Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 17, 2017

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USBC Updates

NBCC Registration Open

The United States Breastfeeding Committee has opened registration for the Seventh National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening (NBCC)! This year the redesigned NBCC program will feature skill-building sessions that interweave theory and practice of equity with coalition capacity building. The program is geared to:

  • support personal equity learning journeys of attendees at varying levels of knowledge, awareness, understanding, and readiness for action;
  • build capacity to apply an equity mirror to increase coalition effectiveness in governance & leadership, membership, culture, meetings & operations, communication, and funding & sustainability;
  • build capacity to apply an equity lens to increase coalition impact on policy/practice change or program implementation;
  • provide opportunities for peer learning and sharing around application of equity lens and mirror; and
  • translate learning and conceptual frameworks into action and application with tools.

Federal News

Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act Reintroduced, from Congress

The Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress. This bipartisan legislation would require all large and medium hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for mothers to express breast milk. The space must be accessible to persons with disabilities, available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, and include a place to sit, a table or other flat surface, and an electrical outlet. Airports would have two years to comply and would be able to use Airport Improvement Program funds for the purpose of complying with the new requirement. 

A sincere thank you to co-sponsors Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA) for championing this important bill!

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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Reintroduced, from Congress

Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Mike Coffman (CO-06) have reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) with bipartisan support. The bill would protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination by addressing legal ambiguities and helping ensure that pregnant women are treated fairly on the job. The bill is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and would require employers to make reasonable accommodations, such as a minor job modification, that would allow pregnant workers to continue working and prevent them from being forced out on leave or out of their jobs. The bill also prohibits employers from denying employment opportunities to women based on their need for reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

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National Women's Health Week Video, from OWH

In celebration of National Women's Health Week, the Office on Women's Health has released the new Recipe for Health video. The video aims to empower women to make their health a priority. National Women's Health Week serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health.

Data, Trends and Maps Database Update, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) has made important updates to the Data, Trends and Maps database. Users can now download data, including on breastfeeding, to create their own datasets, maps, graphs, and other visuals. The database includes state-level behavior, policy, and environmental indicators from multiple data sources. Housed on a new data platform, the Data, Trends and Maps system now provides more user-friendly features. Users can display all indicators for one state, or select one indicator and view data across all states. Data can also be sorted by demographic information such as income, race or ethnicity, gender, age, and more.

Member News

Workplace Lactation Accommodation Campaign Launch, from MomsRising

MomsRising has launched the "You Pumped Where?!?" campaign to raise awareness about workplace breastfeeding accommodations. Individuals are invited to order a limited edition #IPumpedHere sticker and share images and personal stories about where they have pumped breast milk on social media to show other families that they are not alone.

Predatory Formula Marketing Day of Action, from Public Citizen/ROSE/BfB/1,000 Days

Public Citizen's Commercial Alert, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, 1,000 Days, and Best for Babes Foundation are hosting the Day of Action to Protect Parents and Babies on Thursday, May 18. The event is focused on the predatory marketing tactics of infant formula companies. Individuals are encouraged to take photos or videos holding homemade signs and share them on the event page, or to the Facebook and Twitter pages of WHO Code violators with the hashtag #HealthOverProfits and #FollowtheWHOCode. 

Partner News

ACA and AHCA Comparison, from NASHP

The National Academy For State Health Policy has released, "A Crosswalk of ACA Provisions with Proposed Language Under the House American Health Care Act." The chart summarizes and compares major provisions included in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with those included in the the American Health Care Act passed by the House on May 4.

BFHI Implementation Report, from WHO

The World Health Organization has released a new report entitled, "2017 Report on National Implementation of the BFHI." The report provides an analysis of the current status of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in countries around the world, describing program coverage, the current designation process, reasons for termination in places where the program has been discontinued, integration of the Ten Steps into other standards and policies, and overall lessons learned. In addition, the report provides qualitative information on some of the challenges countries have faced in implementing the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.

Health Equity Twitter Chat, from ASTHO & WKKF

Join the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a Twitter chat on Thursday, May 18, from 2-3 p.m. ET entitled, "Prioritizing Optimal Health for All." This chat will discuss state health agencies' efforts to advance health equity and promote optimal health for all. Participants from across the public health landscape will be prompted to share how their organizations conceptualize health equity, the biggest barriers to advancing health equity, and what their organizations are doing to move the needle on reducing health inequities and supporting all people in achieving optimal health. Join the discussion at hashtag #EquityHour17. 


News from the Field

Return on Investment for Breastfeeding Support, from World Bank Group

The World Bank Group released the report "Unleashing Gains in Economic Productivity with Investments in Nutrition." The report indicated that a scale up of nutritional interventions would benefit the lives of beneficiaries in low- and middle-income countries and that investing in basic breastfeeding promotion would yield an additional net benefit of $298 billion during a 10–year period in low- and middle-income countries. The World Bank estimates a return on investment of $35 for every dollar spent investing in exclusive breastfeeding. 

Special Issue, from Childhood Obesity

The journal Childhood Obesity has released a special issue focused on the first 1,000 days of life. Breastfeeding is highlighted in the issue's introduction, "Childhood Obesity Risk and Prevention: Shining a Lens on the First 1000 Days." In addition, the issue contains two articles related to breastfeeding: "Age at Introduction to Solid Foods and Child Obesity at 6 Years" and "Breastfeeding Reduces Childhood Obesity Risks." 

Resource on Influencing Health Legislation, from The Integration Forum

The Integration Forum has released a resource entitled, "How to Get a Seat at the Table: Strategies for Incorporating Public Health in States' Healthcare Planning Activities." This issue brief explores strategies that state health officials and other public health leaders can use to get to the table when legislators make decisions about healthcare in their states, and also discusses ways to influence those discussions and help craft cost-effective, evidence-based public health solutions that advance population health and economic growth.

Collective Impact Connection

Live Stream of Collective Impact Convening, from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has announced a Livestream Event Webpage where they will stream plenary sessions from the 2017 Collective Impact Convening taking place May 23-25. The conference will explore capacity building, community and private sector engagement, equity, leadership, and evaluation. Livestream times:

  • Tuesday, May 23, from 2-3:45 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, May 24, from 8-10 a.m. ET
  • Thursday, May 25, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. ET and 12:15-1:30 p.m. ET 

News & Views

Thomson Reuters Foundation News: "Stepping in and stepping up: Companies’ role in supporting mothers to breastfeed"

The Atlantic: "Saving Babies' Lives by Carrying Them Like Kangaroos"

NPR: "Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger"

The Huffington Post: "15 Beautiful Photos Of Brides Breastfeeding On The Wedding Day"

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