Weekly Wednesday Wire: December 17, 2014

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USBC Updates

FY 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill

Yesterday the President signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress for Fiscal Year 2015, lifting the threat of a government shutdown. The legislation—widely referred to as the "Cromnibus"—for "continuing resolution" (CR) and "omnibus" spending bill—funds most government agencies through September 2015. It provides $60 million for WIC breastfeeding peer counselors and continues $8 million in funding for CDC's breastfeeding programs.

TRICARE Breastfeeding Coverage

Thanks to a measure in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by Congress last week, TRICARE (the Department of Defense health care program) will soon be required to provide breastfeeding supplies and support to new moms. TRICARE serves approximately 9.7 million Active Duty Service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, their families, survivors, and certain former spouses.

Many thanks to all who participated in the 2014 National Breastfeeding Month campaign and Day of Action in support of these breastfeeding advocacy priorities. Your voices made a difference!

Federal News

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Grant, from HHS/ACF

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families has announced 234 preliminary winners of its Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships grants. The winners were selected from 49 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. They will receive over $435 million in funding to help ensure that infants, toddlers, and their families have access to full-day year-round Early Head Start services in their communities. ACF created this grant to encourage collaboration between child care providers and new or existing Early Head Start grantees.

Member News

Infographic on Industry Influence on WIC, from NWA

Following successful industry lobbying, in the FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations package Congress has mandated inclusion of white potatoes in WIC food packages. The National WIC Association has released an infographic depicting the impact of making policy decisions that are not based on nutrition science.

Statement Against Paying for Human Milk Donations, from HMBANA

In response to recent news that Medolac Laboratories plans to financially compensate mothers for breast milk donations, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America has released an official statement against the practice. HMBANA maintains that collecting donations from volunteers is the most ethical way to ensure that human milk will be available for the most critically ill infants.   

Collective Impact Connection

Note: This new WWW section will highlight one Collective Impact resource each week.

New Framework for Measuring Supporter Participation, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article outlining a new framework for how social sector organizations can measure supporter participation. "Signaling and Confirming" explains how social sector organizations can use participation metrics, including social media, to better understand the commitment level and number of supporters. The resource also includes a downloadable PDF to help organizations implement the four step process.

State/Community News

Inter-Tribal Coalition Spotlight, from Oregon

The Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition has been formed to help Native American women throughout Oregon reconnect with their traditions surrounding breastfeeding and first foods. The OITBC hopes to increase six months' exclusive breastfeeding among Native American Women.

News from the Field

Infographic on Public Policy Impact on Working Women, from CAP

The Center for American Progress has released an infographic depicting how public policy affects women who are high-wage salaried workers and low-wage hourly workers differently, as well as the stigmas and barriers each group faces when pursing leadership positions.

National Study on Successful Partnerships, from UKY

The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has published a multidisciplinary study of successful partnerships between hospitals, public health departments, and other stakeholders. The study identified and examined highly successful partnerships nationwide, resulting in the identification of eight core characteristics and 27 indicators of successful partnerships. 

Resource for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers, from LAS-ELC

The Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center has released resources to help pregnant and breastfeeding mothers understand and advocate for their rights. The California-based organization has produced an interactive tool that guides participants through a series of questions, a PDF that allows for self-guided navigation, and a hotline, as well as other helpful information about family leave.

News and Views

The White House Blog: "The Nation's Doctor: Dr. Vivek Murthy Is Confirmed as Surgeon General"

The Huffington Post: "Mary Breastfeeding Jesus: Christmas' Missing Icon"

TIME: "Free the Nipple! The Problem With How We Think About Breasts"

The Huffington Post UK: "Why Breastfeeding Is Not Like Peeing - At All"

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