2016 Conference

The Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions ConferenceA New Day: Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movement—will be held August 5-7, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. The USBC is thrilled to convene this singular event once again, with a continued focus on enhancement of breastfeeding coalitions' capacity to implement The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through policy and practice change, with an emphasis on racial equity and community engagement.

Read 2016 NBCC Post-Conference Attendee Update

Conference Objectives

  1. Develop leaders with knowledge and skills in coalition building and the formation and management of public health collaborations and partnerships, to address state/local contexts and build the necessary infrastructure for success, including:
    • Refine the skills of experienced coalition leaders and develop the skills of new (or emerging) coalition leaders;
    • Emphasize innovative partnerships and cross-sector collaborations, guided by the framework and five conditions of Collective Impact; and
    • Provide a community platform for intentional practice, including collective seeing, learning, and doing, to maximize effectiveness.
  2. Augment the virtual Learning Collaborative by providing an in-person forum for the sharing and exploration of best practices and lessons learned to enhance impact of coalitions' work to implement the strategies of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, as a critical bridge between the grassroots (families) and treetops (national stakeholders) via engagement with USBC-affiliated Constellations.
  3. Build coalition capacity and commitment to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion* in breastfeeding support, including skills to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide external strategies and activities, and an "equity mirror" to examine internal structures, culture, and policies.
  4. Expand coalition awareness of opportunities to strategically apply national policy developments to the state/local level by building and strengthening working relationships with health departments and other state- or community-level organizations, in order to encourage integration of breastfeeding into other areas of the public health agenda.

Each of these is an essential step in building the capacity of coalitions to successfully increase the incidence, duration, and exclusivity of breastfeeding, thus helping to achieve the Healthy People 2020 national breastfeeding objectives.

*Our definition of diversity includes diversity by position, gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, family status, gender identity, formal education, life experience, religion, communication styles, geographic location, and work-related skill sets and experience. [Reference: USBC Diversity Values Statement]

General conference questions? E-mail conference@usbreastfeeding.org