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Rural Employers Failing to Meet Needs of Working Breastfeeding Mothers

Collaboration between businesses and rural health agencies is needed

Sept. 26, 2016

Research has shown that for working mothers, the ability to breastfeed their babies is critical to their physical, mental and economic health as well as to their babies’ cognitive and physical development. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers of more than 50 employees to provide sufficient space and time for mothers to breastfeed during the first year of their babies’ lives. Researchers from the University of Missouri conducted an analysis of ACA’s requirement to determine if any barriers exist for women living in rural areas; they found a lack of compliance with the law, inadequate breastfeeding information for mothers and lack of support from co-workers and supervisors. The researchers suggest a need for collaboration between businesses and rural health agencies to create ACA friendly environments that remove barriers to breastfeeding in the workplace.  Full Story
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Gov. Jay Nixon to Address Disability Services Progress at Thompson Center Autism Conference

Sept. 23, 2016

WHAT: Autism providers and researchers from MU’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders will join autism experts from around the country to present the latest research advancements and best practices in caring for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders as part of the 11th annual Autism Conference. Gov. Jay Nixon will address the group at 9:45 […]  Full Story

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