Weekly Wednesday Wire: June 15, 2016

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USBC Updates

Parents' Month: Twitter Party Thursday, June 16; Donate by Father's Day for Matching Gift & Tribute to a Dad!

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 at hashtag #Parents3Cs for a Twitter party with co-host The Adventures of Captain Dad on Thursday, June 16, at 8 p.m. ET to talk about Fatherhood in a Modern World.

This work is so important that the USBC Board of Directors has come together to pledge $3,000 to match all individual donations to the USBC during our Parents' Month campaign! With Father's Day just around the corner, you can even turn your donation into a meaningful gift for a dad in your life! To make a Father's Day "tribute" donation, simply include his name in the "In honor of" section of our online donation form. We'll send you a link where you can download certificates to print or e-mail or grab sharable social media graphics to acknowledge your life-changing gift. There are also many ways to support the USBC while you shop for the dads in your life!

FY17 Appropriations Update

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) bill. We are pleased to report that it includes continued flat funding of $8 million for CDC's Baby-Friendly Hospitals/Breastfeeding programs. Meanwhile it is clear that other difficult choices are being made to adapt to a capped budget environment. The bill proposes an increase of $126 million for CDC, SAMHSA, and HRSA programs to combat opioid abuse, while cutting $112 million for chronic disease prevention and health promotion at CDC, including zeroing out the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, and a combined $60 million in cuts to the Diabetes and Heart/Stroke lines, funds used in FY16 to finance year three of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) program. The appropriation for the Title V Maternal & Child Health Services Block Grant is $641.7 million, an increase of $3.5 million from FY16, directed to Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS). In describing the increase, the committee directs the HRSA to fund a study related to child health and development in states with high child poverty rates.

The House Labor-HHS Subcommittee is expected to unveil its version of the bill next week. The House and Senate will then need to pass their respective bills and work out any differences before the measure can be signed into law. Given recent history and the impending election, it is expected that Congress will pass a Continuing Resolution this fall to keep the government funded at current FY16 levels until after the election, at which point they will reconvene to decide how to move forward for the remainder of FY17.

Federal News

Bipartisan Amendment to Make U.S. Capitol Complex More Accommodating to Working Mothers, from U.S. House of Representatives

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), co-chair of the Maternity Care Caucus Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), that would bring the Capitol and House office buildings into compliance with the General Services Administration (GSA) requirements for nursing rooms in federal buildings. The initiative passed as part of H.R. 5325, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, and will next go to the Senate for consideration. Currently, there are only 12 lactation rooms on Capitol grounds, far short of the 42 necessary to comply with GSA standards and to accommodate the estimated 7,000 women who work throughout the Capitol.

Obesity Reduction Funding Opportunity, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas to Boost Prevention. This FOA will award approximately $1.7 million per year to three Land Grant Colleges and Universities located in states with counties with an adult obesity prevalence of over 40%. States currently receiving funding through the program are not eligible. Applications are due August 2, 2016.

Member News

Video on the Role of Men in Promoting Breastfeeding, from ROSE

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere has released a video entitled Real Men Promote Breastfeeding that can be shared on social media. Written and directed by world-renowned actor/activist Devin T. Robinson X "Egypt", the video helps men understand the benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of promoting the practice.

Partner News

Equity Data and Policy Tool Webinar, from WKKF

Join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a webinar on the National Equity Atlas, on Wednesday, June 22, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The National Equity Atlas is a powerful online data and policy tool that helps local advocates track, measure, and make the case for equitable growth. This webinar is designed for organizations that are working to advance racial and economic equity across many policy domains.

Updated Family Friendly Multi-Issue Fact Sheet, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women and Families has updated its multi-issue fact sheet, Not Enough Family Friendly Policies: High Stakes for Women and Families. This resource is a summary of key facts to support six crucial pieces of family friendly legislation currently before Congress: the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the FAMILY Act, the Healthy Families Act, the Schedules That Work Act, and the Raise the Wage Act.

Resources on Solutions for Low-Wage Families, from NWLC

Join the National Women's Law Center on Tuesday, July 19, from 2-3 p.m. ET for a webinar to provide more information on the release of a new report entitled, Set Up for Success: Supporting Parents in Low-Wage Jobs and Their Children. The report recommends a range of two-generational solutions illustrated by real world examples that have been advanced and implemented by advocates, policy experts, researchers, private sector representatives, and low-wage workers themselves. It pulls strategies and practices together in an agenda that targets five critical goals: 1) Increase parents' incomes; 2) Ensure parents are treated fairly in the workplace and have stable, predictable work schedules; 3) Expand children's access to high-quality, affordable child care and early education; 4) Increase parents' access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave; and 5) Improve parents' opportunities to obtain education and training that can help them advance into better jobs.

News from the Field

Free Access to Special Issue on First 1,000 Days, from Childhood Obesity

The journal Childhood Obesity has granted free access to a new special issue on "Childhood Obesity Risk and Prevention: First 1000 Days of Life." The issue includes an article entitled, "Age at Introduction to Solid Foods and Child Obesity at 6 Years," which found that timing of introduction of solid foods was not associated with child obesity at 6 years in this sample. However, given the inconsistency in findings with other studies, further studies in larger populations may be needed.

State/Community News

Ten Steps Feature Story Videos, from Texas

The Texas Ten Step program has released new resources, including videos with feature stories from the field. Learn more about how health care providers implemented the Ten Steps as they share their strategies for success on the pathway to improvement. Facilities highlighted are participants in the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, an ongoing quality improvement project between Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ).

Collective Impact Connection

Breakthrough Advocacy Campaigns, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article entitled, "Behind Today's Breakthrough Advocacy Campaigns," introducing a new framework for directed-network campaigning, which includes four principles that could help organizations recreate successful social change campaigns.  

News & Views

U.S. News & World Report: "Antibiotics May Blunt Breast-Feeding's Benefits"

U.S. Department of Labor blog: "The United State of Working Women"

babycenter blog: "4 ways pregnant women partake in Ramadan without fasting"

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