeeding, what comes next?

CIM Magazine: "Networking events a challenge for new mothers looking to participate, organizers trying to include them"

TIME: "How One Mother Fights the Stigma Against Breastfeeding with Her Photography"  

KOIN: "Breastfeeding mom: Doc told me to cover up in office

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