Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 22 & 29, 2017 (combo issue)

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Federal News

Supporting Working Moms Act Introduced in Senate!

The Supporting Working Moms Act of 2017 (SWMA) has been introduced in the Senate! This bipartisan legislation would protect and expand working moms' right to breastfeed by extending the existing federal law to ensure that executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers, have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace. Read the press release

A sincere thank you to co-sponsors Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for championing this important bill!

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  • Breaking News! Supporting Working Moms Act introduced in Senate: bit.ly/2zUUBUI #SWMA #Breastfeeding
  • Big #SWMA TY 2 @SenJeffMerkley @lisamurkowski @SenWarren @RonWyden @SenMarkey @SenBlumenthal ‏@SenGillibrand @SenatorHassan @alfranken @SenBobCasey
  • Let's make #BFing possible together! Tell Congress to pass Supporting Working Moms Act usbreastfeeding.org/swma-action #SWMA #WorkingFamilies
  • Because teachers shouldn't have to choose between #breastfeeding and their students, I support #SWMA bit.ly/2zUUBUI
  • Supporting Working Moms Act is good for families, employers, & economy: where do your legislators stand? #SWMA usbreastfeeding.org/swma-action  
  • 60% don't reach their own #breastfeeding goal, but laws that guarantee #BFing breaks at work can help change this #SWMA usbreastfeeding.org/swma-action 

HELP Committee Hearing with Surgeon General on Healthy Communities, from Congress

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) has posted the recording of the Full Committee Hearing entitled, "Encouraging Healthy Communities: Perspective from the Surgeon General." Topics ranged from the Prevention Fund, lead, the impact of housing on health, behavioral science and the built environment, gun violence, and Medicaid expansion. The Surgeon discussed the need to invest in prevention and public health from public/private sources and that funding needs to increase.

Updated Hurricane Key Messages, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released an updated version of the document entitled, "2017 Hurricane Key Messages." This document summarizes cleared key messages about hurricanes during the 2017 season and the response by CDC and its partners. Changes include new key messages for pregnant women and updated messages for postpartum women. Updated hurricane key messages are available for download in English and Spanish

Secretary's Advisory Committee Meeting on Healthy People 2030, from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the next meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will take place on Monday, December 11, from 3-5 p.m. ET. The Committee will discuss the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives and will provide recommendations to improve health status and reduce health risks for the nation by the year 2030, advise the Secretary on the Healthy People 2030 mission, vision, framework, and organizational structure, and provide advice regarding criteria for identifying a more focused set of measurable, nationally representative objectives. The meeting will be held online via webinar and is open to the public. Individuals must pre-register to attend the meeting. There will be no opportunity for oral public comments during this online Committee meeting. However, written comments can be emailed throughout the entire development process of the national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2030 to HP2030@hhs.gov.

National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The report provides a comprehensive overview of the quality of health care received by the general U.S. population and disparities in care experienced by different racial and socioeconomic groups. The report also assesses the performance of the U.S. health care system and identifies areas of strengths, weaknesses, and disparities for access to health care and quality of health care.

Information on Traveling with Breast Milk, from TSA

The Transportation Security Administration has provided helpful information for individuals traveling with breast milk. The TSA mission is to protect our nation's transportation systems so that we all can travel safely. All travelers are required to undergo screening, but TSA has developed screening procedures to ensure that travelers and their associated medical items and devices can be screened regardless of the disability or medical condition. TSA also has programs to assist travelers. TSA Cares is a helpline for travelers with disabilities or medical conditions who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying. TSA Cares can be contacted toll free at 1-855-787-2227 or Federal Relay 711. By contacting TSA Cares, travelers may also request the assistance of a Passenger Support Specialist (PSS) for security screening. The TSA Disability Notification Card can be used to discreetly notify TSA Officers at security screening of a disability or medical condition and request an accommodation. For general inquiries and questions, visit TSA.gov or contact the TSA Contact Center (TCC) at TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov, or by phone at 866-289-9673 or Federal Relay 711. Find information on disabilities and medical conditions, including special procedures for passengers traveling with breast milk, formula, and juice. See the Civil Rights webpage for information about passengers' civil rights and liberties in the security screening process, or to file a discrimination complaint.

Member News

New Partnership Announcement, from NFP and CHI

Centering Healthcare Institute and Nurse-Family Partnership have announced that they are partnering to better meet the needs of expectant moms and improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. Both organizations serve similar populations of low-income women and children in the same communities, and this collaboration is meant to help CHI and NFP better meet the needs of those that they serve. The collaborative efforts will include cooperative efforts at a site level and cross-promotional marketing and communication.

Partner News

Breastfeeding-Friendly Hospital Fact Sheets, from ChangeLab Solutions

ChangeLab Solutions has developed fact sheets on breastfeeding-friendly hospital practices for the 18 states with relevant laws. As a follow-up to the recent webinar entitled, "Baby-Friendly Hospitals: Laws Across the 50 States," the fact sheets detail the Ten Steps, provide information on state performance against the Healthy People 2020 goals for breastfeeding rates, and document to what extent state laws are implementing the Ten Steps. Public health professionals and policymakers can use these state profiles to understand the patterns, trends, and gaps in their state's regulations and to identify opportunities for reform. 

Premature Birth Report Card, from MoD

March of Dimes has released the "2017 Premature Birth Report Card." The report provides rates and grades for states and counties in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The preterm birth rate in the United States has increased for the second year, rising 2 percent to 9.8 percent in 2016. Preterm birth rates worsened in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, stayed the same in three states (AL, AZ, WA), and improved in only four states (NE, NH, PA, WY). This year’s Report Card also reveals major racial/ethnic and geographic disparities signifying that babies have a higher chance of a preterm birth based simply on race and ZIP code.

Health Equity Messaging Guide, from Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids, a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has published a messaging guide entitled, "Health Equity in Public Policy: Messaging Guide for Policy Advocates." Based on research and tested with decision-makers and voters, the report provides messages, tips and insights to help advocates make the case for specific language in public policies to ensure that they are effective in advancing health equity. Created specifically for use by policy advocates, the messages support decisionmakers' desire to create effective policies and to advance bipartisan solutions. Testing shows that the messages resonate with decision-makers and likely voters across the political spectrum, geography, race and other demographics.

MIECHV Fact Sheet on Negative Effects of State Match Requirement, from Home Visiting Coalition

The Home Visiting Coalition has published a fact sheet detailing the positive effects of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funded home visiting programs and the danger of making MIECHV programs dependent on a state's ability to match federal funds. The one-pager is available for download and use to support advocacy efforts to renew the MIECHV program.

Funding Opportunity for Cross-Sector Collaboration to Support Healthy Communities, America's Promise Alliance/RWJF

The America's Promise Alliance has launched the America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund to support communities seeking to create healthier school environments for all children. This funding opportunity is part of the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative, and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education—housing, employment, transportation, and food access— efforts should serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change. The Alliance will award three to five grants of up to $150,000 each per year for two years to collaborative efforts that display alignment with this vision and a proven ability to accelerate positive change for young people in schools and their communities. Join the informational webinar about the funding opportunity on Sunday, December 7, from 3-4 p.m. ET. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 22. 

News from the Field

Human Milk Access Spotlighted at Infant Health Summit, from IFPA/NCfIH

The Institute for Patient Access and the National Coalition for Infant Health have published highlights from the recent infant health summit, Diversity & Disparity, Breaking Down Access to Barriers. Topics included post-partum depression, safety and prevention, and infants' access to treatment and nutrition, including access to an exclusive human milk diet. Social media coverage of the summit can be seen at #InfantSummit2017. View summit videos

Systematic Review on Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of Donor Human Milk to Prevent NEC, from Breastfeeding Medicine

The journal Breastfeeding Medicine has released a systematic review examining the cost and cost-effectiveness of using donor human milk to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The article concludes that it is likely that donor milk provides short-term cost-savings by reducing NEC and provides guidance for future studies on this topic.

Resource on Cross Sector Partnerships to Support Health Equity, from NASEM

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has published an online resource and report titled "Pathways to Health Equity." The report explores communities taking action to address health inequities in the United States and highlights partners in education, transportation, housing, planning, public health, business, and other sectors joining forces with community members to promote health equity.

Issue Brief on Collaboration to Reduce Preterm Birth, from NIHCM Foundation

The NIHCM Foundation has published an issue brief entitled, "Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life: An Anthem Foundation & March of Dimes Collaboration to Reduce Preterm Birth." Since 2010 the Anthem Foundation has provided more than $4.3 million in grant funding to the March of Dimes to scale up and implement several programs that encourage and facilitate first trimester prenatal care and help at-risk mothers commit to behaviors that reduce the numbers of low-birthweight babies. These programs include a group prenatal care model called CenteringPregnancy® (CP), smoking cessation programs, quality improvement initiatives related to the elimination of early elective deliveries, and Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Community Programs®.

Collective Impact Connection

Article on Importance of Human Connection in Social Change Efforts, from Tamarack Institute

The Collective Impact Forum has published a blog post highlighting the work of Operation Youth Success, a Collective Impact initiative that serves as a tangible example of how continuous communication can drive alignment of partners, shift mindsets and change policies. The post walks through several lessons learned from one of the initiative's working groups that helped make social change concrete in their community.

News & Views

The Huffington Post: "Influential article against Baby-Friendly is based on a false claim

Center for American Progress: "Why the HHS Secretary Nomination Matters for Women and Families

The Herald (Arkansas State University): "African American Women in Media

Breastfeeding Medicine: "The Meaning of 'Breastfeeding' Is Changing and So Must Our Language About It

Romper: "These Breastfeeding Laws (& Lack Thereof) Will Piss You Off, Because Not All Nursing Moms Have The Same Protections"

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