Preliminary Program Schedule

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Registration is Open.

Please note: You may have noticed that this year, for the first time, we are listing presenter credentials in our program. You’ll also see them in the program book and in the conference app. The listing of credentials is mandated by the organizations providing our continuing education credits, and is not reflective of any shift in USBC philosophy. USBC welcomes and values all types of knowledge, including academic, lived experience, communual, and beyond. We thank all of our attendees for their respect of all participants and presenters. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Advocacy Day at the Capitol
(Optional event/separate registration required)
(approximate ending time)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New USBC Member Orientation 9:00am–9:55am
USBC Membership Meeting (Only open to USBC member representatives and guests)

Regional Meetings (Conference Attendees Welcome to Participate)

  • Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Midwest Region
  • Mountain Plains Region
  • Northeast Region
  • Southeast Region
  • Southwest Region
  • West Pacific Region
  • Cultural Coalitions
  • Native American Coalitions
Dinner on your own 6:00pm–8:00pm
Welcome Exhibits Dessert Reception
(Conference Attendees Welcome to Participate)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Registration Open


Continental Breakfast 



Opening Ceremony
Welcome remarks: USBC Board Chair
Welcome remarks: USBC Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs


Opening Keynote:
PL1 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention State of Breastfeeding in the Nation

  • Carol A. MacGowan, MPH, RDN, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Awards Ceremony Day 1

Morning Refreshment Break
Exhibits & Poster Viewing


PL2 Whole Group Session: Building a Leaderful First Food Movement

  • Ericka Stallings, MA, Leadership Learning Community
Buffet Lunch 12:00pm–12:45pm
Lunch Table Topics (Peer Sharing) 12:45pm–1:15pm

Session A Whole Group Session: National Initiatives

  • Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Care Practices (CHAMPS) Using a Curriculum on Safety
    • Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Care (CHAMPS)
    • Cathy Carothers, IBCLC, FILCA, Every Mother, Inc.
  • Innovations in Breastfeeding Coalition Building and Workforce Capacity: Highlights from MCHB's Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN (Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network)
    • Meredith Morrissette, MPH, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) / Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
  • Empowering WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors to Tell Their Stories on Capitol Hill

    • Darlena Birch, MBA, RDN, National WIC Association
Afternoon Refreshment Break
Exhibits & Poster Viewing

Session B Peer Sharing Panels: Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session B1: Addressing Barriers to Access:

  • Inequalities in Use and Donation of Donor Human Milk- Nonprofit Industry Response
    • Kim Updegrove, RN, CNM, MSN, MPH, Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin
    • Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN, Mothers’ Milk Bank at San Jose, CA
  • Tailoring Nursing Interventions Based on Social Determinants Using a GIS Program: A Retrospective Study
    • Betsy Kanz, RN, MSN, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health
    • Jessica Linneman, RN, MSN, IBCLC, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health
  • Voices of Urban Mothers: Peer Counselors and Telephone & Text Support for Breastfeeding in the Early Months
    • Lily Fountain, PhD, CNM, RN, University of Maryland School of Nursing
    • Mary Ellen Connolly, DNP, MSN, University of Maryland Medical Center
    • Dorella Johnson Lisbon, Baltimore Washington Hospital Center

Concurrent Session B2: Breastfeeding Support Across Community Contexts

  • Facilitating Breastfeeding in Incarcerated Women
    • Chauntel Norris CLC, Alabama Prison Birth Project
    • Ashley Lovell, MS, LCCE, CD (DONA), Alabama Prison Birth Project
  • Breastfeeding as a Prevention Tool in Addressing Diseases of Poverty in the ECE Setting
    • Kayla Q Frawley, BA, CLC, Clayton Early Learning
  • School District Successes: Supporting Breastfeeding Staff & Students in Kansas
    • Brenda Bandy, IBCLC, Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.

Concurrent Session B3: Harnessing Voices for Policy Change

  • Paid Parental Leave: An Opportunity to Advance Equity in Breastfeeding, Health Outcomes, and Economic Security
    • Carol Dreibelbis, MPH, 1,000 Days
  • Workplace Breastfeeding Protections: Your State Could Be Next
    • Jessica Lee, JD, Center for WorkLife Law UC Hastings College of the Law    
    • Liz Morris, JD, Center for WorkLife Law
    • Ashley Lidow, MPH, Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network
    • Stephanie Pitcher, MPA, JD, Utah House, District 40, Davis County Attorney’s Office
Special Interest Meetings (optional events)
  • State & WIC State Breastfeeding Coordinators
  • Everything You Want to Know About USBC Membership
  • Identity Caucus Facilitated Meetings:
    • African American Facilitated Meeting Time
    • Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian Facilitated Meeting Time
    • Latinx Facilitated Meeting Time
    • LGBTQI Facilitated Meeting Time
    • Native American Facilitated Meeting Time
    • White Identity Facilitated Meeting Time
    • Additional groups may gather as well. Requests so far include:
      • Rural Community Group
Dinner on Your Own 6:15pm–8:00pm
Evening Event
Movie Screening

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Continental Breakfast
Awards Ceremony Day 2

Session C Whole Group Session: Breastfeeding Across Cultures

  • Hmong Breastfeeding Initiative: Reducing breastfeeding disparities in Minnesota
    • Linda Hsiung Dech, MPH, IBCLC, RLC, Minnesota Dept. of Health WIC
    • Tiffany Pao Yang, BS, MPH, Student at the University of Minnesota
  • Sisters on the Border: Binational Breastfeeding Coalition
    • Lizabeth Berkeley, MPH, IBCLC, El Jardin Birth and Family
    • Elsa Quintana BCJ, IBCLC, CLE, New Mexico WIC
    • Loretta Lopez Manriquez, IBCLC, Binational Breastfeeding Coalition
  • When Knowledge isn't Power: Developing a Transformative Breastfeeding Curriculum Offering Access and Equity for Appalachian Families
    • Joni M. Gray, Ed.D., MA, CLC, CLS, Fairmont State University
  • Cultural Communities Supporting Breastfeeding in Kansas
    • Stephanne Rupnicki, AA, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Morning Refreshment Break
Exhibits & Poster Viewing

Session D Peer Sharing Panels: Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session D1: Partnerships to Advance Equity
  • Emerging Leaders in the Lactation Profession: Co-designing Opportunities and Programs with Community
    • Erica Pike, BS, MS, Vital Village Network
    • Melody Cunningham, ALPP, CLE, Next Door NEMT
  • Better Together: Leveraging Our Collective Strength and Diversity to Support Equitable Infant Feeding
    • Jenna McCready, MPH, CLC, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Minority Maternal Mental Health: Why It Matters
    • Shivonne Odom, LCPC, LPC, NCC, Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC

Concurrent Session D2: Breastfeeding in African American Communities

  • The ROSE That Grew from Concrete: A collaborative model of training health care providers to impact vulnerable communities
    • Linda J. Smith, MPH, IBCLC, Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre Ltd.
    • Kimarie Bugg DNP, MPH, IBCLC, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
  • National Medical Association Breastfeeding Alliance Approach to Addressing Health Disparities in Breastfeeding in African American Women
    • Camille A. Clare, MD, MPH, New York Medical College
    • Victoria Green, MD, JD, MBA, IBCLC, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Investigating Reasons for the Disparate Breastfeeding Rates among African American Women in the United States
    • Sadie Wych, MPH, HealthConnect One
    • Andrea Serano CLC, IBCLC, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)

Concurrent Session D3: Community-Based Strategies

  • Teaching the WHO Code to Community Health Care Workers
    • Lourdes M. Santaballa Mora, IBCLC, IYCFS, ASI Alimentación Segura Infantil
    • Carmen D. Cabrer Quiñones, BA, IBCLC, ASI Alimentación Segura Infantil
  • Reinventing the Community Baby Shower
    • Shamiya Gould, AA, Nemours Children's Health System
    • Kristen Littleton, IBCLC, Nemours Children's Health System
    • Jamila Richardson, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children
  • Adding Seats at the Table: Lamaze and the Community Childbirth Educator
    • Tonya N. Daniel, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), NC Division of Public Health
Networking Lunch 12:30pm–1:30pm

PL3 Whole Group Session: Inclusive Breastfeeding Support of Partners, Spouses and Families

  • Muswamba Mwamba, DrPH, MPH, IBCLC, RLC, Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE)
  • Calvin L Williams, Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE)
  • Kevin Sherman, Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE)
  • Robert A. Lee, MA, IeMediasRes,LLC
  • Stephanie Carroll, MBA, BS, IBCLC, CLC, CLS, Appalachian Breastfeeding Network

PL4 Closing Keynote: Advancing Inclusive and Equitable Breastfeeding Support at the Grassroots

  • Uranus "Rae" Mapson, Southern Maryland WIC Program
  • Jennifer AF Tender, MD, Children's National Health System
  • Angela Love-Zaranka, BA, IBCLC, RLC, Chair, Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Jarene Fleming, IBCLC, Virginia Department of Health 
  • Vanessa Hanible, CLC, D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition
Closing Address

Partial funding for this conference is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention