Weekly Wire: February 7, 2019

In this Issue:

  • USBC Updates
    • Welcome Congress Sign-On Letter
    • Workplace Support Constellation Webinar for Breastfeeding Students and Employees in the Health Care Industry
    • 2018 Annual Report Released
  • Special Section on Black History Month
  • Federal News
    • Law and Health Policy Webinar, summarized from ODPHP
    • Report on Impact of Government Shutdown, summarized from CBO
  • Member News
    • Action Tool Calling for Long-Term Spending Deal, summarized from NWA
  • Partner News
    • Report on Raising Awareness of Paid Leave Laws, summarized from FV@W
    • Applications Open for Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Hospital Cohort, summarized from NAPPSS-IIN
  • News from the Field
    • Webinar Series on Policy Surveillance, summarized from CPHLR
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Webinar on Creating a Culture of Curiosity, summarized from SSIR
  • News & Views

USBC Updates

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 series 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, The National Medical Association, Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare, and 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.

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!


Special Section on Black History Month

February is Black History Month! This observance honors the rich heritage and diversity of African Americans. 

Highlights from the field include: 

  • Baby-Friendly USA: BFUSA has published a webpage to highlight the work of ROSE and BSTARS by celebrating the stories of five African American mothers in Memphis, Tennessee, who are helping change this piece of black history in their community.
  • Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere: ROSE has launched the #ReachingRnR and Breastfeed Blog and Vlog Contest. The deadline to submit a story has been extended to Tuesday, February 12, at 5 p.m. ET.
  • The National Medical Association: NMA has launched #29DaysofHeart, a national campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in the African American community in honor of Black History Month and Heart Month.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health: HHS/OMH has released a webpage in honor of Black History Month this February. The webpage includes shareable graphics, resources on health disparities, and information on events during the month. Join OMH on Wednesday, February 20, from 2-3 pm. ET for the #BlackHistoryMonth Twitterchat.

Federal News

Law and Health Policy Webinar, summarized from ODPHP

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on Wednesday, February 20, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Applying Law and Policy Solutions to Public Health Challenges in the Coming Decade." The presentation will focus on the role of laws and policies in creating a healthier Nation. Presenters will share an overview of the Healthy People 2030 development process, discuss the role of law and policy in the initiative, and demonstrate innovative efforts in the Nation's largest cities to promote evidence-based legal and policy approaches to address population health challenges. The webinar is presented as part of the Healthy People Law and Health Policy project, a collaboration between the ODPHP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Report on Impact of Government Shutdown, summarized from CBO

The Congressional Budget Office has published a report titled "The Effects of the Partial Shutdown Ending in January 2019." The report estimates the effects of the five-week partial shutdown of the government that started on December 22, 2018, and ended on January 25, 2019. The report includes background information, effects on the federal budget, macroeconomic effects, and other possible effects of the government shutdown. CBO notes that among those who experienced the largest and most direct negative effects are federal workers who faced delayed compensation and private-sector entities that lost business. Some of those private-sector entities will never recoup that lost income.

USBC Insight: The public health implications of the government shutdown remain unknown. While open for now, the three-week deadline for budget resolution has many federal agencies and support recipients concerned for the long-term stability of programs vital to public health.

Member News

Action Tool Calling for Long-Term Spending Deal, summarized from NWA

The National WIC Association has launched an online action tool titled, "Take Action to Ensure WIC is Funded: Tell Congress to Pass a Long-Term Spending Deal." NWA is calling on Congress and the president to reach an agreement to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. A long-term spending package will ensure that 7 million women, infants, and young children will be able to continue to obtain vital nutrition assistance and breastfeeding support through WIC.

Partner News

Report on Raising Awareness of Paid Leave Laws, summarized from FV@W

Family Values @ Work, in partnership with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, has published a report titled "Passing Paid Leave Laws Are Just the Beginning: Lessons from the Field on Raising Awareness." The report examines projects developed by the Family Values @ Work network in California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island designed to produce usable knowledge about what does and does not work in raising awareness among workers most likely to need paid family leave and least likely to know about it. Projects include integrating discussions of paid leave into weekly breastfeeding classes at a local Women, Infants and Children's (WIC) center. The report also discusses the lessons learned in the field and provides guidance to advocates in states with paid family and medical leave programs as they design interventions to address this challenge.

Applications Open for Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Hospital Cohort, summarized from NAPPSS-IIN

The National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network has opened applications for hospital sites to join a cohort testing safe infant sleep and breastfeeding safety bundles that have been developed by the National Institute for Children's Health Quality. Fourteen hospital sites will be added in Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio and Alabama. Applications are due Friday, February 15.

News from the Field

Webinar Series on Policy Surveillance, summarized from CPHLR

The Center for Public Health Law Research has launched "Exploring Policy Surveillance: 2019 Webinar Series. This five-part monthly webinar series examines policy surveillance and empirical legal research methods and standards, issues in global and local policy surveillance, and challenges and opportunities for the use of policy surveillance in research and policy making. View the recording and download the slide deck from the first webinar, "Policy Surveillance Methods and Standards." Join CPHLR on Monday, February 11, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET for their next webinar, titled "Global Policy Surveillance: Challenges and Opportunities."

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Creating a Culture of Curiosity, summarized from SSIR

Join the Stanford Social Innovation Review on Wednesday, February 20, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Just Ask! Building a Culture of Curiosity to Empower Your Team and Your Constituents." The webinar will explore why and how organizations can foster a culture of curiosity. Speakers will share how organizations can channel ideas that surface into greater workplace equity, stakeholder empowerment, and innovations in products, services, and nonprofit business models.

News & Views

AL.com:: "Incarcerated women in Tutwiler can now pump breastmilk for their babies"

Public Health Institute blog: "How to Make the Roots of Inequality More Visible in the News

ACLU blog: "What Breastfeeding Has to Do With Economic Security"

NICHQ Insights: "Millions of Invisible Children"

VT Digger: "Infants in the Workplace program launches in six state agencies"

The Glow Up: "Stacey Abrams' Response to the SOTU Gave a Much-Needed Nod to Black Maternal Health"

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