The Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference—A New Day: Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movement—will be held August 5-7, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. The USBC is thrilled to convene this singular event once again, with a continued focus on enhancement of breastfeeding coalitions' capacity to implement The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through policy and practice change, with an emphasis on racial equity and community engagement.
- 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.
Each of these is an essential step in building the capacity of coalitions to successfully increase the incidence, duration, and exclusivity of breastfeeding, thus helping to achieve the Healthy People 2020 national breastfeeding objectives.
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