Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 12, 2013

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USBC Updates

Please join us in welcoming our new (and returning) Coalitions Regional Representatives (CRRs) and Alternate Regional Representatives (ARRs)!

Southwest: CRR: Linda Jackson, Texas Breastfeeding Coalition; ARR: Cindy Chavez, New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force

West: CRR: Marion Rice, Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon; ARR: Karen Peters, California Breastfeeding Coalition

Tribal Co-Reps: Rani Patel, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona; Alicia Shields, Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

Learn more about the Coalitions Regional Rep structure

Federal News

Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two, from CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards. Under this announcement, CMS will spend up to $1 billion for awards and evaluation of projects from across the country that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees. Interested parties of all types who have developed innovations that will drive significant improvement in population health, quality of care, and total cost of care are welcome to apply.

Alert: Join the Prevention Institute, the Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health this Friday, June 14, from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET for a late breaking Web Forum to learn more about this important funding opportunity.

Member News

Cost Analysis Study on Maternal Disease and Breastfeeding, from Obstetrics & Gynecology

A new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology estimates the U.S. maternal health burden from current breastfeeding rates both in terms of premature death as well as economic costs. Results showed that suboptimal breastfeeding incurs a total of $17.4 billion in cost to society resulting from premature death, $733.7 million in direct costs, and $126.1 million in indirect morbidity costs. Congratulations to lead author, USBC Board member Melissa Bartick, and her co-authors on the publication of this critical research. See the "News Clippings" section below for media coverage highlights.

Father's Day Blog Carnival on Paid Leave, from MomsRising

This Father's Day, MomsRising is pulling back the curtains to reveal a side of father's work that is rarely shown. The "Celebrating Fathers Who 'Leave' to Be Home" blog carnival highlights fathers who have or wanted to take time off from work to help their family establish a strong foundation, including a solid start with breastfeeding.

International News

European Parliament Votes on Formula Regulations, from Baby Milk Action

The European Parliament voted yesterday on new regulations that will apply to the marketing of baby foods and formulas in all EU member states. In particular, the new regulations will address some of the confusion caused by treating infant formula and follow-on formula differently. The new rules will extend the ban on idealizing images and text on labels to follow-on formulas. The changes will not prevent products being sold and aim to ensure labels provide accurate information.

State/Community News

Breastfeeding and Oral Health Webinar, from Michigan

Join the Michigan Department of Community Health's Oral Health Program and the Michigan Center for Rural Health for an Oral Health Grand Round, held via webinar on Friday, June 14 from 12-1 p.m. EST. The webinar, titled "Breastfeeding and Oral Health: What's New," will educate participants to: recognize breastfeeding and human milk as the norm for infant and young child feeding; recommend health professionals encourage breastfeeding for proper physical, mental, and dental development; increase health professionals' knowledge and skills in supporting women in complex breastfeeding situations; and describe the impact of breastfeeding on oral health. 

News Clippings

On new cost analysis study of maternal disease and breastfeeding:

On Father's Day:

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