Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 5, 2013

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USBC Updates

Please Welcome New National Nonprofit Member: Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. (ROSE) was established in 2011 to address breastfeeding disparities within the African American community. ROSE seeks to provide intervention at two levels: direct support to mothers and families through lactation management support, and cultural sensitivity training for health care professionals and community partners. Their first Breastfeeding Summit, titled "Reclaiming an African American Tradition" was held in July 2012. The summit encouraged individuals to come together to formulate real, actionable plans to remove the unique barriers faced by African American moms today. This year's summit, "Organizing for Action: An African American Breastfeeding Campaign", will focus on training participants to be leaders that educate, motivate, and mobilize others to address breastfeeding disparities, while empowering our communities to support breastfeeding families. In addition to the summit, ROSE has established collaborative initiatives within the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina and is pursuing a faith-based initiative focusing on churches in the African American community. 

Member News

TEAM Text4Baby, from NHMHB

The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition announced the launch of TEAM Text4baby – a new way for moms, dads, grandparents, friends, and others to get involved with text4baby. TEAM members are text4baby champions who share the service with other pregnant women and moms, so they can receive text4baby messages for a healthy and safe pregnancy and family. TEAM members will also be entered to win prizes, have access to premiere discounts and coupons, receive email and notices from text4baby, and obtain help with hosting events and sharing information. TEAM members will also be featured on the text4baby website, e-newsletter, and Facebook, and have access to national text4baby and partner events in local areas.

Federal News

Fifth Circuit Holds Lactation Discrimination is Unlawful Sex Discrimination, from EEOC

Overturning a federal trial court's decision from the Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held unanimously that firing a woman because she is lactating or expressing milk is unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978). The appeal arose from a lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of Donnica Venters, who claimed that she was fired after giving birth once she inquired as to whether she would be able to pump breast milk when she returned to her job. The EEOC sued, alleging that the employer, Houston Funding II, LLC, engaged in sex discrimination. The district court dismissed the lawsuit on a motion for summary judgment.  Following that decision, the EEOC appealed to the Fifth Circuit.

Obesity Prevention & Health Equity Public Session, from IOM

The Institute of Medicine's Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention will host a public session, "Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight - A Workshop" on June 6-7. The workshop will examine childhood obesity prevention through the lens of working to achieve health equity. Workshop presentations and discussions involving researchers, policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders will focus on income, race, and ethnicity, and how these factors intersect with childhood obesity and its prevention. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions concerning the key obesity prevention goals and recommendations outlined in the 2012 IOM report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. Workshop attendees will explore the health equity issues in each critical aspect of obesity prevention, while discussing potential future research, policy, and action in each area. Registration to attend the workshop in person is required. Registration to view the webcast is not required. The video webcast will be available on the workshop webpage the day of the event.

Partner News

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