Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 11, 2016

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USBC Updates

Parents' Month: Twitter Party Thursday, May 12

Through the Parents' Month: Celebrating, Centering, Connecting campaign, the USBC is working to provide opportunities for parents to share their stories, express their ideas for and experiences with supportive communities, and then take those ideas forward to policymakers to truly move the needle for our Nation's families. Join us for this week's activities:

  • Join the Conversation: Join us and co-host Mona Liza Hamlin for a Twitter party on Thursday, May 12, at 8 p.m. ET at hashtag #Parents3Cs to talk about the question, "Beyond Motherhood: What Keeps You Whole?"
  • Share Stories: Read USBC Deputy Director Amelia Psmythe's feature blog post this week, and share your own story at hashtag #Parents3Cs. Your reflection can be shared as a written blog post, video or audio recording, art piece, or a combination of these.

New Member Spotlight: Nemours Children's Health System (Nemours Foundation)

Nemours Children's Health System is one of the nation's largest integrated pediatric health systems, providing hospital- and clinic-based specialty care, primary care, prevention and health information services, and research and medical education programs aimed at improving the lives of children and families in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Nemours supports breastfeeding through policy, systems, and environmental change on the state and national levels, implementation of organizational level best practices internally and with partners, partnership with breastfeeding and other coalitions for collective impact, and peer and professional support services, with a focus on equity and inclusion. Nemours is proud to run KidsHealth.org, the most-visited website for child health and development, and Let's Move Child Care, a partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama to improve child health in early care and education settings. As a non-profit children's health system, Nemours provides leadership, institutions, and services to restore and improve the health of children through care and programs not readily available, with one high standard of quality and distinction, regardless of the recipient's financial status: Your child, our promise.

Federal News

National Women's Health Week Activities, from OWH

National Women's Health Week is this week, May 8-14. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office on Women's Health has created a list of ideas for celebrating. Individuals and organizations are also invited to take the National Women's Health Week pledge, explore social media and promotional tools, and follow the conversation at hashtag #NWHW.

Paid Leave Funding Opportunity, from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $1 million in funding for six competitive paid leave research, analysis and outreach grants. States, counties, cities, or townships (with a minimum estimated population of at least 50,000 residents), U.S. territories, and federally-recognized Indian or Native American tribes (with a minimum estimated population of at least 10,000) are eligible to apply. This research is critical to moving the country toward a national paid leave standard like the FAMILY Act. The grant application deadline is Monday, June 6.

2016 Research and Evaluation Plan, from USDA/FNS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has released its Research and Evaluation Plan – Fiscal Year 2016, outlining the research foci for the coming year. All the research projects outlined in the plan are in the very early stages of planning. Prioritized topics include Aligning Food Package Prescriptions to Breastfeeding Practice and Participant Research to Enhance WIC Services.

Member News

Research Needs Assessment, from NWA

The National WIC Association's Evaluation Committee has completed the 2016 NWA Research Needs Assessment, outlining the need for focused research on women's health, the impact of WIC on obesity, and improving the quality and use of WIC data. Each of the areas of focus serves to bolster the four pillars of WIC: nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals to health and social services, and the healthy food package. In addition, the report lists the current research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau. 

Partner News

New Case on Breastfeeding Rights for Airline Pilots, from ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a case on behalf of pregnant and breastfeeding pilots. They have also released a short informational video about the case and a petition to gather public support.

Global Report on Status of the WHO Code, from WHO/UNICEF/IBFAN

The World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund, and International Baby Food Action Network have released the first joint global report on the status of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in 194 countries. The report presents the legal status of the Code, including to what extent Code provisions have been incorporated in national legal measures, and provides information on countries' efforts to monitor and enforce the Code through formal mechanisms. To enhance support to countries for Code implementation, WHO has formed a network of UN, civil society, and academic organizations called NetCode. This partnership is developing protocols and tools for Code monitoring and enforcement, providing direct technical assistance to countries, and advocating for complete adherence to the Code. Read the press release.

National Days of Action on Paid Sick Days, from Family Values @ Work

Join Family Values @ Work the week of May 16 for national days of action to celebrate all the local and state wins on paid sick days. Around the country, coalitions that have already won or are on the verge of winning paid sick days will be gathering to share the benefits of these wins to their communities and the roles they are playing to pave the way for a needed national standard. The week will kick off with a Tweetstorm on Monday, May 16, from 2-4 p.m. ET at hashtags #HFAnow, #PaidSickDays, and #FamilyValuesAtWork.

News from the Field

Study on Impact of Breastfeeding on Costs of NEC, from The Journal of Pediatrics

A new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics was designed to estimate the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) for extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants as a function of preterm formula and maternal milk intake and calculate the impact of suboptimal feeding on the incidence and costs of NEC. The study concluded that, among ELBW infants, not being fed predominantly human milk is associated with an increased risk of NEC. Efforts to support milk production by mothers of ELBW infants may prevent infant deaths and reduce costs.

Study on Impact of BFHI on Early Infant Health and Breastfeeding Outcomes, from Breastfeeding Medicine

An evidence review published in Breastfeeding Medicine examined several studies to evaluate the impact of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) on breastfeeding and early infant health outcomes in U.S. populations. Results support the BFHI's success in facilitating successful breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity. Breastfeeding duration also appears to increase when mothers have increased exposure to Baby-Friendly practices, but deficiencies in tracking mechanisms have limited reliable duration data. Of the Ten Steps of the BFHI, step 3, prenatal education and step 10, postnatal breastfeeding support, are the most difficult to implement; however, these steps have the potential to significantly impact maternal breastfeeding decisions. The underlying mechanisms by which Baby-Friendly practices contribute to maternal breastfeeding decisions remain unclear; thus, studies are needed to examine mothers' experiences and perceptions. Additionally, studies are needed to investigate the impact of the BFHI for women living in rural areas and in the Southeast. Finally, studies are needed to examine early infant health outcomes related to the BFHI, especially for late premature infants who are most vulnerable to poor outcomes and in need of specialized breastfeeding support.

Data and Collective Impact Series, from Living Cities

Living Cities has announced the Data and Collective Impact series, which will take a journey through the five steps necessary to effectively use data in collective impact. Using and managing data can be a big challenge for collective impact initiatives, but data can help ground initiatives in what's actually going on in a community. The series will provide additional blogs, tools, and resources to help initiatives more effectively use data.

National Equity Atlas to Include More Detailed Racial Subgroup Data, from PolicyLink

The National Equity Atlas has been updated to include a more detailed Racial Subgroup Data. Data for the Asian/Pacific Islander (API), Black, Latino, Native American, and non-Hispanic White populations is now disaggregated by ancestry as well as by nativity (i.e., immigrant or U.S.-born).

Collective Impact Connection

Keys to Unlocking Systems Change, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Three Keys to Unlocking Systems-Level Change," exploring how developing a systems mindset, identifying the right tool for the job, and paying attention to human dynamics can help leaders move from theory to action when facing complex social problems.

News & Views

NPR: "Politics In Real Life: Paid Family Leave A Big Concern, Not A Top Campaign Issue"

The Huffington Post: "The Privilege of Maternity Leave: What the NICU Taught Me"

Scienmag: "Breast milk linked to significant early brain growth in preemies"

Romper: "Why You Should Care About The Public Breastfeeding Movement, Even If You're Not Part Of It"

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