Weekly Wire: January 20, 2021
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
- Q&A Session on Writing a Winning Proposal for the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening
- Share Your Story with the USBC!
- Submit Breastfeeding Resources for Black History Month Webpage
- USBC Supports...
- Special Section on COVID-19
- National News
- Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey Closing Soon, summarized from CDC
- BEGIN Meeting Series on Ecology of Breast Milk, summarized from NICHD
- Call for Nominations for New Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, summarized from AHRQ
- Funding Opportunity to Support Primary Care Physician Training, summarized from HRSA
- Funding Opportunity to Support Rural Telehealth, summarized from HRSA
- Joint Letter Supporting WIC & MIECHV Collaboration, summarized from FNS/HRSA
- Workplace Rights Resource Hub, summarized from ABB
- Webinar on University Lactation Support Program, summarized from Coalition for Lactation-Friendly Schools
- Sign On Letter Urging Passage of the FAMILY Act, summarized from NPWF
- State & Community News
- Publication on Lactation Accommodations for Low-Wage Workers, summarized from California
- Ohio Workplace Toolkit Launched, summarized from Ohio
- Webinar on Breastfeeding Legislation and Workplace Initiatives, summarized from Mississippi
- Collective Impact Connection
- Co-Branded Resources on Workplace Breastfeeding Support during COVID-19, summarized from Workplace Support Constellation
- News & Views
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Q&A Session on Writing a Winning Proposal for the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening
Join the USBC on Thursday, January 21, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a presentation titled "Writing a Winning Proposal Q&A Session." The call for proposals for the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC) is open and the deadline to submit is Sunday, February 7. To ensure you have everything you need to create and deliver a successful educational session at NBCC 2021, the USBC is hosting this live Q&A session with conference team members to address specific questions you may have regarding the proposal submission process. The conference team has also developed several on-demand resources to support the submission process, including:
- 2021 Proposal Grading Rubric
- Writing a Winning Proposal: A prerecorded presentation on how to write a strong proposal
- Submission Tutorial: A brief video on how to navigate through the proposal system
Share Your Story with the USBC!
The 117th congressional session began on January 3 and the USBC is preparing for a strong and impactful year bringing the voices of breastfeeding families to the halls of Congress, but we can't do it without you! We are seeking stories, insights, and experiences from breastfeeding parents, community members, lactation support or health care providers, public health workers, and all who are passionate about the importance of human milk feeding. The USBC works with our members and partners to educate policymakers and push for breastfeeding-friendly policy and practice changes for all families. Personal stories and experiences from constituents help decision-makers understand what is at stake and why action is needed. Your story is unique and can make a big impact: please consider sharing with us!
Submit Breastfeeding Resources for Black History Month Webpage
February is Black History Month! The USBC hosts a webpage titled, "Black History Month Tools & Resources." The webpage features a compilation of resources, tools, and materials from the field that can be shared with breastfeeding families. Help us build a more comprehensive resource list by submitting additional resources for the webpage via the online form.
The USBC has joined the following organizational sign on letter from the field:
- National Partnership for Women & Families: Letter to Congress in Support of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act
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:
- AWHONN/NANN/NPA: The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, and National Perinatal Association published a consensus statement titled "Essential Care in the NICU during the COVID-19 Pandemic." The statement affirms the organizations' continued support and emphasis on adoption of a shared decision-making model for family presence in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
- BMJ: The journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health released an article titled "Misalignment of global COVID-19 breastfeeding and newborn care guidelines with World Health Organization recommendations." The authors reviewed international COVID-19 guidance for maternal and newborn care, assessing alignment with WHO recommendations and the extent to which policy supported or undermined breastfeeding. The authors concluded that there were considerable inconsistencies in the recommendations and that developing guidance needs to consider the importance of breastfeeding, among other factors, on maternal and infant health.
- HEI: The Health Equity Initiative is hosting a webinar titled "Modern Redlining: Recognizing the Impact of Digital Redlining and Implicit Bias during the COVID-19 Pandemic" on Friday, January 22, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The presentation will describe the connection between digital redlining and health programming as well action-oriented solutions to address the root causes of implicit bias.
- Various: A group of maternal health organizations, including USBC members American College of Nurse-Midwives, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, published a public statement titled "Leaders in Women's Health Encourage Health Workers to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine: Vaccination is the Key to Preventing New Infections." The statement includes information on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccinations, the impact of vaccinations on future fertility, pregnancy, and lactation, and calls for the equitable distribution of vaccines.
- WHO: The World Health Organization released "Interim recommendations for use of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, under Emergency Use Listing." The document includes specific recommendations for women who are lactating and pregnant.
COVID-19 News & Views
Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey Closing Soon, summarized from CDC
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey will close on Friday, February 26. To receive an individualized Hospital Report and be included in state and national level reports, hospitals must complete and submit their survey. There are 5 weeks left and currently, fewer than 50% of mPINC surveys have been submitted, but there is still time for every hospital to be counted. CDC understands that 2020 was a difficult year. mPINC data are important even in tough times. These data help us all understand the progress and challenges hospitals may face in providing maternity care practices supportive of breastfeeding. To see how your state is doing, see current submission rates for each state below. For questions, visit the CDC mPINC website or email mPINC@cdc.gov.
BEGIN Meeting Series on Ecology of Breast Milk, summarized from NICHD
The National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, is hosting a series of online meetings titled "Breastmilk Ecology: Genesis of Infant Nutrition (BEGIN)." Human milk is a complex biological system, a matrix of many interacting parts, that is more than the sum of those parts. Its production needs to be studied as an ecology that consists of inputs from the mother, her breastfeeding baby, and their respective environments. The BEGIN meeting series is designed to examine the ecology of human milk and its functional implications for both mother and infant. The next meeting will take place on Friday, January 21, at 1 p.m. ET.
Call for Nominations for New Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, summarized from AHRQ
The U.S Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality opened a call for nominations for new members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). To maintain balance in the expertise among members, strongest consideration will be given to individuals in the areas of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Advanced Practice Nursing. To obtain a diversity of perspectives, AHRQ particularly encourages nominations of women, members of underrepresented populations, and persons with disabilities. In addition, AHRQ seeks candidates who have experience in public health; health equity and the reduction of health disparities; the application of science to health policy; and the communication of findings to various audiences. Individuals may nominate themselves or others by Monday, March 15.
Funding Opportunity to Support Primary Care Physician Training, summarized from HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration announced a funding opportunity titled "Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Community Prevention and Maternal Health." The purpose of the grant program is to train primary care physicians in maternal health care clinical services or population health in order to improve maternal health outcomes. The program will increase the number of primary care physicians trained in public health and general preventive medicine or trained in enhanced obstetrical care to increase maternal health care expertise, as well as the number of primary care physicians trained in enhanced obstetric care in rural and/or underserved areas. Applications are due Monday, February 22.
Funding Opportunity to Support Rural Telehealth, summarized from HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration announced a funding opportunity titled "Evidence-Based Telehealth Grant Program." The grant program aims to demonstrate how health care systems can increase access to health care services utilizing Direct to Consumer Telehealth technologies as well as to conduct evaluations of these efforts in order to establish an evidence base for assessing the effectiveness of Direct to Consumer telehealth care for patients, providers, and payers. Applications are due Friday, April 2.
Joint Letter Supporting WIC & MIECHV Collaboration, summarized from FNS/HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration and the Food and Nutrition Service published a joint letter encouraging collaboration between Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) agencies. The joint letter encourages WIC and MIECHV program staff to collaborate, share resources, and use referrals to enhance participant-centered services as an ongoing commitment to support cross-program collaboration at the state and local level.
Workplace Rights Resource Hub, summarized from ABB
A Better Balance launched the new Workplace Rights Hub. The hub provides a state by state guide to the workplace laws that can help ensure individuals are free from discrimination and can access the time and support they need to care for themselves and their loved ones. The resource includes information on workplace laws related to pregnancy/pregnancy loss, time off for childbirth and bonding, returning to work after childbirth and pumping at work, caring for your own medical needs, and caring for a loved one. The hub includes information for each state and the District of Columbia.
Webinar on University Lactation Support Program, summarized from Coalition for Lactation-Friendly Schools
The Coalition for Lactation-Friendly Schools is hosting a webinar titled "Lessons from Carnegie Mellon University's Lactation Support Program" on Tuesday, January 26, at 11 a.m. ET. The presentation will feature a conversation with the creators of Carnegie Mellon University's program to support breastfeeding students. The webinar will also be streamed live from the coalition Facebook page.
Sign On Letter Urging Passage of the FAMILY Act, summarized from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families launched an organizational sign on letter urging Congress to support the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act in the new congressional session. The FAMILY Act would create a national insurance program that would support workers and businesses by providing eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of paid leave for their own serious illness or that of a child, parent, or spouse; the birth or adoption of a child; the injury of a family member in the military; or exigencies arising from a servicemember's deployment. National, state, and local organizations are invited to sign on to the letter via the online form.
State & Community News
Publication on Lactation Accommodations for Low-Wage Workers, summarized from California
The California WIC Association, in partnership with the California Breastfeeding Coalition and the California Department of Public Health, released a brief titled "Lactation Support for Low-Wage Workers." The brief describes the challenges faced by low-wage workers and actions needed to ensure that all working mothers in California reach their breastfeeding goals.
Ohio Workplace Toolkit Launched, summarized from Ohio
The Ohio Department of Health, in partnership with Every Mother Inc., developed the Ohio Workplace PLUS (Providing Lactation Upgrades and Support) toolkit. The toolkit features materials for human resource professionals, supervisors, and employees to help businesses establish or enhance existing lactation accommodations, including a resource titled "Considerations for Safe Worksite Lactation Spaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The toolkit is based on the national Business Case for Breastfeeding as well as findings from a statewide survey of Ohio businesses who attended the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Webinar on Breastfeeding Legislation and Workplace Initiatives, summarized from Mississippi
Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternal Practices, in partnership with the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research and the Mississippi Department of Health, is hosting a webinar titled "Know the Law: Breastfeeding Legislation and Workplace Initiatives in Mississippi" on Wednesday, February 3, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Webinar speakers will provide an overview of breastfeeding legislation and workplace initiatives in Mississippi and discuss the impact a workplace can have on breastfeeding success.
Collective Impact Connection
Co-Branded Resources on Workplace Breastfeeding Support during COVID-19, summarized from Workplace Support Constellation
The USBC-affiliated Workplace Support Constellation is working with organizations from across the field to develop co-branded versions of a printable resource for breastfeeding workers titled "Your COVID-19 Workplace Rights: Breastfeeding and Lactation." The handout addresses key questions about workplace rights for breastfeeding employees in the context of COVID-19 including remote working, pumping at work, and childcare facilities. Co-branded resources have been published from a variety of organizations:
- Alimentación Segura Infantil
- California Breastfeeding Coalition
- Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates
- Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition
- Florida Breastfeeding Coalition
- HealthConnect One - National
- HealthConnect One - Illinois
- Healthy Children Project
- Indigenous Women Rising
- Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition
- Let's Talk Delta Baby Cafe
- Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition
- Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition
- Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin
- Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance
- Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere
- Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition
Breastfeeding coalitions and other interested organizations are invited to work with the USBC and the Center for WorkLife Law to develop co-branded versions of the resource by completing the online form.
News & Views
Aligning for Health: "Social Determinants Accelerator Act Provisions Included in FY 2021 Appropriations Package"
Healthy People blog: "Check out Healthy People 2030’s Target-Setting Tools and Target-Setting Methods Publication"