Weekly Wire: August 30, 2019

Weekly Wire: August 30, 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​
    • National Preparedness Month Resources
  • Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month
  • International News​
    • Breastfeeding Advocacy Toolkit, summarized from GBC
    • Global Health Legislation Tracker, summarized from KFF
  • National News​
    • MMWR on Black Breastfeeding Rates, summarized from CDC
    • Petition to End Separation of Families, summarized from MomsRising
    • Fact Sheet on Health Promotion in Native Communities, summarized from CDC
    • Call for Committee Members, summarized from NASEM
  • State/Community News​
    • Breast Milk Program for County Jails Webinar Recording, summarized from California Breastfeeding Coalition
    • Courthouse Lactation Room Handbook, summarized from FAWL
    • Public Lactation Accommodation Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from New Jersey
    • Paid Sick Days Access Report, summarized from NMVC
  • Collective Impact Connection​
    • Report on Cross-Sector Collaboration and Strategies, summarized from Nemours
    • Webinar on Gender Equity and Systems Change, summarized from Tamarack
    • Webinar on Trends in Community Change, summarized from Tamarack
  • Equity Lens​
    • Brief on Lessons Learned from Birth Equity Network Initiative, summarized from HealthConnect One
    • Final Rule on Care and Custody of Unaccompanied Children, summarized from DHS and HHS
  • News & Views

*denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

National Preparedness Month Resources

September is National Preparedness Month! The USBC has published a webpage titled "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies." The webpage features key information on breastfeeding and emergencies as well as a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from USBC and the field.

Special Section on National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month! The theme of National Breastfeeding Month 2019 is Support Changes Everything. There are four sub-themes focusing on the following:

Highlights from the field include:

NBM News and Views:

International News

Breastfeeding Advocacy Toolkit, summarized from GBC

The Global Breastfeeding Collective has released "Tools for the Seven Policy Actions." The Collective's "Call to Action" lists seven key actions to increase political commitment for breastfeeding, with a section for each action in the Breastfeeding Advocacy Toolkit. Recognizing that no one breastfeeds alone, the Call to Action asks implementers and donors from governments, philanthropies, international organizations, and civil society to prioritize breastfeeding and ensure that nothing comes between mothers and their ability to give their children the best start in life through breastfeeding. 

Global Health Legislation Tracker, summarized from KFF

The Kaiser Family Foundation has launched a tracking system for global health legislation introduced in the 116th Congress. Legislation covers a variety of topics and already consists of at least 40 pieces of legislation that can impact global health, including the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (PAHPAI). The tracker includes each bill's title, sponsor(s), current status, topic, and a brief description of the global health-related provisions.

USBC Insight: PAHPAI strengthens and supports public health emergency funds, improves the nation's health security strategy, strengthens preparedness and response, bolsters the country's emergency response workforce, prioritizes a threat-based approach, and increases communication in medical countermeasure advanced research and development, among numerous other provisions. Local, state, and federal agencies play a key role in emergency preparedness. It is essential that preparedness and response policies apply a health equity lens to ensure health disparities are not exacerbated during and in the aftermath of disasters. Learn more about infant and young child feeding in emergencies.

National News

*MMWR on Black Breastfeeding Rates, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a report titled "Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration Among U.S. Infants Born in 2015." Published as part of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the report concludes that among infants who had initiated breastfeeding, differences between black infants and white infants in any and exclusive breastfeeding at ages 3 and 6 months were smaller but still present. The authors add that increasing rates of breastfeeding initiation and supporting continuation of breastfeeding among black women might help reduce disparities in breastfeeding duration. Strategies might include improving peer and family support, access to evidence-based maternity care, and employment support.

*Petition to End Separation of Families, summarized from MomsRising

MomsRising has launched an online action tool titled "Babies need to be with their moms!". Individuals can sign the petition in support of ending the separation and incarceration of families, especially the separation of infants and their breastfeeding mothers, immediately.

*Fact Sheet on Health Promotion in Native Communities, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has released a fact sheet titled "Healthy Tribes: How CDC Promotes Health and Prevents Chronic Diseases for American Indians and Alaska Natives." The fact sheet highlights how CDC works with American Indian and Alaska Native populations to strengthen connections to culture and traditional lifeways that improve health and wellness, including breastfeeding support.

Call for Committee Members, summarized from NASEM

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (HMD) are searching for members of a study committee titled "Scanning for New Evidence on the Nutrient Content of Human Milk: A Model for the Derivation of Age-Specific Nutrient Requirements." Learn more about the volunteer committee's goals and objectives. Experts in the fields of physiology of lactation; nutritional composition of human milk; infant growth and development; and nutrient requirements during pregnancy and in infancy are needed for the committee. Nominations should be submitted via the online form by Friday, September 13. HMD is also searching for members of a consensus study titled "Scoping Existing Guidelines for Feeding Recommendations for Infants and Children Under Age 2." Learn more about the volunteer committee's goals and objectives. Nominations should be submitted via the online form by Friday, September 13.

State/Community News

*Breast Milk Program for County Jails Webinar Recording, summarized from California Breastfeeding Coalition

The California Breastfeeding Coalition has released a recording of a webinar titled "Pump and Pick Up of Breastmilk Program for County Jails." The presentation provided an update on the implementation of the new State Law (AB 2507) that requires county jails in California to create a program to support lactating parents with pumping and pick up of their breast milk. The webinar also describes tools that can be used to ensure that the law is being implemented with consideration of best practices.

Courthouse Lactation Room Handbook, summarized from FAWL

The Florida Association for Women's Lawyers has published a document titled "Courthouse Lactation Room Handbook." The handbook highlights the importance of lactation rooms in courthouses, describes relevant legislation and best practices, and includes a variety of sample materials and templates on establishing a lactation room in a courthouse.

Public Lactation Accommodation Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law a public lactation accommodations bill (S1735). Under the new law, certain public facilities and offices are required to provide on-site lactation rooms. Additionally, the legislation requires the New Jersey Department of Health to provide information about lactation room availability and the New Jersey Department of Education to provide information on lactation policies in schools.

Paid Sick Days Access Report, summarized from NMVC

New Mexico Voices for Children has published a report titled "Valuing Families at Work: The Case for Paid Sick Leave in New Mexico." The report finds that half of workers in New Mexico do not have access to paid sick days, partially due to a high concentration of workers in low-wage jobs. It also explores the disparities in access between full and part-time workers, by employer size, and by racial and ethnic group, finding that Hispanic men are the least likely to have access to paid sick days, and that racial disparities in access are compounded by the racial wealth gap. Finally, the report reviews the research on the benefits of paid sick days and paid family and medical leave and illustrates that the cost to employers of providing paid sick days would be reasonable.

USBC Insight: Paid sick days make it possible for breastfeeding employees to access preventive services, including breastfeeding support and counseling, when needed.

Collective Impact Connection

*Report on Cross-Sector Collaboration and Strategies, summarized from Nemours

Nemours Children's Health System has published an issue brief titled "Collaboration Among Medicaid and Early Care and Education Policy Makers: Insights From Three States." Nemours provided technical assistance to several states—the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Washington—to bring together Medicaid and early care and education partners to devise solutions for better meeting the needs of families served by both systems. The states planned or implemented pilots addressing barriers at the programmatic or operational level, as well as the broader policy level. The pilots fostered trust and understanding across systems, with the purpose of ultimately leading to the spread of effective strategies. The report highlights lessons for engaging partners to foster cross-sector collaboration, strategies for serving families through a coordinated and consistent approach, and strategies for improving cross-sector coordination.

Webinar on Gender Equity and Systems Change, summarized from Tamarack

Join Tamarack Institute on Friday, September 13, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET for the "Scale Deep: Using A Feminist Approach to Shift Systems" webinar. In this webinar, presenters will share their insights and a new systems change framework; including key practices, approaches and lessons learned about how gender equity organizations are doing systems change. The webinar will reflect on how this framework illuminates the extent to which marginalized communities are positioned to lead systems change, and how these approaches align with and might be applied to other issue areas.

Webinar on Trends in Community Change, summarized from Tamarack

Join Tamarack on Tuesday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "The Latest Trends in Community Change." Paul Born and Liz Weaver, the Co-CEOs of the Tamarack Institute will share their perspectives on the latest trends in community change. Drawing on relevant research, observations and engagement with community changemakers, they will talk about topics such as including individuals with lived and living experience; building effective and sustainable collective impact efforts; and bringing innovative design practices into community spaces and adaptive leadership practices. 

Equity Lens

*Brief on Lessons Learned from Birth Equity Network Initiative, summarized from HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One has issued a brief titled "Lessons From The Field: Building A National Birth Equity Network." HealthConnect One launched the Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA) in the spring of 2017, to develop effective and authentic leadership on maternal and child health within communities that are often marginalized, and to amplify the voices of these leaders through a coordinated national network. A vital part of BELA is the community projects initiative, which provides mini grants and technical support in order to increase capacity for serving vulnerable and marginalized communities around maternal and child health. The overarching goals of these mini grants are to foster collaboration, share learning, and support new or current work in underserved communities and communities of color. The brief gathers lessons learned from BELA leaders/mentees and BELA faculty/mentors, as well as HealthConnect One staff who are supporting the BELA network during the first phase of implementation.

Final Rule on Care and Custody of Unaccompanied Children, summarized from DHS and HHS

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services has announced a new rule titled "Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children." The rule finalizes regulations implementing the relevant and substantive terms of the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA). Read the press release. View the video of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan presenting on the final rule.

USBC Insights: The USBC does not condone the use of the word "alien" to describe people immigrating to the US. This word is included solely because it was in the final rule published by DHS and HHS. National, state, and local organizations are invited to sign on to USBC's joint statement on unlawful family separation. The USBC has released a statement expressing strong opposition to the zero-tolerance policy and also to the separation of children and caregivers. 

News & Views

Bixby Center: "Meet Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu, breastfeeding researcher centering Black women"

MPR News: "Black breastfeeding moms find support in one another"

National Partnership for Women & Families: "Paid Leave and Breastfeeding: A Perfect Combination for Mom and Baby"

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