Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 1, 2015

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USBC Updates

NPHW Breastfeeding Twitter Chat

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is April 6-12, bringing together communities across the United States to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. On Thursday, April 9 from 2-3 p.m. ET, the USBC will host a #NPHW Twitter chat with partners National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). Join us at hashtag #PHBF to share and dialogue about the latest public health breastfeeding initiatives and partnerships!

Please Welcome New National Nonprofit Member: BreastCancer.org

Breastcancer.org is a patient-centric resource for breast health and breast cancer information and support. Breastcancer.org seeks to engage, educate, and empower women with expert information and a dynamic peer support community to help them make the best decisions for their lives. The organization was founded by breast oncologist Marisa C. Weiss, MD, born out of her conviction that women with breast cancer need more information and support than a physician visit can provide.

Federal News

Data, Trends & Maps Database, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity has launched the new Data, Trends and Maps online tool. The interactive database provides state-specific behavior, policy, and environmental indicators about breastfeeding, obesity, nutrition, and physical activity from multiple sources. Data can be viewed in a variety of formats including maps, tables, and trend lines. Users can also display all indicators for one state or all states for one indicator.

Women's Health Webinar, from OWH

Join the Office on Women's Health on Tuesday, April 7, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a Public Health Reports Webinar entitled "Progress In Women's Health: 1985-2015." Federal government leaders in women's health will discuss progress in women's reproductive health, understanding of sex differences in medicine, and the inclusion of women in clinical research. 

Childhood Obesity Funding Opportunity, from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new funding opportunity entitled Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area. The grant opportunity focuses on addressing societal challenges to ending childhood obesity and is designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents 2-19 years old. The application deadline is April 30.

Member News

National Miracle Milk™ Stroll, from BfB

The Best for Babes Foundation will host the Second Annual Miracle Milk™ Stroll on May 2. The stroll is a campaign/event to raise funds, educate, and raise appreciation for the life-saving power of human milk. There are many ways to participate: register for a stroll, start a stroll near you, or donate.

National Public Health Week Resolution, from APHA

In an effort to recognize the critical role public health plays in our daily lives and in making the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation, Senator Tom Udall and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard will introduce a resolution to recognize April 6-12 as National Public Health Week. The American Public Health Association has launched easy action tools for individuals to ask their Senators and Representative to cosponsor the resolution.

"Dear Colleague" Letter re: WIC Funding, from NWA

The National WIC Association has worked with Congresswoman Gwen Moore's office on a WIC-focused "Dear Colleague" letter that was circulated in the House for signatories and sent to the Appropriations Committee. The letter contains the funding levels requested in the NWA legislative agenda, including $90 million for breastfeeding peer counselors and support services, and $6 million for enhanced fruit and vegetable vouchers for breastfeeding participants. A total of 115 members of Congress have signed on.

Young v. UPS Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has released its final ruling in Peggy Young v. UPS, a case that raised the question of whether a pregnant woman was entitled to changes to her job in order to continue working during her pregnancy. As a result of the ruling, Young can pursue her discrimination lawsuit against UPS, which a lower court had blocked. The ruling clearly recognizes that pregnant women have a right to equal treatment in the workplace under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. This is good news for pregnant workers, and it should prompt employers across the country to take a hard look at their policies and practices. But voluntary measures will not be enough: the ruling still leaves protections for some pregnant workers unclear.

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News from the Field

Pharmacists and Breastfeeding Editorial, from JPPR

The Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research has released an editorial entitled "It's time for pharmacists to increase their support for breastfeeding," calling for an increased focus on the use of medications during pregnancy and lactation.

Collective Impact Connection

Cross-Sector Collaborations Article, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published a blog post about what it takes to sustain a collaborative, cross-sector effort, and expand its impact over time. "Relationship Advice for Cross-Sector Collaborators" provides three principles for creating successful long-term partnerships.

State/Community News

Hospital and Health Department Partnership Guide, from Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics have released a guide entitled Ten Steps Forward Creating Baby-Friendly Communities in Illinois: Strategies for Successful Collaboration between Hospitals and Local Health Departments. The guide is the result of their collaboration on the "We Choose Health" Initiative, highlighting hospital and health department partnership success stories.

Donor Milk Reimbursement Bill Signed Into Law, from Missouri

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed Senate Bill 899 into law, requiring the Missouri Department of Social Services to reimburse hospitals for prescribed medically necessary donor human breast milk provided to MO HealthNet participants.

Human Milk Bank Standards Bill Introduced, from Michigan

State Representative Erika Geiss and State Senator David Knezek have introduced Senate Bill 143 and House Bill 4206 to set standards for human milk banks in Michigan. If passed, the legislation would codify standards for milk banking practices in the state, including best practices for screening mothers; collecting, processing, and providing human milk; and directing the donated milk to critically-ill infants.

News and Views

The Huffington Post: "Nursing Suite At Cincinnati Reds' Stadium Is A Home Run For Breastfeeding Moms"

The Guardian: "I'm not a 'Nipple Nazi', I'm a breastfeeding counsellor"

Anthrolactology blog: "About that BMJ Editorial…"

The New York Times: "Give Breast Milk"

Gawker: "What the Amish Taught Me About Breastfeeding My Baby"

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