Weekly Wednesday Wire: March 2, 2016

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Federal News

Updated Zika Virus Interim Guidelines for Providers, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released an update in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of interim guidelines for U.S. health care providers caring for pregnant women during a Zika virus outbreak. This update also expands guidance to women of reproductive age who reside in areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.

Infographic on Black Women in the Labor Force, from DOL

While Black History Month happens every February, the U.S Department of Labor Women's Bureau collects and analyzes data on the unique experience of black women in the labor force year-round in order to identify trends and inform policy solutions. The Bureau has published an updated infographic highlighting recent data on the labor force participation rate, wage gap, occupations, and educational attainment of black women.

Member News

Public Member Board Vacancy, from LEAARC

The Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee is seeking to fill a public member vacancy on its Board of Directors. 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. The public member also serves as LEAARC's equity ambassador to maintain focus on equity and diversity within the organization's policies and practices. The public member may have no formal connection to the lactation consultant profession or breastfeeding counseling and must be from an under-represented minority population. A mother who was helped by a lactation consultant would qualify. Interested parties should send a statement of interest and request for an application to judi@leaarc.org, by Friday, April 15.

Partner News

Report on Managing Lead in Children's Drinking Water, from WKKF

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has released a new guide, Managing Lead in Drinking Water at Schools and Early Childhood Education Facilities.  As parents and communities throughout the country discover high levels of lead present in their drinking water, this report provides a comprehensive source of best practices for lead sampling and analysis in schools and early childhood education facilities across the country.

Petition on Overtime Rule Updates, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women and Families is circulating a petition urging President Obama to tell the Department of Labor to finalize its proposed updates to the nation's overtime rules. Learn more from our 8/26/2015 WWW issue, including our talking points on how this rule change would impact breastfeeding families.

Talking Points for Comments on Paid Sick Days Executive Order, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women and Families has developed talking points for public comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. When the final rule is implemented, parties that enter into covered contracts with the Federal Government will be required to provide covered employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. Comments must be submitted by Monday, March 28. 

Report on the Status of Women in the South, from IWPR

The Institute for Women's Policy Research has released The Status of Women in the South, the first report to provide a comprehensive portrait of the status of women, particularly women of color, in the southern states, grading each state on six different topic areas related to women's economic, political, health, and social status. 

News from the Field

Poll on Millennial Women, from American Women

American Women has released new polling data highlighting the economic realities millennial women face. According to the poll, the policies most likely to drive millennial women to support a candidate include lowering taxes to help grow the economy, equal pay for equal work, paid family and medical leave, and affordable child care.

Reducing Health Disparities Report, from America's Essential Hospitals

America's Essential Hospitals has released a report with findings and recommendations from its Equity Leadership Forum, examining approaches to reducing health care disparities. According to its President and CEO Bruce Siegel, "To reduce care disparities, we must fully understand the social, cultural, and other barriers our patients face—and put quality measures in that context."

Collective Impact Connection

Community Engagement, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)," arguing that collective impact and other efforts to solve community problems, even when driven by data and evidence, often don't work when they are top-down. It offers six strategies that can help engage community members as active partners in these efforts.

News & Views

Protecting & Promoting Opportunity (DOL blog): "A Step Closer to Paid Sick Leave"

Protecting & Promoting Opportunity (DOL blog): "Black Women in the Labor Force"

SHRM blog: "Final Overtime Rule's Release Date Remains Uncertain"

Reuters: "Co-sleeping linked to breastfeeding"

Science: "Breastfeeding while building a career"

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