Weekly Wire: May 29, 2019

Weekly Wire: May 29, 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
    • Advocacy Day Policy Briefing Webinar: June 5
    • NBCC Registration Deadline: June 7 
    • Support the USBC While You Shop
    • Racial Equity Webinar Recording
    • USBC Submits Comments on Proposed Overtime Rule
    • Welcome New USBC Members:​ North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support, Texas Breastfeeding Coalition 
  • National News​
    • Workplace Breastfeeding Webinar, summarized from NWA
    • PWFA Action Tool, summarized from MomsRising
    • Facts vs Fibs Campaign Webinar, summarized from MCH Communication Collective
    • Public Health Infrastructure Bill Introduced, summarized from Congress
    • Equality Act, summarized from Congress
  • State/Community News​
    • Domestic Workers and New York Paid Family Leave Guide, summarized from ABB
    • Executive Order Requiring Paid Leave for State Employees, summarized from North Carolina
  • Equity Lens​
    • Medicaid Expansion and Maternal Child Health Outcomes, summarized from CFF
    • Infant and Maternal Mortality Webinar Recordings, summarized from IWPR
    • Breadwinning Mothers Report, summarized from CAP
    • Best Babies Zone and Equity Institute Applications Open, summarized from CityMatCH
    • Senate HELP Infrastructure Bill, summarized from Congress
  • Collective Impact Connection​
    • Webinar on Repairing Relationships with Communities, summarized from Tamarack
    • Podcast on Nonprofits and Technical Intuition, summarized from SSIR
  • News & Views

  *denotes a USBC member organization news item

USBC Updates

Advocacy Day Policy Briefing Webinar: June 5

Join us on Wednesday, June 5, for the Advocacy Day Policy Briefing webinar from 2–3 p.m. ET. This webinar briefing will inform Advocacy Day attendees about this year's breastfeeding policy priorities, provide tips and event logistics to maximize the experience, as well as offer an opportunity for questions and connections with fellow attendees. This training will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all registered Advocacy Day attendees after the presentation. Registered attendees will receive webinar log in information via email. To ensure that you receive communications related to this and other NBCC events, add advocacy@usbreastfeeding.org to your contacts list. Learn more and register for the USBC Advocacy Day at the U.S. Capitol

NBCC Registration Deadline: June 7 

The National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening is fewer than three weeks away! The theme for this year,  Taking Equity from Theory to Practice: Advancing Inclusive and Collaborative Breastfeeding Support highlights the event's unique intersection of public health topics, equity learning sessions, and peer sharing. See the  Program Schedule for more information on the event presentations and networking opportunities. The online registration deadline is Friday, June 7. Please note that the check payment deadline has passed and all registrations must now be paid via credit card at the time of registration.

Support the USBC While You Shop

Father's Day is June 16! Visit the USBC Cafepress shop to show a caregiver in your life how much you appreciate their support with the new line of "Support Changes Everything" products. From t-shirts to hoodies to travel mugs, USBC has you covered for Father's Day gifting. The USBC receives a portion of the proceeds from every item sold, so your shopping helps us continue to advocate for federal legislation, policies, and investments that support breastfeeding families.

Racial Equity Webinar Recording

The USBC has published the recording of the "Advocating for Families Who Have Been Failed by the Heath Care and Legal Systems" webinar. Presented as part of the Racial Equity Webinar Series, Jada Wright Nichols presented on how parents who receive less than adequate breastfeeding support in the hospital, or in the community, are being penalized by the legal system for having limited resources. 

USBC Comments on Proposed Overtime Rule

USBC has submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Labor Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled "Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees." The proposed rule would update overtime regulations. By increasing the number of employees who are considered eligible for overtime (nonexempt) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the proposal also expands the right to workplace accommodations for breastfeeding under the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law. The USBC's comments support this as an incremental measure to better align overtime regulations with today’s workforce. However, the comments urge the Department to increase the salary threshold to the level proposed by the Department in 2016 and to establish a mechanism to automatically adjust the salary threshold to create stability and predictability for both employees and employers. 

Welcome New USBC Members: North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support, Texas Breastfeeding Coalition

The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition is a new coalition member of the USBC with the mission to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding through a cooperative network of individuals, coalitions, agencies, and organizations. Founded in 2005, NCBC provides a framework for the development and execution of programs to advance breastfeeding support throughout North Carolina. In addition, they are a forum for creation and exchange of resources for breastfeeding professionals and families. Their vision is to ensure that early, exclusive, and continued breastfeeding will be the norm in North Carolina. NCBC has a rich history of self-funded programs and grant funded work that has allowed them to collaborate with health care facilities, worksites, legislators, the Division of Public Health, and breastfeeding mothers to provide evidence-based breastfeeding programs at local areas across the state. Learn more about their work here!

The Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support (BSTARS) is a new coalition member of the USBC, with a committed mission to serve, support, and sustain breastfeeding families, while building community partnerships, and access to equitable healthcare in order to increase the breastfeeding rates in and around Memphis, Tennessee. BSTARS was founded in 2015 by members of the community and the local breastfeeding coalition. It has since achieved its own 501c3 status, has served hundreds of families, and has created dozens of partnerships within the community and beyond. Their monthly breastfeeding support groups are the heartbeat of their organization, supporting 35-50 attendees each month. BSTARS is actively involved in in supporting health equity, accessibility, and promotion, on the local, state, and national level. The coalition is further dedicated to decreasing the disparities in breastfeeding rates among marginalized groups within the community. Learn more about their work here!

The Texas Breastfeeding Coalition is a new coalition member of the USBC, committed to protect, promote, and support policies and practices which enable Texas families to provide human milk to their children and/or meet their personal breastfeeding goals. The TXBC was formed in 2006 by breastfeeding advocates across the state from various backgrounds and is made up of parents, professionals, organizations and businesses that support and protect breastfeeding. The TXBC supports local coalitions in their development and their reach, they support DSHS in their breastfeeding promotion efforts, and they advocate for policies that protect breastfeeding. TXBC has recently adopted language to ensure inclusion of all families and how they define breastfeeding, or the act of giving human milk. Learn more about their work here!

National News

*Workplace Breastfeeding Webinar, summarized from NWA

Join the National WIC Association on Thursday, June 6, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar titled, "Workplace Breastfeeding - A Policy, System, Environmental (PSE) Change Approach." Presenters will discuss how the Georgia Department of Public Health updated its workplace breastfeeding program through a policy, system, environmental change approach. Beginning in 2013, they collected data from annual health climate surveys and ongoing user participation and satisfaction surveys to gather data on duration of exclusively breastfed babies of mothers participating, total duration of use of environmental supports, satisfaction of use, perceived organizational support and employee awareness and utilization of a workplace breastfeeding policy. 

*PWFA Action Tool, summarized from MomsRising

MomsRising has released an online action tool titled, "U.S. Representatives: Support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!" The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would ensure reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.

USBC Insight: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues" states that lactation is a pregnancy-related medical condition. 

Facts vs Fibs Campaign Webinar, summarized from MCH Communication Collective

Join the MCH Communication Collective and Kimberly Seals-Allers on Friday, June 7, from 12-1 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Facts vs. Fibs–Countering Misinformation in Breastfeeding." The informational webinar will help launch a coordinated campaign among maternal and child health advocates to support and amplify credible messaging and information about breastfeeding and infant health.

Public Health Infrastructure Bill Introduced, summarized from Congress

The Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow's America Act (LIFT America) has been introduced in the House. The infrastructure package is aimed at combating climate change, expanding broadband access, and protecting public health and the environment. The bill includes $1 billion for Indian Health Service infrastructure projects to reduce health disparities in Indian Country and $3.5 billion to improve public health infrastructure at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and at state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce held a hearing on the bill on Wednesday, May 22. View the recording. Read the press release

USBC Insight: A significant portion of federal funding for breastfeeding comes from the CDC. Appropriations for breastfeeding help build and strengthen critical programs and initiatives to improve maternity care practices, increase access to peer & professional support, ensure continuity of breastfeeding care, increase support for breastfeeding employees, and address disparities in breastfeeding rates. These programs rely on a strong CDC infrastructure.

Equality Act, summarized from Congress

The Equality Act has passed the House. The bill would prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system. Specifically, the bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation. The term sex includes pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The findings section of the bill highlights that women have faced discrimination in many establishments such as stores and restaurants, and places or establishments that provide other goods or services, such as entertainment or transportation, including sexual harassment, differential pricing for substantially similar products and services, and denial of services because they are pregnant or breastfeeding.

State/Community News

Domestic Workers and New York Paid Family Leave Guide, summarized from ABB

A Better Balance has published a guide titled "A Domestic Worker's Guide to New York Paid Family Leave." The guide helps domestic workers in New York understand their rights in 2019 and beyond, with step-by-step instructions on who is covered, how to apply for benefits, a detailed FAQ, and guidance for how to address conflicts that may arise.

Executive Order Requiring Paid Leave for State Employees, summarized from North Carolina

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued Executive Order No. 95 providing paid parental leave to state employees. The Executive Order provides eight weeks of fully paid parental leave to an eligible employee who has given birth to a child, and four weeks of fully paid parental leave for eligible employees in other circumstances involving the birth of a child to that employee, or the adoption, foster placement, or or other legal placement of a child with a state employee. Member highlights include:

Equity Lens

Medicaid Expansion and Maternal Child Health Outcomes, summarized from CFF

The Center for Children & Families (CFF) of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute has published a paper titled, "Medicaid Expansion Fills Gaps in Maternal Health Coverage Leading to Healthier Mothers and Babies." The paper reviews the substantial new research showing the significant improvements in access to health coverage for women of childbearing age achieved through the adoption of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Medicaid expansion. Research finds that Medicaid expansion has an important role in reducing the significant and persistent racial disparities in maternal and infant health. In addition, new studies show that healthier mothers mean healthier infants— another benefit for states that expand Medicaid.

Infant and Maternal Mortality Webinar Recordings, summarized from IWPR

The Institute for Women's Policy Research has launched a webinar series on the impacts of work supports on health outcomes. The first webinar, "Work Supports for Reducing Maternal Mortality," explored the important role that paid family and medical leave can play in reducing maternal mortality. The second, "Work Supports for Child Health," explored the impact that paid leave has on reducing infant mortality and improving child health outcomes. Join IWPR on Friday, May 31, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET for the third webinar, titled "Work Supports for Adult Health: The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave." The webinar will explore the impact that paid leave has on improving adult health outcomes.

Breadwinning Mothers Report, summarized from CAP

The Center for American Progress has published a report titled "Breadwinning Mothers Continue To Be the U.S. Norm." The report outlines changes in family composition and employment patterns. Then, it compares how rates of mothers' breadwinning and co-breadwinning vary by marital status, family income, race and ethnicity, level of educational attainment, age of child, and state of residence. Breadwinning mothers are likely to be in low-income families, to be young, and to have very young children, and they are disproportionately more likely to be women of color who must address the interconnected issues of sexism and racism in their daily lives. These women persist in supporting their families, generally without access to affordable child care, paid family and medical leave, pay equity, paid sick days, or any of the other host of supports that allow people to better juggle the demands of working while also raising a family and caring for others.

Best Babies Zone and Equity Institute Applications Open, summarized from CityMatCH

CityMatCH has issued requests for applications for the Best Babies Zones initiative and the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes. The Best Babies Zone initiative will create a cohort of partners to serve as leads to promote place-based, community-driven, multi-sector strategies to address the social, structural, and economic determinants of inequities in birth outcomes and promote health equity. The Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes is a three-year collaborative of local public health departments, multi-sector partners, and community residents that determine, implement and evaluate upstream and downstream initiatives to improve birth outcomes in populations where disparities exist within their health department jurisdictions, and improve the evidence-base needed to eliminate disparities in birth outcomes. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, June 4.

Senate HELP Infrastructure Bill, summarized from Congress

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has released a discussion draft of their bipartisan package titled Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019. Title IV of the package addresses public health approaches, including authorization of grants to state and local health departments to modernize their data collection systems and the creation of a new grant program aimed at improving the quality of maternal care, reducing discrimination and implicit bias, and preventing pregnancy-related deaths. The committee will accept comments on the discussion draft through Wednesday, June 5, at 5 p.m. ET. Comments should be submitted via email to LowerHealthCareCosts@help.senate.gov.

Collective Impact Connection

Webinar on Repairing Relationships with Communities, summarized from Tamarack

Join the Tamarack Institute on Tuesday, June 11, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Bridging the Gap: Repairing Relationships for Stronger Community Engagement." Speakers will explore the issues of damaged relationship between institutions and communities and a lack of trust in an organization's ability to engage with a community in an open and honest way.

Podcast on Nonprofits and Technical Intuition, summarized from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published a podcast titled "Critical Skill for Nonprofits in the Digital Age: Technical Intuition." The podcast explores how the pace of organizational learning is often slower than the pace of technological change, and highlights the solution of an ongoing process called "technical intuition."

News & Views

*NWA blog: "Powerful WIC Outcomes! New Study shows how $1 invested in WIC saves about $2.48 in medical, educational, and productivity costs"

Healthline: "Breastfeeding Reduces Long-Term Risk of Heart Disease for Mothers"

Hamlet Hub: "Rep. Frey's Donor Breast Milk Legislation Passes House"

The Garden City Telegram: "County to create lactation rooms as part of remodel"

CBS Local: "California Could Be Months Away From Allowing State Workers To Bring Infants To Work"

WebMD: "Should You Donate Breast Milk?"

Merced Sun-Star: "No more lactation closets: California bill requires cozier breastfeeding rooms"

CLASP: "Paid Family and Medical Leave: Congress Holds Hearing, Weighs Legislation"

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