- Develop leaders in coalition building and the formation and management of public health collaborations and partnerships.
- Provide 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The conference does not provide CERPs or other continuing education credit. This is because a key goal of the USBC and the conference funders is to encourage diversity within breastfeeding coalition leadership and membership (see Guidelines for Selection of Attendees). Health care is just one of the sectors in which breastfeeding coalitions work, and health care professionals are just one type of attendee encouraged to attend the conference.
If the conference offered continuing education credits just to health care professionals (or other specific attendee types), it could encourage unbalanced representation or give the impression that only those individuals are encouraged to participate.