Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 21, 2014

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USBC Updates

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Join us Thursday, May 22 at 8:30 pm ET for a live, virtual Town Hall Meeting to hear from moms, grassroots advocates, and all interested supporters about how USBC can best continue to serve its mission and the field. Please join the conversation by participating in the live event or commenting on the series of five Town Hall questions we'll be posting on Facebook and Twitter this week!

Federal News

Prevention Status Reports, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published two additional reports on the 2013 Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) website. The 2013 PSRs—National Summary provides the percentage of states in each rating category per policy or practice and the 2013 PSRs—State Reports provide, for each state and the District of Columbia, a complete set of materials in a single report format. Each State Report includes a summary of the state's PSR ratings and the PSRs on all ten health topics.


Partner News

Perinatal Care Measure Clarification, from TJC

Due to an overwhelmingly large number of questions about the Perinatal Care (PC) data element Reason for Not Exclusively Feeding Breast Milk, The Joint Commission has published a clarification document to be shared with hospitals. This clarification will appear in the notes for abstraction in manual V2015A, which will be published in August 2014.

Articles and Updates, from NICHQ

The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) May 2014 newsletter includes an article discussing racial breastfeeding disparities and what is being done to tackle barriers in African American communities. In addition, the issue includes articles on becoming a local health policy advocate and references a blog post on NICHQ's role in Collective Impact efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes.


State/Community News

"Great Texas Lactation Case" Settles, from Texas

In 2012 a Texas federal judge held that a woman who claimed to have been fired for seeking to pump breast milk while on the job had no viable claim under the Title VII Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) appealed the decision and the Court of Appeals reversed the lower court, affirming that "lactation is a related medical condition of pregnancy for purposes of the PDA." It has now been reported that, on the eve of the trial, the case has been settled for $15,000.

Breastfeeding Video, from Los Angeles

The Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles has developed a new video illustrating the many stakeholders that influence breastfeeding families.


News and Views

MochaManual.com: "We Mourn the Loss of Terry Jo Curtis, a Breastfeeding Champion"

FierceGovernment.com: "Bill would extend maternity leave for female soldiers"

The Huffington Post: "Nursing Moms Need Our Support Every Day"

Glamour.com: "We Need to Talk About Why Paternity Leave Is So Important for Women"

To the Contrary (PBS): "Mothers, Babies, and Paid Leave"

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