Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 27, 2013

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USBC Updates

Blk BFing: Making HERstory

This month, the USBC is teaming up with ROSE (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere) and MomsRising to host "Blk BFing: Making HERstory," a social media campaign in honor of Black History Month. Check out the blog carnival published now on MomsRising's website.

Join the co-organizers for a Twitter Party today at 9:00 p.m. EST at hashtag #BlkBFing to discuss a variety of topics to inform, inspire, and demonstrate the active African American breastfeeding community. The momentum continues on Facebook with a series of infographics published throughout the week.

In Remembrance

Charles Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States and host of the first Surgeon General's workshop on breastfeeding in 1984, passed away on Monday at the age of 96.

Funding News

Funding Opportunity Announcement, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funds to implement state public health actions to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, obesity and associated risk factors and promote school health. There are two components to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. The first is a non-competitive basic component that will be awarded to all 50 states and the District of Columbia if they submit a technically acceptable application. The second is a competitive enhanced component that will provide funding for up to 25 states.

Funding Opportunity Announcement, from OAH

The Office on Adolescent Health announced the availability of funds for the development and implementation of programs for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. Funding is available for projects that strengthen access to and completion of secondary and post-secondary education, improve health outcomes for mothers and children, improve pregnancy planning and spacing, and reduce the likelihood of repeat teen pregnancies. Projects may also increase parenting skills for mothers, fathers, and their families, decrease intimate partner violence, strengthen co-parenting relationships and marriage where appropriate, and raise awareness of available resources among expectant and parenting teens. State governments, federally-recognized Native American tribal governments, and others are eligible to apply.


Partner News

Paid Leave Webinar, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families undertook original stakeholder research to identify opportunities and barriers to advancing work-family policies in the context of health care reform. Join them for a webinar to discuss the research and its implications for paid sick days and paid leave advocacy on Tuesday, March 5, from 2-3 p.m. EST.


State/Community News

Senate Bill 402, from California

California State Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Senate Bill 402, a bill that will require all California perinatal hospitals, by January 1, 2020, to implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as adopted by Baby-Friendly USA per the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Hospitals would have the option to adopt an equivalent process recognized by the California Department of Public Health. Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agora Hills) has signed on as a co-author. See the press release, fact sheet, and keep up with the bill's progress on the California WIC Association state policy webpage.

Ban the Bags Initiative, from Maryland

The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition has recently initiated a movement to "Ban the Bags" in Maryland. A letter and video requesting the removal of all commercial infant formula discharge bags was sent to all birthing hospitals across the state.

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