Weekly Wednesday Wire: August 10, 2016

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USBC Updates

National Breastfeeding Month 2016–Connect to the Action, Post Your Events

In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month (NBM), the USBC will focus on reflecting back and looking forward at the five-year anniversary of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA). Please join us to lift up the successes of the past five years, and share input to shape our collective direction for the next five years. Visit the campaign webpage to learn more, connect to the action, and post your events in the #NBM16 calendar. Join us for these upcoming activities:

Federal News

Preparing for Breastfeeding Campaign, from OWH

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health is celebrating National Breastfeeding Month by sharing a tip each day of August to help new moms prepare for breastfeeding with the #First31 Days of Breastfeeding series on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition, the OWH hosts the breastfeeding helpline at 1-800-994-9662 to connect breastfeeding mothers with trained breastfeeding peer counselors.

Breastfeeding Rights Resources, from DOL

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, the U.S. Department of Labor has featured key resources to help pregnant and breastfeeding employees understand their workplace breastfeeding rights, including an interactive map to help users understand which laws addressing pregnancy discrimination, breastfeeding rights, and/or accommodations for pregnant workers apply in their state.  

Zika Funding Announcement, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced awards totaling nearly $60 million to help states and territories battle Zika. The funding will be distributed through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC) to support activities that protect the health of the American public, especially pregnant women, through epidemiologic surveillance and investigation, improving mosquito control and monitoring, and strengthening laboratory capacity.

Funding for Paid Leave Feasibility Studies, from DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau has awarded $1.1 million in grants to assist Pennsylvania; Hawaii; Indiana; Madison, Wisconsin; Denver, Colorado; and Franklin County, Ohio in studying the feasibility of developing and expanding paid family and medical leave programs. DOL has also released a blog post detailing what the Paid Leave Analysis Grant Program, which launched in 2014, has discovered to date.

HIV and Breastfeeding Research, from NIH

The National Institutes of Health has issued a press release about the findings from the ongoing Promoting Maternal and Infant Survival Everywhere (PROMISE) study, a large clinical trial conducted in sub-Saharan Africa and India. The results show that HIV-infected mothers whose immune system is in good health, taking a three-drug antiretroviral regimen during breastfeeding essentially eliminates HIV transmission by breast milk to their infants.

Member News

Preconception Health Toolkit, from ASPHN

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has released a new toolkit entitled, Preconception Health: The Role of Nutrition. Produced by state-level nutrition practitioners who lead the field in maternal and child health, the toolkit is a comprehensive guide for preconception nutrition programs. 

Partner News

State Policies for Supporting Parents, from NPWF

The National Partnership for Women & Families has released the fourth edition of Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Expecting and New Parents, a comprehensive analysis of state laws governing workplace rights including paid sick days, paid leave, and protections for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Promotion resources are available for supporters, coalition partners, allies, and lawmakers 

News from the Field

Grant Opportunities, from Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids, a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has announced two open grant opportunities focused on strategic investments to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Applications should support at least one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Lever, including pursuing policy changes that require out-of-school time programs to integrate national healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) standards, including breastfeeding support, into recognition programs, accreditation programs, certifications, and rating systems.

Home birth and Breastfeeding Research, from BMJ

BMJ Open has released, "Association between home birth and breast feeding outcomes: a cross-sectional study in 28 125 mother–infant pairs from Ireland and the UK." The article contains the results of a study which found that home birth was strongly associated with improved breast feeding outcomes in low-risk deliveries. 

Health Equity Workshop Report, from NASEM

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has published a report entitled, "Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop" based on a workshop convened by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. Topics included increasing awareness about the role of historical contexts and dominant narratives in interpreting data and information about different racial and ethnic groups, framing messages for different social and political outcomes, and readying people to institutionalize practices, policies, and partnerships that advance racial and health equity.

Collective Impact Connection

Funding for Impact, from SSIR

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published "Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy" featuring an analysis of the current state of philanthropic funding, what it takes to fund a program, and what it takes to achieve impact.

News & Views

The Huffington Post:

Investing in Health (The World Bank Healthy Development blog): "Breastfeeding: A Smart Investment for Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals"

Mashable: "How breastfeeding can help address some of the world's biggest inequalities"

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