Call for Proposals

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The 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC) will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021, to Friday, June- 11, 2021. The theme for this fully online conference is Ready for Anything: Rising & Thriving Breastfeeding Communities in the Face of Uncertainty.

The NBCC brings together advocates within the First Food Field, including representatives from breastfeeding coalitions, community-based organizations, national non-governmental organizations, and relevant governmental agencies. This convening is designed to develop and strengthen leadership capacity to effectively protect, promote, and support breastfeeding at the national, state, and local/community levels.

Proposal submissions should be consistent with the conference theme and align with one of the three learning arcs and the associated objectives. The submission deadline is Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time).

Conference Learning Arcs & Objectives

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Resilience: Power of Community

This arc highlights the sustained ability of communities to access, generate and utilize resources to confront, adapt systems, recover, and thrive in the face of adversity.

Objective #1: Name two ways that increasing connectedness and fostering collaboration enhances community resilience, including the improvement of breastfeeding outcomes. 

Objective #2: Describe two ways small organizations have succeeded in acquiring sustainable funding and the role consistent, sustainable funding plays in reducing organizational fatigue.  

Objective #3: List three indicators of resilient communities and explain how these factors can shape policies to enhance breastfeeding support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

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Emergency Preparedness and Response

This arc highlights how communities and coalitions plan for, respond to, and recover from major disruptions or disasters.

Objective #1: Define the role lactation service providers (LSPs) can play in ensuring Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCFE) is incorporated into local Emergency Preparedness and Response planning and implementation. 

Objective #2: Describe lactation support challenges and solutions in an emergency.

Objective #3: Discuss how equity issues present in Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCFE) Response and identify at least one solution to address these issues. 

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Advocacy in Practice

This arc highlights successful mechanisms and activities, such as media campaigns and public speaking, that educate, influence and inform organizational, policy or practice changes

Objective #1: Assess two or more strategies that advance equitable lactation support in Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities through local, state, or national efforts. 

Objective #2: Identify two ways to build community capacity to influence policy decisions.

Proposal Submission Guidance and Resources

Whether you have spoken at the NBCC in the past or are new to the scene, we want to ensure you have everything you need to create and deliver a successful educational session at NBCC 2021. We encourage you to use the following resources as you consider submitting a session for the upcoming conference.

Our overwhelming reliance on virtual forms of engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed stark inequities in broadband technology access. The USBC Conference Program Committee commits to provide equitable opportunities for anyone to present at the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening. Proposal authors, please share your technology and broadband capacity and needs within the submission form, so we can ensure that necessary resources are available. 

Submit your proposal here!