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Black History Month Tools & Resources

History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read.  And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past.  On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.  It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations.” 

---- James Baldwin

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we pay tribute to the struggles and achievements of the people and events that have shaped our nation. Join the USBC in recognizing the histories and continuing invaluable contributions of Black people in the United States.

By working together to raise awareness about Black maternal, infant and child health, and bringing to light community priorities, strengths and assets, we can all share and utilize resources, and actively engage in collaborative efforts to advance health equity.


Organizations, Resources, Tools, and Materials

USBC Resources 

  • Apprenticeships and Health Disparities; A Road Paved with Good Intentions - Hakima Tafunzi Payne
    Executive Director, Uzazi Village
    • This session discussed the historical development of apprenticeship as a means of passing professional knowledge and the pitfalls of this approach. It identified how apprenticeships maintain the current professional power structure around acquiring this credential. Apprenticeship often serves as a gatekeeper to who is let in and who is kept out. Finally, it discussed how current preceptors can be conscious and intentional in their role in diversifying their profession.
  • Black Breastfeeding: Making HERstory 
    • A photo album 
  • Breastfeeding Moms' Voices Across America: A Conversation - Ashley Brown, Nayeli Gomez-Burns & Jayme Paddock
    • This webinar session featured a panel of speakers—one African-American mom, one Latina mom, and one Native American mom—who shared their breastfeeding journeys.
  • DC Breastfeeding Coalition: Defining Cultural Competency - Mudiwah Kadeshe, MSN, RN, CCE, IBCLC, Vice President and Director of Programs/Grant Management. D.C Breastfeeding Coalition 
    • This webinar presentation explored the visible and non-visible aspects of culture, how cultural factors influence breastfeeding in the African-American community, and how to expand and sustain the reach of your Coalition. Serving a community of predominantly low-income families of color, with a lack of breastfeeding knowledge and limited support, the DC Breastfeeding Coalition is known for its ability to leverage funds to advance community breastfeeding goals.
  • Infant and Young Child Feeding During Emergencies (IYCFE) - Katherine Shealy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Aunchalee Palmquist, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, UNC-Gillings School of Public Health; Felisha Floyd, National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC); Lourdes Santaballa, Executive Director, IBCLC, IYCFS at Alimentación Segura Infantil (ASI); and Tracy Erickson, Texas Department of Health Services, WIC Program
    • Panelists shared an overview of breastfeeding prevalences in PR and USVI relative to other US states and territories, a timeline of the 2017 hurricanes and CDC’s role in the federal hurricane response. This webinar discussed the grim realities on the ground during and in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria in 2017, and included tangible examples of the vital role of community-driven IYCFE efforts in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Panelists discussed strategies to protect and support breastfeeding, and promote safe feeding when breastfeeding is not possible. Resources, including assessment tools, culturally congruent communication tools, and key messaging guides were shared to help your coalition/organizational build capacity to coordinate support and be an active stakeholder to protect the health of infants and young children in emergencies. 
  • Key Communication Strategies for Maternal and Child Health Organizations - Kimberly Seals Allers, Author. Strategic Communications Consultant. Social Commentator, Director, Maternal and Child Health Communication Collective
    • Delivering information to communities that need it most takes targeted communication efforts.  This presentation covered key strategies for improving communication efforts and targeting messaging to affected communities. It covered press releases, social media and community events as communication tools to promote and protect breastfeeding. It walked through completing a basic communication plan focused on improving breastfeeding and maternal child health outcomes through organizational development.
  • The Community in CHAMPS - Kimarie Bugg, President/CEO, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere; Andrea Serano, Program Manager, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere
    • Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc. (ROSE) is among the valuable partners associated with the Communities and Hospital Advancing Maternity Practices (CHAMPS) initiative. This initiative focuses on improving maternal and child health outcomes through promoting Baby-Friendly practices among hospitals in New Orleans, Mississippi, Southern Texas, and Southern Tennessee. ROSE involvement addresses community engagement and empowerment through its Community Transformer breastfeeding peer support program. The Community In CHAMPS session highlighted the achievements accomplished in these area, and additional activities to come! 
  • The Role of Leadership in Advancing Equity - Elissa Sloan Perry, CoDirector, Management Assistance Group
    • Organizational culture and leadership culture are closely tied, and play a vital role in the success or failure of an organization's mission. In this webinar, Elissa Sloan Perry, CoDirector of Management Assistance Group, discussed how to discern the attributes of white-centric culture. She also spoke about the concepts and principles of shared leadership, and learn how they enhance processes of strategy discernment, development and implementation.
  • Racial Equity Learning Community
    • USBC has been funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to host this online community as part of an inclusive learning and transformation process for the "First Food" field. The community will build the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies
  • Secure Your Own Mask Before Helping Others: Confronting Implicit Bias within Ourselves - Stacy Davis and Felisha Floyd, National Association of Peer and Professional Lactation Supporters of Color

    • This presentation addressed how structural racism is held up by both explicit and implicit bias. Participants learned how structural racism is a system that we all inherited, why it is now our responsibility to change it, and how to perform a critical self-assessment of ourselves to identify some of your implicit biases.
  • "Structural Inequities Burden Mothers/Parents, Infants and Families of Color: Support Policies that Reduce Disparities in Health Outcomes"
    • A fact sheet created to highlight legislative solutions to reducing health disparities.

NBCC Highlights