Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 26, 2014

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USBC Updates

Last Chance: Call for Presentation Proposals Deadline is April 4

The United States Breastfeeding Committee will convene the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference from August 2-4, 2014, in Arlington, VA. The 2014 theme is Transforming Barriers into Bridges: Cultivate Your Community Leadership. Conference organizers will illustrate this theme through presentations—breakout sessions, breakfast table topics, or posters—that advance the Conference Objectives. Breastfeeding coalitions, individuals, and other organizations are invited to submit presentation proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal is this Friday, April 4.


Federal News

White House Summit on Working Families

The Department of Labor, with the White House and the Center for American Progress, will host the Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. The summit will convene businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and ordinary citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America's global competitiveness in the coming decades. Download the #WorkingFamilies National Toolkit to learn more about the issues and proposed policy solutions, as well as to access shareable charts and infographics. 

Prevention Status Reports State Webpage, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added a state page to the 2013 Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) website to help users quickly locate reports for each state and the District of Columbia. The state page provides a new two-page summary outlining the state's PSR ratings by health topic and indicator as well as the state's individual reports on the ten health topics. The PSRs highlight the status of policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce important health problems.

Health Equity Resource Toolkit, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) has developed the "Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities," to assist public health practitioners with a systematic approach to program planning using a health equity lens. The purpose of the Health Equity Toolkit is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities. The toolkit provides a six-step process for planning, implementing, and evaluating a program to address obesity disparities.

Member Updates

New Text4Baby Public Service Announcement, from HMHB

Brandy, the Grammy-award winning singer and actress, has taken on a new role as celebrity ambassador for Text4baby, releasing a public service announcement (PSA) to spread the word about the Text4Baby service to new moms and moms-to-be.


News from the Field

Workplace Accommodations Case, from Iowa

The American Civil Liberties Union has published the story of an Iowa mom who, after repeated attempts to find a space to express breast milk on her first day back to work from maternity leave, was told that the only space available was a room used by sick employees that was frequently occupied. After reaching out to her department head for help finding a location, she was advised to "just go home to be with your babies" and the department head then dictated her letter of resignation. The employee filed a case against her former employer citing sex and pregnancy-based discrimination, but a federal appeals court in the Eighth Circuit held that she should have complained to HR before trying to take her employer to court. Learn your rights as a breastfeeding employee with the USBC's Online Guide: What You Need to Know About the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Law.

News and Views

Family Values @ Work blog: "President Obama Calls for Paid Leave Policies"

Today.com: "Mom with 'insane' pumping skills sets Guinness record for breast milk donation"

Impatient Optimists (Gates Foundation blog): "Advancing Breastfeeding: The Power of the Network"

I Am Not the Babysitter blog: "Frontier Airlines Changes Policy to Protect Breastfeeding Mothers"

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