Weekly Wire: January 24, 2020
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
- PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Action Opportunities; organizational sign-on deadline TODAY
- NBCC 2020 Call for Presentation Proposals and Award Applications Open; deadline February 16
- National News
- Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on Maternal and Infant Health, summarized from Congress
- Congressional Committee Hearing on Paid Leave, summarized from Congress
- Invitation to Join New mPINC List Serv, summarized from CDC
- State and Community News
- Paid Leave Storybook from Small Business Owners, summarized from Main Street Alliance
- Equity Lens
- Breastfeeding and Racial Equity Webinar, summarized from MIBFN
- Collective Impact Connection
- Collaboration Innovation and Collective Impact Webinar, summarized from Tamarack
- News & Views
* denotes a USBC member organization news item
PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Action Opportunities
The USBC has launched a joint letter urging Members of Congress to cosponsor the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act would extend coverage of the existing Break Time for Nursing Mothers law to an additional 9 million workers and would create a clear mechanism for holding employers accountable when they do not comply. Organizations are invited to sign on by completing the online form. Please share this sign on opportunity widely with the organizations in your network. The deadline to sign on is Friday, January 24. In addition, individuals are encouraged to contact Members of Congress in support of the bill with USBC's online action tool.
NBCC 2020 Call for Presentation Proposals and Award Applications Open
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is pleased to announce that it is now accepting presentation proposals and awards applications for the Tenth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC), scheduled for June 12-13, 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme of this year's convening is "Many Voices United: Transforming the Landscape of Breastfeeding."
- Read about the inclusive conference goals and objectives for this singular in-person forum.
- Explore the learning arcs and online proposal process. Proposals must be submitted by Sunday, February 16.
- Learn more about the awards categories and application. The deadline to apply for an NBCC award is Sunday, February 16
Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on Maternal and Infant Health, summarized from Congress
The House Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee and Workforce Protections Subcommittee will host a subcommittee hearing titled "Expecting More: Addressing America's Maternal and Infant Health Crisis" on Tuesday, January 28, at 10:15 a.m. ET.
Congressional Committee Hearing on Paid Leave, summarized from Congress
The House Ways and Means Committee will host a hearing titled "Legislative Proposals for Paid Family and Medical Leave" on Tuesday, January 28, at 10 a.m. ET. Any individual or organization may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.
USBC Insight: The National Partnership for Women & Families has invited organizations to sign on to a joint letter supporting the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. The letter will be submitted for the hearing record. Complete the online form to sign on.
*Invitation to Join New mPINC List Serv, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed a CDC-MPINC-UPDATE listserv to inform hospitals and other stakeholders about future Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) surveys. The purpose of this listserv is to provide listserv members with periodic updates on the status of the mPINC survey. Signing up for this listserv is voluntary and most messages will be sent during mPINC data collection, which is typically about six months every other year. Listserv participants may opt out at any time. If you have questions about the mPINC survey or would like to sign up for the listserv, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and email address.
State and Community News
Paid Leave Storybook from Small Business Owners, summarized from Main Street Alliance
Main Street Alliance has published a story book titled "Voices of Virginia's Main Street: Paid Family & Medical Leave Stories from Small Business Owners." The story book features 12 stories from small business owners in Virginia. Every business owner spotlighted makes the case for a national paid family and medical leave program to help support small businesses and their employees.
Breastfeeding and Racial Equity Webinar, summarized from MIBFN
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has released an on-demand webinar titled "Breastfeeding and Racial Equity." The presentation provides a historical overview of breastfeeding as a racial equity issue. The speaker, Kenyetta Jackson, outlines the unique challenges Black and Indigenous families face and how breastfeeding supporters can take action to ensure that all families have the choice to breastfeed.
Collective Impact Connection
Collaboration Innovation and Collective Impact Webinar, summarized from Tamarack
The Tamarack Institute has released a recorded webinar titled "Four Agendas for Leading Multi-stakeholder Collaboration." The presenters introduce and define the "collaborative innovation" approach and provide a roadmap to guide how collaborative innovation can unfold. The speakers also present the "four agendas" of collaborative innovation that build momentum, accountability, and meaningful change: connecting, aligning, learning, and making.
News & Views
Equal Rights Advocates press release: "Grocery Workers Reach $2.8M Settlement in Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit"
Fremont News Messenger: "Meet Your Neighbor: Breastfeeding coalition seeks support"
NEC Society blog: "How to Optimize the Use of Mother's Own Milk in the NICU"
Tamarack Institute blog: "Tamarack's Top 10: Kickstart Your 2020 Learning"
UGA News: "Women still face barriers to breastfeed at work"