The CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity and the United States Breastfeeding Committee co-host a series of Bi-Monthly State Breastfeeding Coalitions Webinars. The webinars are held every two months (in even numbered months) on the second Tuesday of the month from 2-3 p.m. ET. They bring together state/territorial/tribal breastfeeding coalitions to share best practices and news and to network and collaborate on issues of national significance.
National Webinars: Access to the national webinars is open to all interested breastfeeding coalition members. Webinar announcement emails are sent through USBC’s Coalitions Announcement List.
Regional Calls: Each state/territory has 5 lines to use to dial into the regional calls (tribal region has 20 lines total). Coalition Designated Contributors manage the use of the 5 call lines within their coalition. Please contact your coalition to learn how participation is arranged in your coalition.
The topics and presentation materials from all past sessions are archived below.
Announcing the 50th Bi-Monthly State Breastfeeding Coalitions Webinar...
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
2-3 p.m. ET
*followed by regional state coalitions calls from 3-4 p.m. ET (West/Pacific region will meet 3-4 p.m. PT)
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Coalition Voices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)
As we reach the 50th session in the 2-2-2 webinar series, we celebrate that it is at the state and local levels that initiatives can be adapted most effectively to address the concerns of specific and diverse populations. Breastfeeding coalitions are hubs of innovation, exploring emerging needs and devising promising strategies to serve mothers and families in powerful new ways. Hear perspectives of peers from coalitions, CDC, and USBC about our collective efforts in coalition building and support. We will also share plans for many new opportunities for coalitions to increase effectiveness and impact at policy, systems, and environmental change, at local, state, and national levels.
Changing Culture by Changing the Laws
Shannon Polk, Executive Director, Michigan Breastfeeding Network
This presentation will detail the steps applied by the Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) to change the breastfeeding culture in Michigan. In June 2014, Governor Rick Snyder signed the Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act into law with immediate effect. Shannon Polk, Executive Director of MIBFN, will share the Network's story and action plan detailing how they helped steer a change in the state law, which not only allows for public breastfeeding but includes penalties for harassment.