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.
Emerging Leaders in the Lactation Profession: Co-designing Opportunities and Programs with Community
Erica Pike, MS, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center
Melody Cunningham, CLC, ALPP, CLE, Boston Breastfeeding Coalition, Vital Village
Please join the USBC and the Breastfeeding Scholars of the Vital Village Network Boston Breastfeeding Coalition in this presentation. The Vital Village Network service-learning and leadership model provides the platform for the Scholar experience. During 2018, scholars gained 784 hours in lactation education, completed 1000+ hours of volunteerism, and served 727 caregivers and 944 children at 10 support groups throughout the city of Boston. Of those Scholars who chose to self-report their race and ethnicity, 84% of scholarship recipients identified as women of color. This service-learning and leadership model allows Network members to meaningfully synthesize content learned during trainings in their volunteer experience. While in service, scholars are able to practice lactation education and counseling skills, reflect on their professional development, and gain a deeper understanding of community needs.
Breastfeeding Scholars of the Vital Village Network Boston Breastfeeding Coalition are committed to providing accessible and culturally relevant breastfeeding support across Boston. Participants will gain an understanding of the critical importance of a collaborative design process to ensure a comprehensive IBCLC support pathway program is developed to meet the needs and strengths of community lactation providers and the families that they serve.