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The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is excited to launch the Creating Space Scholarship. The scholarship supports our efforts to create a vibrant membership network of organizations working at every level of the system and reflecting the needs and diversity of families and communities across the nation.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Creating Space Scholarship will allow the USBC to award 100 organizations with complimentary membership for 2023. Awardees that engage in membership meetings or other USBC activities can renew the scholarship for up to five years as funding allows.
The scholarship is open to organizations that meet the following criteria:
CRASH, USBC's equity committee, defines priority populations as people and communities that have been marginalized and oppressed. These groups are more likely to experience systemic inequities related to lactation care and have breastfeeding rates that are disproportionately low, misconstrued, or undocumented. Delivering on our commitment to create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States requires that we center the needs of these groups in our efforts.
Standing by the ethos of Nothing About Us Without Us, we recognize organizations standing for these communities must have seats at the table. The Creating Space Scholarship is an invitation to join us. Membership gives organizations power and say in the initiatives USBC advances for the First Food field. Together, we have the collective strength to drive transformative policy, system, and environmental changes to make breastfeeding/human milk feeding easy and obvious for most families.
To apply for the Creating Space Scholarship, organizations must submit a membership application and indicate their eligibility therein. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as funding allows.
About the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is the most unified voice in advocating for breastfeeding policy and practice change in the U.S. Our membership includes 100+ organizations working collaboratively to drive efforts that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the nation.
The USBC was established in 1998 (incorporated in Florida in 2000) in response to the Innocenti Declaration of 1990. Innocenti calls on every nation to establish a multisectoral breastfeeding committee with representatives from government departments, non-governmental organizations, and health professional associations to coordinate national breastfeeding initiatives.
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