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"Power Tools" Webinars

The United States Breastfeeding Committee hosts this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its training, technical assistance, and capacity building support for USBC's network of breastfeeding coalition, national organizations, and community-based organizations across the United States. Webinars are held every two months (in odd-numbered months) on the third Wednesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. 

Access Info

Access to these webinars is open to all interested breastfeeding coalition members, as well as others involved in forming or leading nonprofit organizations in the breastfeeding field. Topic/speaker details are posted 1-2 weeks before each session on this page and in the Coalitions Learning Connection. The recordings and presentation materials from all past sessions are archived below.

Register for the webinar series

NOTE: To streamline access, these webinars are set up in GotoWebinar as a series. You only need to register for the series once, and you will then receive auto-reminders of each session with the topic/speaker details. Even though you may not be able to attend every webinar session live, the series registration will still send you auto-reminders so that you have easy updates on the topic and links to the live webinar and archives.

Next Webinar

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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Shared Measurement: Collectively Assessing our Impact

Presented by: Kimberly Broomfield-Massey, Ph.D., Senior Project Director, EMSTAR Research, Inc

Over the past few years, the use of the Collective Impact framework has gained momentum. We have created Common Agendas, are engaging in Mutually Reinforcing Activities and Continuous Communication and have an organization to provide Backbone Support. But how do we know, in a concrete way, that the work we are doing is truly making a difference? That is where developing and utilizing a Shared Measurement system is key. In this presentation, participants will learn about the importance of shared measurement. We will review how to develop a set of common measures that are relevant to the collective aims agreed to by all stakeholders, and how to use those measures and the data to learn and improve over time. In addition, to bring this topic to life, participants will learn about how an existing maternal and child health coalition is consistently and successfully using shared measurement to identify impacts made in the community.

Previous Webinar

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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The Role of Law and Policy in Assisting Families to Reach Healthy People’s Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Breastfeeding Goals in the United States

Presented by:

  • Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Distinguished Professor of Infant and Young Child Feeding, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Angela K. McGowan, JD, MPH, Project Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Cheryl Lebedevitch, BA, Senior Workplace Program Manager and Policy Analyst, United States Breastfeeding Committee
  • Leila Barraza, JD, MPH, Assistant Professor at Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona

Rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration in the U.S. fall short of national health goals, including those in the Healthy People Initiative. Legal and policy solutions can play an important role in creating and sustaining the maternal child health systems and environments that help all families achieve their infant feeding goals. This panel discussion will share information from a new report recently released as part of the Healthy People Law and Health Policy Project - a collaboration between the federal HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - that examines how communities can use law and policy interventions at the healthcare, workplace, school, and community-levels to achieve Healthy People’s objectives related to breastfeeding. This session will highlight key findings from the report, including summarizing existing laws and policies that impact breastfeeding families, and sharing specific initiatives from the national to community level that demonstrate emerging trends in breastfeeding support and policy. 

Previous Webinar

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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Ethical Leadership: What does this mean for my organization?

Presented by:

Lisa Akers, PhD, RDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND, Program Chair, Union Institute, and University

with Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RDN, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and 

Sabeen Adil, MD, IBCLC, International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)

Ethics is not often perceived as a “fun” topic of discussion, but it is such an important aspect of all organizations.  In fact, effective ethical leadership cultivates an ethical climate that is fully transparent and free from conflicts of interest.  Therefore, it is imperative to lay a solid ethical foundation for your organization to flourish.  In this presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of how the topic of ethics plays into various organizational types.  Participants will come away being able to differentiate between and among nonprofit laws and duties and how each of these effects the ethics of their organization. To bring the topic of ethical leadership to life, participants will experience authentic organizational case studies as presented by organizations outside of USBC. 

Webinar Archives

To search the archives by keyword, speaker name, and more, visit the file library in the Coalitions Learning Connection OR view the public archives to download slides and handouts and access recording links in chronological order.