2020 NBCC Awards

Award questions? E-mail coalitions@usbreastfeeding.org

Each year the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) offers a limited number of awards to support the participation of cultural, tribal, and emerging breastfeeding leaders at the National Breastfeeding Conference and Convening (NBCC).  

These awards are one component of USBC's ongoing efforts to recognize and promote the efforts of individuals who dedicate their service to communities with breastfeeding rates below the U.S. national average rates, who have not participated in a past USBC conference, and for whom attendance might not be possible without the award. The application deadline was Sunday, February 16, and the awards application is now closed.

Award Categories

Emerging Leader Award

This award is a part of the USBC Legacy Award that 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. 

The USBC invites applications from individuals who are new or aspiring leaders in the breastfeeding field. To apply for the Emerging Leader Award, individuals must provide lactation protection, promotion, or support services in their community or be active members of a state, territorial, tribal, local, or cultural breastfeeding coalition in the United States. 

  • Preference is for individuals with five or fewer years of experience in the breastfeeding field.

Tribal Trailblazer Award

The USBC invites individuals who are actively involved in collaborative efforts to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in Native communities to apply for the Tribal Trailblazer Award.

  • This honor is for individuals of American Indian/Native American, and Alaska Native heritage.

Cultural Changemaker Award

The USBC invites applications for the Cultural Changemaker Award from individuals who are actively involved in collaborative efforts to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in culturally distinct communities through service to a cultural coalition or community-based organization. Past awardees include individuals serving African American, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Appalachian communities. Cultural groups may self-identify through diverse factors, so any non-dominant cultural group may apply. 

  • Preference will be given to individuals who are members of the cultural group that they serve.

Application Process

There is one application that covers all three categories of awards, so you need only apply once, even if you are interested in being considered for more than one award category. Please review the terms and conditions for all awards here.

You may preview a PDF of the application questions by clicking here. The application deadline was Sunday, February 16, and the awards application is now closed.

Award Review Process & Scoring Criteria

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

Application scoring criteria:

  • Is the applicant actively involved in the community and with at least one breastfeeding coalition?
    • For Tribal Trailblazer applications: Is the applicant actively involved in collaborative efforts to support breastfeeding in their American Indian/Native American, or Alaska Native community?
  • Is the applicant a new, emerging, or aspiring leader within these breastfeeding coalition(s) or in their community?
  • Is the applicant working in a state, U.S. Territory, or community (geographic or cultural) with breastfeeding rates that are below the U.S. national rate?
  • Would this be the applicant's first time attending a USBC Conference?
  • Would the applicant be able to attend without the financial support of the award?
  • Does the applicant have well-developed plans for sharing and building on what is learned through the NBCC learning and networking opportunities?