Online Program

Martha May Eliot Forum: Collective Impact from Grassroots to Treetops: Building Local, State, and National Programs to Reduce Disparities in Breastfeeding

Monday, November 2, 2015: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Breastfeeding Public Health Partners (BPHP) group, which includes the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), Association of State & Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill (CGBI), National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), and United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), is funded to convene and coordinate among national efforts to increase breastfeeding rates in all communities, specifically targeting African American and underserved populations. This national partnership increases awareness of evidence-based and innovative activities occurring at the national, state, and local levels to improve breastfeeding rates and ensures inter-agency communication and collaboration to promote these efforts. Individually the partnership organizations are supporting community-level peer and professional lactation support; state efforts to address workplace compliance with federal lactation accommodation law; hospital quality improvement efforts to support breastfeeding in birthing facilities and achievement of Baby-Friendly designation; and state & community breastfeeding coalition capacity building to facilitate collaboration across all relevant state and local partners. The BPHP group have leveraged their individual funding support to benefit a broader audience and ensure nationwide collaboration and sustainability of all efforts.
Session Objectives: Describe the development of partnerships, at the national level, to model to local and state organizations best practices to work collaboratively on breastfeeding support programs. Demonstrate the effectiveness of these partnerships to enhance programs and services and maximize investment of limited resources.
Ann M. Dozier, PhD, RN

ASTHO Breastfeeding Initiatives   

Ellen Pliska, MHS, CPH and Katie Potestio, MPH, RD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Food and Nutrition, Women's Caucus, Breastfeeding Forum, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights