Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 24, 2016

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USBC Updates

Call for Presentation Proposals: Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference

The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) will convene the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference from August 5-7, 2016, in Arlington, VA. The 2016 theme is A New Day: Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movement. Breastfeeding coalitions, individuals, and other organizations are invited to submit presentation proposals by the April 1 deadline for consideration for any or all of the following formats:

  • Breakout panel sessions will be 75-90 minutes in length. Related proposals will be asked to collaborate by combining into one session, so each submission selected should anticipate 15-20 minutes to present. USBC staff will facilitate pre-conference connections between presenters on the same panel and support panelists to design their presentations in a highly interactive format to foster bi-directional communication and network building among panelists and with the audience.
  • Breakfast table topics will foster discussion among a table of 8-10 attendees over the one-hour breakfast periods on both Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7.
  • Posters will be on display all day Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Posters will be evaluated by a panel of judges and a monetary award will be presented to the highest scoring poster presentations.

Engage with the Racial Equity Learning Community: Webinar Archives, New Blog Posts, Discussion Questions

It's not too late to join the conversation online about the current USBC Racial Equity webinar series theme: Breastfeeding Moms' Voices Across America. Past webinar recordings and presentation materials are archived online. The 1/26 session featured a panel of speakers—one African-American, one Latina, and one Native American mom—who shared their breastfeeding journeys. Hear how their prenatal and birth experiences shaped their early breastfeeding decisions. Listen to the unvarnished reality as they share what their experiences were like with their families, communities, health care providers, employers, and child care providers. Learn what they found helpful and what would have been helpful to them as they navigated their brand new worlds as mothers. Join us online in the discussion forum for a critical conversation about co-creating breastfeeding supportive environments for all families. Three guest bloggers also shared during the month on the Learning Community blog:

  • Jasmin Coreno is the mother of a three-year-old daughter, whom she breastfed for two years. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Rachael Lorenzo is a mother of two and a member of Laguna Pueblo and Mescalero Apache tribes. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Marisa Ward is the mother of one son, whom she breastfed for about two years, and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She currently lives in Missouri.

Federal News

An mPINC Minute, from CDC

The deadline for submitting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) is March 1, 2016. Due to variations in processing business reply mail, we encourage facilities to complete the survey online to ensure it is received by the deadline.

Proposed Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, from DOL

The Department of Labor has announced publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Executive Order (EO) 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The EO requires certain parties that contract with the Federal Government to provide their employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. The EO directs the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations by September 30, 2016, to implement the Order's requirements. The NPRM invites interested parties to submit written comments on the proposed rule electronically or by mail.

News from the Field

Joint Commentary on Accountable Communities for Health, from Prevention Institute/JSI

Prevention Institute and JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. have published a joint commentary entitled, "Accountable Communities for Health: A Portfolio of Strategies for Improving Community Health." Community leaders across the country are exploring the Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) model as an innovative opportunity to pursue population health improvement and health equity. The core of the ACH approach is harnessing the collective efforts of health stakeholders including health care, public health, behavioral health, school districts, other governmental entities, and community- and faith-based organizations. The success of this type of approach has been demonstrated repeatedly over the last 50 years through health improvement efforts that have incorporated both individual intervention and community prevention to take on issues as diverse as tobacco, drunk driving, lead exposure, and violence. This commentary explores one core aspect of an ACH that requires careful attention: the development of a comprehensive portfolio of strategies that engages and builds on the strengths of partners across sectors.

State/Community News

Resources on Lead Exposure & Breastfeeding, from Michigan

Current conditions in Genesee County, particularly in the city of Flint, Michigan, have resulted in pregnant mothers, breastfeeding mothers, and their infants being exposed to lead via contaminated drinking water. The exposure has raised questions regarding the safety of initiating and continuing breastfeeding. The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has published an issue statement and recommendations, and the Genesee County Breastfeeding Coalition has published FAQs, on breastfeeding and lead exposure. Download these resources and read the press release.

Collective Impact Connection

Sustaining Momentum, from Collective Impact Forum

Doing collective impact work means taking the long view—looking ahead at your goal and knowing that it will take time to reach. In many cases, it will take years of commitment and collaboration with partners to see transformational change. The question many grapple with is, "How do you sustain momentum within your initiative while still staying on course and keeping that long view?" In a new blog post, Wynn Rosser of Greater Texas Foundation shares some lessons learned about how to keep people engaged, work through leadership transitions, and harness the power of early "wins" to maintain momentum and buy-in.

News & Views

The Huffington Post: How One Instagram Account Is Spreading Breastfeeding Love Among Black Moms

NICHQ News: Moms Deserve Better Care in the Fourth Trimester

Self magazine: This Gorgeous Photo Series Celebrates Working Moms Who Breastfeed

Trend Lines (Child Trends blog): Black History Month 2016: It's Time to Treat Racism as a Target for Intervention

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