From 2006-2020, the CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity and the USBC co-hosted this series to bring together breastfeeding coalitions to share best practices and news and to network and collaborate on issues of national significance.
Coalitions as Vehicles of Change
President, Breastfeeding Hawaii
President, Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky
Executive Director, Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon
What is the unique, purpose-driven value your coalition creates or will create for current and future members and stakeholders, to enable them to move the needle on breastfeeding support?
Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier. It is time to continue the momentum of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and work together – families, communities, health care providers, employers, researchers and policy makers - to make sure Moms achieve their personal breastfeeding goals and more babies receive breast milk as their first food experience.
Three state coalitions will share their experiences in establishing processes for long-term commitment, active collaboration, and shared leadership to make a positive impact on the landscape of breastfeeding support.
Birth of a Coalition – American Samoa
Debrah Trankel, President of Breastfeeding Hawaii will share her experiences partnering with a dedicated group of stakeholders to set up a Lactation Support Program in Samoa. The process of identifying champions and partners, conducting a needs assessment and gap analysis and designing the program empowered stakeholders and gave birth to a brand new coalition. Multiple layers of participation by members fostered the development of a shared vision and joint strategy to advance the vision. Samoa is poised to welcome and effectively orient new members to this vibrant, emerging group.
Resurrection of a Mellowing Coalition – Kentucky
Cerise Bouchard, President, Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky (LINK) will discuss how members have been working to bring together multi-sector voices to determine a common agenda for breastfeeding in the state and clarify LINK’s role in its implementation. Laying the foundation for the coalition has involved revamping its vision and mission, and exploring technology options for better reach and member engagement.
New Directions for a Seasoned Coalition – Oregon
Marion Rice, Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon Director will share BCO’s “BIG ROCKS” and a couple of proposals they have in the works to fund addressing capacity building for collective impact across the 18 Oregon BF Coalitions; particularly to address strategies that are mutually reinforcing as it relates to addressing racial inequities in breastfeeding support.