Weekly Wire: November 19, 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 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
- Shop and Support the USBC!
- Urge Your Senators to Support the PUMP Act!
- Weekly Wire Hiatus
- International News
- Webinar Launch of 2021 State of Global Nutrition Report, summarized from GNR
- Launch of Global Nutrition Coordination Plan, summarized from USAID
- National News
- New Maps Featuring County-Level Breastfeeding Data, summarized from CDC
- Build Back Better Act Passed by House, summarized from Congress
- Applications Open for WIC Agency Awards, summarized from USDA/FNS
- Comment Opportunity on WIC Resource Center, summarized from USDA/FNS
- Announcement of Hospitals Participating in Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes, summarized from OWH
- 2021 Class of Fellows Announced, summarized from AAN
- Protecting Moms Who Serve Act Passes House, summarized from Congress
- Public Notice on TRICARE Demonstration Project, summarized from DOD
- Webinar Series on Breastfeeding Equity and Community Engagement, summarized from ASTHO
- Brief on Paid Leave in the Build Back Better Act, summarized from New America
- Transgender Awareness Week Resource Page, summarized from NICHQ
- Prematurity Awareness Month Resource Page, summarized from NICHQ
- Livestream on Maternal Health Equity, summarized from The Washington Post
- State & Community News
- Funding Received to Support IBCLC Scholarships and Workplace Resources, summarized from COBA
- Collective Impact Connection
- Article on Centering Equity in Collective Impact, summarized from SSIR/CIF
- Podcast on Centering Equity in Collective Impact, summarized from CIF
- News & Views
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Shop and Support the USBC!
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Urge Your Senators to Support the PUMP Act!
The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act received a strong bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives and was passed unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The next step is to bring the PUMP Act to the Senate floor for a vote. The USBC action tool "Urge Congress to Protect the Right to Pump Milk During the Work Day" has been updated to reflect the latest Congressional action. It is critical that we maintain pressure on policymakers to expand coverage of the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law to all lactating workers by passing the PUMP Act. Please take a moment to contact your Senators with just a few clicks!
Weekly Wire Hiatus
The Weekly Wire will be on hiatus next week, and USBC offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. We look forward to connecting with you in December!
Webinar Launch of 2021 State of Global Nutrition Report, summarized from GNR
Global Nutrition Report is hosting a webinar to celebrate the launch of the "2021 Global Nutrition Report: The state of global nutrition" on Tuesday, November 23, at 10 a.m ET. Panelists will present the report's key findings and areas for action, and highlight the importance of better tools for commitment-making and strengthened accountability for nutrition.
Launch of Global Nutrition Coordination Plan, summarized from USAID
The United States Agency for International Development, with co-hosts Bread for the World and 1,000 Days, will host the launch of the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2021-2026 on Tuesday, November 30, at 10 a.m. ET. The Global Nutrition Coordination Plan is designed to create a platform for coordination and collaboration across relevant U.S. agencies to leverage and enhance nutrition efforts and investments, and to develop a common narrative for the U.S. Government's goals for global nutrition.
New Maps Featuring County-Level Breastfeeding Data, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released county-level breastfeeding initiation rates and related maps using birth certificate data from the 2018–2019 National Vital Statistics System. County-level breastfeeding initiation rates varied widely from 22.1% to more than 90% across 3,079 counties or county equivalents (e.g., independent cities, parishes, boroughs) in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Tables also present rates for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. These rates can be used to celebrate strengths and to identify locations that may benefit from focused interventions.
Build Back Better Act Passed by House, summarized from Congress
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376). The Build Back Better (BBB) agenda included several provisions that specifically address lactation and lactating individuals or would have a significant impact on infant feeding, including establishing a national paid family and medical leave insurance program; extending postpartum Medicaid coverage to one year after birth in every state; and eligible provisions from the Black Maternal Health Momnibus. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.
Applications Open for WIC Agency Awards, summarized from USDA/FNS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, opened the applications for the WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence program. Local WIC agencies that have operated a breastfeeding peer counselor program for more than a year are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 17.
Comment Opportunity on WIC Resource Center, summarized from USDA/FNS
The Food and Nutrition Service issued "Request for Information: Center for WIC Modernization and Delivery." The Request for Information aims to gain insights from interested parties about establishing a resource center that supports State and local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) agencies in improving the WIC application and certification journey. FNS is seeking information from a broad array of stakeholders—such as nonprofits, WIC State agencies, WIC local agencies, and others—about the Center for WIC Modernization and Delivery, the capabilities necessary to complete this work, relevant examples or case studies, and the capacity needed to support State and local WIC agencies. This proposed center will be funded as part of the $390 million included in the American Rescue Plan Act for WIC outreach, innovation, and program modernization. The deadline to submit comments is Wednesday, December 8.
Announcement of Hospitals Participating in Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes, summarized from OWH
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Women's Health announced the launch of the HHS Perinatal Improvement Collaborative. More than 200 hospitals are participating in the collaborative, focused on improving maternal and infant health outcomes by reducing disparities. The network of hospitals in all 50 states will focus on improving maternal and infant health outcomes by reducing disparities and evaluating how pregnancy affects overall population health by linking inpatient data of newborns to their mothers.
2021 Class of Fellows Announced, summarized from AAN
The American Academy of Nursing announced 225 nurse leaders to be inducted into their 2021 Class of Fellows. AAN fellows are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia who champion health and wellness, locally, and globally that are honored for their significant contributions to health and health care. The inductees include several USBC leaders, including Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Dr. Kimarie Bugg, and Dr. Clifton Jamil Kenon Jr. Media highlights include:
Protecting Moms Who Serve Act Passes House, summarized from Congress
The Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 (S. 796/ H.R. 958) passed the House with bipartisan support. The Protecting Moms Who Served Act would codify and strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs maternity care coordination programs to ensure veterans receive high-quality maternal health care and support. Additionally, the bill would commission the first-ever comprehensive study of the scope of America's maternal health crisis among veterans, with a particular focus on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes. The bill was passed by the Senate in October and now goes to the President's desk to be signed into law. Media highlights include:
- Senator Duckworth press release: "Duckworth's Bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act Passes House, Heads to President's Biden Desk"
- Representative Underwood press release: "Underwood's Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Maternal Health Care for Veterans Heads to President Biden's Desk"
Public Notice on TRICARE Demonstration Project, summarized from DOD
The U.S. Department of Defense published a public notice titled "Establishing a TRICARE Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration." The Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act required the DoD to conduct the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration project to cover the services of doulas and lactation consultants/counselors not otherwise authorized under TRICARE. The demonstration project will include coverage of three new classes of extra-medical TRICARE-authorized providers: certified labor doulas (CLDs), certified lactation consultants, and certified lactation counselors. The purpose of the demonstration is to study the impact of adding these providers and services on cost, quality of care, and maternal and fetal outcomes for the TRICARE population. TRICARE beneficiaries have access to up to six breastfeeding/lactation counseling sessions per birth event. These sessions are authorized in addition to any breastfeeding/lactation counseling services received as part of an inpatient maternity stay or outpatient obstetrical or well-child visit.
Webinar Series on Breastfeeding Equity and Community Engagement, summarized from ASTHO
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is hosting a webinar series titled "Fostering Breastfeeding Equity Through Community Engagement." The three-part series will highlight activities, including webinars and videos, that foster breastfeeding equity between state agencies and community organizations. Topics will include levels of community engagement, strategies, and systems to enhance community support, efforts to improve the lactation workforce, and sustainability of community breastfeeding centers. The first session, "Community Engagement and Advancing Breastfeeding Support," will take place on Monday, December 6, at 3 p.m. ET.
Brief on Paid Leave in the Build Back Better Act, summarized from New America
New America released a policy brief titled "Key Elements of the Build Back Better Act's Paid Family and Medical Leave Proposal Explained." The publication examines ten aspects of the Build Back Better Act's proposal to guarantee workers and businesses access to paid leave, support families' economic security, and create a more vibrant and inclusive economy.
Transgender Awareness Week Resource Page, summarized from NICHQ
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality published a resource page in celebration of Transgender Awareness Week. Transgender Awareness Week is observed each year between November 13-19. The purpose of the week is to raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues faced by members of the community.
Prematurity Awareness Month Resource Page, summarized from NICHQ
The National Institute of Children's Health Quality released a resource page in observance of Prematurity Awareness Month. Prematurity Awareness Month is observed during November to help spread the word about the importance of reducing preterm birth and ensuring babies, mothers, and birthing people from all communities are supported with resources and services necessary to carry to full term.
Livestream on Maternal Health Equity, summarized from The Washington Post
The Washington Post hosted a live presentation titled "Health Equity: Maternal & Infant Health," where speakers discussed issues and updates for maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States. Panelists included Every Mother Counts founder Christy Turlington Burns, Association of American Medical Colleges' Center for Health Justice director of research Karey M. Sutton, PhD, and Ancient Song Doula Services founder Chanel L. Porchia-Albert.
State & Community News
Funding Received to Support IBCLC Scholarships and Workplace Resources, summarized from COBA
The Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates, announced that they received a $40,000 grant from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma. Funds will be used for scholarships for lactation and maternal and child health professionals who are furthering their education, specifically toward obtaining the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant designation. Grant funds will also provide expanded programming for COBA‘s Working Moms Work resource guide and toolkit, a partnership with Oklahoma Education Association and American Federation of Teachers Oklahoma.
Collective Impact Connection
Article on Centering Equity in Collective Impact, summarized from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article titled "Centering Equity in Collective Impact Work." The article revises the original definition of collective impact to center equity as an integral part of collective impact work. The authors explore five emerging strategies that are critical to centering equity in collective impact efforts.
Podcast on Centering Equity in Collective Impact, summarized from CIF
The Collective Impact Forum released a podcast episode titled "Strategies to Support Centering Equity in Collective Impact." The podcast explores lessons learned from collaboratives who are practicing deep equity work, and what strategies arose through the process.
News & Views
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