Weekly Wire: April 12, 2019
The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC's mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.
In this Issue:
- USBC Updates
- NBCC 2019 is Only Two Months Away!
- Call for Stories on Breastfeeding Support
- Welcome New USBC Members: Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware & Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition
- Special Section on Black Maternal Health Week
- BMHW Resources and Events, from BMMA
- Black Maternal Health Caucus Launched, from Congress
- Federal News
- Webinar on How Law and Policy Impacts Public Health, summarized from ODPHP
- Members News
- Internal Policy on Relationship with Industry Updated, summarized from NWA
- New Video on Local Baby Café, summarized from Baby Café USA
- Partner Updates
- Recommendations Requested for Programs to be Featured on Continuity of Care Webinar, summarized from NACCHO
- News from the Field
- Health Policy Briefs on Paid Leave and Nutrition Programs, summarized from Health Affairs
- Equity Elements
- Webinar on Cultural Competency for Health Departments, summarized from Region IV PHTC
- News & Views
NBCC 2019 is Only Two Months Away!
The National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening is only two months away—register today! USBC's NBCC brings together breastfeeding-focused representatives from across the country: coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territory, representatives from relevant government departments, national non-profits, non-governmental organizations including consumer (parents) groups, and health professional associations. This singular gathering assists with development of the leadership capacity to more effectively protect, promote, and support breastfeeding at the national, state, and local/community levels. Explore the many diverse sessions in the detailed preliminary program schedule, and apply for your sponsorship or exhibit table before they are sold out. We hope you will join us in June!
Call for Stories on Breastfeeding Support
The USBC has launched a new story collection tool titled "Support Changes Everything." Individuals are invited to share stories of how you, your family members, or your community have been supported by changes to breastfeeding policies or laws. Personal stories can help demonstrate the many ways that "everyone can help make breastfeeding easier" and call attention to the need for support. Submissions will be used by USBC for a variety of purposes, including in conversations with Congress, policymakers, and the media, and in future action campaigns, blogs, articles, etc. With your help, we can make sure everyone knows how policy and systems changes affect breastfeeding families across the country!
Welcome New USBC Members: Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware & Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition
The Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware is a new Breastfeeding Coalition Member of the USBC that strives to improve the health of women and children in Delaware by protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in their state. The Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware seeks to carry out their mission by "imparting current and evidence-based information and skills to enable parents, families, health practitioners, and community leaders to make informed decisions." Since 1990, this diverse group of volunteers has supported hospitals in their state to become baby-friendly designated, aided families who have faced discrimination while breastfeeding or lack of support in the workplace, and provided breastfeeding materials in English and Spanish to local health care practices. Learn more about their work here!
The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition is a new Breastfeeding Coalition Member of the USBC, with the mission to improve Maryland's citizens' health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Serving breastfeeding families since 2002, the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition has successfully "banned the bags" from all hospitals, collaborated with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to develop the MDH's Model Hospital Breastfeeding Policy program, and worked with Maryland Medicaid to develop a policy for their Managed Care Organizations to provide breast pumps to clients. In addition, the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition continues to advocate for the rights of breastfeeding families and collaborate with partners in their community who also have an interest in promoting the health of mothers and babies in Maryland. Learn more about their work here!
Special Section on Black Maternal Health Week
The second annual Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) is April 11-17. Founded and led by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, BMHW is a week of awareness raising, activism, and community building for black mothers. Read on for highlights.
- Black Mamas Matter Alliance:
- BMMA has published the #BMHW19 Social Media Toolkit which includes sample posts and downloadable graphics to share during BMHW.
- BMMA has published a webpage featuring local BMHW events.
- Join BMMA on Friday, April 12, from 3-4 p.m. ET for the "Decolonizing Research in Black Maternal Health" webinar.
- Join BMMA again on Monday, April 15, from 3-4 p.m. ET for the "Maternal Health Policy Priorities for Black Mamas" webinar.
- Congress: Congresswomen Alma Adams (NC-12) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) have founded and launched the Black Maternal Health Caucus to improve black maternal health outcomes. The Black Maternal Health Caucus aims to raise awareness within Congress to establish Black maternal health as a national priority, and explore and advocate for effective, evidence-based, culturally-competent policies and best practices for health outcomes for Black mothers.
Webinar on How Law and Policy Impacts Public Health, summarized from ODPHP
Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on Thursday, April 25, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "How Legal and Policy Levers Can Amplify Efforts to Reach Healthy People Goals." Presented as part of the Healthy People Law and Health Policy Project, attendees will learn about using laws and policies as levers that can serve as tools for improving public health and reaching Healthy People goals. Presenters will provide an overview of the law and policy levers framework and explore the mechanics of how laws and policies can create and sustain environments that promote optimal health for all.
Internal Policy on Relationship with Industry Updated, summarized from NWA
The National WIC Association has published a blog post titled "What the Dissolution of Relationships with Infant Formula and Dietary Supplement Manufacturers Means." The policy excludes infant formula products and dietary supplements from being exhibited, marketed, displayed, promoted, or advertised at NWA webinars, conferences, or events. The policy was one in a series of steps to align the practices of NWA with the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. The policy was voted on by NWA voting members in May 2015 and was reaffirmed by vote in May 2016. The NWA board of directors further endorsed this action and added dietary supplement manufacturers during its winter 2018-2019 board meeting.
New Video on Local Baby Café, summarized from Baby Café USA
Baby Café USA has released a video titled "The Baby Café in Buffalo, NY." The video highlights the Durham Baby Café in Buffalo, New York, showcasing the effectiveness of implementing the Baby Café model in a local way to meet the specific needs of a community. Listen to their Executive Director, Revered Diann Holt, talk about how their café, which is located within the Central City Café Soup Kitchen, offers attendees the lactation care and information they need in a welcoming, non-medical environment where they can get their kids fed at the same time. Once established, their café quickly saw the opportunity they had to welcome pregnant people in for education and fellowship alongside their nursing peers. Today they bring educators from many sectors of maternal and child health to talk about lactation, healthy pregnancy, and the realities of parenthood.
Recommendations Requested for Programs to be Featured on Continuity of Care Webinar, summarized from NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has issued an invitation to submit recommendations for programs to be highlighted in their Continuity of Care webinar series. NACCHO is specifically looking for a hospital that implemented an exceptional step 10 of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (or similar state programs) in partnership with a community agency, and performs a warm hand-off during postpartum discharge, ensuring new parents are connected to community resources, especially for low-income families. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a recommendation.
News from the Field
Health Policy Briefs on Paid Leave and Nutrition Programs, summarized from Health Affairs
Health Affairs has released two new health policy briefs exploring how early childhood interventions impact physical health. "Paid Family Leave Policies and Population Health" explores how access to paid leave supports maternal and child health and directly links paid leave with increased breastfeeding. "Food Support Programs and Their Impacts on Very Young Children" examines how key federal food support programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), benefit young children's health and food security.
Webinar on Cultural Competency for Health Departments, summarized from Region IV PHTC
Join the Region IV Public Health Training Center on Friday, April 19, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Health Equity: Making Your Health Department More Culturally Competent." Participants will discuss cultural competence as an important component of successful implementation of public health programming, services, practices and policies, and how cultural competence can contribute to the elimination of health disparities existing within populations served by health departments. Presenters will examine existing sociocultural barriers in health departments driving disparities in health status and health outcomes.
News & Views
IHS press release: "Four IHS hospitals complete Baby-Friendly re-designation"
KimberlySealsAllers.com: "Women's History Month Must Stop Ignoring Mothering as Work"