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Process evaluation of a lactation support program in Anchorage, AK

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Christa Phelps, RN, MPH, Nutaqsiivik, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK
Breast milk has been found to positively impact the health of children, mothers, and communities. This evaluation provides process evaluation of a lactation support program in an outpatient clinical setting to gain understanding of who is being served and what activities are being conducted to promote breastfeeding. A mixed methods design was used and included key-informant interviews, secondary data analysis of a needs assessment, chart reviews, and secondary analysis of a Breastfeeding Activity Log. Results show that people are motivated and interested in supporting lactation but that the program lacks clear definition and structure. Results also describe the population being served, common breastfeeding topics discussed, and other characteristics concerning the population, lactation educators,and environment. These results will be used to guide further design and development of breastfeeding support.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the development of lactation support in an outpatient medical setting. Discuss strategies for improving lactation support.

Keyword(s): Breastfeeding, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in the development of lactation support in an out-patient medical setting for 6 years. I have logged hundreds of hours assisting mothers with breastfeeding and collaboring with others to improve support. While completing my Master of Public Health degree I conducted a process evaluation of the lactation support available at our location.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.