Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 16, 2013

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USBC Updates

USBC Awarded New Funding from CDC

We are very excited to announce that USBC has been awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under its new program, National Innovative Partnership for Addressing Obesity through Environmental Supports for Nutrition and Physical Activity. Through this three-year cooperative agreement, USBC will be focusing on two program strategies:

  1. Provide access to professional and peer support for breastfeeding. USBC will collaborate with key stakeholder organizations active in increasing access to professional and peer support for breastfeeding, and create innovative resources and communication mechanisms to facilitate work in this area.
  2. Promote and facilitate worksite compliance with Federal and appropriate State lactation accommodation laws. USBC will inventory and analyze state workplace lactation accommodation laws, and articulate how the state laws intersect or overlap with the federal law. USBC will also train, track, and promote a cadre of worksite support advisors available to support employers with implementation of lactation accommodations.

Member News

Call for Nominations for Public Board Member, from LEAARC

LEAARC is seeking to fill a public member vacancy for a three-year term, January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2016. LEAARC is responsible for establishing standards for lactation education and for the review and recognition of programs successfully meeting these standards. The public member serves a three-year term with eligibility for a maximum of two consecutive terms of service. The public member represents the general public and serves as a consumer advocate, protecting the public interest and overseeing the process for fair and reasonable action. A public member may have no formal or informal connection to the lactation consultant profession. (A mother who was helped by a lactation consultant would qualify.) Nomination criteria are as follows:

  • Ability to commit to one three-year term.
  • Willingness to actively participate in board activities, including training, meetings, discussions, and review of materials.
  • Ability to conduct business through electronic means (email, discussion board, meetings).
  • Ability to evaluate an educational program objectively in terms of such broad areas as curriculum, faculty, facilities, student evaluation and outcomes assessment.
  • Commitment to bring the public/consumer perspective to board deliberations.

Self-nominations are requested in order to ensure that the candidate is willing to serve in this role. Strong consideration will be given to assisting LEAARC to achieve diversity, including underrepresented groups, geographic diversity and varied educational philosophies. Send a statement of interest and request for an application to judi@leaarc.org. Further questions regarding the position may be directed to LEAARC at 919-459-6106. Nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2013.

Partner News

Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ

In the NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) October 2013 newsletter, hospital staff discuss the journey to achieving Baby-Friendly designation and the transition to purchasing formula and eliminating formula marketing.

Baby-Friendly Designation Awarded to Best Fed Beginnings Hospital Participant, from NICHQ

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has been awarded Baby-Friendly designation, becoming the first of 89 hospitals participating in the Best Fed Beginnings project to complete the designation process. Best Fed Beginnings is a first-of-its-kind, nationwide quality improvement initiative to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the United States. MUSC is one of three hospitals in South Carolina and the second hospital in the greater Charleston Area to achieve this designation. Read the press release.

Health Equity Collaboratives, from Community Commons

Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility that brings together ideas, lessons, and experiences to facilitate collaboration and help organizations learn from each other.  See examples of how health equity collaboratives are working to boost access to care by connecting health care providers, researchers, government agencies, and other stakeholders so that they can share resources and best practices.

State/Community News

SB 402 signed by Governor Jerry Brown, from CA

California Senate Bill 402 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 9. The bill aims to help achieve health equity for mothers and their newborns by requiring all perinatal hospitals in California to implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding or an alternate process recognized by the State Department of Public Health. Read the press release.

News Clippings

NWA blog: "What Congress Can Do to Keep WIC Doors Open for Mothers and Young Children"

The New York Times blog: "Three Things the Development World Could Do Better"

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