Weekly Wire: November 8, 2019

Weekly Wire: November 8, 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​
    • Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act Action Opportunity
    • New Policy & Actions Webpage Featuring USBC Fact Sheets
    • Power Tools Webinar on Breastfeeding Support in Tribes and Communities
    • Native American Heritage Month Webpage
    • Shop for the Holidays with USBC!
  • International News​
    • Article on Cost of Not Breastfeeding Tool, summarized from HPP
  • National News​
    • Report on National Health Trends, summarized from CDC
    • Agriculture Appropriations Bill Passes Senate, summarized from Congress
    • Webinar on Breastfeeding Continuity of Care, summarized from NACCHO
    • Webinar Recording on Nutrition and the Brain, summarized from USAID
    • Open Access Articles on Systematic Reviews, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine
  • State and Community News
    • State-by-State Premature Birth Report Cards, summarized from March of Dimes
  • Equity Lens
    • Webinar on Advancing Equity, summarized from RWJF
    • Webinar Recording on Collective Impact and Equity, summarized from Tamarack
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar on Regional Health Partnerships, summarized from Build Healthy Places Network
    • Webinar Recording on Collective Impact Framework, summarized from Aspen
  • News & Views

 * denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act Action Opportunity

The Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act (S. 2638)/Small Airport Mothers’ Rooms Act of 2019 (H.R. 3362) have been introduced in both houses of Congress. There is a possibility of a federal hearing for these bills next week, so rapid action is needed to advance this piece of legislation. The USBC has compiled a variety of materials to support advocates who are interested in helping to build momentum for these bills. Please feel free to use, edit, or expand on these materials to help garner support from policymakers and the public.

Available Resources and Templates:

Contact advocacy@usbreastfeeding.org with any questions. If your Op-Ed is published, please let us know so that we can promote it on our communication channels!

New Policy & Actions Webpage Featuring USBC Fact Sheets

USBC has launched a new webpage titled "Current Fact Sheets." The webpage features USBC fact sheets on legislative and policy issues in an easy-to-find location. All fact sheets are available for download and distribution to support advocates in conducting effective meetings and communications with policymakers.

Power Tools Webinar on Breastfeeding Support in Tribes and Communities

The USBC is hosting the next webinar in the Power Tools webinar series titled, "Communities Reclaiming Breastfeeding and Traditional Practices" on Wednesday, November 20, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Participants will hear from breastfeeding leaders who are actively supporting self-determination, and promoting breastfeeding support in their tribes and communities. Learn how native communities are coming together to reflect on and affirm their foods, land, and language. State and county coalitions will learn ways in which they can partner with and learn from native communities in our shared goals of advancing equity in breastfeeding. Register for the webinar series.

Native American Heritage Month Webpage

November is Native American Heritage Month! The USBC has updated the "National American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month" webpage, featuring a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from USBC and the field. Native American Heritage Month recognizes the histories and continuing invaluable contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people in the United States, celebrating the rich diversity in cultures, traditions, and languages, and focusing on how heritage intersects with health. By working together to raise awareness of health disparities and providing a platform for national American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian health organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities, we can all help move communities toward health equity. Please send additional resources to newsletter@usbreastfeeding.org.

Shop for the Holidays with USBC!

Looking for holiday or end-of-year gifts for the breastfeeding advocates in your life? The USBC's CafePress store has a wide variety of clothing and other gift options! Now is the perfect time to order a t-shirt, water bottle, or tote bag for arrival before the holidays! The USBC receives a portion of the proceeds from every item sold, so your purchase helps create lasting change for breastfeeding families. 

International News

Article on Cost of Not Breastfeeding Tool, summarized from HPP

The Oxford Academic journal Health Policy and Planning has published an article titled "The cost of not breastfeeding: global results from a new tool." The Cost of Not Breastfeeding tool was developed to provide policymakers and advocates with information on the estimated human and economic costs of not breastfeeding at the country, regional, and global levels. Based on epidemiological and demographic health surveillance data available for 130 countries, not breastfeeding according to recommendations was attributed with 595,379 child deaths to diarrhoea and pneumonia each year. An estimated 974,956 cases of childhood obesity each year were attributed to not breastfeeding according to recommendations. The articles notes that the Cost of Not Breastfeeding Tool is an example of how the big data revolution in global health can support stronger advocacy and meaningful policy change. 

National News

*Report on National Health Trends, summarized from CDC

The National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its annual report on the health of the nation, titled "Health, United States, 2018." The report presents trends and current information on selected measures of morbidity, mortality, health care utilization and access, health risk factors, prevention, health insurance, and personal health care expenditures.

USBC Insight: Breastfeeding is a proven prevention strategy. Compared with formula-fed infants, those who are breastfed have a reduced risk of ear, skin, stomach, and respiratory infections; diarrhea; sudden infant death syndrome; and necrotizing enterocolitis. In the longer term, breastfed children have a reduced risk of obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, and childhood leukemia. Women who breastfed their children have a reduced long-term risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast and ovarian cancers.

Agriculture Appropriations Bill Passes Senate, summarized from Congress

The Senate has passed its first spending package for fiscal year 2020, which included four of the twelve appropriations bills. The spending package includes the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020 (Agriculture) appropriations bill which funds the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The House passed the Agriculture Appropriations bill in June. Read the press release.

USBC Insight: Overall funding for the WIC program is equal in the House and Senate versions of the Agriculture Appropriations bill. Both bills represent an increase in funding for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program from Fiscal Year 2019 levels, however the House version funds the Peer Counselor program at $90 million while the Senate version provides $80 million. The peer counselor program is authorized at $90 million, but has only been provided $60 million for nearly a decade. This funding level is not sufficient to allow all clinics to provide peer counselor services. Negotiations for federal appropriations must be completed or a continuing resolution must be passed by Thursday, November 21, to avert a government shutdown. Learn more about federal appropriations for breastfeeding

Webinar on Breastfeeding Continuity of Care, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials is hosting a webinar titled "Key Community Partners in Establishing Breastfeeding Continuity of Care: Community Health Centers Webinar" on Tuesday, November 12, from 2-3 p.m. ET. By actively and continuously promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding Community Health Centers can help increase breastfeeding rates of their clients, and reduce breastfeeding disparities. The webinar will describe how NACCHO supported four health centers to successfully implement a custom-designed breastfeeding support model for their organizations to establish internal continuity of care. 

Webinar Recording on Nutrition and the Brain, summarized from USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development has published the video recording from a USAID Advancing Nutrition webinar titled "The Science Behind the First 1,000 Days: Linking Nutrition, Brain Development, and Nurturing Care." Speakers provide an overview of how nutrient deficiency in the first 1,000 days can lead to long-term dysfunction, examine how application of the general principles of nutrient and brain interaction can help inform programming, and provide further context through the lens of the Nurturing Care Framework.

Open Access Articles on Systematic Reviews, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine

The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has announced free open access to a variety of articles featuring systematic reviews published in 2019. The articles will remain free to view through Wednesday, November 20. Articles include:

State and Community News

State-by-State Premature Birth Report Cards, summarized from March of Dimes

March of Dimes has published the "2019 Premature Birth Report Cards." Each state's report card includes a letter grade comparing the 2018 preterm birth rate in a state or locality to March of Dimes' goal of 8.1 percent by 2020. Report Cards provide county and race/ethnicity data to highlight the importance of addressing equity in areas and populations with elevated risk of prematurity. March of Dimes has also included state-specific policy recommendations to improve preterm birth rates.

Equity Lens

Webinar on Advancing Equity, summarized from RWJF

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is hosting a webinar titled "Advancing Equity: A Racial Equity Journey" on Tuesday, November 12, from 3-4 p.m. ET. Presenters from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity will share how the Spokane Regional Health District began their journey toward disrupting racial inequities and the framework they are using to build their internal capacity. Participants will learn how to use this framework to embed racial equity considerations in their community's practices.

Webinar Recording on Collective Impact and Equity, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has published a recording of a webinar titled "Reckoning, Repair and Change: How Business Leaders Can More Effectively Advance Racial Equity and Competitive Advantage." Speakers shared business case examples where equity has driven corporate success and discussed the ways in which corporate community leaders can pursue these steps to more effectively support collective impact and community change efforts. The group also discussed how stakeholders in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors can apply these steps, and how such intentionality can support change at a systems level.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Regional Health Partnerships, summarized from Build Healthy Places Network

The Build Healthy Places Network is hosting a webinar titled "Larger Than Cities and Towns: Partnering for Health at a Regional Level" on Wednesday, November 20, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Presented as part of their "Network Commons" series, speakers will discuss innovative regional approaches to improve health outcomes, enhance opportunity, and advance equity. Participants will learn about the economic, cultural, and policy forces shaping dynamic multi-sector partnerships.

Webinar Recording on Collective Impact Framework, summarized from Aspen

The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions has published a video from the Aspen Ideas Festival titled "Collective Impact: What is it and Why is Everyone (Still) Talking About it?" Speakers discuss the initial framework of Collective Impact and current Collective Impact successes.

News & Views

Asian Journal News: "Protecting new mothers at work"

Fatherly: "The Fed Up Dad Fighting For Paternity Leave for the Rest of Us"

Good Morning America: "This mom breast pumped during the 2019 New York City Marathon"

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights blog: "Pregnancy Discrimination Persists in America. It’s Time for Congress to Address it."

NACCHO Voice: "Streamlining Breastfeeding Support and Education in a Federally Qualified Health Center in New York City"

National Library of Medicine Circulating Now: "BOTTLED MILK: A MOTHER'S REACH FOR INFANT HEALTH"

QZ: "What an unsupportive work environment actually costs nursing mothers"

The Washington Post: "Why these bikers crisscross New York delivering donated breast milk"

WBFO: "The disparity in breast cancer and breastfeeding rates is black and white"

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