Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 16, 2014

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USBC Updates: National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference

Don't Miss These Optional Events!

Maximize your experience at the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference with the optional Advocacy Day of Action and Friends Reception events!

In celebration of the Friends of USBC, our generous donors, the 2014 Friends Reception will be held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, at Jaleo Restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. This offsite location is just a short walk from the conference hotel; transportation will also be offered. Current (2013-2014) Friends of USBC are invited to attend; pre-registration is required. View the Reception Invitation.

Immediately following the conference on Monday, August 4, breastfeeding advocates will come together for the Advocacy Day of Action to visit the offices of their Senators and Representatives. Participants are invited to participate in a preparatory webinar as well an onsite briefing, providing the tools and resources for an effective legislative visit. Bus transportation, a boxed lunch and "leave-behind" materials will be provided; pre-registration is required.

Last Chance for a Packet Promotion!

The deadline is fast approaching for approvals on displayed and printed items. Packet promotions, received by all attendees in the conference tote bags, are available for as little as $300: reserve your promotion opportunity today!


Federal News

Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, from EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues. The document provides guidance regarding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as they apply to pregnant workers. The guidance clarifies lactation as a pregnancy-related medical condition and that discrimination against breastfeeding employees is sex-based.

Working Mothers Infographic, from DoL Women's Bureau

The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau has published the "Working Mothers in the U.S." infographic, detailing national statistics on labor force participation, unemployment, earnings, and occupation. Additional resources can be found on the Women's Bureau Data & Statistics webpage.

National Survey of Children's Health, from HRSA/MCHB

Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the National Survey of Children's Health presents national- and state-level data on the health and well-being of children in their families and communities. Findings from the latest survey are presented in The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2011-2012, with breastfeeding featured as an indicator in the Child's Health Status section.


Member News

2014 Breastfeeding Summit Highlights, from ROSE

Last week, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere hosted the 2014 Breastfeeding Summit, Black Health Matters: A Breastfeeding Movement. See highlights from the event on the conference social stream

Partner News

Checklist to Leverage Community-Clinical Linkages, from PI

In anticipation of application deadlines for six new funding programs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Prevention Institute has put together a checklist outlining some key elements and strategies to further leverage the focus on community-clinical linkages in the Funding Opportunity Announcements. The checklist highlights opportunities to improve community determinants of health through community-clinical linkages, especially in low-income communities and communities of color facing the greatest inequities in health outcomes.

Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ

The NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) July 2014 newsletter includes an article discussing how to make the business case for hospitals to support breastfeeding.


News from the Field

Vulnerable Population Mapping Tool, from Community Commons

Community Commons has released a new tool to map vulnerable populations. Using key social health determinants, the Vulnerable Population Footprint shows areas that may be at most risk for health disparities. Maps can be saved and shared for collaborative decision making.

State/Community News

Baby-Friendly Outreach Campaign, from Queens, New York

Queens Hospital Center (QHC) has announced the launch of "Journey to a Baby-Friendly Queens," a major education and awareness campaign designed to improve the health outcomes of children by increasing the number of breastfeeding mothers throughout the borough. Hospital staff will conduct a series of workshops to provide mothers and newborns with access to education and counseling on the benefits of breastfeeding. To further extend the reach of these educational efforts, QHC will partner with community organizations to distribute materials and work with their members to transform Queens businesses, places of worship, and community centers into places that are supportive of breastfeeding. 

High 5 for Mom and Baby, from Kansas

The "High 5 for Mom and Baby" campaign in Kansas aims to help hospitals adopt five principles that have been found to increase breastfeeding rates, including: assure immediate and sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth; give newborn babies no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated; encourage mothers and infants to "room in" or be together 24 hours a day; give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants; and make sure that mothers are aware of breastfeeding support programs in their communities before they leave the hospital. Five Kansas hospitals have already received "High 5 for Mom and Baby" designations. 

News and Views

The Washington Post: "EEOC to employers: Stop discriminating against pregnant workers"
TODAY: "Dads say: We want to 'have it all,' too...not that anyone asked us"

The Atlantic: "Taking Paternity Leave Makes Other Dads More Likely to Do the Same"

Blackamericaweb.com: "JACQUE REID: Doulas, Midwives Essential In Reducing African American Infant Mortality Rate"

USA Today: "Barnes & Noble settles with breastfeeding mom it booted"

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