Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 9, 2014

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USBC Updates

Early Bird Registration and Hotel Block Deadline This Friday!

The Open Attendee early bird registration deadline has been extended to Friday, July 11, for the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference—Transforming Barriers into Bridges: Cultivate Your Community Leadership—to be held August 2-4, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Friday is also the deadline for hotel reservations in the conference room block.

Maternity Care Practices Pre-Conference Workshop

On Saturday, August 2, join the Maximize Your Convening and Influencing Power pre-conference workshop for an all-day interactive learning experience that explores coalitions' role in statewide partnerships or initiatives for maternity care practice improvement. Part of the day will include the opportunity to break out for intensive work sessions on two of the following types of initiatives: State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives; Hospital Collaboratives; State Incentive Programs; Mother-Baby Summits; State Hospital Regulations; and Individual Hospital QI Support. In the afternoon, participants will dive deeper into coalitions' role in fostering "Continuity of Care Connections" for Steps 3 & 10 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Registration for the main conference is not required for participation in this optional workshop.


Federal News

Annual Status Report, from NPC

The National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council) has released its 2014 Annual Status Report, highlighting the year's achievements. The NPC engages leadership from across sectors to improve the health of the Nation and advance the National Prevention Strategy's goal to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. Support for policies and programs that promote breastfeeding is included as one of six recommendations in the Healthy Eating section of the National Prevention Strategy. The report highlights that the number of babies born in hospitals that provide optimal support for mothers to breastfeed more than tripled between 2008 and 2013.

Worksite Health ScoreCard, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the newly revised and updated CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC), a tool designed to help employers identify gaps in their health promotion programs and prioritize high-impact strategies for health promotion at their worksites. The revised HSC includes four new health topic areas including: Lactation Support, Occupational Health and Safety, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, and Community Resources.

Workplace Protection Map for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Employees, from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau has introduced a new online map that provides federal- and state-level statutory information on employment protections against pregnancy discrimination and for breastfeeding mothers, as well as contact information for related state government offices. The map shows which states have laws, statutes, and/or interpretative case law that specifically prohibit pregnancy discrimination and/or mandate support of breastfeeding mothers in the workplace.


Partner News

First Food Friendly Community Initiative, from WKKF

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a multi-year grant to fund the First Food Friendly Community Initiative. Metro Solutions, in partnership with infant health and community engagement experts Kimberly Seals Allers of Mocha Manual and Kiddada Green of Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association, and management consultant Duane Kinnon, will support pilots in Detroit and Philadelphia to create more supportive "first food friendly" community environments for mothers and infants. The initiative seeks to eradicate deserts of support and remove common barriers to breastfeeding with comprehensive community-led interventions. 


State/Community News

California Wellness Plan, from CA

Through a collaborative statewide process, the California Department of Public Health has developed the California Wellness Plan 2014, a road map to prevent chronic disease and promote equity for the largest number of Californians possible. Breastfeeding objectives include: increasing the number of labor and delivery facilities that provide recommended care for lactating mothers and their babies, increasing the number of community health clinics that provide professional and peer support for breastfeeding, and increasing exclusive breastfeeding duration at three and six months.

News from the Field

Employer Leadership in Community Health, from HERO

The Health Enhancement Research Organization has developed a report entitled Role of Corporate America in Community Health & Wellness, summarizing the results of a facilitated discussion of more than 50 thought leaders representing corporate America, federal government, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. The report identifies the strongest elements of a business case to engage employer leadership in community health efforts, as well as barriers and limitations.

News and Views

MomsRising blog: "Changing the Workplace With Four Walls, a Chair and a Lock"
Center for Social Inclusion blog: "Beyond Fighting Stigma: Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers"

The Wall Street Journal: "Breastfeeding: Big in Idaho, Behind in the South"

Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal: "They Can Pump Up the Volume but Can They Pump Out Their Milk? Public Secondary Schools Should be Required to Accommodate Lactating Students"

Department of Labor blog: "How Paid Leave Helps Rhode Island Families Succeed"

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