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"Power Tools" Webinars

The United States Breastfeeding Committee hosts this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its training, technical assistance, and capacity building support for USBC's network of breastfeeding coalition, national organizations, and community-based organizations across the United States. Webinars are held every two months (in odd-numbered months) on the third Wednesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. 

Access Info

Access to these webinars is open to all interested breastfeeding coalition members, as well as others involved in forming or leading nonprofit organizations in the breastfeeding field. Topic/speaker details are posted 1-2 weeks before each session on this page and in the Coalitions Learning Connection. The recordings and presentation materials from all past sessions are archived below.

Register for the webinar series

NOTE: To streamline access, these webinars are set up in GotoWebinar as a series. You only need to register for the series once, and you will then receive auto-reminders of each session with the topic/speaker details. Even though you may not be able to attend every webinar session live, the series registration will still send you auto-reminders so that you have easy updates on the topic and links to the live webinar and archives.

Next Webinar

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

 Important Links

Building Relationships: a Key to the Rise of our Indigenous Breastfeeding Communities

Presented by:

Amber Kapuamakamaeokalani Wong Granite, Breastfeeding Hawai'i Coalition 

O ke kahua ma mua ma hope ke kūkulu: First the foundation, then the structure can be built.
This Hawaiian proverb teaches us the importance of building relationships in order to ensure the rise of our people.

Whether we seek to influence fellow learners, patients, or customers, we must get to know them before we can ask them to make change. Once we seek and understand where they come from, what is truly important to them, and then help them unpack their stories, the real work can truly begin. During this session, we will hear an oli, Nā ʻAumakua. This oli acknowledges our ancestors, our land, and our nation. It invites strength, knowledge, and power into our space. We will then learn more about native Hawaiian practices, challenges, and successes of the recent Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training held in Waimānalo, Hawaii in October.

Previous Webinar

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

 Important Links

Advancing Inclusive and Equitable Breastfeeding Support at the Grassroots

Presented by:

The DC Breastfeeding Coalition, Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition, and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition

Strong, well-functioning breastfeeding coalitions serve as powerful vehicles for change by addressing structural barriers, leveraging community strengths, and utilizing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) approaches to advance equity in breastfeeding support, protection and promotion. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA) emphasized the importance of breastfeeding coalitions, and affirmed that it is at the state and local levels that initiatives need to be implemented and adapted most effectively to address specific populations. During this session, DC, Virginia and Maryland Breastfeeding coalitions will share how they are leveraging the expertise, wisdom and passion of their largely volunteer membership to identify and implement broad ranging initiatives to improve the landscape of breastfeeding.

Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition will describe how it is intentionally engaging with its network of health professionals, moms, educators, policy-makers, organizations, businesses and community stakeholders to discern new mechanisms/pathways for communities to address complex issues that cut across sectors. By actively seeking input and fostering multi-sector collaboration, Maryland Breastfeeding coalition is strengthening its role of backbone support and aligning programs and activities with its core mission.

The Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition (VBC) will describe its process of stretching resources to explore and develop breastfeeding promotion and support strategies, aligned with regional and national prevention plans, and geared towards communities with the greatest unmet need. VBC will share its experience with advancing breastfeeding legislation, and utilizing lessons learned from its setback in the state legislature to create linkages with non-traditional stakeholders and develop a pilot project in workplace lactation support.

The DC Breastfeeding Coalition (DCBFC) will share how it is leading and participating in collective, multi-sector, multi-strategy efforts to advance equity in breastfeeding support. DCBFC will discuss the integrated strategies that are sustained to optimize efficiency and impact of its initiatives and describe how aligned activities informed by and reflecting the real need of the constituency, combined with shared metrics for success is ensuring deeper levels of collaboration and accountability for system level changes.

Webinar Archives

To search the archives by keyword, speaker name, and more, visit the file library in the Coalitions Learning Connection OR view the public archives to download slides and handouts and access recording links in chronological order.