Weekly Wednesday Wire: April 27, 2016

Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.

USBC Updates

Last Chance: Proposals for Breakfast Table Topics and/or Posters Due May 2

The United States Breastfeeding Committee 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. The submission deadline for breakout panel sessions has passed, but the deadline for breakfast table topics and posters was extended to Monday, May 2, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Reminder: Coalitions Conference Scholarship Applications Due May 8

Legacy Scholarship: The Drs. Ruth Lawrence & Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship was established in 2014 as part of the creation of the USBC Legacy Award to honor the lifelong achievement of these two leaders in the field. The scholarship is offered to two recipients each year the National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference is held. The vision of the scholarship is to provide support to talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding coalition leaders. The scholarship is open to individuals who are actively involved with a state, territorial, tribal, local, or cultural breastfeeding coalition in the United States.

Tribal/Native Scholarship: Thanks to the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are also available to support tribal/native representatives' participation in the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference. The vision of the scholarship is to provide support to talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding leaders in native communities. The scholarship is open to tribal/native individuals who are actively involved in collaborative efforts to support breastfeeding in their communities.

Federal News

CACFP Final Rule, from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the final rule for the Child and Adult Care Food Program updated meal patterns. This is the first time CACFP nutrition standards have been significantly revised since the program's inception in 1968. The program currently serves over 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults annually. The USDA has also created fact sheets that summarize the final rule requirements, as well as a set of best practices that are encouraged but not required. Overall the rule supports breastfeeding, fruit, vegetable and whole grain intake, and will help to reduce intake of juice, added sugars, saturated fat, and deep-fried foods.

Obesity Research Grant Opportunity, from NIH

The National Institutes of Health has released a funding opportunity: Understanding Factors in Infancy and Early Childhood That Influence Obesity Development (R01), PA-16-169. This notice is a reissue of PAR-14-323. Studies should propose research in children from birth to 24 months, although any proposed follow-up assessments, if applicable, may continue past this period. The application opens May 5.

Member News

Push for Zika Preparedness Funds, from AMCHP

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs has joined with 67 leading maternal and child health and public health organizations leaders in urging Congress to immediately provide emergency supplemental funding to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus here in the United States. The group also urged that Congress provide new funding rather than repurpose money from other high priority programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies.

Report on Formula Marketing in Public Hospitals, from Public Citizen

Public Citizen has released a report entitled, Infant Formula Marketing in Public Hospitals: An Outdated and Unethical Practice, presenting the results of a new study showing that nearly all of the largest public hospitals have ended infant formula marketing. The campaign to stop marketing of formula in health care facilities is concerned with how and where infant formula is marketed, not individual families' choices about how they will feed their children. Infant formula remains available to infants in need while at the hospital.

Partner News

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Update, from NANA/CSPI

Congressman Todd Rokita has introduced the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003), which would weaken child nutrition programs by introducing additional barriers to enrollment and administrative hurdles and by undercutting nutrition science and standards. The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, housed at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has released several resources to support opposition to the bill, including an action alert for indiviudals to write to Congress and an infographic on what would happen if Congress rolled back the standards. All of NANA's Child Nutrition Reauthorization Resources are available on the CSPI website.

Health Sector Leadership Webinar, from Dialogue4Health

Trust for America's Health, the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, and Public Health Institute are hosting a Dialogue4Health webinar on Wednesday, May 11, from 2:30-4 p.m. ET. Entitled, "The View is Worth the Climb: Health-Sector Leadership Approaches to Address the Social Determinants," this session is the next installment in the Community Prevention and Multi-Sector Stakeholder Web Forum Series.

Roadmap to Economic Justice, from NWLC

The National Women's Law Center has released new resources to help advance a broad legislative policy agenda that knocks down barriers, remedies discrimination, ensures accountability, and provides key supports that enable women and their families to be economically secure. Moving Women and Families Forward: A Roadmap to Economic Justice, includes both federal and state roadmaps. The federal document provides the basic tools that advocates and Members of Congress will need to press for specific policies that will lead to better economic security for women and families. For each issue, there is a summary of the problem, a list of bills or potential bills that would address it, the research base to support the policy, information about its public support, and talking points. A companion state roadmap provides similar tools for state advocates and policymakers.

News from the Field

Break Time for Nursing Mothers Clarification, from JHL

The Journal of Human Lactation has published a letter to the editor entitled, "Clarification of the 'Break Time for Nursing Mothers' Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." In the letter, USBC Chair Joan Younger Meek corrects an earlier article that referenced the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law, which had incorrectly stated that "employers with less than 50 employees, temporary, and part-time employees are excluded, leaving many unprotected." All employers, regardless of their size or number of employees, must comply with the law. The undue hardship exemption is granted only when a complaint from a breastfeeding employee is filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, an investigation takes place, and the employer successfully demonstrates that in comparison to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer's business, the provision would impose an undue hardship. The employer must prove that complying with the law is significantly difficult after each complaint, not just with the first complaint. Until a business is granted an exemption, it must comply with the law.

Webinar on Viable Solutions in Health Care, from HLC

The Healthcare Leadership Council and experts from its member companies, including Ascension Health, Cardinal Health, and Surescripts, are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 3, from 2-3 p.m. ET. The webinar will explore "six achievable ways the Obama Administration, Congress, and the health care industry can promote innovation and spur high-value, patient-centered care—even during an election year." The steps cover transformative system changes including FDA reforms, changes to outdated fraud and abuse laws, and accelerated progress toward a nationwide health information system.

Report on Unhealthy Behaviors, from UHF/FMAH

United Health Foundation has released America's Health Rankings Spotlight: Impact of Unhealthy Behaviors, a new report produced in partnership with Family Medicine for America's Health. The report examines "the effect of five key unhealthy behaviors (smoking, excessive drinking, insufficient sleep, physical inactivity, and obesity) on health status, and provides quantifiable insight on the risk to health from engaging in these behaviors."

Collective Impact Connection

Collective Impact Principles of Practice, from Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum has publised a blog post detailing eight "principles of practice" of collective impact. Informed by lessons shared among practitioners who are implementing collective impact in the field, the new resource is designed to guide practitioners about how to successfully put collective impact into action.

News & Views

The New York Times: "Building a Better Breast Pump, Not a Milking Machine"

New York Magazine: "Is Drinking Beer Really Good for Breast-feeding? Or Is That an Old Wives' Tale?"

Talk Poverty (Center for American Progress blog): "Why Conservatives' Plans for Pregnancy 401(k)s Fall Short"

The Huffington Post: "The Case for 12 Weeks Minimum Leave"

Recent Stories
Weekly Wire: October 14, 2021

Weekly Wire: October 7, 2021

Weekly Wire: October 1, 2021