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Overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that breastfeeding is by far the superior infant feeding method, reaping great health and economic benefits

Sample Action Alerts

    SB 1525

    ACTION ALERT!!

    Provide comprehensive health services for women

Family Planning Access Care and Treatment (Family PACT) and Cancer Detection Services:

    Every Woman Counts (EWC) currently act as two essential sources of care for uninsured

    women below 200% of federal poverty level in the State of California. Family PACT provides

    comprehensive family planning services for women, girls and men up to age 55. EWC

    provides cancer detection services to women ages 45 and cervical cancer screening for

    women and girls ages 25 and up.. These programs are currently administered in different

    departments in the Department of Health Services (DHS), have overlapping services and

    different criteria for eligibility. This is limiting access for women in need of these essential

    services!!

SB 1525, sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of California, would require DHS to

    consolidate Family PACT and EWC to be administered by the Office of Family Planning. This

    would expand the number of providers offering these services, expand the age range of

    women able to access Family PACT and EWC services and increase efficiency for providers

    and for the State by reducing the cost and burden of administering two separate programs.

    We need your support to pass SB1525! Please take action.

SB1525 will be heard in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on April 21

    st at

    1:30pm in Room 4203. In order for SB1525 to pass the Senate Health Committee, we need at

    least 7 votes.

    What you can do!

    ? Send a letter of support ASAP to be included in the analysis! Below, you will find two

    sample letters. This letter should be sent to Senator Speier’s office via fax by

    4/12/04, to Senator Deborah Ortiz, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services

    Committee and please fax a copy of your letter(s) to Carlina Hansen at 415-379-

    7804. If you only send one, please send it to Senator Speier’s office!

    ? Testify at the hearing! Come to the hearing and simply say your name and

    organization is in support of SB1525

    ? If your legislative member sits on the Senate Health Committee, visit them or send

    them a letter asking for their support of SB 1525

    ? Fill out the form below letting us know how you are willing to help and fax it to the

    contact on the form

    For more information or if you are planning on attending the hearing, please contact Carlina

    Hansen at 415-379-7802 x304.

    The Women’s Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute

    Policy Advocacy Manual

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    Sample Action Alerts SAMPLE SB 1525 SUPPORT LETTER

    April 8, 2004

VIA Facsimile: 916-327-2186

    Senator Jackie Speier

    Attn: Erin Ryan

    State Capitol, Room 2032

    Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: Support for SB1525

Dear Senator Speier,

Name of organization is writing to express support for SB1525 (Speier). As you know, SB 1525 would

    require the Department of Health Services (DHS) to consolidate the Family Planning Access Care and Treatment Program (Family PACT) and the Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts, which would be administered by the Office of Family Planning.

    The Governor has mandated that each department address the issue of cost savings through program consolidation. Currently, these programs, which provide health care services to uninsured women, are housed in different departments within the Department of Health Services. Cancer Detection Services: Every Woman Counts and Family PACT have separate administrative structures, creating inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the provision of services. Additionally, there is overlap in the services, providers and clients under each program which reinforces the need for consolidation.

    Family PACT receives a 9:1 federal match for all monies expended on family planning services including cervical cancer screening. Consolidation of these programs would draw down the federal match for cervical cancer screening services for women ages 25-55 that are currently being provided with cervical cancer screening services under EWC and would eliminate duplication of program services, resulting in administrative cost savings.

    Family PACT is a widely accessible program. Consolidation of these programs would therefore make Every Woman Counts more accessible to women who need detection and screening services. Currently, a critical gap in care currently exists for women ages 55-64. The expansion of Family PACT to serve these women would close this gap and offer comprehensive medical services to women in need.

    We commend you for authoring this legislation and believe that it is an important step toward providing more efficient and comprehensive health care services to uninsured women.

Sincerely,

Name

    Title

    Organization

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    SAMPLE SB 1525 SUPPORT LETTER TO COMMITTEE CHAIR

April 8, 2004

VIA Facsimile:

    The Honorable Deborah Ortiz

    Chair, Senate Health and Human Services Committee

    State Capitol, Room 2191

    Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: Support for SB1525

Dear Chairperson Ortiz,

Name of organization is writing to express support for SB1525 (Speier). SB 1525 would require the

    Department of Health Services (DHS) to consolidate the Family Planning Access Care and Treatment Program (Family PACT) and the Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts, which would be administered by the Office of Family Planning.

    The Governor has mandated that each department address the issue of cost savings through program consolidation. Currently, these programs, which provide health care services to uninsured women, are housed in different departments within the Department of Health Services. Cancer Detection Services: Every Woman Counts and Family PACT have separate administrative structures, creating inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the provision of services. Additionally, there is overlap in the services, providers and clients under each program which reinforces the need for consolidation.

    Family PACT receives a 9:1 federal match for all monies expended on family planning services including cervical cancer screening. Consolidation of these programs would draw down the federal match for cervical cancer screening services for women ages 25-55 that are currently being provided with cervical cancer screening services under EWC and would eliminate duplication of program services, resulting in administrative cost savings.

    Family PACT is a widely accessible program. Consolidation of these programs would therefore make Every Woman Counts more accessible to women who need detection and screening services. Currently, a critical gap in care currently exists for women ages 55-64. The expansion of Family PACT to serve these women would close this gap and offer comprehensive medical services to women in need.

Name of organization urges your support of SB1525 to provide more comprehensive and efficient

    health care for women in California.

Sincerely,

Name

    Title

    Organization

    The Women’s Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute

    Policy Advocacy Manual

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    Senate Bill 1275 (Ortiz)

    The Right to Informed Infant Feeding Choices

    Status

    ? SB 1275 is set for hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday,

    March 24, 2004 (at 1:30 PM, in Room 4203 of the State Capitol).

    ? Support letters for the bill need to be received by the Committee by Friday, March 19 and can

    be faxed to (916) 324-0384.

    Background

Overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that breastfeeding is by far the superior

    infant feeding method, reaping great health and economic benefits for breastfeeding

    families, the health care system and society in general. Increasing breastfeeding rates is a

    critical public health issue that deserves to be supported by public policy efforts. While

    most mothers have the knowledge that “breast is best,” SB 1275 addresses some of the

    barriers that interfere with mothers exclusively breastfeeding while in the hospital.

Purpose of the Bill

Senate Bill 1275 has two components, which will be reflected more fully and accurately in

    the bill once it is amended, either on March 18 or shortly thereafter. The bill, as proposed to

    be amended, does the following:

    ? Recommends that all health care practitioners who are permitted to provide lactation

    and infant feeding services in hospital maternity units receive evidence-based

    training on infant feeding recommendations that will enable them to teach new

    mothers appropriate infant feeding techniques. This will include training on

    lactation management and the safe preparation and appropriate bottle-feeding

    techniques of infant formula.

    ? Prohibits formula companies from marketing infant formula and distributing free

    infant formula samples in hospital maternity units. The prohibition will not prevent

    mothers who choose to formula feed or cannot breastfeed from receiving formula

    needed to feed to their babies while in the hospital.

    Need for and Benefits of Training. All new mothers deserve to receive non-commercial,

    evidence-based information from health care practitioners that supports their ability to make an

    informed infant feeding choice. Nurses are influential and trusted sources of information about

    infant feeding, whom new mothers rely on for help while in the hospital. Yet, some nurses and

    other health care practitioners in hospitals who offer these services may not possess the currently

    accepted skills and information to adequately provide the support needed to help women initiate

    lactation. Providing evidence-based breastfeeding training to hospital staff would enhance their

    ability to provide new mothers with lactation counseling that is accurate, up-to-date, standardized

    and consistent.

    Mothers who choose or need to use formula should also receive education and counseling on the

    safe preparation of formula and appropriate bottle-feeding techniques. Low-income women, those

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    with low educational attainment, and non-English speaking mothers are particularly vulnerable to a

    lack of knowledge about how to formula feed safely, placing their infants at greater risk. While

    breastfeeding is the best infant feeding choice, all families deserve to receive appropriate

    counseling on infant feeding, whether they choose to breastfeed or formula feed.

    Negative Public Health Implications of Aggressive Formula Marketing. Formula marketing in

    hospital maternity units restricts a woman’s ability to make an informed infant feeding choice and

    takes advantage of mothers during a vulnerable period. After delivery, regardless of infant feeding

    choice, most women receive diaper bag discharge packs with formula samples, coupons for

    formula, brochures, booklets, promotional items, and even breastfeeding materials, carrying the

    subtle message that women may not be able to breastfeed and/or may need to supplement. These

    aggressive and sophisticated marketing strategies can sway women’s decisions by undermining

    confidence in their ability to breastfeed and promoting early supplementation, which can lead to

    breastfeeding difficulties and early weaning. Given what has been proven about the health risks of

    not breastfeeding, allowing such marketing practices is inconsistent with public health goals and

    places commercial interests before the health of babies. Health care institutions should not serve

    as a primary and biased venue for formula marketing, which inappropriately places the health of

    women and babies at risk.

    Foundation in Existing Law

    Existing law requires all general acute care hospitals, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 1250,

    and all special hospitals providing maternity care, as defined in 1250(f) to make available a

    breastfeeding consultant or, alternatively, provide information to the mother on where to receive

    breastfeeding information. While the intent of this law was for women to receive the support they

    need in the early postpartum period, the reality is that in most cases the law is not being

    implemented because there are no provisions for enforcement. Instead, women encounter multiple

    barriers during this vulnerable time, including lack of adequate assistance from hospital staff and

    commercial messaging and free samples of formula, which can undermine their efforts to

    breastfeed.

    Pending Amendments Amendments to SB 1275 are currently undergoing drafting and review. The

    amendments will set out a recommended state standard for training in the areas of breastfeeding assistance and

    formula feeding. In addition, the amendments will revise the prohibition section of the bill to allow for effective

    implementation and oversight and will include guiding findings and declarations. These amendments are

    expected to be put across the desk on March 18 or shortly thereafter.

Sponsors and Contact Information

    SB 1275 is sponsored by The Women’s Foundation of California and co-sponsored by Maternal & Child

    Health Access.

Please contact Nicole Vazquez, staff to Senator Ortiz and the Senate Health and Human Services

    Committee, at (916) 445-5965 if there are questions or requests for further information. Thank you.

    - Revised March 15, 2004

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    Policy Advocacy Manual

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    SB 1275 (Ortiz)

    Infant Feeding Support

Purpose and Need

The policy goals in SB 1275 empower women by helping them to receive evidence-based

    information that supports their ability to make the best infant feeding choice for themselves

    and their individual situation. The bill focuses on the time a woman is in a hospital for labor

    and delivery.

? As amended, the bill no longer restricts the distribution of free formula samples

    to new mothers in the hospital’s maternity unit or nursery.

? Disclaimer Notice. Requires infant formula companies that market and distribute

    infant formula in a hospital to include a single, prominent notice on their marketing

    discharge bags. This notice will state that the distribution of these materials and

    infant formula samples in a hospital setting does not necessarily mean that the

    hospital or health care providers endorse the company or product.

? Training Protocol. Recommends that registered nurses working in hospital

    maternity units receive evidence-based training on infant feeding recommendations

    that will enable them to teach new mothers appropriate infant feeding techniques.

    This will include training on lactation management and the safe preparation and

    appropriate bottle-feeding techniques of infant formula.

    ? Task Force on Hospital Models. Authorizes the creation of a task force of

    interested parties to consider evidence-based, hospital policy models that support

    breastfeeding.

    SB 1275 is co-sponsored by The Women’s Foundation of California, Maternal & Child Health

    Access, and the Center for Public Health Advocacy.

    Please contact Nicole Vazquez, staff to Senator Ortiz and the Senate Health and Human Services

    Committee, at (916) 445-5965 if there are questions or

    requests for further information. Thank you.

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    Policy Advocacy Manual

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    Sample Action Alerts SENATE BILL 1275 (ORTIZ)

POSITIONS IN SUPPORT

    The Women’s Foundation of California Lamaze International

     (co-sponsor) Latino Issues Forum Maternal and Child Health Access Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger

     and Homelessness (co-sponsor)

    California Center for Public Health Los Angeles County Nutrition Task Advocacy (co-sponsor) Force Alameda County Health Care Services Los Angeles Food Justice Network Agency, Public Health Department Maternal Outreach Management System ALTA CA Lactation Consultant Association Northeast Valley Health Corporation American Academy of Pediatrics Organization of Farmworker Women Leaders in American College of Obstetricians and California (Lideres Campesinas) Gynecologists-District IX Physicians for Social Responsibility - American Heart Association Los Angeles Babies First Breastfeeding Task Force of Prevention Institute Fresno County Puentes Program of Merced County, Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Golden Valley Health Center Los Angeles San Francisco Breastfeeding Promotion Baby-Friendly USA Coalition Breast Cancer Action Shasta Breastfeeding Support Center California Academy of Family Physicians Shasta County Breastfeeding Coalition California Family Health Council The Breast Cancer Fund California Maternal, Child, and United Nurses Association of California/Union of Adolescent Health Directors Health Care Professionals California WIC Association University of California Cooperative California Women Lawyers Extension, Agriculture & Natural Center for Nonviolent Education and Resources, Fresno County Parenting Watts Healthcare Corporation WIC Charitable Council of Monterey County Program Children’s Advocacy Institute

    75 Individual Letters Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

     City of Berkeley WIC Program

     Crystal Stairs, Inc.

     Environmental Working Group

     Fresno Women’s Medical Group

     Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of

     Kern County

    Oppose: Inland Empire Breastfeeding Coalition

    Abbott Laboratories Kern County Breastfeeding Promotion

    Mead Johnson Nutritionals, a Bristol- Coalition

     Myers Squibb Company Khmer Girls in Action

     Lactation Education and Promotion for Memphis

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Sample Action Alerts SAMPLE SB 1275 SUPPORT LETTER -

The Honorable Deborah V. Ortiz

    Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

    State Capitol, Room 2191

    Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: Support for SB 1275

Dear Senator Ortiz,

    SB1275 recommends that key health care practitioners in hospital maternity units receive training that would allow them to provide new mothers with accurate and effective guidance and skilled counseling on infant feeding, whether they choose to breastfeed or use formula. The early postpartum period is critical to the successful establishment of lactation, thus the feeding and learning experience during this short time period is extremely important.

    SB 1275 also ensures that mothers receive factual, scientific, and non-commercial information that will allow them to make informed choices about how to feed their infants. The aggressive and sophisticated marketing strategies of formula companies sways women’s decisions by undermining confidence in their ability to breastfeed and promotes early supplementation, which can lead to breastfeeding difficulties and early weaning.

    We commend you for authoring this legislation and believe it is an important step toward providing mothers with the support and information they must have to make an informed and educated decision about feeding their babies.

Sincerely,

Name

    Title

    Organization

    The Women’s Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute

    Policy Advocacy Manual

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    ACTION ALERT!!

    Elimination of the ban on access to CalWorks for individuals

    with a felony conviction for drug use or possession

    Removing the ban on drug felons from CalWORKs is essential for women and children in

    California. The resources provided by CalWORKs including housing, job training, financial aid, child

    care, transportation, and cash assistance are crucial for pulling oneself out of poverty. Without

    these resources, those with drug felonies have very little hope of not recidivating.

    The ill-conceived ban is a hold over from antiquated drug policies of the early 90s. 33 states

    have reversed the ban. In California, it is the only crime banned from public assistance. Other

    violent crimes such as murder, rape, and child molestation have access to CalWORKs benefits.

    We need your support to pass AB 855! Please take action. thAB 855 will be heard in Assembly Human Services Committee on Tuesday, April 12.

    What you can do!

    th : ? Fax a letter of support to Assemblymember Bass’ office via fax by April 11

    Assemblymember Karen Bass Fax number (916) 319-2147

    ? Fax copies of your letter to the members of the Assembly Human Services Committee:

    Fax Numbers

    Assembly Human Services Committee 916-319-2189

    Assemblymember Noreen Evans, Chair 916-319-2107

    Assemblymember Ray Haynes, Vice Chair 916-319-2166

    Assemblymember Juan Arambula 916-319-2131

    Assemblymember Joe Coto 916-319-2123

    Assemblymember Joe Nation 916-319-2106

    Assemblymember Todd Spitzer 916-319-2171

    ? Testify at the hearing! Come to the hearing and simply say your name and

    organization is in support of AB 855.

    ? If your legislative member sits on the Assembly Human Services Committee, visit

    them or call them to ask for their support of AB 855

For more information or if you are planning on attending the hearing, please contact

    Shannon Farley at 415-321-4100 x103 or sfarley@burnsinstitute.org.

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    Policy Advocacy Manual

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SAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER Sample Action Alerts Assemblymember Karen Bass

    State Capitol

    P.O. Box 942849

    Sacramento, CA 94249-0047

    VIA FACSIMILE Fax: (916) 319-2147

RE: ASSEMBLY BILL 855--SUPPORT

Dear Assemblymember Bass:

[Name of your organization], supports Assembly Bill 855, addressing the elimination of the ban on access to

    CalWorks for individuals convicted of felony drug possession. AB 855 addresses a critical need to equip individuals coming out of parole with necessary tools to stay out of prison and reunify with their families and communities.

[A few sentences about your organization]

    Removing the ban on drug felons from CalWORKs is essential for women and children in California. The resources provided by CalWORKs including housing, job training, financial aid, child care, transportation, and cash assistance are essential for pulling oneself out of poverty. Without these resources, those with drug felonies have very little hope of not recidivating.

    This is a women’s issue because women and especially women of color are arrested at higher rates for drug felonies than men. This is an issue for the women of California, because California, along with Texas and Florida, incarcerate 4 of every 10 women in prison. Women in California are arrested and incarcerated for drug felonies at higher rates and are therefore disproportionately impacted by the ban.

    The ban trickles down to our neediest citizens, namely children. When a parent does not have access to these benefits, the child suffers the repercussions in an increased level of poverty and/or in the foster care system. This is particularly significant as women of color increasingly raise generations of children. Grandmothers are raising their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and therefore when a grandmother is impacted by the ban potentially three generations of children suffer the repercussions.

    The ill-conceived ban is a hold over from antiquated drug policies of the early 90s. 33 states have reversed the ban. In California, it is the only crime banned from public assistance. Other violent crimes such as murder, rape, and child molestation have access to CalWORKs benefits.

    The ban is a means of punishment as it keeps low-income persons and persons of color in a cycle of poverty. We believe that people should not be punished twice. Once an individual has successfully completed parole, he/she should have access to everything he/she needs to never return. AB 855 is an important step to removing Californians from a cycle of incarceration and in turn the cycle of poverty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

    [Your Organization]

cc: Members and Consultant, Assembly Human Services Committee

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