Weekly Wednesday Wire: September 13, 2017

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Member News

UPDATE: Open Letter to Request Meeting with FIB Foundation, from 1,000 Days

On Tuesday, August 15, over 40 organizations sent a joint letter to the co-founders of the Fed Is Best Foundation to request a meeting to discuss their position on infant feeding and exclusive breastfeeding. Since then, many more national, state, and local organizations have signed on, bringing the number up to 85 total signing organizations. While Fed Is Best did send a response, their message does not make mention of the joint request for an honest and constructive dialogue. Therefore the offer to meet with the co-founders of Fed Is Best remains open, and the sign on form also remains open indefinitely, to accommodate organizations that wish to sign onto the letter as the word spreads further.

MCH Program Funding Opportunity, from AMCHP

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has released a Request for Applications for the Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project. The project is part of an AMCHP strategic goal to improve maternal and child health outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs. Awardees will be funded to replicate a component of a current emerging, promising, or best practice in the Innovation Station

Revised Clinical Protocol on Analgesia and Anesthesia, from ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has published "Clinical Protocol #15: Analgesia and Anesthesia for the Breastfeeding Mother, Revised 2017." Mothers of healthy term or older babies should be able to start breastfeeding when they are stable and alert. After maternal anesthesia, mothers should wait for 6–12 hours before breastfeeding a baby at risk for hypotonia, apnea, or hypotension. Opioids are the most concerning class of medication for breastfeeding infants and mothers.

Webinar on Building Community Coalitions, from NWA

Join the National WIC Association on Thursday, September 21, at 3 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled "Building Community Coalitions." Participants will learn the importance of WIC's role in community coalitions, how to form a community coalition, and best practices from WIC agencies involved in coalitions.

Partner News

Action Alert to Urge Full Implementation of Updated Overtime Rule, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has launched an easy action tool for individuals to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Labor calling for the full implementation of the final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations. The updated rule would raisee the standard salary level for overtime eligibility so that salaried workers making up to $47,476 would be eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek and automatically update the salary threshold every three years. By increasing the number of employees who are considered nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the rule would also expand the right to workplace accommodations for breastfeeding under the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law. 

Hicks v Tuscaloosa Court Ruling, from ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a news article on the Hicks v. Tuscaloosa court ruling. The Eleventh Circuit court held that women who are breastfeeding are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in employment. This decision goes further by recognizing a right to equal accommodations, and that failing to provide women with those accommodations may sometimes leave them with no choice but to resign. ACLU also released a blog post about the caseThe ACLU and the Center for WorkLife Law submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 22 women's rights organizations, including the USBC.

State Medicaid Performance Measures Webinar, from NICHQ/NASHP

Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality and the National Academy for State Health Policy on Monday, September 18, from 4-5 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, "Exploring State Medicaid Performance Measures, Improvement Projects, and Incentives to Promote Improvement in Women's Health Services and Perinatal Outcomes." Participants will learn innovative Medicaid strategies to improve perinatal outcomes, how to use state Medicaid quality measures for women's health services to improve perinatal outcomes, and how to identify how a Medicaid agency can implement quality improvement strategies to promote high quality, cost-effective, perinatal care to improve birth outcomes. 

Action Alert on MIECHV Reauthorizaion, from Home Visiting Coalition

The Home Visiting Coalition has created an action alert for individuals to reach members of Congress about the urgency of passing an extension of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The MIECHV program supports families with millions of home visits that strengthen families and communities across the United States. Without reauthorization, these necessary services will be cut for families in need and programs will be unable to reach more families. 

Webinar on Supporting Breastfeeding in Rural Communities, from NACCHO

Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials on Monday, October 16, from 2-3:30 p.m. E.T. for a webinar entitled "Breastfeeding in the Community: Innovations to Advance Rural Health." The webinar will address how rural service agencies can leverage partnerships and resources to sustainably integrate and co-locate lactation support services into existing programs. In addition to an overview of rural breastfeeding challenges, participants will hear from two former NACCHO Breastfeeding Project Grantees who successfully implemented or expanded breastfeeding support services in a rural community. 

News from the Field

Report on Access to Child Care, from CAP

The Center for American Progress has released a report entitled, "Mapping America's Child Care Deserts." The report analyzes the locations and capacity of licensed child care providers in 22 states—covering two-thirds of the U.S. populationand provides policy recommendations to increase access to high-quality child care. The analysis shows that approximately half of Americans live in child care deserts, defined as neighborhoods or communities that are either lacking any child care options or have so few child care providers that there are more than three children for every licensed child care slot. Child care deserts tend to be found in rural areas, and disproportionately impact Latino and Native American populations. The full report is accompanied by an interactive map featuring state specific data on child care access. 

Home Visiting Issue Brief, from CAP

The Center for American Progress has released an issue brief entitled, "Home Visiting Programs Are Vital for Maternal and Infant Health." The issue brief explores how home visiting programs, specifically, evidence-based programs funded by the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, address three key maternal risk factors that directly influence maternal and child health and disproportionately affect mothers who participate in home visiting: postpartum depression, domestic violence, and tobacco use. The brief also demonstrates how home visiting programs contribute to women's economic security and, therefore, to the economy as a whole. Finally, it examines continued challenges to funding these programs, as well as potential solutions.

Report on Breast Cancer Prevention, from AICR/WCRF

The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund have released a report entitled, "Diet, nutrition, physical activity and breast cancer." The report is part of the Continuous Update Project (CUP), an ongoing effort to analyze global cancer prevention and survival research linked to diet, nutrition, physical activity, and weight. The report findings identify that there is strong evidence that breastfeeding decreases the risk of breast cancer in the mother. 

Webinar on Redesigned Dietary Guidelines Process, from NASEM

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Thursday, September 14, at 11 a.m. ET for a webinar on the final report: "Redesigning the Process for Establishing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans." NASEM has undertaken a study to review the entire process used to establish the Advisory Committee for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and the subsequent development of the DGA. This final report will include, as needed, recommendations based on existing practices for: conducting and/or including rigorous and objective nutrition systematic reviews and other data analyses to support the development of the DGA; supporting an expanded lifespan approach, specifically dietary guidance for infants up to 24 months and pregnant women (per the Agricultural Act of 2014); effectively applying the DGA to prevent diet-related chronic disease in the U.S. using existing implementation and evaluation frameworks; and identifying the role of the DGA in coordinating with and supporting nutrition guidance for disease treatment (that may also address age, gender, metabolic health, and nutritional sufficiency) developed by other Federal agencies. 

Report on Paid Leave Access and Impact for People with Disabilities, from The Arc & GCPI

The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality have released a report entitled, "Security and Stability: The Importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave to People with Disabilities and Their Families." The report focuses on paid leave for both people with disabilities who receive care and people with or without disabilities who provide supports and services to them. It provides a brief overview of statistical data on disability and work in the United States, explores the benefits of paid leave for people with disabilities and their families, provides an overview of current access to and utilization of paid leave, and outlines principles to maximize the impact and reach of paid leave for people with disabilities and their families. The report is accompanied by a short video that can be shared on social media.

Public Health 3.0 Report, from NAM

The National Academy of Medicine has released an article entitled, "Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century." In 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Public Health 3.0 initiative and hosted listening sessions across the country. Local leaders and community members shared successes and provided insight on actions that would ensure a more supportive policy and resource environment to spread and scale this model. The article summarizes the key findings from those listening sessions and provides recommendations to achieve Public Health 3.0. 

Paid Family Leave Podcast, from Refinery29

Refinery29 has released a Strong Opinions Loosely Held podcast episode entitled, "Why the F*$% Are We Still Having Kids?." The podcast explores how our nation's lack of paid family leave and affordable quality childcare effects families. The podcast features Senators Gillibrand and Heitkamp. 

Supplement on WIC and Breastfeeding, from JNEB

The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior has published a supplemental issue on WIC and breastfeeding. The special issue informs the public about breastfeeding promotion and support activities in the WIC program and discusses the U.S. Department of Agriculture's breastfeeding priorities.

State/Community News

New Law Requiring Lactation Accommodations for Students, from Illinois

Illinois has passed new legislation requiring lactation accommodations for students. Under the amended School Code, Illinois public schools, including charter schools, are required to provide reasonable accommodations for lactating students to express breast milk, breastfeed an infant child, or address other needs related to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding students may not incur an academic penalty as a result of her use of the reasonable accommodations and must be provided the opportunity to make up any work missed due to such use. The legislation also sets forth a complaint procedure.

Collective Impact Connection

Lessons on Avoiding Tokenism, from Tamarack Institute

Tamarack Institute has released an article entitled, "5 Lessons to Effectively Engage Context Experts." The article explores strategies to increase the authenticity of community engagement and eradicate tokenistic community engagement through the meaningful involvement of context experts. The article provides five lessons to consider when designing community engagement processes as well as three real-life stories of authentic engagement.

News & Views

The Washington Post: "Neonatal facilities increasingly use donated breast milk to save premature babies"

Chicago Tribune: "Student moms who breast-feed will get space at schools under new Illinois law"

Our Milky Way (Healthy Children Project blog): "Reclaiming Latino/Hispanic birth and breastfeeding traditions"

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