Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 20, 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.

Join the co-organizers for a Twitter Party next Wednesday, February 27 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 will continue on Facebook with a series of infographics published throughout next week.

Federal News

Webcast: "Moving Beyond Back to Sleep to Safe to Sleep," from MCHB/HRSA

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 28 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST to discuss the recently renamed national "Safe to Sleep" campaign.


Funding News

Prevention and Public Health Fund FY 2012 Allocation of Funds, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has released detailed information on the use of the Prevention and Public Health Fund in Fiscal Year 2012. The reports at the bottom of the page include a summary report to Congress and agency-specific semi-annual reports. The CDC report details the use of the $7 million allocated to "Breastfeeding Promotion and Support," as well as other programs funding breastfeeding work such as the Community Transformation Grants.

Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced 27 recipients of the new Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns awards. Up to $41.4 million can be used by states, caregivers, and others to find new ways to prevent significant, long-term health problems for high-risk pregnant women and newborns enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Partner News

Paid Leave News, various sources

February 5 marked the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Several related highlights include:

  • USBC Chair Cathy Carothers published a post on the MomsRising Blog entitled, "FMLA: An Essential Piece of the Puzzle."
  • The Department of Labor released a new study entitled Family and Medical Leave in 2012. The first federal study in 13 years to examine the impact of the FMLA, it found that the law has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on workers, families and businesses.
  • Representatives Maloney (NY), Connolly (VA), and Norton (DC) reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA). This legislation (H.R. 517) would provide all federal employees with up to four weeks of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.
  • The National Partnership for Women & Families developed several new fact sheets about the FMLA and paid leave as part of their anniversary celebration.

News Clippings

Report on Laws/Policies that Affect Children's Healthy Development, from World Policy Analysis Centre

A new report from the World Policy Analysis Centre, Changing Children's Chances, systematically presents comparative data on laws and public policies in 191 countries covering areas essential to children's healthy development. The report reveals which policies can make a difference, e.g., the impact of maternity leave on breastfeeding. The report found that an extra 10 weeks of paid maternity leave is associated with 10% lower infant mortality and 9% lower mortality in children younger than 5 years. Furthermore, 136 countries guarantee supportive labour policies that allow breastfeeding breaks at work.

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