APRIL 5 2022
President Proposes FY 2023 Budget, Appropriations Process Starts
Following last week’s release of the White House budget proposal for fiscal year 2023, which included a bump in USDA spending and requested $6 billion in funding for WIC and an extension of the increased fruit and vegetable benefit, House and Senate appropriators have convened a series of hearings with Administration officials to examine the specific budget requests. Appropriators are expected to review these priorities in the coming weeks ahead of drafting legislative text, a process that usually takes place in late spring or early summer. 
CWA’s 30th Conference and Trade Show - Meet Our Speakers!

We are excited to have Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter as an opening speaker for our 2022 conference, Power of Community. Dr. Carter will be talking about Eating Soulfully: Food Justice as Practicing Compassion, where he will describe how his orientation towards food justice is built upon a foundation of compassion. Rather than sentiment or "thoughts and prayers," Dr. Cater will share how engaged compassion seeks to understand one’s own suffering and the suffering of others so that they can behave in ways to ease our collective suffering and move towards more flourishing lives. Join us! Even if it is just for a day, each day is different and offers many opportunities to learn and come back to the platform for two months to revisit what you might have missed. 
Extended Breastfeeding for COVID Protection
Some parents are extending breastfeeding to provide protection against COVID to their babies who are too young to receive a COVID vaccination. Others may see it as an incentive to breastfeed in the first place. One study found the presence of antibodies in breast milk in both mothers who had received the COVID vaccine and mothers with COVID infections. The study found the antibodies were capable of neutralizing live COVID virus.

Babies Exposed to Cannabis in Utero May be at Risk for Obesity, High Blood Sugar
Cannabis use among pregnant women is on the rise and may be associated with negative health outcomes in children, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Wildfire Smoke Exposure in Early Pregnancy Affects Infant Monkey Behavior
Infant monkeys conceived while their mothers were naturally exposed to wildfire smoke show behavioral changes compared to animals conceived days later, according to a new study from researchers at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis.

Resilience and Growth
Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn will be talking Challenges, Adversity and Trauma: Opportunities for Resilience and Growth at the 2022 CWA Virtual Conference: Power of community. The fourth day of the conference is all about leadership, learning styles, ways to avoid burnout, self-care, and how to work through adversity and trauma to be a better practitioner. Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Ed. D, MSN, FNP experienced a sudden death event requiring over 20 minutes of CPR to come back to life. An avid runner, she completed several marathons and triathlons before and after her brush with death. Currently, a professor in the School of Nursing she received a Doctor of Education from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, a Masters of Science in Nursing at Sacramento State University focusing on trauma informed care, emphasizing resilience building and posttraumatic growth (PTG). Doctoral research created the word and developed a Six Stage recovery system, Metahabilitaiton, to guide and describe an optimistic and productive outcome in the aftermath of trauma.
Grants and Funding
Knowing where to look for new financial opportunities and grant proposals are of central importance if your organization depends on grant money to operate. Fortunately, there are many free resources you can use to find applications and opportunities, some of which will even send you alerts. Check here for links categorized to fit your agency’s needs to apply and receive the appropriate funding and grants.
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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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