2019 NBCC Awards

These awards are one component of USBC's efforts to expand its membership network of Tribal, local and cultural breastfeeding coalitions and community-based organizations. Part of a multi-year initiative to promote deeper engagement between maternal and child health stakeholders at State and Local Health departments and State, Territorial, Tribal, Local and Cultural coalitions, participation in the 2019 NBCC will provide opportunities for  Awardees to network and participate in collaborative efforts to eliminate systemic barriers to breastfeeding support and improve maternal, infant and child health outcomes.

Award questions? E-mail USBC Coalitions Staff

While we invite you to apply for as many awards that you are eligible for, individuals can only be selected for one award. Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified by March 15.

Please review the terms and conditions for all awards here.

Emerging Leader Award

At every National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening since 2014, two exceptional and dedicated individuals who are new or aspiring breastfeeding coalition leaders are honored with the Emerging Leader Awards. This award is a part of the USBC Legacy Award which was established in 2014 to honor the lifelong achievement of Drs. Ruth Lawrence and Audrey Naylor and other leaders with outstanding contributions to the field.

Individuals who are actively involved in their communities, and/or are active members of a state, territorial, tribal, local, or cultural breastfeeding coalition in the United States are encouraged to apply for Emerging Leader awards. Preference will be given to applicants who have never attended a USBC Conference, who are working with a coalition serving a state or community (geographic or cultural) with breastfeeding rates that are below the U.S. national rate, and for whom attendance may not be possible without this support.

Awardee Scoring Criteria

Tribal Trailblazer Award

Thanks to the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a limited number of awards are available to support American Indian/Native American and Alaska Native maternal and child health practitioners' participation in the NBCC. The vision of the Tribal Trailblazer award is to provide support to talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding leaders, actively promoting maternal and child health, and breastfeeding support in their Tribes. 

Individuals who are actively involved in collaborative efforts to support breastfeeding in Native communities are encouraged to apply for the Tribal Trailblazer awards. This honor is for individuals of American Indian/Native American and Alaska Native heritage. Additionally, preference will be given to applicants who have never attended a USBC Conference and for whom attendance may not be possible without this support.

Awardee Scoring Criteria

Cultural Change-maker Award

New in 2019! The United States Breastfeeding Committee invites applications from leaders and members of cultural breastfeeding coalitions and community based organizations actively engaged in the birth and breastfeeding fields. Up to eight individuals will be selected for the award. The Award will include complimentary registration, hotel, and travel to the USBC’s Ninth National Breastfeeding Coalition Convening in June 2019.

Awardee Scoring Criteria

Award Review Process

Reviewers will be members of the USBC Awards Committee and Conference Program Committee. Each application will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Applicants will be notified by March 15