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The Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference is a one-of-a-kind event. The United States Breastfeeding Committee is thrilled to convene this conference once again, with a continued focus on implementation of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through enhancement of breastfeeding coalition capacity to impact policy and practice change. The Call to Action emphasizes the cross-cutting nature of breastfeeding and the critical need for collaboration and outreach beyond the traditional "breastfeeding community." Action 20 identifies the USBC and the state breastfeeding coalitions as leaders in the implementation of its 20 priority actions.
A continued focus also has been placed on developing capacity, commitment, and action to further equity and inclusion in the breastfeeding field, as reflected in the 2016 theme: A New Day: Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movement. Although the conference will continue to provide subsidized travel for two attendees per state and U.S. territory, the event name has been broadened to reflect that its purpose and content are intended to support to all types of breastfeeding coalitions. This includes local/community coalitions and "cultural coalitions," as well as the organizations that are members of the USBC as the national breastfeeding coalition.
So the National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference audience is growing! Breastfeeding coalition leaders are at the forefront of breastfeeding advocacy, needing up-to-date information about products, publications, and services critical to managing nonprofit coalitions, and to supporting breastfeeding in the health care, employment, research, and public health arenas, and in their communities.
This approach to leadership training and cross-sector coalition building is the only event of its kind in the field, so there is no better way to reach such a distinct and diverse group of individuals. Attendees include national organization leaders and coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territory—including representatives from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations.
What’s more, the conference events kick off National Breastfeeding Month festivities in style! The conference will begin with an opening plenary and reception on Friday evening and end by mid-afternoon on Sunday, followed by an optional Day of Action on Monday. Special receptions on Friday and Saturday evenings offer additional opportunities to celebrate.
Conference exhibitor and marketing opportunities are flexible and provide long-term visibility. In addition to exhibits, sponsorship of conference events is available, as well as advertising on conference materials. Choose from the Networking Event Sponsorships and Advertising Opportunities to create your own customized package at the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze level.
The Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel has limited storage space, therefore please limit the delivery of packages to three business days before the conference, or the hotel will levy storage fees. Any materials shipped to the hotel must be marked as follows:
USBC National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference
Attn: Hotel Guest (your name and arrival date)
Event Manager: Andrea Murphy, 703.271.5197
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
There is a handling fee of $7 per box/tube under 25 lbs, which may be applied to your room or paid separately to the hotel upon collection. To check on the arrival of your package, please ask the hotel front desk when you check in, or call the shipping department at 703.271.5162. Refer to the hotel's shipping and receiving document for further details.