Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 5, 2014

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USBC Updates

Structural Racial Equity Webinar

USBC has committed to taking on racial equity as a core issue, to identify and lift up opportunities for racial equity analysis capacity building. To that end, the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) will facilitate an overview webinar on Wednesday, November 12, from 2-3 p.m. ET, which outlines the basics of a structural racial equity approach. CSI will share their racial equity analysis and strategies that create structural inclusion for people of all races and incomes.

Federal News

Working Families Resources, from The White House

The White House has published a document entitled "Eleven Facts About American Families and Work," highlighting important facts that together illustrate the changes needed to ensure long-term economic growth and competitiveness and improve the well-being of Americans, as well as make full use of all of America's talent. In addition, the President's weekly address video highlighted the needs of working families, including paid family leave.

National Health Report, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published the CDC National Health Report: Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors—United States, 2005–2013. The report reviews population health in the United States and provides an assessment of recent progress in meeting high-priority health objectives, including breastfeeding. The health status indicators were selected because of their direct relation to the leading causes of death and other substantial sources of morbidity and mortality.

Charges Over Deceptive Infant Formula Claims, from FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has charged Gerber Products Co. with deceptively advertising that feeding its Good Start Gentle formula to infants with a family history of allergies prevents or reduces the risk that they will develop allergies. The agency's complaint charges that Gerber lacked the scientific substantiation to make these claims, in violation of the FTC Act. The agency also alleges that Gerber has falsely advertised Good Start Gentle's health claims as FDA-approved. Media highlights include:

Partner News

State Workplace Law Map, from ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union has published an interactive map detailing state pregnancy and breastfeeding accommodation laws. 

Invitation for Endorsement of Nutrition Statement, from WABA

The 2nd International Conference on Nutrition will take place November 19-21, convening high-level government officials and stakeholders with the overall goal of improving diets and raising nutrition levels through policies that more effectively address today's major nutrition challenges. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has developed a joint statement calling for the inclusion of breastfeeding as a crucial part of the nutrition debate. The deadline for endorsement is November 7. 

News from the Field

Family Health & Wellness Resources, from Family Voices

Family Voices has developed IMPACT, a project to promote a holistic, culturally relevant approach to health and wellness for all families and children, including those with special health care needs and disabilities. Materials for families, family leaders, and other partners working to support family health and wellness have been developed on a variety of topics, including breastfeeding.

State/Community News

Children's Well-Being Scorecard, from California

Children Now has published the 2014-15 California County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being. The scorecard tracks 29 key education, health, and child welfare and economic well-being indicators in California, across 58 counties, over time, and by race and ethnicity. The report includes data on newborns who are exclusively breastfed while in the hospital.

Continuity of Care Report, from Los Angeles

The Greater Los Angeles Breastfeeding Task Force has published Building a Breastfeeding-Friendly County: Our Collective Responsibility, a report from the 2014 LA County Breastfeeding Summit. The purpose of this report is to equip the health care community to develop systems to guarantee continuity of skilled support for lactation between the hospital and community settings.


News and Views

Chicago Tribune: "Why don't men talk openly about work-life balance?"
Newswire Today: "Hale Publishing Releases 'Breastfeeding Best Practices in Higher Education'"
The New York Times: "What Women Need at Work to Give Their All"
BuzzFeed: "Maternity Leave In The United States Vs. The Rest Of The World"
The Huffington Post: "Meet The Working Mother Taking Her Pregnancy Discrimination Case To The Supreme Court"

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