Weekly Wire: March 7, 2019

Weekly Wire: March 7, 2019

The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC's mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.

In this Issue:

  • USBC Updates
    • Welcome New USBC Members: ASÍ & BreastfeedLA
    • USBC Membership Application Priority Deadline
  • Federal News
    • Hearing on Working Families' Challenges and Opportunities, summarized from House Ways and Means Committee
    • 20th Anniversary of REACH Program, summarized from CDC
    • Federal Employee Paid Leave Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
  • Members News
    • FAMILY Act Action Tool, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
    • NPHW Twitter Chat, summarized from APHA
  • Partner News
    • Paid Sick Days Policy Brief, summarized from Urban Institute
    • Webinar on Health Equity and Implicit Bias, summarized from NICHQ
  • News from the Field
    • Webinar on Federal Budget Process, summarized from CHN
    • Article on Pediatric Association Sponsorships by Manufacturers of Breast Milk Substitutes, summarized from The Lancet
    • Report on Effects of Child Poverty, from NASEM
  • State & Community News
    • Breastfeeding Report Card for L.A. County School Districts, summarized from Los Angeles
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Report on Targeted Universalism and Collective Impact, summarized from CIF
  • News & Views

USBC Updates

Welcome New USBC Members: ASÍ & BreastfeedLA

Alimentación Segura Infantil is a new Breastfeeding Coalition member of the USBC based in Puerto Rico, working on food security for infants and small children, with a special emphasis in emergency preparedness and social inequality. ASÍ has trained more than 300 first responders responsible for intervening in disaster affected communities to provide culturally appropriate services on infant feeding in emergencies. In less than one and a half years from their inception in 2017, ASÍ has started support groups in 17 communities, reaching over 800 individuals. Read more about the wonderful work they're doing!

BreastfeedLA is a new Breastfeeding Coalition Member of the USBC dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of infants and families in Los Angeles county through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding. BreastfeedLA provides technical assistance and training to hospitals, clinics, health care professionals and paraprofessionals working to improve breastfeeding outcomes throughout Los Angeles County. In the last 5 years, BreastfeedLA has assisted and supported 35 of the 54 birthing hospitals in Los Angeles County to achieve the Baby-Friendly designation. Learn more about BreastfeedLA here!

USBC Membership Application Priority Deadline

USBC has issued a reminder that organizations interested in becoming USBC members before the annual in-person Membership Meeting and NBCC in June must apply before the priority deadline of Sunday, March 31. The membership of the United States Breastfeeding Committee represents the most unified voice in advocating for breastfeeding policy and practice change in the U.S. The membership network includes more than 50 organizations that support USBC's mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. Interested in joining the national collaborative to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding? Explore USBC's new membership categories

Federal News

Hearing on Working Families' Challenges and Opportunities, summarized from House Ways and Means Committee

The House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) has announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled "Leveling the Playing Field for Working Families: Challenges and Opportunities." Individuals and organizations may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. The announcement includes details for submission of written comments and formatting requirements. The hearing was held on Thursday, March 7, at 2 p.m. ET, but submissions will be accepted through the close of business on Thursday, March 21. 

20th Anniversary of REACH Program, summarized from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity has published a webpage in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. REACH is one of the only CDC programs that focuses on reducing chronic disease for specific racial and ethnic groups in urban, rural, and tribal communities with high disease burden. The webpage highlights the REACH program's legacy and ongoing impact.

Federal Employee Paid Leave Act Introduced, summarized from Congress

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) have introduced the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA). FEPLA would guarantee 12 weeks of paid leave for federal employees for all instances covered by the FMLA, which currently only guarantees unpaid leave.

Member News

FAMILY Act Action Tool, summarized from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE has launched an online action tool titled "Tell Congress to Support the FAMILY Act." Individuals can use the action tool to contact their Members of Congress in support of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. Messages to Members of Congress include specific language about why the FAMILY Act is unique compared to other paid leave proposals in Congress.

NPHW Twitter Chat, summarized from APHA

Join the American Public Health Association on Wednesday, April 3, from 2-3 p.m. ET for the ninth annual National Public Health Week Twitter Chat. Participants will chat about all things public health, celebrate everything public health has accomplished, and talk about where the movement is going. Follow @NPHW on Twitter and use #NPHWchat during the Twitter chat.

Partner Updates

Paid Sick Days Policy Brief, summarized from Urban Institute

The Urban Institute has released a brief titled "Paid Sick Days: What Does the Research Tell Us about the Effectiveness of Local Action?". The publication reviews the available research about the impacts of paid sick days laws on access to paid sick time, businesses, employment, public health and working families' economic security. It also highlights areas where further research would be helpful.

Webinar on Health Equity and Implicit Bias, summarized from NICHQ

Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality on Wednesday, April 10, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "A Conversation About Individual Implicit Bias." This webinar is the first in NICHQ's new series, Pursuing Health Equity: Start Where You Are. Speakers will provide an overview of health equity and implicit bias, and their impact on children's health; a modeling exercise to explore how to recognize and address individual implicit bias; as well as resources and guidance to help attendees continue this journey after the webinar.

News from the Field

Webinar on Federal Budget Process, summarized from CHN

Join the Coalition on Human Needs on Thursday, March 14, from 2-3 ET for a webinar titled "The Trump Budget: What You Need to Know." The President's budget is expected to be released the week of March 11. Attendees will learn about spending caps on domestic programs and how the President's budget proposals will affect low- and moderate-income people through possible cuts to Medicaid, SNAP, housing, help for people with disabilities, education and job training, social services, and public health programs. Presenters will also discuss opportunities to protect and expand human needs programs as Congress next takes up the FY 2020 budget.

Article on Pediatric Association Sponsorships by Manufacturers of Breast Milk Substitutes, summarized from The Lancet

The Lancet has published a comment titled "Sponsorship of paediatric associations by manufacturers of breastmilk substitutes." The authors note recent criticisms of pediatric meetings and conferences that receive sponsorship from breast milk substitute manufacturers and highlight the history of these relationships. They conclude that it is time to protect breastfeeding mothers from unfair influence and suggest that the International Pediatric Association could take a lead by issuing to its membership a strong statement of principle on curbing sponsorship from breast milk substitute manufacturers. The full text publication is available with a free Lancet account. 

Report on Effects of Child Poverty, from NASEM

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has published a consensus study report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families titled "A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty." The report addresses the harmful effects of poverty on children, some of which persist into adulthood. It concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, especially if it occurs in early childhood or persists through a large part of childhood. The report identifies two packages of policies and programs that could reduce child poverty in the United States by half within 10 years, at a cost far lower than the estimated costs it bears from child poverty. It includes a review of research on paid family and medical leave outcomes, noting the evidence for paid leave's positive effects on parental, especially maternal employment and wages. However, the report stops short of including paid leave among its top recommendations for reducing child poverty.

USBC Insight: It is the position of the United States Breastfeeding Committee that guaranteed paid leave associated with the birth or adoption of a child is a vital component of maternal and child health and should be available for all parents across the United States.

State and Community News

Breastfeeding Report Card for L.A. County School Districts, summarized from Los Angeles

The California Women's Law Center, in partnership with BreastfeedLA, has published an updated report card titled "ABC's of Breastfeeding." The report assesses the status of lactation accommodation policies in Los Angeles County school districts and evaluates school districts' compliance with California's Title IX notification mandates. CWLC also published a press release highlighting positive trends since the report card's first publication in 2015.

Collective Impact Connection

Report on Targeted Universalism and Collective Impact, summarized from CIF

The Collective Impact Forum has published an issue brief titled "Getting to Yes: How to Generate Consensus for Targeted Universalism." The publication describes how FSG used a set of specific methods to clarify the essential elements of targeted universalism with the community stakeholders of a collective impact initiative focused on education outcomes in Staten Island. It also includes insights into the relationship between targeted universalism and generating consensus. The report is available with a free CIF account.

News & Views

CHN blog: " CHN: House Panels Hold Hearings On Family Separation Policy"

1,000 Days blog: "Big step in the development of the next Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Farmington Daily Times: "Navajo WIC Program employees set example for breastfeeding at work"

Smithsonian Channel: "VIDEO: The Life Saving Value of Human Breast Milk"

NIH news release: "Rate of life-threatening childbirth complications increasing sharply across U.S. racial, ethnic groups"

USA Today: "Thousands of migrant children report they were sexually assaulted in U.S. custody"

The Port Authority of NY and NJ: "Port Authority Installs Upgraded Nursing Suites At All Four Of Its Commercial Airports"

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