The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) will be hosting the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference, August 2-4, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. USBC is thrilled to convene this unique conference once again, with a continued focus on implementation of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through enhancement of breastfeeding coalitions' capacity to impact policy, systems, and environmental change. A new focus has also been placed this year on developing capacity and commitment to racial equity in breastfeeding support, as reflected in the theme: Transforming Barriers into Bridges: Cultivate Your Community Leadership.
Although the conference has historically focused on state-level coalitions (it will continue to provide subsidized travel for two attendees per state and U.S. territory), the event name has been changed this year to reflect that its purpose and content are truly relevant to all types of breastfeeding coalitions. This includes community-level coalitions and "cultural coalitions," as well as the organizations that are members of USBC as the national breastfeeding coalition.
As in the past, the conference will begin with an opening plenary and reception on Saturday evening and end by mid-day on Monday, followed by an optional Day of Action on Monday afternoon. The conference is timed to kick off National Breastfeeding Month festivities at the beginning of the month, while allowing plenty of opportunity for coalitions to host and participate in events in their home states or communities throughout the rest of August.
- 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.
- Provide a 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, especially in the sections on Communities, Health Care, Employment, and Public Health Infrastructure.
- Develop capacity and commitment to achieve racial equity in breastfeeding support, including skills to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion.
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