Weekly Wire: September 22, 2018

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USBC Updates

Lactation Support Provider Pathways Resource

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, in partnership with the Lactation Support Providers Constellation, has launched a webpage with lactation support provider pathways information. This informational page is a supplement to the Lactation Support Provider Training Directory, and discusses different options and paths that exist to become a Lactation Support Provider. The information provided here includes the different ways to qualify for credentialing exams as well as training opportunities that are tailored to community needs. If you are a member of a national organization and want to submit information about training opportunities, please contact aspeece@usbreastfeeding.org. 

Breastfeeding Culture and Hispanic Mothers Webinar

Join the USBC and Ana Maria Linares from the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, September 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for the next webinar in the Racial Equity Webinar Series, titled "Breastfeeding Culture in Hispanic Mothers in the USA." Webinar presenters will identify racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding duration and exclusivity in Hispanic women living in the U.S.; describe the cultural issues associated with Hispanic mothers choosing infant feeding; identify factors that are associated with initiation, duration, and exclusivity of breastfeeding in Hispanic women; identify health risk factors associated with suboptimal breastfeeding in Hispanic mothers and infants; and identify potential interventions to promote breastfeeding in Hispanic women.

Create an Organizational Profile on the USBC Website

Organizations commited to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding are invited to create an organizational group profile on the USBC website. By creating a group profile for your organization, you can:

  • Set Engagement Levels to indicate your organization's interest level in collaborative work on a number of breastfeeding support topic areas. This database is a powerful tool that informs the development of our collaborative work and identification of stakeholders.

  • Share your organization's activities on each of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA) Actions. Group profile entries populate public pages on the SGCTA Action Directory so that all visitors can easily find and read highlights of related activities from across the country, sorted by topic.

  • Breastfeeding coalitions can also be added to the Coalitions Directory.

To request an organization website profile, please fill out this brief form. Helpful resources:


Federal News

Public Comment Open on Call to Action for Community Health, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have opened public comment on an upcoming Surgeon General's document/Call to Action with a working title "Community Health and Prosperity." The goal of the Call to Action is to clearly demonstrate that investments in community health have the potential to improve the health and prosperity of communities and issue a call to action to the private sector and local policy makers for investment in communities, unilaterally or as part of multi-sector or other consortium, to improve community health. Interested individuals or organizations are invited to submit written views, recommendations, and data about how investing in communities can improve health and prosperity. Comments must be received before Monday, November 5, and they may be submitted through an online portal or mailed.

Emergency Resources Available, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate all CDC activities for public health needs before, during, and after Hurricane Florence, including the deployment of resources and personnel, as requested. Resources and information are also available on the CDC Hurricane Florence webpage.


Member News

Survey on Woman-Centered Online Hub, from CGBI

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, with the support of the Global Health Foundation, has announced plans to create The 4th Trimester Project, the first woman-centered website to address postpartum self-care questions and needs. CGBI has launched an online survey to identify the way that an online hub should be designed to be woman- and family-centered. CGBI is seeking responses from mothers, fathers, grandparents, health care professionals, health advocates, and others. This survey is anonymous and the data collected is completely confidential. Results will be disseminated through the Center for Maternal and Infant Health website.

Survey for Organizations Supporting Black Families with Breastfeeding, from ROSE/HCO

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere and HealthConnect One have launched a survey of local and national organizations as part of an effort to develop a national blueprint that will provide an assessment of the landscape of breastfeeding support for black families in the U.S. Information will be gathered to identify current needs, which will be used to target problem areas in under served communities specifically. ROSE and HCO want to better understand the availability and accessibility of culturally responsive breastfeeding support. Surveys must be complete by Friday, October 5, at 6 p.m. ET

Updated Website and Logo, from HMBANA

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America has launched a new website which features easy navigation, an up to the minute blog, and dynamic visual images of milk banking. HMBANA has also launched a new logo which includes a dual shaded, three part milk drop, symbolizing HMBANA's collective mission as a network of nonprofit milk banks. Their new tagline, "Mobilizing the Healing Power of Donor Milk," signifies that the 27 nonprofit milk bank members share the same core values and guidelines.


Partner Updates

Breastfeeding Webpage Launch, from NACCHO

The National Association for County and City Health Officials has launched a webpage for their Breastfeeding Project. The page includes news about the breastfeeding project, upcoming and past webinars, and capacity briefs on supporting breastfeeding in communities.

Role of Public Health in Natural Disaster Response Fact Sheet, from TFAH

Trust for America's Health has published a fact sheet titled "The Critical Role of Public Health Programs in Responding to Natural Disasters." The fact sheet describes the important role of public health in disaster preparations and recovery and recommendations for policymakers to support public health's role in disaster response.

Report on Working Family Caregivers, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has released a report titled "Raising Expectations: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Working Family Caregivers." The report examines laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, grading each state based on whether it guarantees workers access to a range of caregiving needs, including paid or unpaid family and medical leave and paid sick days. NPWF has also published state-by-state graphic report cards that individuals can share on social media or with policymakers.

State of Obesity Update, from TFAH/RWJF

Trust for America's Health, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has published an update to The State of Obesity. According to the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35% in seven states, 30% in 29 states and 25% in 48 states. West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate at 38.1% and Colorado has the lowest at 22.6%. 

USBC Insight: Breastfeeding is a proven primary prevention strategy, building a foundation for life-long health and wellness. Breastfed children have a reduced risk of obesity. 

Fact Sheet on Public Charge and Women of Color, from PIF

Protecting Immigrant Families has published a fact sheet in English and Spanish highlighting how the public charge changes pose a threat to women of color. The resource was developed in partnership with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda.


State & Community News

Report on Statewide Maternity Care Experience Survey, from Coalitions

Join a rich network of breastfeeding coalitions on Friday, September 28, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET for the next "Best Cities to Be Born & Breastfed In" List Strategy Sessions. Coalition representatives and expert guests are convening via conference call every two weeks through February 2019 to establish the criteria and data collection strategies for an annual "Best Cities to Be Born & Breastfed In" List (working title). The upcoming meeting will focus on media coverage. In this session, participants will brainstorm about types of media coverage (communication channels), topics, messaging, and the demographics of those doing the reporting and those being quoted. Meeting participants will also discuss when and how often breastfeeding is being covered and establish a threshold for frequency and length of coverage per reader/viewer in a given period of time. If you would like to be added to the email list to receive announcements about this effort please email Lissa at Lissa@BreastfeedingNM.org

Report on Statewide Maternity Care Experience Survey, from California

The National Partnership for Women & Family's Health Policy team, the California Health Care Foundation, and Yellow Chair Foundation have published a report titled "Listening to Mothers in California." The report is a a statewide population-based survey of women who gave birth in 2016 that explores the views and experiences of childbearing women with an in-depth focus on maternity care. It is the first state-level fielding of the national Listening to Mothers survey and the first Listening to Mothers survey available in both English and Spanish. The report provides extensive, timely, previously unavailable data about California women's maternity care and postpartum experiences, views, and outcomes. It highlights the voices of women themselves and focuses on key topics such as bias and discrimination in health care, disparities faced by women of color, maternal mental health, current maternity care practices, and more.

State of Breastfeeding Report, from Kansas

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has published a report titled, "State of Breastfeeding in Kansas." The report is designed to engage and inform familes, health care providers, businesses, and policymakers by illustrating current breastfeeding problems, the progress being made, ideas for action, and helpful resources. 


News & Views

AMCHP Pulse: " Behind the Scenes: Working to Pass Federal Maternal Mortality Legislation"

PBS: "More than 400 migrant children remain separated from their parents. Here's what we know."  

Chicago Parent: "New lactation suite at Soldier Field opens for breastfeeding mamas"  

KTVA: "Alaska leads the nation in breastfeeding"  

Minnesota Daily: "Student parents fight for more lactation spaces at UMN"  

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