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USBC Technical Assistance Series

As part of our efforts to provide training, technical assistance, and capacity building support for our network of state, territorial, local, tribal, and cultural (STLTC) breastfeeding coalitions, the USBC is hosting a series of 7 technical assistance sessions between April and July 2021 to help strengthen every coalition’s ability to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. 

How Coalitions Grow and Evolve

Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 2:30-4:30 PM ET

Register for this session - space is limited!

STLTC breastfeeding coalitions serve as powerful vehicles for achieving policy, systems, and environmental changes in the lactation landscape. To achieve the vision of thriving families and communities, coalitions must be prepared to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities they serve. Join coalition building experts Elsa Quintana, Linda Kopecky, and Pa Shasky on Thursday, April 22 from 2:30-4:30 PM ET for a workshop on growing and evolving as a coalition. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the indicators of a static coalition. 
    • Recognize the basic elements of how coalitions grow and evolve. 
    • List resources to help your coalition grow and evolve. 

Trauma and Breastfeeding

Thursday, April 29, from 1:30-3:30 PM ET

Register for this session - space is limited!

Breastfeeding is an incredibly personal experience, and, as such,  many factors can influence an individual’s choice to initiate, continue or end their breastfeeding journey. Trauma, whether historical or personal, can be a key indicator in breastfeeding outcomes. In this era of racial reckoning and pandemic-related isolation, how can coalitions support communities that have experienced trauma in achieving their breastfeeding goals? Join experts Candi Cornelius, Jacob Davis, Linda Kopecky, and Stephanne Rupnick on Thursday, April 29 from 1:30-3:30PM ET in this focused conversation on personal and historical trauma and the tools your coalition might need to create trauma-informed systems. At the end of this session, the participants will be able to:

    • Describe the relationship between personal and historical trauma and chest/breastfeeding practices and outcomes. 
    • Identify ways to find resources for coalitions to launch conversations and learning opportunities about the role of trauma in the chest/breastfeeding journey. 
    • Apply knowledge and best practices within coalitions and partnerships to develop trauma-informed operational systems. 

Upcoming TA Sessions

Session details and registration coming soon!

Communication Styles and Methods

May 11, 2021, from 1-3 PM ET

Quick Ideas for Busy Coalitions

May 13, 2021, from 2-4 PM ET

Transforming the Leadership Table

June 22, 2021, from 1-3 PM ET

Being a Better Partner

June 29, 2021, from 3:30-5:30 PM ET

All about Advocacy

July 7, 2021, from 1-3 PM ET