Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 15, 2015

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Federal News

Report on Infant Formula Rebate Contracts, from USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service has released a report entitled, "Manufacturers' Bids for WIC Infant Formula Rebate Contracts, 2003-2013." The report found an increase in formula rebate contract prices until 2007, and a decrease in bids since 2008, due in part to a shrinking market for formula sales.

One Year Anniversary of Employer Solutions Resource, from OWH

The HHS Office on Women's Health has released a sharable GIF, sample social media posts, and other partner resources to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Supporting Nursing Moms at Work online resource.

Spanish Website, from NICHD

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health has added a Spanish-language website to provide free information for consumers on various health topics, including maternal and infant care, obesity, safe sleep, and pregnancy.

Member News

Webinar Series on the Impact of Racism, from APHA

Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association for a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities, starting with the kick-off webinar—Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer—on July 21 at 2 p.m. ET. Save the date for future webinars: 

  • Community Violence Well-Being on August 4 at 2 p.m. ET
  • Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care on August 18 at 2 p.m. ET
  • Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities on September 1 at 2 p.m. ET

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Action Alert, from NWA

The National WIC Association has launched an action alert for individuals to write to Congress in support of NWA's requests for WIC reauthorization. In particular, the requests include:

  • Enhance the quality of the fully breastfeeding food package by rounding inflation-adjusted cash value vouchers to the nearest dollar increment rather than always rounding down.
  • Maintain the enhanced value of the fully breastfeeding food package...by increasing the monthly cash value voucher benefit for fully breastfeeding women from $10 to $12.
  • Protect and support breastfeeding in WIC by emphasizing the importance of breastfeeding in WIC with the addition of "breastfeeding support and promotion" to each citation related to WIC for nutrition education in the Child Nutrition Act of 1966; and enhancing the successful breastfeeding peer counselor initiative by increasing the authorized level to $180 million per year.

Webinar on Lactation Accommodation in State Health Departments, from AMCHP & ASTHO

Join the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials for a webinar entitled "Making Room for Moms: Building Lactation Space and Implementing a Model Policy in State Health Departments," on Tuesday, July 21, at 2 p.m. ET. This webinar will highlight state efforts to implement a model policy to support breastfeeding mothers at work, and include advice and fun photos on how state health departments developed lactation rooms to support their new moms. To promote workplace accommodation, you can tweet photos of your workplace lactation space to @DC_AMCHP with the hashtag #MakingRoomForMoms.

Partner News

WIC Works for US Campaign, from CWA

The California WIC Association has launched a new "WIC Works for US" campaign, a grassroots effort that will take place in all local WIC agencies to collect examples of how WIC works for all of us—and for the United States! Postcards will be collected from WIC participants, family members, and friends. There are four versions of the postcard, each with a different prompt with answers that can be circled, as well as a place to write personal comments. The reverse is a coloring sheet that their children can draw on. Completed postcards should be mailed to the California WIC Association by August 10. 

Dietary Guidelines Action Alert, from CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has created an easy action tool that enables individuals to urge their Senators to drop riders that would undermine the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. The riders would require any new recommendations to be subjected to a test inconsistent with both past Guidelines and common scientific practice.

News from the Field

Report on Health in Native American Communities, from Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids has released a report, entitled "Feeding Ourselves: Food Access, Health Disparities, and the Pathways to Healthy Native American Communities." The report explores the complex historical and contemporary challenges to Native American healthy food access, childhood obesity, and health disparities, and encourages readers to become part of the solution by building awareness about how systemic and long-term changes may be supported by policy changes at the tribal, federal, and philanthropic levels.

Collective Impact Connection

New Narrative for Community Health, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released a blog post, entitled "Time to Return to the Whole," arguing that we need a new narrative in the U.S. that shifts the focus of health from disease control and treatment, to the individual as a whole. With this shift will come the understanding that health is intimately local, and community assets will become central pillars of a new health system, and a shared community responsibility.

News & Views

Fortune: "No more pump and dump: IBM plans to ship employees' breast milk home"

Nonprofit Quarterly: "Nonprofit/For-profit Breast Milk Wars Contain Disturbing Issues"

Philly Voice: "Co-breastfeeding, married female couple reflects: Inducing lactation, gratitude and respect"

CNN Money: "U.S. Navy triples paid maternity leave to 18 weeks"

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