Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.
Join the FAM Act Thunderclap
Help us flood social media with messages about the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act by joining our Thunderclap! Participants will automatically share the same message at the same time through Facebook and Twitter. The Thunderclap will strike on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. ET to share this message: No mom should have to pump breast milk on an airport bathroom floor. Tell Congress to support the #FAMAct: http://thndr.it/1RN6Jr0
TRICARE Breastfeeding Coverage Updates
TRICARE has updated its Breast Pump Policy to include coverage of breast pumps and supplies and breastfeeding counseling, retroactively applied as of December 19, 2014. On Monday, June 22 at 2 pm ET, a Facebook Town Hall will be held with Bobbie Matthews from the Defense Health Agency's Medical Benefits and Reimbursement Office. Media highlights include:
- Military.com: "New Tricare Policy Gives Free Breast Pumps"
- Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: "Updated TRICARE Lactation Policy: What Is Covered and What Isn't"
MCH Emergency Preparedness Webinar, from CDC & AMCHP
Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs for a webinar on Tuesday, June 16 at 2 p.m. ET, entitled Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for MCH Populations. The webinar will highlight resources available for states, including a Reproductive Health After Disaster (RHAD) toolkit that can be used to identify unmet MCH needs during the recovery phase.
WIC Act and State Fact Sheets, from NWA
Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and Linda Sánchez have introduced the Wise Investment in our Children (WIC) Act, which would extend eligibility for children to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) until age six, at which time they become eligible for school meals. The National WIC Association also has released Fact Sheets for all 90 WIC State Agencies, updated with the most current data and contact information as of March 2015.
Lactation Equity Seminars, from ILCA
The International Lactation Consultant Association will host a free half-day Lactation Equity Action Seminar on Tuesday, July 21, in Washington, D.C., designed to address the cultural and classist barriers to the IBCLC profession. The event will be an opportunity for participants to identify and organize around strategies to expand opportunities for social groups disproportionately facing barriers to entry into the IBCLC profession, and enumerate action steps taken in response to the Lactation Equity Summit of 2014.
The 2014 event was designed to listen and learn from missing voices so that strategies for dismantling institutional oppression within the profession could be developed. Over the past few months, the Lactation Matters blog has broken out Summit findings from each community that spoke, now accessible via a roundup post.
Insurance Company Petition, from NWLC
The National Women's Law Center has launched a petition calling on insurance companies to fix their breastfeeding coverage. The Affordable Care Act requires coverage of breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling without cost-sharing, yet NWLC's review of insurance plan documents found widespread coverage gaps.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Infographic, from TFAH and others
Trust for America's Health, the Anthem Foundation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation have worked together to create an infographic, What Can You Do To Prevent Childhood Obesity? The infographic details roles different groups in a community can play, and encourages households to pursue breastfeeding.
Member/Partner/News Roundup on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Reintroduction
On Thursday, June 4, Senators Robert Casey, Jeanne Shaheen, and Kelly Ayotte, and Rep. Jerry Nadler reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) with bipartisan support. The bill would let pregnant workers continue to do their jobs and support their families by requiring employers to make the same sorts of accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions that they do for disabilities.
- Action alert: "Congress: Support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!"
From National Partnership for Women & Families:
- Fact sheet: "The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Making Room for Pregnancy on the Job"
- Fact sheet: "Accommodating Pregnancy on the Job: Lessons from the Americans with Disabilities Act"
- Fact sheet: "The Business Case for Accommodating Pregnant Workers"
Various media outlets:
- Talk Radio News Service: "Pregnant Workers Rights' Gets Bipartisan Push"
- The Hill: "Congress should help pregnant workers stay healthy and on the job"
News from the Field
Webinar on ACA Supreme Court Case, from NIHCM Foundation
Join the National Institute for Health Care Management on Tuesday, June 16, at 1 p.m. ET for a webinar, entitled "King v. Burwell: Obamacare on the Brink?" With the Supreme Court's decision on this legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act expected in late June, the webinar will deepen participants' understanding of the legal arguments at play, highlight the implications for patients, and outline compelling story ideas for journalists.
Collective Impact Connection
Tools for Community-Driven Evaluations, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released a blog post, entitled "Emerging Tools for Community-Driven Evaluations," highlighting eight tools for building inclusive community programs to address health and other social issues. Many of the suggestions come from human-centered design, organizational theory, or systems design. The tools are arranged into three categories: establishing shared frameworks, process-based collaborations, and finding new ways to frame and analyze data.
Paid Leave Petitions, from New York City and Washington, DC
- TimetoCare NY has created an easy action tool encouraging the New York State Senate and Governor Cuomo to pass paid family leave insurance.
- Jews United for Justice has created an easy action tool encouraging the DC City Council to support family and medical leave insurance.
News & Views
The Chicago Tribune: "Editorial: A call for 'breast-feeding friendly' airports"