Weekly Wire: September 12, 2019

Weekly Wire: September 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​
    • Take Action for Breastfeeding Families!
    • Power Tools Webinar on Grassroots Efforts to Advance Inclusive Breastfeeding Support
    • Hispanic Heritage Month Resources
    • USBC Membership Informational Sessions
  • National News​
    • Advocacy Toolkit, summarized from NWA
    • Memo on Lactation Accommodation Requirements, summarized from USAF
  • State/Community News
    • Webinar on New Jersey Paid Leave Program, summarized from MomsRising
    • Report on Breastfeeding Support Efforts in Delaware, summarized from ASTHO
    • State Paid Leave Program Implementation Brief, summarized from NPWF
  • Collective Impact Connection​
    • Webinar on Power Dynamics and Systems Change, summarized from Collective Impact Forum, FSG, and New Profit
    • Partnership Training Series Overview, summarized from ASPHN
    • Webinar on Effective Community Leadership, summarized from Tamarack
  • Equity Lens​
    • MMWR on Racial Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Deaths, summarized from CDC
    • Racial Justice in Health Care Systems, summarized from SSIR
    • Study on Experiences with Health Care for Women of Color, summarized from Social Science and Medicine
  • News & Views

 *denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Take Action for Breastfeeding Families

The USBC has launched an updated online action tool titled, "Ask Your Members of Congress to Support Breastfeeding Families." There are currently resolutions in both Houses of Congress to support breastfeeding policies and investments: House Resolution 545 "Supporting infant nutrition through improved breastfeeding practices" and Senate Resolution 299 "A resolution designating the first week in August 2019 as 'World Breastfeeding Week', and designating August 2019 as 'National Breastfeeding Month." Resolutions are used to express intent, principles, facts, opinions, and the purposes of the House or the Senate. Learn more about each resolution and use our simple messaging tool to urge your Members of Congress to support breastfeeding and the breastfeeding families they represent by co-sponsoring these resolutions. Take action today and help spread the word by sharing this opportunity with your network!

Power Tools Webinar on Grassroots Efforts to Advance Inclusive Breastfeeding Support

Join the USBC on Wednesday, September 18, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for the next webinar in the Power Tools webinar series titled "Advancing Inclusive and Equitable Breastfeeding Support at the Grassroots." Strong, well-functioning breastfeeding coalitions serve as powerful vehicles for change by addressing structural barriers, leveraging community strengths, and utilizing policy, systems, and environmental approaches to advance equity in breastfeeding support, protection, and promotion. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding emphasized the importance of breastfeeding coalitions, and affirmed that it is at the state and local levels that initiatives need to be implemented and adapted most effectively to address specific populations. During this session, DC, Virginia and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalitions will share how they are leveraging the expertise, wisdom, and passion of their largely volunteer membership to identify and implement broad ranging initiatives to improve the landscape of breastfeeding. Register for the webinar series

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15! The USBC has published a webpage featuring key information on breastfeeding and Latinx communities as well as a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the USBC and the field. Please submit additional materials via our online form.

USBC Membership Informational Sessions

The USBC is currently accepting applications for membership under the following categories: Affiliate Nonprofit Member, Associate Nonprofit Member, Coalition Member, and National Nonprofit Member. To learn more about the application process, membership categories, and the benefits of becoming a member of the USBC, we will be hosting several virtual information sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 17, from 12-1 p.m. ET/9-10 a.m. PT
  • Thursday, September 19, from 5-6 p.m. ET/2-3 p.m. PT
  • Wednesday, September 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT

To apply for membership under any of the membership categories, please visit the Prospective Members webpage.

National News

*Advocacy Toolkit, summarized from NWA

The National WIC Association has launched the "WIC Advocacy Toolkit." This toolkit provides the basics on speaking out on behalf of WIC and breastfeeding families. It explains in simple-to-follow sections what advocacy is, why it matters, how to convey messages effectively, and more. The toolkit includes worksheets, legislative handouts, and media engagement tips.

Memo on Lactation Accommodation Requirements, summarized from USAF

The Department of the Air Force has released a memorandum titled "Air Force Guidance Memorandum (AFGM) Establishing Requirement of Lactation Rooms for Nursing Mothers." By Order of the Secretary of the Air Force, this AFGM immediately implements policy and procedures for women's health by supporting nursing mothers with a private, secure (lockable from the inside) and sanitary area within unit facilities. The AFGM details responsibilities and procedural steps, as necessary, to enable commanders to align the needs of nursing mothers with mission requirements. Compliance with this publication is mandatory. The memorandum includes an attachment which provides implementation guidance.

State/Community News

*Webinar on New Jersey Paid Leave Program, summarized from MomsRising

Join MomsRising on Wednesday, September 18, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "NJ Paid Family Leave and Maternal Health." Speakers will provide participants with critical information on how paid leave impacts maternal and infant health, how the program works, and how professionals can help make the program more visible. The webinar and conversation will be a multi-disciplinary approach to the impact of paid leave on maternal health and New Jersey-specific information and resources, with time for discussion and questions.

Report on Breastfeeding Support Efforts in Delaware, summarized from ASTHO

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has published a report titled "Improving Breastfeeding in Delaware: Creating Breastfeeding-Friendly Communities." Published as part of ASTHO's state success story series, the report summarizes steps Delaware, a participant in ASTHO's first breastfeeding learning community, took to enhance community-based peer and professional support and assist birthing facilities to achieve Baby-Friendly designation. It also identifies barriers that Delaware's breastfeeding team encountered and next steps for the project.

State Paid Leave Program Implementation Brief, summarized from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has released a brief titled "Meeting the Promise of Paid Leave: A Research Brief." The publication highlights key findings from the recent report, "Meeting the Promise of Paid Leave." The brief summarizes data about utilization of paid leave programs in California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island and about the program's impact on employers, and offers recommendations for policy design to help programs support workers with low incomes and ease implementation for small employers.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Power Dynamics and Systems Change, summarized from Collective Impact Forum, FSG, and New Profit

Join the Collective Impact Forum, FSG, and New Profit on Monday, September 16, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Examining Power Dynamics to Advance Systems Change." A panel of speakers will share how power impacts their work and how they navigate power structures to achieve their goals.

*Partnership Training Series Overview, summarized from ASPHN

Join the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists on Wednesday, October 9, from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET for a webinar overview of the upcoming ASPHN Partnership Development Training Series that will be offered in early 2020 for a limited number of participants. The training series plans to highlight skills needed to successfully lead collaborative relationships that result in improved eating and activity habits among communities and states. The webinar will provide an overview of the proposed training topics, training format, as well as participant expectations for involvement.

Webinar on Effective Community Leadership, summarized from Tamarack

Join Tamarack Institute on Tuesday, October 15, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Distilling Leadership: Practical Lessons for Community Leaders." The webinar presenters will conduct a dynamic conversation about leadership, engagement, and community change.

Equity Lens

*MMWR on Racial Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Deaths, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a report titled "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Deaths — United States, 2007–2016." Published as part of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the report concludes that during 2007–2016, black and American Indian/Alaska Native women had significantly more pregnancy-related deaths than did white, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander women. Disparities persisted over time and across age groups and were present even in states with the lowest pregnancy-related mortality ratios and among groups with higher levels of education. The cause-specific proportion of pregnancy-related deaths varied by race/ethnicity. The authors add that identifying factors that drive differences in pregnancy-related deaths and implementing prevention strategies to address them could reduce racial/ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related mortality. Strategies to address racial/ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related deaths, including improving women's health and access to quality care in the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum periods, can be implemented through coordination at the community, health facility, patient and family, health care provider, and system levels. Media highlights include:

Racial Justice in Health Care Systems, summarized from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article titled "Advancing Equity in Health Systems by Addressing Racial Justice." The authors of the article highlight that their lessons on racial equity underscore the need to set explicit aims, build coalitions, and flatten hierarchies in order to strengthen healthcare's role in undoing systems of oppression.

Study on Experiences with Health Care for Women of Color, summarized from Social Science and Medicine

Social Science and Medicine has published a qualitative study titled "Information and power: Women of color's experiences interacting with health care providers in pregnancy and birth." The study found that women of color's experiences during pregnancy and birth were influenced by how they were treated by providers, particularly in how information was shared and withheld. The authors provide insight and impetus for change in how providers share information, utilize informed consent, and provide respectful care to women of color during pregnancy and birth care.

News & Views

Breastfeeding Medicine blog: "Towards Improved Support for Medical Trainees Who Are Breastfeeding"

The Lily: "Six things to know about making breast-feeding accessible for all moms"

Modern Healthcare: "Michigan Medicine creates formal policy to support breastfeeding physicians"

NH Business Review: "Businesses see value in supporting breastfeeding"

SHRM blog: "How to Accommodate Breast-Feeding Employees in the Workplace"

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