Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 2, 2013

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USBC Updates

Bi-Monthly Coalitions Webinar

The CDC-USBC Bi-Monthly Coalitions Webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 8 from 2-3 p.m. ET, regardless of government shutdown status. The USBC invites all interested breastfeeding coalition members to this month's webinar, Coalitions as Vehicles of Change. Representatives from Breastfeeding Hawaii, Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky, and Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon will share their experiences in establishing processes for long-term commitment, active collaboration, and shared leadership to make a positive impact on the landscape of breastfeeding support.

Federal News

Government Shutdown

The government shutdown is having widespread impact, including on the WIC program. Media highlights include:

Health Insurance Marketplace Benefits for Women, from HHS

Women have new rights and protections in the Health Insurance Marketplace starting in 2014. Marketplace highlights for women include: you won't be charged more for health insurance just because you're a woman; you can't be denied coverage or charged more due to pre-existing conditions, like cancer or being pregnant; you can choose from any primary care provider, OB-GYN, or pediatrician in your health plan's network without a referral; and you'll get free preventive care like mammograms, well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, and more. Open enrollment began Tuesday, October 1 and coverage begins January 1, 2014.

Partner News

Report on International Political Commitment to Breastfeeding, from UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Nutrition Section has conducted a landscape analysis to assess the political commitment and priority for breastfeeding interventions globally and in selected countries. The analysis aimed to determine the need for and potential benefits of a targeted initiative to enhance leadership and advocacy. This landscape analysis consisted of two major components: a desk review summarizing the status of evidence and policy/strategic frameworks, and a stakeholder survey of perceptions and recommendations. Breastfeeding on the Worldwide Agenda reports the findings, identifying three main issues that need to be addressed: polarization and lack of a unified voice, a leadership gap, and the need to recast the narrative. 

New Child Care and Obesity Initiative, from AHA and Nemours

The American Heart Association and Nemours, a non-profit children's health system, are launching Healthy Way to Grow, a technical assistance program for child care centers across the country aimed at decreasing obesity among children ages birth to five years old. The program provides direct, hands-on assistance, customized training, resources, and tools to support healthy lifestyles in child care environments. Program components include: developing and adopting a center wellness policy, providing training and technical assistance, engaging parents, and encouraging and recognizing progress towards best practices and policies for physical activity, screen time, food and beverage choices, and infant feeding. The program will pilot in six communities in 2013 with the goal of expanding to more communities over the coming years. Pilot locations include: Rochester, NY; Denver; Kansas City, KS; Northeastern PA; Chicago; and Reno, NV. Read the press release.

Report Card on Children in Disasters, from Save the Children

The Get Ready Get Safe initiative from Save the Children is dedicated to helping communities prepare for worst-case scenarios, generating emergency plans for our most vulnerable victims, making sure supplies are in place before disaster happens, and training those who are most responsible for children's safety. The initiative has published a 2013 National Report Card on Children in Disasters. Check out the interactive U.S. Preparedness Map for a state-by-state assessment of U.S. preparation and safety standards for children in child care facilities and schools.


News Clippings

Altarum Institute blog: "Breastfeeding Support: Let's Keep Equity in the Conversation"

The New York Times: "Breast-Feeding Services Lag Behind the Law"

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