JUNE 15 2022
House Panel Begins Review of FY23 Spending Bills
Today the Congressional Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over WIC, will mark up their bill as a first step in advancing spending legislation. NWA is continuing to prioritize extension of the WIC bump for fruit and vegetables. Absent Congressional action, the WIC bump will only remain in place through September 30, 2022. 
Legislation Introduced to Prevent Future Formula Crises
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has introduced the Keep Infant Formula Safe and on the Shelves Act, to address the underlying structural factors that have led to the ongoing infant formula shortage and prevent similar crises in the future. The bill would expand FDA authority to inspect facilities producing infant formula, requiring more frequent inspections, and allow for unannounced inspections.
CA Legislature Approves $300 Billion Preliminary Budget, at Odds With Gov. Newsom
Beating a Wednesday deadline, Democratic legislators pushed through a plan to spend the record California budget surplus, but key negotiations remain with Gov. Newsom. There are major differences on gas tax relief, education, climate change and more. Republicans, meanwhile, complained about the process.
Action Alert - Support Needed to Extend Perinatal Medi-Cal Services!
AB 1930, a bill to extend Medi-Cal’s Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) benefit for an additional 10 months postpartum, to align with Medi-Cal’s new 12-month postpartum eligibility is being heard today in Senate Health Committee, starting at 1:30. Please call in to the hearing: Dial 877-226-8163, ACCESS CODE: 648862. You will be muted and placed in a “waiting room”. When they ask for public comment in support of AB 1930, press 1-0. Do that only once. After a while, the Operator will come onto your line and give you a number and then put you back on mute. A bit after that, your number will be called out and your line will be opened up so you can say: Your name; organization/affiliation and I support AB 1930.  
CWA’s 30th Conference and Trade Show - That's a Wrap!

CWA’s 30th Annual Power of Community Conference was a huge success. We had incredible speakers that kicked off the conference, and four days of sessions covering a diverse array of topics that were eligible for over 30 CEUs. We had around 1,500 attendees from across the state and beyond, over 30 vendors in our virtual trade show, worksite wellness sessions and topics, lunch & learn sessions in both Spanish and English, live cooking demos, daily contests, and more. Our live feed and photo booth were alive with creative posts, and we made the very best of the virtual conference space. We had a lot of fun with everyone, we learned a lot, we networked, and we are looking forward to the 31st conference next year! If you attended the conference, please remember that you can access the platform through July 15, to watch any session that you missed.
If you are interested in presenting at next year’s conference, would like to be on our planning committee, or would like to be a sponsor, please email Jodi
Additional Infant Deaths, Illness Linked to Contaminated Infant Formula
A new report says that between December 1, 2021, and March 3, 2022, the FDA received nine reports of infant deaths among babies who were fed powdered infant formula manufactured by Abbott Nutrition in Sturgis, Michigan. Previously two deaths had been reported on. In addition to the nine deaths, consumers described twenty-five incidents categorized as “Life Threatening Illness/Injury” and eighty instances of “Non-Life Threatening llness/Injury.”

Babies Exposed to COVID in the Womb Show Neurodevelopmental Changes
Babies born to mothers who had COVID-19 during pregnancy seem to exhibit differences in neurodevelopmental outcomes at 6 weeks, according to a preliminary analysis. Not all babies born to mothers infected with COVID showed neurodevelopmental differences, but researchers found that babies born to mothers who had been infected show greater difficulties in relaxing and adapting their bodies when they are being held and controlling head and shoulder movement when compared to infants from non-infected mothers.

Longer Duration of WIC Enrollment Linked to Lower Consumption of Added Sugars for Three Year Olds
Duration of WIC participation is inversely associated with young children's added sugar intakes. Children who dropped out of WIC after their first year as well as children who were introduced to sugar sweetened beverages in their first year were less likely to meet the recommendations for added sugars.

Universal Healthcare Could Have Saved Nearly 340K Lives During Pandemic
A new study quantifies the severity of the impact of the pandemic on Americans who did not have access to health insurance. According to findings published on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, from the pandemic’s beginning until mid-March 2022, universal health care could have saved more than 338,000 lives from COVID-19 alone. The U.S. also could have saved $105.6 billion in health care costs associated with hospitalizations from the disease—on top of the estimated $438 billion that could be saved in a nonpandemic year.
A Social Support Network Can Help You Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Relying on willpower alone to implement healthier habits, exercise, or more healthful eating goals can be a challenge. Instead, look to social support to help you with your fitness and health goals - we recommend joining (or starting!) a WIC Worksite Wellness challenge at your local agency!
Infant Formula Shortage resource from California Department of Public Health, in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics available in English and Spanish.

Free Food Safety Culture Toolkit Launched by Alliance of Advocates, Food Safety Pros

NMAAHC Kids Understanding & Celebrating Juneteenth from the National Museum of African American History and Culture

CinnaMoms Strong and Empowered Virtual Summit happening on 6/16/22 at 10am PST

Sun Safety Toolkit from Prevent Child Injury

My Plate- New Resources from CDPH for preconception, prenatal, gestational diabetes, children 1-12, including Patient materials and Food Recall Tools.
USDA & Food Supply Chain- a report on plans for improving the supply chain and creating equity and resilience in the food system.

Disaster Preparedness
Unfortunately, the events of disasters in California have been increasing, and it is a trend that is expected to continue. While many federal, state, and local agencies invest in resources for disaster readiness, the special needs of vulnerable populations during disasters are often disregarded. WIC Can Help by becoming familiar with appropriate resources and referring families if they become necessary.
Support CWA online!
As a nonprofit membership organization, CWA relies on the contributions of many organizations and individuals to help us achieve our mission. There are many ways to give of your time, talents, or resources to help CWA promote healthy families, strong communities, and bright futures! We appreciate all forms of support and invite you to join us!
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