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The Inside Scoop
The National Prevention Strategy includes breastfeeding as a recommendation;
The launch of Let's Move! in Indian Country focuses on Baby-Friendly hospitals;
"Breastfeeding and Reduced Risk of SIDS" from Pediatrics;
When USBC leaders finalized our new strategic plan in 2009, we discussed the benefits of expressing an organizational vision, not only for our image of a desired future, but also for our role in making that future a reality. USBC's revised vision statement includes a tag line that succinctly describes USBC's role:
Advancing breastfeeding on our Nation's agenda:
I distinctly recall the discussion that led to the word "collaboration" being placed as the first of those three words. This was a deliberate decision. Collaboration is a part of our mission statement, and it is embedded in our organizational structure as a cross-sector coalition of independent organizations. It is also at the heart of our programs and resources to support the state breastfeeding coalitions. You will hear from Robin in this issue's Chair's column about the workshop we piloted in June for coalitions and state nutrition leaders on "Building Effective Collaborations." Read more...
Several USBC leaders recently returned from Salt Lake City, the site of the breastfeeding workshop USBC hosted following the Annual Meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors (ASTPHND). Entitled Building Effective Collaborations: Implementation of the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, the workshop was a first for USBC, an opportunity that resulted from our strategic partnership with ASTPHND.
The ASTPHND partnership is successful because both organizations are committed to a common mission to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. As a result USBC and ASTPHND have shared resources, expertise, and gained a deeper understanding of each other's organizations. Read more...
The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition (FBC) is a statewide multi-disciplinary group of individuals, businesses, and organizations with the following mission: "to improve the health of Floridians by working collaboratively to protect, promote and support breastfeeding." It is FBC's intention to change the landscape of breastfeeding in our state by focusing on hospital, workplace, and community settings.
The inaugural meeting of key individuals supporting the formation of a statewide breastfeeding coalition was held in April 2008. The attendees included physicians from three teaching hospitals/state universities, Internation Board Certified Lactation Consultants, dieticians, WIC peer counselors, and nurses. In 2009 the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition was incorporated and established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Read more...