Weekly Wire: November 13, 2020

Weekly Wire: November 13, 2020

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:

  • Special Section on COVID-19
  • National News​
    • Senate Appropriations Bills Introduced, summarized from Congress
    • New REACH Recipients, summarized from CDC
    • Public Comment Opportunity on Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, summarized from HRSA
    • Webinar on Maternal and Infant Health, summarized from March of Dimes
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Paper on the Evolution of Collective Impact, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

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Special Section on COVID-19

As communities around the nation respond to the global Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the USBC has continued to serve as a communication hub for the breastfeeding field. View the updated "Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies" webpage for key resources on COVID-19 and infant feeding. See the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire archive for previous compilations of COVID-19 resources and updates. Submit additional resources for consideration via the online form. Highlights from the field include:

  • CA Work & Family Coalition: The California Work & Family Coalition released a resource titled "Paid Leave Guide for LA County Workers." The guide includes information and resources on paid family and medical leave and paid sick leave options in Los Angeles County, including information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • Congress: Representative Angie Craig (MN-2) introduced the Vaccine Fairness Act of 2020 (H.R.8555). The bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit to Congress a weekly report on COVID–19 vaccine distribution. The report would be required to include a description of the progress made in distributing COVID–19 vaccines to high-risk and priority groups, including individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • SisterSong: SisterSong is hosting an online "Labor Intensive Training" on Saturday, November 14, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET. The session will prepare expectant families with the knowledge and skills necessary for birthing in a hospital during COVID-19.
  • MBP-Symbol.jpg ZERO TO THREE: ZERO TO THREE published a policy report titled "Building for the Future: Strong Policies for Babies and Families After COVID-19." The report includes information on the policy landscape for babies and families before the pandemic, as well as observations on how they have been faring during the pandemic and economic upheaval. The report also identifies policy gaps that left families of color and low income families particularly vulnerable.

National News

Senate Appropriations Bills Introduced, summarized from Congress

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released all twelve of the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) funding measures and the FY21 subcommittee allocations. The House and Senate are expected to engage in negotiations before the expiration of the current continuing resolution on December 11, 2020. Learn more about the status of appropriations bills with the Congressional Research Service "Appropriations Status Table: FY2021."

USBC Insight: Each year funding is allocated to a variety of federal programs that include breastfeeding support through the federal appropriations process. Appropriations for breastfeeding help build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to peer & professional support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. The USBC closely monitors the federal budget process and mobilizes the field to take action during strategic moments in the negotiation process. Stay tuned for a detailed analysis of the Senate appropriations bills and watch for news and action opportunities as negotiations unfold in the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire.

MBP-Symbol.jpg New REACH Recipients, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity announced the addition of five recipients who will receive funding through the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. CDC is now funding 36 REACH communities for the remaining three years of the program. REACH recipients aim to advance health equity and accelerate the uptake of proven public health strategies, including breastfeeding support, to reduce the burden of chronic disease in communities at greatest risk.

MBP-Symbol.jpg Public Comment Opportunity on Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, summarized from HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration has published a public comment opportunity titled "Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to States Program: Guidance and Forms for the Title V Application/Annual Report OMB No. 0915-0172-Revision." HRSA is updating the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to States Program: Guidance and Forms for the Title V Application/Annual Report which is used by Title V Block Grant applicants. View HRSA's proposed updates. Comments close on Monday, December 14.

USBC Insight: The Title V Maternal and Child Health federal block grant is a key source of support for promoting and improving the health and well-being of the nation's mothers, children, including children with special needs, and their families. Breastfeeding rates are included as one of fifteen National Performance Measures for the Title V program. 

Webinar on Maternal and Infant Health, summarized from March of Dimes

March of Dimes will host "Making the Grade on Maternal and Child Health: 2020 March of Dimes Report Card" on Tuesday, November 17, at 11 a.m. ET. Speakers will discuss highlights from the 2020 March of Dimes Report Card, address the increase of the United States' preterm birth rates, and policy options to improve maternal and infant health outcomes.

Collective Impact Connection

Paper on the Evolution of Collective Impact, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute published a paper titled "Evolving the Practice of Collective Impact: Inspiration from the Field." The paper traces the evolution of Collective Impact (CI) since the publication of John Kania and Mark Kramer's initial article in 2011. The article profiles key milestones in the evolution of CI, explores examples at the neighborhood, regional, and national level, and lessons learned from the use of CI at each of these scales with an emphasis on noting their capacity and contribution to advancing systems level change.

News & Views

MBP-Symbol.jpg ASPHN: "ASPHN's Board of Directors Prioritizes Equity and Inclusion Within the Association"

The New York Times: "The 'Gut Wrenching' Sacrifice of Military Moms"

The New York Times (Letter to the Editor): "Pregnant Workers and Covid-19"

Southeast Missourian: "New Cape airport terminal to have a nursing moms' room"

WTVC: "'They need it to survive:' Mom says breast milk donations essential"

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