Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 12, 2017

Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.

USBC Updates

Coalitions Convening Marketing Opportunities

There's still plenty of time to book Event Marketing Opportunities for the Seventh National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening. This one-of-a-kind event will kick off National Breastfeeding Month festivities in Arlington, Virginia, on August 4-6, 2017. There is no better way to reach such a distinct and diverse audience, bringing together national organization leaders and coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territoryincluding representatives from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations. Conference opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility: choose from a variety of individual opportunities or create your own customized package!

Board Statement 

The USBC supports the tenets of the WHO/UNICEF Code. In response to concerns raised regarding a USBC Facebook post of an infographic produced by Medela, and description in the June 28 issue of the Weekly Wednesday Wire, the USBC Board of Directors released the following statement on Monday, July 10: 

On behalf of the USBC Board of Directors, I thank you for sharing your concerns about a post in last week's Weekly Wednesday Wire. The USBC board will discuss at our next meeting the need for a policy to address what information is shared on our social medial platforms.

We call on Medela to take the steps necessary to become WHO/UNICEF Code compliant.

We call on Medela and Milliman to
1. release the study so it can be assessed for validity and relevance as well as industry bias in design, conduct, and reporting
2. describe how conflicts of interest were addressed (e.g., financial and commercial interests)

We also welcome and encourage independent economists to conduct timely cost analysis that can be used to retain and strengthen the breastfeeding preventive services under the ACA.

Had we to do it over, our original post would have centered on these calls to action in addition to informing the breastfeeding field about what was occurring in the public policy arena. We apologize for this oversight.

We ask for your patience as the board discusses the need for a policy. Thank you for being with us on the learning journey.

Jeannette T. Crenshaw
Chair, U.S. Breastfeeding Committee

Federal News

Overview of National Trends in Health Statistics, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics has released the 40th annual report card on the nation's health. The report features data on breastfeeding as well as low birth weight collected from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). The Health, United States series presents an annual overview of national trends in health statistics. The report contains a Chartbook that assesses the nation's health by presenting trends and current information on selected measures of morbidity, mortality, health care utilization and access, health risk factors, prevention, health insurance, and personal health care expenditures. This year's Chartbook focuses on long-term trends in health. The report also contains 114 Trend Tables organized around four major subject areas: health status and determinants, health care utilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures. A companion report—Health, United States: In Brief—features information extracted from the full report.

U.S. Surgeon General Nominee Selected, from The White House

President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Jerome M. Adams to serve as Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a term of four years. Dr. Adams currently serves as the Indiana State Health Commissioner. He previously served as a Staff Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He holds a BS in Biochemistry; a BA in Biopsychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of California at Berkeley and an MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he also completed his anesthesia residency.

CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator Appointed, from HHS

Secretary Tom Price has appointed Brenda Fitzgerald to serve as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Dr. Fitzgerald is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and has been the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and state health officer for the past six years. Prior to that, Dr. Fitzgerald served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society and she worked as a health care policy advisor with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. She has served as a Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. 

Prevention Fund Letter and State Fact Sheets, from Senate Democrats

The Senate HELP Committee Democrats have sent out a Dear Colleague letter in support of the Prevention Fund and how its investments are being used to improve health. The letter was signed by 14 Senators and included state fact sheets highlighting Prevention Fund investments going to the states by grantee and funding category.

Chronic Disease Indicator Data Released, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced the release of its Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) data. The CDIs provide public health agencies with access to the most relevant, up-to-date, and uniformly-defined chronic disease surveillance data at the state level. The Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Weight Status category contains several breastfeeding indicators, including infants breastfed at six months, formula supplementation within the first two days of life, mean mPinc score, live births occuring at Baby-Friendly designated facilities, and support of onsite breastfeeding in state child care regulations. 

Member News

Campaign Planning Webinar, from 1,000 Days

Join 1,000 Days and Action Sprout on Tuesday, July 18, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET for a webinar detailing a number of complimentary tools and resources that will be made available to organizations that want to build greater awareness among key audiences of the need to better support and protect breastfeeding. 1,000 Days is working with ActionSprout and Facebook to make available tools and trainings designed to help organizations learn how to optimize messaging and audience targeting and work together to amplify high-impact content on breastfeedingThe webinar will also be recorded and can be shared with those who may be unable to join at this time.   

Study On Potential to Increase Sustainability for Doula Programs, from HC One

HealthConnect One has released new research entitled, "Sustainable Funding for Doula Programs: A Study." HC One commissioned TRP Health Policy, a nationally recognized bipartisan policy firm, to research potentially sustainable funding streams, policy opportunities, and strategies for sustaining community-based doula services. Community-based doulas have been increasingly recognized in recent years for improving health, reducing costs, and efficiently addressing health disparities. However, their services have continued to be underfunded, which has plagued the ability to make them available on a broad scale. The research focuses on doulas but is also applicable to breastfeeding peer counselors, community health workers, and others working to improve maternal, infant, and family health outcomes.

New Scholarship Program, from IBLCE

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners has announced the launch of the new Emerging Leaders in Lactation scholarship program for future IBCLCs, with the aim to further equity and diversity in the field of lactation and increase access to the IBCLC credential. The financial assistance will cover the cost of the IBCLC exam itself and the costs associated with meeting the requirements to sit for the exam such as lactation and breastfeeding mentorship, access to educational resources, as well as leadership training, for up to $5,000 per candidate. The deadline to apply to be a member of the first class of Emerging Leaders Scholars is Friday, September 15. 

Partner News           

Initiative Update and Conversations Module Launch, from NAPPSS

The National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep has completed its first phase. During this 3-year period, NAPPSS crafted a national action plan, convened action teams to implement key strategies, and developed a conversations approach to promoting respectful dialogue and informed decision-making to keep babies safe and well-nurtured. Building on Campaigns with Conversations is a new approach to supporting caregivers to help overcome barriers to safe sleep and breastfeeding. This series of seven learning modules were designed for a range of health professionals/advocates who are in a position to discuss relevant information with families and other caregivers about keeping babies safe to prevent or reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths and keeping babies healthy through optimal breastfeeding. NAPPSS Action Team tools include Modeling Safe Practices: A Checklist for Infant Sleep & Breastfeeding Images, Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding Support: What to Consider When Looking for Child Care, and Supporting Safe Infant Sleep and Optimal Breastfeeding Practices: An Organizational Self-Assessment

Employee Benefits Report, from SHRM

The Society for Human Resource Management has released the 2017 Employee Benefits report detailing the results of its annual survey of U.S. employers to gather information on more than 300 employee benefits. Of employers that responded to the survey, 42% reported having an onsite lactation room/mother's room, an increase of 8 percentage points compared with 2013. A new benefit option was added to the survey for shipping breast milk while on business travel, which was only offered by 1% of organizations. The survey also tracks paid family leave, child care, and baby at work benefits. 

Child Care NOW Campaign Launch, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center has launched Child Care NOW, a new campaign bringing child care advocates and allies together to raise awareness about issues with access to high-quality child care for families and low wages for child care providers, as well as to promote solutions among policymakers and the general public. The website includes a story collector tool for families and child care providers, an action tool, and advocacy resources. 

Organizational Merger, from CSI/Race Forward

The Center for Social Inclusion and Race Forward have announced that they are uniting as one organization under the name Race Forward. Expanded work for the new Race Forward will incorporate CSI's existing strategy to advance racial equity and will be organized into five functions: transforming institutions; narrative shift; movement and capacity building; policy development; and research. In the coming months, the two organizations will undergo a strategic integration process, while existing programmatic work will continue in their current forms. Both teams are eager to identify new and innovative ways to continue their institutional work while deepening the new Race Forward's commitment to partnering with communities to advance equity and foster the next generation of racial justice leaders. Read the press release

Action Alert: FY18 Budget Letter, from CHN

The Coalition on Human Needs has sent a letter signed by more than 1,500 organizations to every Member of Congress demanding that Congress pass a budget that invests in all people and communities. CHN has prepared action alerts to help individuals ensure that their Senators and Representative see the letter and know that it is supported by their constituents. 

News from the Field

Breastfeeding and Childhood Obesity Research, from Childhood Obesity

The journal Childhood Obesity has published a study entitled, "Breastfeeding Reduces Childhood Obesity Risks." The study examined the effects of breastfeeding and its duration on the development of childhood obesity from 24 months through grade 6. U.S. longitudinal data collected from 1,234 children were analyzed using logistic regression models and generalized estimating equation (GEE). Child height and weight were measured six times at ages of 24 months, 36 months, 54 months, grade 1, grade 3, and grade 6. The study concluded that breastfeeding at one month and more than six months reduced the risk of childhood obesity. The rate of breastfeeding was low in the United States in the 1990s, which may have had long-term implications on children.

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds Webinar, from UAlbany/NYSDOH

Join the University at Albany School of Public Health and New York State Department of Health on Thursday, August 3, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET for a Breastfeeding Grand Rounds entitled, "The Impact of Social and Cultural Values on Breastfeeding Practice and Strategies to Address Disparities." The webinar will focus on specific strategies health care providers can use to help change cultural norms to encourage breastfeeding in the United States. 

Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Departments Webinar, from Region IV PHTC

Join the Region IV Public Health Training Center on Friday, July 14, from 9-10 a.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Departments." Participants will be able to discuss the importance and value of breastfeeding, review what makes a breastfeeding-friendly clinic, and explore common misconceptions about infant feeding.   

Trends in Access to Paid Sick Days, from EPI

The Economic Policy Institute has published a new paper entitled, "Work sick or lose pay?: The high costs of being sick when you don't get paid sick days," that shows the negative impact that a lack of paid sick days has on a typical working family's monthly budget. The paper also documents a meaningful increase in low-wage workers' access to paid sick days since the first paid sick days law took effect in 2012.

State/Community News

Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act Signed Into Law, from Connecticut

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed Connecticut's Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act into law. The legislation makes clear the types of accommodations usually required by pregnant women and protects employees from discrimination based on pregnancy. Pregnancy is defined to include pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions and break time and appropriate facilities for expressing breast milk is included in the list of reasonable accommodations. The bill passed the House with solid bipartisan support and passed the Senate unanimously. Read the press release. 

Collective Impact Connection

Board Governance for Collaborative Organizations, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Governing a Collaborative Organization." The article explores how boards can increase an organization's collaborative potential, articulates what strong board leadership looks like in a networked context, and offers suggested starting points for dialogue. 

News & Views

The New York Times: "Breastfeeding Could Save 800,000 Children a Year"
CNN: "Long-term breastfeeding leads to more cavities, study says"

JAMA Pediatrics
: "Relationship Between the American Academy of Pediatrics and Infant Formula Companies"
The Guardian
: "Painful progress: how evolution muddled human breastfeeding"
CHIRblog (Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center on Health Insurance Reforms blog): "What Makes Covering Maternity Care Different?"

The Nation's Health (APHA newsletter): "Faith-based groups making climate, health a priority: Public health joins faith groups on food access, sustainability"

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