Weekly Wednesday Wire: July 13, 2016

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USBC Updates

Conference Deadlines: Hotel Reservations & Exhibit/Marketing Opportunities

Don't forget to register for the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions ConferenceA New Day: Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movement—to be held August 5-7, 2016, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The deadline to make hotel reservations at the conference rate is Monday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m. ET. There's also still time to book Exhibit, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities—the deadline has been extended to Wednesday, July 20. Conference opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility: choose from a variety of individual opportunities or create your own customized package!

Federal News

Early Head Start Grant Opportunity, from HHS/ACF

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families has released a funding opportunity for Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants. The grants are designed to help expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. The application deadline is Wednesday, August 24.

Member News

New Baby-Friendly Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria, from BFUSA

Baby-Friendly USA has released the 2016 edition of the US Baby-Friendly Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria (GEC). The new Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria will be implemented for all hospital designation and re-designation assessments conducted on or after November 1, 2018, providing a 27-month implementation timeframe.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Fact Sheet, from NWA

The National WIC Association has created a fact sheet listing changes to WIC in a side-by-side chart comparing the Senate and House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bills. Within the chart, the WIC policy changes have been grouped into categories, and the implications for WIC have been summarized for each category.

Zika Funding Action Alert, from APHA

The American Public Health Association has issued a grassroots action alert to write to Members of Congress to encourage action on a bipartisan Zika response funding package to send to the President. Public health advocates and leaders are extremely concerned Congress will go to an extended recess this week without passing such a funding package. A Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other serious birth defects, yet Congress has come to an impasse in negotiations to provide funding to fight the virus.

Partner News

Black Breastfeeding Week Theme Announcement, from BBW

Black Breastfeeding Week has announced the theme for 2016, "Oh, What a Joy." Black Breastfeeding Week takes place on August 25-31 and features events, resources, and advocacy efforts.

2016 Breastfeeding Grand Rounds, from New York State WIC Program & University at Albany School of Public Health

The New York State WIC Program and the State University of New York Albany School of Public Health will air the 2016 Breastfeeding Grand Rounds, entitled, "Building a Continuum of Care to Support Exclusive Breastfeeding in New York State," live on Thursday, August 4, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET. The free webcast airs during World Breastfeeding Week each year and offers continuing education credits for dietitians, nurses, physicians, IBCLCs, WIC CPA staff, and others. This year's event highlights the WIC Exclusive Breastfeeding Learning Community that took place with twelve WIC Local Agencies during 2014–2015. The program will also include highlights of two other New York State Department of Health initiatives with which WIC is collaborating: The Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals Initiative and the Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation.

News from the Field

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding, from Pediatrics

The journal Pediatrics has published an article entitled, "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding," reporting the results of an analysis of data from the Community and Child Health Network study. The study fround that demographic variables fully mediated disparities between black and white mothers in breastfeeding intent and initiation, whereas demographic characteristics and in-hospital formula feeding fully mediated breastfeeding duration. Family breastfeeding history and demographic characteristics helped explain the higher breastfeeding rates of Hispanic mothers relative to white and black mothers. The article concludes that hospitals and policymakers should limit in-hospital formula feeding and consider family history of breastfeeding and demographic characteristics to reduce racial/ethnic breastfeeding disparities.

Lactation Station Give Away, from Mamava

Mamava is donating a lactation suite to a place in need in honor of National Breastfeeding Month. Mamava will give away one suite to a location that's deserving, has a significant need, lacks the resources to acquire a suite on its own, and will share their story of how the pod will help support their nursing mom customers and/or employees. The #IWantMyMamava campaign has two phases: 1) Nominations for suggested locations will be accepted through Tuesday, August 16; and 2) Mamava will select four finalists and open a voting poll where participants can vote through the end of the month. The Mamava suite is a self-contained, mobile pod with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy.

Bus Tour Advocacy Campaign, from NETWORK

NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus has kicked off a bus tour calling for elected leaders to "Mend the Gaps" in income and wealth in the United States. Through 2020, NETWORK will focus on promoting policies that mend the gaps and bridge the divides in our country, with a special focus on the policies that disproportionately impact women and people of color. The Mend the Gap issue platform includes support for family friendly workplace policies like paid family and medical leave and paid sick days, as well as access to health care, including supporting and strengthening the Affordable Care Act and ensuring that all states expand Medicaid so those on the brink of poverty can be be covered.

Collective Impact Connection

Health Equity Leaders Fellowship, from PolicyLink/FSG

PolicyLink and FSG have launched a new Ambassadors for Health Equity Fellowship, with 16 leaders from the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropy selected to take part in a year-long program that will empower them to share ideas and experiences, forge new alliances, generate new solutions, and promote a Culture of Health within their own work and across networks. The fellowship experience is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and will be guided by three health equity experts, who will provide mentorship, strategic direction, and curriculum content for the program.

News & Views

GPB (NPR local): "Closing Racial Disparities With Breastfeeding"

The Huffington Post: "Is It Time To Stop Talking About The Benefits Of Breastfeeding?"

The Huffington Post: "Embracing A More Realistic And Inclusive Definition Of Family"

Expert Voices (NIHCM blog): "The Health Safety Net: Community Health Centers' Vital Role"

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