Weekly Wire: February 1, 2019

In this Issue:

  • USBC Updates
    • USBC Membership Applications Open
    • 2018 Annual Report Released
    • Welcome Congress Sign-On Letter
    • Workplace Support Constellation Webinar for Breastfeeding Students and Employees in the Health Care Industry
  • Federal News
    • Continuing Resolution Reopens Government, summarized from Congress
    • Report on Impact of MIECHV Programs, summarized from HHS
  • Member News
    • Congratulate 116th Congress Tool, summarized from AAFP
    • Blog on State Legislation Supporting Breastfeeding, summarized from ASTHO
    • National Public Health Week Theme and Webinar, summarized from APHA
    • Evidence-Based Childbirth Education Research Grant, summarized from Lamaze International
    • Initiative to Increase CDC Funding, from ASTHO
  • Partner News
    • FAMILY Act Action Tool, summarized from NPWF
    • 2019 Advocacy Toolkit, summarized from NACCHO
  • News from the Field
    • Global Nutrition Policy Report, summarized from WHO
    • Newborn Care Report Key Findings, summarized from WHO
  • State & Community News
    • State Law Requires Insurers to Cover Donated Breast Milk, summarized from New Jersey
    • DC Breastfeeding Resource Guide, summarized from District of Columbia
    • Nursing in Public Enforcement Bill Introduced, summarized from North Dakota
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Compendium of Resiliency and Sustainability Resources, summarized from Tamarack
  • Equity Elements
    • Report on Separated Children in Federal Custody, summarized from OIG
  • News & Views

USBC Updates


USBC Membership Applications Open

The USBC has announced the official expansion of membership categories to include breastfeeding coalitions and community-based organizations. The historic decision voted on by current members to transform the composition of USBC's membership demonstrates our steadfast commitment to inclusive and equitable collaboration to build a robust grassroots to treetops movement. The USBC is accepting applications for membership in the following categories: National Nonprofit MembersAssociate Nonprofit MembersAffiliate Nonprofit MembersBreastfeeding Coalitions. The priority deadline for applicants is Sunday, March 31. Submissions before the priority deadline will be notified of application status no later than Wednesday, May 1, to ensure that representatives from new member organizations can attend the June Membership Meeting. Applications received after the priority deadline will not be guaranteed processing in time for the June Membership Meeting and National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening. Please visit the Prospective Members webpage for the membership application, and reach out to membership@usbreastfeeding.org with any questions. 

2018 Annual Report Released



The USBC has released the "2018 Annual Report: Learn Connect Act!" We are very proud to present USBC's key accomplishments and activities from 2018. In keeping with our unique identity as a cross-sector coalition, we're measuring our progress by the strength of our connections. Our work together is driving collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. The 2018 Annual Report features a new format designed to be brief and engaging while clearly demonstrating the head-heart connection between what we do and why we work every day to support breastfeeding families in our country. Every page offers insights into what you can expect in the months ahead for that topic area. The last page of the report has a convenient checklist to help ensure you are maximizing your engagement with USBC and the First Food field. Download the report to learn more!

Welcome Congress Sign-On Letter

The USBC has launched a joint letter to welcome Members of the new 116th Congressional Session, educate them about their role in supporting breastfeeding, and highlight the specific policy priorities that we want them to support. The policy priorities highlighted in the letter were identified via the "116th Congressional Session: Breastfeeding Policy Priorities" survey which garnered nearly 2,000 responses. Organizations are invited to sign on to the letter before the deadline on Thursday, February 14. The letter will be delivered to Senators and Representatives during our upcoming Welcome Congress Week event, to be held virtually (with in-person options) February 18-22. Join the Welcome Congress Week Facebook event

Workplace Support Constellation Webinar on Breastfeeding Students and Employees in the Health Care Industry

Join the Workplace Support Constellation on Monday, February 11, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET for the second webinar in the Breastfeeding Works series, titled "Breastfeeding Works: Legal Protections for Lactating Employees and Students in the Health Care Industry." The expert panelists will cover the national and state laws that protect breastfeeding parents from discrimination and the laws that require lactation accommodations at work and school. The panelists will offer workers, students, and their advocates solutions to the common challenges faced by breastfeeding health care workers and students. The webinar is co-hosted by A Better Balance, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Civil Liberties Union, American Nurses Association, Center for WorkLife Law, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Family Physicians, National Medical Association, Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare, and the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Participants are invited to submit their most pressing questions on this topic ahead of the webinar so that they can be addressed during the presentation.

NBCC Call for Presentation Proposals Deadline Extended

The USBC has extended the deadline to submit presentations proposals for the National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening to Sunday, February 3, at 6 p.m. PT. The NBCC presentation proposal system was down for a couple of hours yesterday morning. We apologize to the people who tried to upload during that period, and invite you to please try again.

Federal News

Continuing Resolution Reopens Government, summarized from Congress

Congress has passed and the President has signed H.J.Res.28 - Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019. This joint resolution provides continuing FY2019 appropriations to several federal agencies through February 15. The continuing resolution (CR) ended the partial government shutdown that began after the existing CR expired on December 21, 2018. The bill included provisions to compensate federal workers who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay during the shutdown. Highlights from the field included:

Report on Impact of MIECHV Programs, summarized from OPE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation has published a report titled "Impacts on Family Outcomes of Evidence-Based Early Childhood Home Visiting: Results from the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation." MIHOPE was designed to learn whether families benefit from MIECHV-funded early childhood home visiting programs, and if so, how. The study includes the four evidence based models that 10 or more states chose in their initial MIECHV plans in fiscal year 2010-2011: Early Head Start — Home-based option, Healthy Families America, NurseFamily Partnership, and Parents as Teachers. MIHOPE is the first study to include these four evidence-based models. To provide rigorous evidence on the MIECHV-funded programs' effects, the study randomly assigned about 4,200 families to receive either MIECHV-funded home visiting or information on community services. This report presents the early effects on family and child outcomes from the local programs included in the study. Key findings include: There are positive effects of home visiting programs that participated in Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation MIHOPE, and they are generally similar to but somewhat smaller than the average effects found in past studies; Differences in effects among the evidence-based home visiting models are generally consistent with the models' focuses; Effects on family outcomes do not vary much by family characteristics, and Effects were generally consistent across local programs. 

Member News

Congratulate 116th Congress Tool, summarized from AAFP

The American Academy of Family Physicians has published an online action tool titled "Congratulate the 116th Congress on their Election Victory!". Individuals, especially family physicians, can use the tool to send customizable messages and tweets congratulating their legislators on their election victory and letting their Members of Congress know they look forward to working with them over the next two years.

Blog on State Legislation Supporting Breastfeeding, summarized from ASTHO

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has released a blog post titled "State Legislation Supporting Increased Breastfeeding Duration." The blog explores how legislation in Illinois and Utah have enacted laws aimed at removing barriers to breastfeeding duration.

National Public Health Week Theme and Webinar, summarized from APHA

The American Public Health Association has announced that National Public Health Week (NPHW) will take place Monday, April 1, through Sunday, April 7, and the theme will be "Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health." During each day of National Public Health Week, APHA will focus on a particular public health topic and identify ways each of us can make a difference on that topic. 

Evidence-Based Childbirth Education Research Grant, summarized from Lamaze International

Lamaze International's Lamaze Research Working Group has announced a grant program to support research on the impact and value of evidence-based childbirth education on birth outcomes, patient satisfaction, and/or cost of care, and to foster research skills among novice researchers. Up to two research grants will be awarded ranging between $2,000 to $5,000. Grant applications are due by Friday, February 15.

Initiative to Increase CDC Funding, from ASTHO

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials has invited organizations to join the 22 by 22 campaign, which asks Congress to increase funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by 22% by fiscal year 2022. A 22% increase over four years will allow CDC to better implement effective programs to address federal, state, and local public health priorities. Organizations are invited to sign on in support of the initiative via the online form.

Partner News

FAMILY Act Action Tool, summarized from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has launched an online action tool for individuals to contact their Members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor and advocate for swift and thorough consideration of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. NPWF has also updated its FAMILY Act advocacy toolkit. The toolkit includes talking points, key polling and research, a call script, and sample letters to the editor.

2019 Advocacy Toolkit, summarized from NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials Government Affairs team has released "The NACCHO Advocacy Toolkit: January 2019." The Toolkit was developed to help educate members on the many different ways that they can interact with their elected officials to weigh in on emerging public health issues and highlight the importance of local public health. Educating lawmakers on public health issues is vitally important so they are informed when making decisions that can impact your local health department, and there are many different ways for everyone to be active.

News from the Field

Global Nutrition Policy Report, summarized from WHO

The World Health Organization has published the "Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017." The review is an analysis of nutrition-related policy environment, coordination mechanisms, available capacities and actions being taken in the WHO Member States. Exclusive breastfeeding is included as a policy environment measure, and further institutionalizing breastfeeding and complementary feeding counseling is included in the section on future work.

Newborn Care Report Key Findings, summarized from WHO

The World Health Organization has published key findings from the upcoming publication "Survive and thrive: transforming care for every small and sick newborn." This report contributes to achieving the objectives set out in the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016–2030) and builds on the momentum of Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths (2, 4). Key findings include that the world will not achieve the global target to achieve health for all unless it transforms care for every newborn. Without rapid progress, some countries will not meet this target for another 11 decades. Early initiation and support for exclusive breastfeeding is included as primary essential newborn care. The full report will include a pathway towards transforming care by 2030.

State & Community News

State Law Requires Insurers to Cover Donated Breast Milk, summarized from New Jersey

A New Jersey law went into effect on January 1 requiring all health insurers in the state to cover donated human breast milk for infants under certain circumstances. Insurers must cover the costs if the infant is aged younger than 6 months, the milk comes from a milk bank that meets the quality guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America or is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health, and it is prescribed to the infant by a physician. Similar laws are in place in California, New York, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Washington, D.C.

DC Breastfeeding Resource Guide, summarized from District of Columbia

The DC Breastfeeding Coalition has developed an app version of the "DC Breastfeeding Resource Guide." The app includes information on breastfeeding basics, pumping tips, where to find lactation support. and more. The free app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

Nursing in Public Enforcement Bill Introduced, summarized from North Dakota

A group of State Representatives and Senators in North Dakota have introduced a bill that would make several amendments to the indecent exposure code, including adding a penalty for prohibiting or attempting to prohibit an individual from breastfeeding anywhere they are authorized to be.

Collective Impact Connection

Compendium of Resiliency and Sustainability Resources, summarized from Tamarack

As part of the "Compendium of Collective Impact Resources" series, Tamarack Institute has published a collection of resources on building resilient and sustainable Collective Impact initiatives. The collection is designed to bridge different perspectives from building non-profit sustainability to understanding what funders consider when investing in Collective Impact. It includes articles, tools, webinars, and videos.

Equity Elements

Report on Separated Children in Federal Custody, summarized from OIG

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General has released a report titled "Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care." Through analysis of HHS internal data, review of court filings and other public documents, and multiple interviews with HHS senior leadership, agency officials, and staff, the authors of the report found that some children were separated prior to the formal announcement of the Administration's zero-tolerance policy. The report also cited that HHS faced significant challenges in identifying separated children, including the lack of an existing, integrated data system to track separated families across HHS and the Department of Homeland Security. Member and USBC highlights include:

News & Views

Star Tribune: "'The time is now': Supporters of paid family leave launch new push in Minnesota"

the grio: "After breastfeeding backlash here's what Black moms should know about Marjorie Harvey's Instagram post"

MomsRising blog: "Black Breastfeeding Caucus (BBC) Calls On Disney Parks To Apologize"

Omaha World-Herald: "Nebraska state senator breastfeeds baby on Legislature floor, quietly making history"

ROSE blog: "IBCLC State Licensure (legal and equity implications)"

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