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CWA Flash E-Newsletter - April 4, 2017
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CalFresh: Better Food for Better Living
CalFresh, California's name for food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to many WIC families' food budgets and help them put healthy and nutritious food on the table, while also stimulating our economy and supporting communites! Check out our  CalFresh information and toolkit , and refer your families!
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When you eat without a plan, you're more likely to make choices that may be convenient and quick, but are less healthy and more expensive. Check out this meal planning guide - having a plan makes healthy choices easier!
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Policy Updates
ACA Repeal Pulled
Millions of Americans were greatly relieved, when the House pulled the American Health Care Act, leaving the ACA as the law. Much uncertainty still exists though, as lack of support by the administration for the current system makes it difficult for health plans to make decisions that impact patients, rates and their bottom line, as benefits are being decided for 2018. Great differences still exist among conservatives regarding moving forward, with reports that future efforts at repeal are possible. Former CMS administrator, Andy Slavitt, provides some bi-partisan fixes.
USDA Secretary Nomination Progresses
Sonny Perdue, former Governor of Georgia, was confirmed by the Senate Agriculture Committee and his nomination will move on for a full Senate vote, predicted to take place in the next few weeks. Compared to other recent Cabinet hearings, this nomination was less contentious, and void of substantive discussion on controversial issues such as farm labor protections, climate change, and proposed deep cuts to agricultural programs. When questioned on these issues, Gov. Perdue promised to protect agricultural interests, particularly related to trade.
CA State Bill Update
CWA is monitoring several pieces of legislation that will be important for California families as they make their way through the legislature. Among the bills our board has voted to support are: SB 300 (Monning), which would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Health Warning Act requiring sugary drinks to be labeled with a warning, SB 138 (McGuire) which would let require school districts to use Medi-Cal eligibility to enroll students in meal programs, and SB 63 (Jackson), which would further protect parental leave. ACTION:  F ollow our full support list of bills on the  CWA State Policy page .

CWA News
Conference Countdown - 5 Days...
In just a few days we'll be in San Diego at CWA's 25th Annual Conference & Trade ShowApril 9-12, for professional education, plus networking, inspiration and fun! Be sure to check the updated agenda and plan how you'll earn professional education units as a RN, RD, IBCLC or other lactation provider. ACTION: Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and get ready to participate in our CWA GO! Scavenger Hunt! If you forgot to register, register on site! It's our SILVER anniversary, so bring your best silver outfits for a chance to win a prize!

Our Top News Picks
WIC Works!
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities just released an updated version of  WIC Works: Addressing the Nutrition and Health Needs of Low-Income Families for 40 Years report, infographics and social media graphics. These pieces summarize research on WIC's effects on: pregnancy and birth outcomes; nutrition; immunization, health, and cognitive development; and neighborhood food environments.  Key recent findings include: WIC participation is associated with large reductions in the risk of adverse birth outcomes beginning about the 29th week of pregnancy; obesity rates declined among two to four year olds on WIC between 2010 and 2014; WIC participation reduces the prevalence of food insecurity among children by at least 20 percent; and average scores for young, low-income children on the Healthy Eating Index increased more than twice as much among WIC participants as among non-participants after the 2009 WIC food package changes. ACTION: Use the report, infographics, and social media graphics to share with your community and leaders how WIC Works!
Policy Roadmap for CA Children
Starting Now: A Policy Vision for Supporting the Healthy Growth and Development of Every California Baby a report from Children Now, provides California's leaders with a policy road map for supporting our youngest children from the very start, including reference to the importance of WIC and CalFRESH. The report includes rich data resources and infographics here .  Contact Stacy Lee, Managing Director Early Childhood Project Integration at slee@childrennow.org  with any questions or feedback on its content.
Effects of Lead Exposure May Last a Lifetime
new study  suggests that a child exposed to lead may suffer cognitive and socioeconomic effects well into adulthood. Lead exposure in the U.S. can come from old paint, contaminated soil, or water that's passed through lead pipes, and is linked to neurological and behavioral  problems. Researchers followed about 560 people from birth in the 1970s to the present, testing at age 11 for lead. Study participants who had low lead levels as children maintained their IQ as adults, yet children with higher lead exposures experienced a decline in intellectual abilities as time wore on. While interventions over the last several decades have reduced lead exposure , communities like Flint, MI that have experienced higher lead exposures may suffer the consequences for decades.
U.S. Infant Death Rate on the Decline
The CDC has released data indicating that infant mortality has declined by 15 percent over the last decade, particularly welcome news as the US has persistently had a higher rate of infant deaths than other wealthy nations. The report highlights states that have been particularly successful - Colorado, Connecticut, South Carolina, and Vermont all reduced rates of infant death by more than 20 percent, and Washington, D.C., saw a drop of almost 50 percent. Doctors across the United States credit a variety of initiatives (preterm birth prevention strategies, home visitation, family planning, etc.) for the decline.

Updated Clinical Protocol from Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has released an updated Clinical Protocol #3: Supplementary Feedings in the Healthy Term Breastfed Neonate . A central goal of ABM is the development of clinical protocols for managing common medical problems that may impact breastfeeding success. These protocols serve only as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care.
Smoking Cessation Tools
The counselors at the California Smokers' Helpline have made flyers and fact sheets available in English and Spanish. Materials include tips to quit smoking, smoking and various health conditions, and child safety and e-cigarettes. You'll find these and other resources for helping participants reduce substance use on our June WIC Can Help webpage.

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