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Results using the CDC ScoreCard to Assess Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites  

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Margaret Henning, MA, PhD, Health Science, Keene State College, Keene, NH
Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, Medical Anthropology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Holly Horan, MA, Medical Anthropology, Oregon State University, Corvallis
Maryanne Keating, Student, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene, Community Health, Keene, NH
More than 70% of new mothers now follow their doctor’s or midwife’s advice to breastfeed immediately after birth (Ryan et al., 2006). However, women employed full-time are less likely to initiate breastfeeding and to continue breastfeeding once they return to work. Breastfeeding friendly worksites have been associated with enhanced health and social benefits for mothers, including reduced rates of employee absenteeism, and savings for employers in health care expenditures for each infant exclusively breastfed for 3 months or greater. According to the CDC, employer-based wellness programs can have a substantial and positive impact on the health of communities.  Like other health promotion interventions however, workplace wellness programs require adaptation from research and policy into actual programs and practice (Glasgow, 2003). Thus, it is important to study the implementation of programs and policies to determine the extent to which they accomplish what they claim to. There have been numerous calls for research focused on external validation because they can provide a more nuanced understanding of whether, and if so, to what extent, programs contribute to improved health and wellbeing (Sussman et al, 2006; Glasgow et al, 2003). This project uses the CDC ScoreCard to analyze breastfeeding behaviors in the workplace and interviews to understand how women experience the workplace in relation to breastfeeding. It is important to study the implementation of programs and policies to determine the extent to which they accomplish what they claim to.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the breastfeeding CDCscorecard as a tool for workplace analysis Analyze the CDCsorecard across diverse contexts and in collaboration with organic and situated activity Discuss the CDC tools used to assess Policies and Breastfeeding and workplaces

Keyword(s): CDC, Breastfeeding

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Margaret Henning’s work has examined health conditions, including health disparities, health education, and maternal and infant health patterns, from a cross-cultural perspective. Henning is an associate professor in the Health Science Department at Keene State College
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.