MARCH 14, 2023
President Biden's Proposed Budget Includes $6.3 Billion for WIC

President Biden announced his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and it includes $6.3 billion in WIC funding, a $300 million increase from current funding levels, in anticipation of increased program participation. The President's proposal's fall short of the $6.35 billion NWA has called for, which would fund renewed investment in MIS programming and modernization, as well as extension of the fruit and vegetable benefit bump through September 2024. 
FDA Encourages Formula Manufacturers to Disclose Contamination
FDA sent a letter to infant formula manufacturers, distributors, and retailers last week, urging disclosure of any product contamination. Formula suppliers are already required to stop shipments if their product tests positive for salmonella, chronobacter or other microbiological contaminants, immediate disclosure of a positive test to FDA remains voluntary.
White House Announcing Benefits Bundle
In an effort to support and streamline access to benefits for Americans, the White House announced nine projects to address life experiences. One of the life experiences is having an infant and early childhood. The areas of focus for this life experience will be pilots of bundled services, a newborn kit and texting messages.
NASEM Meeting Coming Up!
Pregnant and lactating persons are frequently excluded from clinical research, and often have to make treatment decisions without an adequate understanding of the benefits and risks to themselves and their developing fetus or newborn baby. The Committee on Developing a Framework to Address Legal, Ethical, Regulatory, and Policy Issues for Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating Persons will hold a workshop to discuss how institutions and organizations make risk-benefit decisions regarding the inclusion and exclusion of pregnant and lactating persons in clinical research, and the role of liability, risk management, and trial insurance in those decisions. The event on March 23, will be accessible via live webcast. More information is available on the event page.
Welcome Vanessa!

CWA would like to welcome our new administrative coordinator to the team, Vanessa Garcia! Vanessa comes from a background in direct services and holds a lot of passion for improving the lives of others. We're excited to have her in the office, and if you receive an email from her or see her at a meeting or event, be sure to say hello!
Greater Light Exposure at Bedtime Increases Gestational Diabetes
Pregnant people should dim the lights in their home and turn off or at least dim their screens (computer monitors and smartphones) a few hours before bedtime to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, a new study shows. People who developed gestational diabetes in the multisite study had greater light exposure in the three hours before sleep onset.

High Costs Force Americans to Delay Needed Health Care
Several surveys and polls indicate that as many as 40% of adults in the United States are postponing getting both preventative healthcare as well as more urgent treatment because of high healthcare costs, inflation and housing costs. Many also reported not taking medications as prescribed due to cost.

Unexpected Infant Death Rate Increased Among Black Children in 2020
Following a downward trend in SIDS over the previous almost 2 decades, the rate of sudden unexpected infant deaths increased 15% from 2019 to 2020 among Black children, possibly because of COVID-19, researchers reported in Pediatrics.

Many Parents Report Not Adhering to COVID-19 Guidelines
Around one-quarter of surveyed U.S. parents reported not adhering to COVID-19 public health measures for their children, like quarantines, or neglecting to tell others that they knew or suspected their child was sick, researchers reported.

Most Health Claims on Infant Formula ‘Not Backed by Evidence’
Most health claims on infant formula products, such as supporting infants’ brain and eye development, strengthening their immune systems, or easing digestion, have little or no supporting evidence according to researchers who examined over 800 infant formula products across multiple countries, including the United States.

A Month of Indoor Walking Workouts
While we love to get our vitamin D with a brisk outdoor walk, that's not always possible, especially with the wet and snowy weather that much of California has been experiencing in recent weeks. Bring your walk inside with this month of indoor walking workouts! You might miss out on the vitamin D, but you'll still burn a few calories and get the endorphins!
Congressional Research Service: "Paid Family and Medical Leave in the United States."

The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division webinar: "The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act: What Advocates and Employers Need to Know" on Thursday, March 16, at 2 p.m. ET.

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance Black Maternal Health Week 2023 Social Media Toolkit

LactRx by MotherToBaby is a free app providing current information on the use of medications, vaccines, diagnostic agents & drugs of misuse during breastfeeding. The LactRx app provides easy access to the LactMed database, a resource from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
UC Davis Maternal & Child Nutrition Graduate Program

There is still time to apply to the UC Davis Master of Advanced Study in Maternal and Child Nutrition, starting this fall.

By providing an inclusive, learner-centered education, this unique program is focused on training graduate students for careers in public health and building their strong scientific background. Graduates of the program have moved on to positions as WIC directors, hospital dietitians, lactation consultants, or have pursued medical school.

You’ll have the flexibility of working while in the part-time program or even participating via broadcast, providing greater access to internationally-recognized leaders and opportunities to advance your career.

The next application deadline is April 15. Don’t miss an opportunity to be a part of this impactful program. Learn more.
Tax Credits & Tax Preparation Assistance
Throughout California, millions of people are working hard to make life better for themselves and their families. The California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is still going strong and, as always, the federal EITC and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are programs that in 2016 lifted an estimated 6.5 million people out of poverty, including 3.3 million children. WIC Can Help by informing participants about their eligibility for various tax credits, and referring to local free tax preparation services.
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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