Weekly Wednesday Wire: December 4, 2013

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USBC Updates

New Online Guide on the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Law

USBC has published a new resource to help breastfeeding employees understand their rights in the workplace. What You Need to Know About the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Law combines information from all federal sources addressing the law into a user-friendly online guide. This resource was developed in response to real questions from families and employers from across the nation, integrating feedback from target audience reviewers to ensure the content is comprehensive and accessible. Please help us spread this information far and wide: share this link with your network today: www.usbreastfeeding.org/workplace-law

Free Gift with Donation

Give the gift of breastfeeding success! Your donation today will strengthen USBC's work to ensure that every mother receives the support she needs to make breastfeeding possible and you'll receive a unique poster or postcard to keep or share! Each of the above images is available as a 13" x 19" poster (with each donation of $50) or a 5" x 7" postcard (with each donation of $25). Our advocacy efforts are entirely supported by the Friends of USBC. With your help, we can create the lasting change families need! Donate today: www.usbreastfeeding.org/donate


Federal News

National Prevention Council Annual Status Report, from Office of the Surgeon General

The National Prevention Council's 2013 Annual Status Report is now available. The report provides an update on how the National Prevention Council departments are continuing to incorporate prevention into their activities and highlights actions from public and private partners across the country working to implement the National Prevention Strategy.

Health Equity Guide, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity, a new resource for public health practitioners working to advance health equity through community health interventions. The guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play. Section 3: "Maximizing Health Food and Beverage Strategies to Advance Health Equity" identifies breastfeeding practices and policies as key strategies for addressing chronic disease health disparities. 

Partner News

Community Leadership Network Fellowship, from WKKF

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation is accepting applications for the first class of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows. Through the fellowship, WKKF hopes to create a cadre of community and civic leaders who are able to bring diverse communities together as vigorous advocates for vulnerable children and their families. Fellows will work across geographies, issues, and agendas to remove the systemic barriers that impede the healthy development, academic success, and economic security of children and their families. Applications accepted until January 14, 2014.

Prevention Fund Web Forum

Join the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health for the Supporting Prevention, Transforming Communities —­ 2014 and Beyond Dialogue4Health web forum on December 5 from 2:30-4:00 pm EST. The web forum will provide an update from Capitol Hill staff on the federal budget situation and its impact on the Prevention Fund. Attendees will hear directly from communities that have received Community Transformation Grants (CTG) through the Prevention Fund on the work they are doing to improve health outcomes. Additionally, the forum will detail specific strategies to engage members of Congress directly and through the media in order to educate them about how their communities and constituents are already benefiting from the Prevention Fund.

News From the Field

Report on Americans' View on Diversity and Equity, from Center for American Progress and PolicyLink

The Center for American Progress and PolicyLink have published Building an All-In Nation, a survey research report assessing how Americans view issues of rising diversity and policy proposals to better integrate these communities into the mainstream of American society and its economy. The report showed that Americans are much more open to diversity and more supportive of steps to reduce racial inequalities than is commonly portrayed in politics and the media. The report also found that Americans are more likely to see opportunities from rising diversity than they are to see challenges.

News Clippings

Best for Babes blog: "Booby Traps Series: Federal pumping law leaves out millions of moms"

Pacific News Center: "'Nana Yan Patgon' Act to Protect Public Breastfeeding, Signed Into Law"

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