Weekly Wednesday Wire: January 15, 2014

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USBC Updates

FY 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill

House and Senate appropriations leaders have announced agreement on a Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus spending bill, The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill provides $60 million for WIC breastfeeding peer counselors. It assures a significant measure of program funding stability, funding WIC at a total of $6.716 billion, which also includes $125 million for the Contingency Fund, $14 million for infrastructure funding, and $30 million for MIS/EBT. The bill also provides $8 million in funding for CDC's "Hospitals Supporting Breastfeeding" programs. Many thanks to all who participated in the National Breastfeeding Month Action Across America campaign in support of both these breastfeeding appropriations. Your voices made a difference!

Funding Announcements

Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards, from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) announced the anticipated availability of funds for Fiscal Year 2014. The Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards (NPPA) grant program is designed to: promote and accelerate partnerships; catalyze collaborations to improve health and wellness through access to and use of preventive services across the United States; educate and train health workers and the public; and establish communication programs for all community populations regardless of social and economic barriers or race/ethnicity. The program seeks to establish integrated, collaborative local, state, regional, and tribal partnerships to increase community awareness and action on preventive health services. Applications are due March 3 by 5:00 p.m. ET. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 

Federal News

MCH 3.0, from HRSA/MCHB

The Health Resources & Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has been working in partnership with the leadership in the State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs and with other national MCH leaders and stakeholders to develop and refine a vision, titled MCH 3.0, for transforming the MCH Block Grant to better meet current and future challenges facing our Nation's mothers and children. MCHB Director Dr. Michael Lu has produced a video synthesizing existing ideas into a common working vision. Dr. Lu invites the MCH community to view the video and provide feedback/ideas to further develop this common vision. Submit comments, suggestions, and feedback to MCHTransformation@hrsa.gov.

Member News

Certified Lactation Counselor® Certification Receives Accreditation, from Healthy Children Project

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has accredited the Healthy Children Project's Academy of Lactation Policy & Practice Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC®) certification program based on the ISO/IEC 17024 Standard. ANSI is well-recognized within the industry as enforcing the highest standards in personnel certification accreditation. This ANSI accreditation process is designed to increase the integrity, confidence, and mobility of certified professionals.

#Blog4Health Carnival, from MomsRising

MomsRising invites you to write about what the Affordable Care Act and expanded access to affordable health coverage means for your family, your community, and the country for the #Blog4Health blog carnival. The blog carnival will feature links to blog posts on topics ranging from the personal to the political. If you or someone you know has had any of these experiences, consider joining #Blog4Health and sharing your story:

  • Are you a mompreneur who has sought coverage for yourself or your family?
  • Are you self-employed or don't have health insurance through an employer, and are looking for more affordable coverage options?
  • Do you have a pre-existing condition that has prevented you from getting insurance or raised your rates in the past?
  • Do you have a child who can now remain on your health insurance until 26 years of age?
  • Do you have adult children over the age of 26, and are you encouraging them to seek coverage under the exchanges?
  • Do you or your family qualify for health insurance under the Medicaid expansion (varies by state)?

For more information or to submit a blog post, email Elisa@MomsRising.org. The deadline for submitting a blog post is January 27.

State/Community News

Workplace Bill, from PA

Representative Mary Jo Daley of Pennsylvania announced that she will introduce a state bill requiring employers to provide private, sanitary space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk during the work day, as part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health.

News Clippings

BlackAmericaWeb.com: "Do You Know Your Breastfeeding Rights? Kimberly Seals Allers Explains Inside!

The Huffington Post: "A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families"

The Shriver Report: "Breaking Through the Maternal Wall: The Time is Now"

NBCnews.com: "Pumped Up: Breastfeeding mothers fight for rights at work"

The Independent: "Pope Francis encourages mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel"

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