JUNE 29 2022
A Message From the CWA Team on The Overturning of Roe v. Wade

The decision of the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade is unjust and disturbing. All people should be trusted to make the reproductive healthcare decisions that are best for them, including abortion, on their timeline, and with the resources they need. We stand for reproductive justice, for bodily autonomy, and the right of each person to make decisions about their bodies, families, health, and future.

All abortion bans and restrictions are extreme and target people that are already disenfranchised and marginalized by systems of oppression. By depriving individuals their rights to access abortion services, we shame their healthcare decisions, and we risk grave consequences for them and their families. We cannot and will not let this decision destroy decades of health care policy and practice that aspire to access, safety, and healthy outcomes.

We know firsthand the reproductive health landscape since the original decision of the Supreme Court in 1973 on Roe v. Wade has been anything but perfect. It is dangerous to birth a baby in America right now, much more so for BIPOC people. To support families’ health – physical, mental, and economic – we need to advocate for access to trusted healthcare providers and facilities, paid family leave, supportive infant-feeding policies and supportive professionals, and equitable access to safe, legal abortion services. For everyone.

It is important that we all make the connections between birthing justice and this very real movement to protect abortion rights. It is essential to affirm the right to reproductive autonomy. The bottom line is that it is none of our business why an individual makes healthcare decisions for themselves, but it’s our job to empower them (and ourselves) to do so. This moment in time calls for swift collective action. It calls for continued collective action. Lives are at stake. We have to act.

The opinions expressed here are the opinions of CWA, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of our entire membership.

President Signs Bill to Extend School Meal Waivers
Over the weekend President Biden signed the Keep Kids Fed Act, extending pandemic-related waivers for school meals and summer feeding programs. The bill is a bipartisan agreement that returns to free and reduced-price categories in the 2022-2023 school year but provides $3 billion in funding to account for high food costs and supply-chain disruptions that affected program operators.
House Appropriators Advance FY2023 Agriculture Spending Package
Last week the House Appropriations Committee approved an Agriculture spending plan for the coming fiscal year, including $6 billion in funding for WIC with a yearlong extension of enhanced CVB through September 30, 2023. The House is expected to vote on FY23 funding later next month, but if a bipartisan agreement is not reached by the end of September there is still a possibility of a continuing resolution. 
PUMP Act Fails in the Senate
The PUMP Act, a bill that would have extended breastfeeding protections at work to at least 9 million potentially nursing parents during an ongoing formula shortage has failed to pass the Senate. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) objected to the bill, arguing that it would be particularly burdensome for companies in the transportation industry to create separate accommodations for breastfeeding parents, something that could further hurt the supply chain. 
Gov. Newsom and CA Legislature Reach Budget Deal
Governor Newsom and CA legislative leadership have reached a deal on a $300 billion budget that will, among other investments, provide refunds to most taxpayers in the state, pour resources into expanding abortion access and extend health care to all otherwise eligible undocumented immigrants.
California First State to Provide Access to Health Care for All Income-Eligible Residents, Regardless of Immigration Status
With the announcement of the state budget agreement, California makes history as the first state to agree to fully remove exclusions for Medi-Cal coverage for all who are income-eligible, regardless of age or immigration status. This initiative will close the gap in coverage for approximately 700,000 undocumented Californians ages 26-49, the last remaining age group to be excluded from accessing comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage, starting no later than January 1, 2024. This is expected to lead to the largest drop in the rate of uninsured Californians in a decade.
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 hosted close to 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
Mom's Nutrition Suffers When Kids Age Out of WIC
A new study examining family outcomes when children age out of WIC at 5 years old finds little impact on children who aged out of the program, but among adult women caloric intake falls and food insecurity increases, suggesting that mothers protect children by consuming less themselves.

AAP Updates to Safe Sleep Guidelines for the First Time Since 2016
The American Academy of Pediatrics released updated safe sleeping guidance last week, in which it emphasizes the need for infants to sleep on their backs on flat non-inclined surfaces without soft bedding. The policy statement discourages bed sharing and promotes human milk feeding and tummy time. It also addresses questions about popular products such as home cardiorespiratory monitors, which are not recommended as a strategy to prevent sudden infant death syndrome.

Most People Think Their Diet is Healthier Than it Is
A recent study of nearly 10,000 adults found that when asked to assess their diet, 85% of people inaccurately assessed the quality of their diet, and of those 99% estimated the quality of their diet to be better than it was.

Preschool Play Skills Protective Against Mental Health Problems
Children who learn to play well with others at pre-school age tend to enjoy better mental health as they get older, new research shows. The study provides the first clear evidence that the ability to play with peers has a protective effect on mental health. Significantly, this protective link between peer play and mental health held true even for sub-groups of children who were particularly at risk of mental health problems.
Staying Hydrated At Work
Summer just officially started last week, but here in Sacramento, we've already had our first 7-day streak with temperatures over 100°F every single day. Staying hydrated is always important, but in hot weather, it's even more necessary. Staying hydrated is good for your skin, bones, muscles, metabolism, and digestion! Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated throughout your busy work day.
American Academy of Pediatrics Calls for More Support for Breastfeeding Mothers Within Updated Policy Recommendations

Mental Health and Depression
The mental health of each family member affects the entire family. Nearly one in five adults in America live with a mental illness. Of those living with mental illness, 6.9 percent or 16 million adults are living with depression and 18.1 percent or 42 million adults are living with anxiety. One in seven women suffers from postpartum depression, the most common complication after childbirth, and it is estimated that up to 23 percent of pregnant women experience depression during pregnancy. There are a range of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders that affect almost all mothers. WIC Can Help families get the support they need. Better yet, WIC supports families in ways that can often prevent mental health problems from an early age.
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