NACCHO actively supports local approaches to chest/breastfeeding protection, promotion, and support. NACCHO is currently implementing the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Continuity of Care project to develop a national Continuity of Care (COC) blueprint with national partners, provide targeted technical assistance to CDC REACH grantees in COC, and funding Continuity of Care community partnership activities.
Through webinars, ongoing technical assistance, and success stories, NACCHO shared lessons learned and effective strategies for local level implementation. NACCHO continues to provide training and technical assistance to local health departments and other community-based organizations to advance community support and continuity of care.
Get involved by:
- joining our e-newsletter to keep up with the latest program activities,
- attending webinars and receiving continuing education credits, and
- reading local-level implementation success stories and capacity briefs
The Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support: A Blueprint for Communities
On August, 24, during National Breastfeeding Month, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in partnership with the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) launched the Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support: A Blueprint for Communities.
The Blueprint, developed with a public health lens, aims to increase local capacity to implement community-driven approaches to support chest/breastfeeding, centered on the needs of populations disproportionately impacted by structural barriers that lead to low rates of breastfeeding. The goal of this resource is to ensure that chest/breastfeeding support services are continuous, accessible, and coordinated, and that community spaces are consistently supportive of chest/breastfeeding families. The blueprint is intended for any local-level organization and individual that interacts with pregnant and postpartum families.
To download the Blueprint go to http://www.breastfeedingcontinuityofcare.org/blueprint
Funding Opportunity: Blueprint Implementation
NACCHO has also launched a Request for Applications (RFA) entitled Implementing the Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support: A Blueprint for Communities. Eligible applicants include local health departments and community-based organizations working with oppressed communities with historically low rates of breastfeeding. NACCHO will award up to ten (10) recipients with up to $20,000 awards to implement at least two (2) blueprint recommendations, in collaboration with at least one community partner to advance continuity of care in their communities. Visit the Breastfeeding Continuity of Care website to review the RFA. Application submissions are due on September 26, 2021.
Identifying Care Gaps: Conducting Community Assessments to Improve the Chest/Breastfeeding Landscape in Historically Oppressed Communities
NACCHO has awarded eight (8) organizations to conduct a community assessment of the lactation landscape at the local level with the intent to utilize findings to improve chest/breastfeeding rates in oppressed communities with historically low rates of breastfeeding. Selected awardees have started implementing their project activities with key community partners. The project will end on November 2021. The selected organizations are the following: the Lactancia Latina of Southwest Kansas (KS), Hmong Breastfeeding Coalition (MN), Northeast Valley Health Corporation (CA), Healthy Hearts Plus II (VA), East Side Health District (MO), Coahoma County Diaper Bank (MS), Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania- Division of Neonatology (PA), and Center for African American Health (CO).
Webinar: Navigating Lactation Support Programs in the era of COVID-19: the path forward
This webinar explained how two federally qualified health centers and a community-based organization successfully adjusted their lactation plans during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue serving families and were able to sustain new activities. The webinar also included the CDC REACH recipients who they partnered with to leverage efforts and start building continuity of care in their communities! If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can view the recording here. Once you have watched the recording, you can take our evaluation to receive 1.5 L-CERPs continuing education credit.
Webinar Evaluation (1.5 L-CERPs credit)
Webinar: Unpacking Barriers and Facilitators to Exclusively Breastfeeding at Hospital Discharge
In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, NACCHO hosted the Unpacking Barriers and Facilitators to Exclusively Breastfeeding at Hospital Discharge webinar on August 12th. This webinar discussed both the results from a qualitative study conducted at a Baby-Friendly hospital aimed to understand factors influencing exclusive breastfeeding at discharge and the results of an analysis of the common factors from early formula supplementation from the mPINC survey.
Webinar: Past, Present and Future: Adapting family-friendly policies in the Era of COVID-19; Why (and HOW) City and County Health Agencies should take the lead on Family-Friendly Policies and Environments
Learn from NACCHO, Jefferson County (CO) and Boulder County (CO) health departments why and how developing family-friendly policies is an imperative that will effect change throughout the community. This is a recording of an interactive workshop that included a Future Search activity, where they looked at past policies and environments and brainstorming post-pandemic family-friendly organizational solutions that work for your health department staff.
RESOURCE: NACCHO’s Community Health Centers and Breastfeeding Report
This report outlines the critical role of Community Health Centers (CHCs) in promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding in their communities. It includes a compilation of NACCHO’s previous CHC grantees tools and stories of successful implementations of organizational policies, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes to establish internal breastfeeding support continuity of care. The report also includes links to available resources and toolkits to create breastfeeding-friendly environments within outpatient settings. Click here to view the report.
RESOURCE: Community Program Implementation Guide
Breastfeeding in the Community Program Implementation Guide: Materials produced during the 4 years of the Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Support, 2014 – 2018. This community-level guide offers guidance and tools to help local organizations plan, implement and evaluate peer and professional lactation support programs. It covers a broad range of practical information that will support communities to ensure evidence-informed practices for successful sustainable programs!
Social Justice and Lactation Articles
The Breastfeeding team published two open-access peer-reviewed articles focused on social justice and lactation in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Human Lactation. They were the 2019 top 2 most read articles of the Journal of Human Lactation!
"Breastfeeding in the Community: Sharing Stories on Implementations That Work" highlights the work of 19 NACCHO breastfeeding project grantees.
In "Breastfeeding in the Community: Addressing Disparities Through Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes Interventions," the authors share practice-oriented strategies for agencies seeking to implement community-level breastfeeding interventions through a public health policy, systems, and environmental change approach.
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Browse the tabs above to watch past webinar, read the newly published peer-reviewed journal articles, and browse the Stories from the Field to learn more about the lessons learned, barriers, facilitators and overall successes!
The series aims to identify public health solutions and promote equity in breastfeeding rates and access to care. All webinars feature local breastfeeding project presentations.
Continuing education credits still available for some of the webinars!
|Title/Topic||Content||Links||Continuing Education Information||CERP and CPEU Information|
|Every Step of the Way through the 1,000 days: Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support Blueprint Launch||The Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support: A Blueprint for Communities will launch during National Breastfeeding Month and this is the first webinar of our 8-part Continuity of Care webinar series, #EveryStepoftheWay through the 1,000 days.||Access the recording||Instructions for CDC Continuing Education||Post Test for CERPs and CPEUs CERPS and CPEUS expire one year from live stream date|
|TITLE/TOPIC||CONTENT||LINKS||CME, CNE, CECH, CEU Information||CERP and CPEU INFORMATION|
|Creating a Breastfeeding Support Ecosystem Livestreamed on January 15th 2019||This first session of the Weaving a Breastfeeding Safety Net 4-part webinar series will address the public health significance of community breastfeeding continuity of care to increase breastfeeding duration and exclusivity rates, and mechanisms that can be used to create a breastfeeding ecosystem including a seamless continuum of care to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in African Americans and low-income communities who are disproportionally affected by structural barriers to breastfeeding.||Access the recording||Instructions for CDC Continuing Education|
|Navigating Organizational Change for Breastfeeding Success Webinar Livestreamed on March 14th 2019||This webinar focuses on internal continuity of care to help create a breastfeeding ecosystem, and addresses the organizational systems change we need to implement a seamless lactation safety net within groups that serve parents and babies. Speakers will provide an overview of the greater continuum of care primary care practices and Patient Centered Medical Home models for breastfeeding, and explore examples of replicable models that can be used to improve breastfeeding rates within your organization.||Access the Recording||Instructions for CDC CE CDC CEs expire two years from livestream date|
|Community Clinic Linkages: Why These Connections Matter Livestreamed on May 23rd 2019||This webinar will discuss how communities are effectively connecting with birthing facilities and local medical providers to improve continuity of care from the prenatal period until breastfeeding weaning. Participants will also learn from local organizations that are effectively partnering with clinical partners to close the critical gap that many families fall through, pre- and post-discharge.||Link to Recording Please note that due to technical audio issues the introduction has been removed from the recording.||Instructions for CDC CE CDC CEs|
|Marshaling Resources to Serve Livestreamed on September 16th 2019||This final module of the 4-part webinar series will explore the richness and diversity of community-to-community linkages to advance breastfeeding continuity of care. An exploration of the breastfeeding socio-ecological model will serve as a framework for identifying community partners and change agents who could prove influential in establishing social and systemic structures to critically advance breastfeeding goals among populations with disparately low breastfeeding duration rates.||Link to Recording||Instructions for CDC CE CDC CEs expire two years from livestream date|
|Key Community Partners in Establishing Breastfeeding Continuity of Care: Community Health Centers Livestreamed on November 12th 2019||Watch this webinar to more about the role of Community Health Centers (CHCs) in breastfeeding continuity of care, and to hear about four unique organizational breastfeeding support model implementations. You will also hear from two CDC REACH recipients who partnered with health centers to leverage efforts and amplified their impact by working together!||Link to Recording||No CDC CE Available|
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|Webinar #4: Broadening The Spectrum of Skilled Breastfeeding Support in the Community Livestreamed on June 18th 2018||In the fourth webinar of the series, the Breastfeeding Public Health Partners are chartering a course that explores shifts in the public health landscape of skilled lactation support.||Watch the recording||Instructions to other CE Types CDC CEs expire four years from livestream date|
|Webinar #3: Supporting Breastfeeding at Work Livestreamed on May 14th 2018||The third webinar of the Charting the Course Together series will discuss the importance of workplace support to increase breastfeeding duration rates, the return on investment for supporting both employers and employees to make breastfeeding work at work, and share useful and practical resources for supporting breastfeeding employees and their employers.||Watch the recording||Instructions to other Continuing Education types CDC CEs expire four years from livestream date|
|Webinar #2: Maternity Care Practices at the Nexus of Hospitals, Providers, States and Communities Livestreamed on March 12th 2018||The second webinar in the 4-part series will focus on public health breastfeeding support within the maternity care settings||Watch the recording||Instructions to other Continuing Education types CDC CEs expire four years from livestream date|
|Webinar #1: Breastfeeding and Public Health Equity Livestreamed on January 22nd 2019||In this first webinar of the Public Health Breastfeeding Partner Series we will discuss the significance of breastfeeding as a public health issue and explore the matter of equity in access and outcomes in breastfeeding. Presenters will share their public health breastfeeding work and highlight their efforts to advance equity in the field.||Watch the recording||Origination Date: January 22, 2018 Renewal Date: January 22, 2020 Expiration Date: January 22, 2022 Instructions to other Continuing Education types After Accreditation Instruction to other Continuing Education types|
|Webinar 1: Implementations that Work - Part 1||This webinar discussed public health breastfeeding. The second part of the webinar explored results and lessons learned from the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Peer and Professional Support project.||Recording|
|Webinar 2: Closing the Care Gap Livestreamed on October 12 2016||This webinar addressed varying mechanisms that can be used to create a continuum of care to support breastfeeding in underserved communities.||Recording||CDC CE CDC CEs expire four years from livestream date|
|Webinar 3: Engaging the Hard-to-Reach Livestreamed on December 5th 2016||This webinar addressed how local level organizations can better support communities with low breastfeeding rates by engaging and retaining women and families who are hard-to-reach.||Recording||CDC CE CDC CEs expire four years from livestream date|
|Webinar 4: Leveraging Funds and Partnerships for Sustainability||This webinar addressed how local level organizations can amplify the impact and longevity of community breastfeeding programs through skillful leveraging of funds and partnerships||Recording|
|Webinar 5: Moving from National Programs to Local Initiatives||This webinar explored how breastfeeding has been woven into the performance measures of national public health programs, such as Title V, Healthy Start and Home Visiting.||Recording|
|Webinar 6: Building Sustainable Projects through PSE Changes||Implementations of Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) changes within their organizations to sustain local breastfeeding support activities Please excuse the technical difficulties with the recording. The slide deck is available.||Recording Webinar Slides/a>|
BREASTFEEDING IN THE COMMUNITY SERIES
This series addresses specific strategies to truly understanding community needs in rural and urban areas. Both webinars feature local breastfeeding projects. Continuing education for lactation support providers (CERPs) are available for a limited time!
|Webinar title||Content||Link||CE Information|
|Innovations to Advance Rural Health||Common rural barriers to breastfeeding and innovative solutions to advance rural health through breastfeeding support expansion||Recording|
|Engaging and Empowering Families||Successful public health programs reach community members where they are with services and supports designed to meet their identified needs. Many organizations host quality programming but struggle to engage and catalyze the community.||Recording|
We have plenty of resources dedicated to helping local health departments support breastfeeding in minority communities. You can use these featured resources or check out our full list of resources in NACCHO's Toolbox.
- Needs Assessment: This brief explains the importance of conducting needs assessments to inform program needs and activities and share examples of former grantees' assessments.
- Work Plan & Budget: This brief addresses the importance of key factors for community project success, including work plan and budget congruence.
- Home Visiting: This brief discusses practical strategies to incorporate breastfeeding into home visiting programs.
- Continuity of Care: This brief provide insights on breastfeeding community continuity of care needed to improve breastfeeding duration rates.
- WIC Breastfeeding Expansion: This brief highlights several examples of WIC breastfeeding expansion activities.
- Infographic: This infographic offers visual data on the successes of the Breastfeeding Project.
- Evaluation Plan: This brief provides insights on the importance of setting up monitoring and evaluation plan for your projects using examples from NACCHO's 2014 grantees.
- NACCHO Exchange: The summer issue of the NACCHO Exchange is now available online. This issue showcases the ways in which local health departments and other community-based organizations are implementing family-friendly policy, systems, and environment changes to increase breastfeeding rates in their communities.
- Webinar Series and Free Continuing Education: Thank you to the over 4,000 participants who attended our 2017 and 2018 webinar series! You can now find all of our webinars in one place. This document contains all webinar links from NACCHO's three series: the Public Health Breastfeeding Series, the Breastfeeding Public Health Partners Charting the Course Together Series and the Breastfeeding in the Community Series. You are still able to acquire continuing education for most of the webinars by watching the recording.
- Program Implementation Guide: This is a comprehensive resource developed with materials produced during the 4 years of the Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Support, 2014 – 2018. This community-level guide offers guidance and tools to help local organizations plan, implement and evaluate peer and professional lactation support programs. It covers a broad range of practical information that will support communities to ensure evidence-informed practices for successful sustainable programs!
- Archived Resources Guide
- Active Resources Guide
- Bluestem Health Center Leveraging Partnerships and Strengthening Connections to
Support Breastfeeding Families
- Erie Family Health Center Increasing Breastfeeding Support at Erie Family Health Center
- HealthNet A Tale of Two Cities with One Common Goal:To Improve Breastfeeding Support for LowIncome Mothers in Marion County, IN
- Community HealthCare Streamlining Breastfeeding Support and Education in a FederallyQualified Health Center in New York City
- Dakota County Public Health Builds on Breastfeeding Program to Create Rapid-Referral System
- Leveraging existing resources to achieve equity
- Peer Counseling in Arkansas
- Integrating Breastfeeding Peer Support into Hospital setting for improved continuity of care
- Reaching teen moms with breastfeeding education and support
We are currently planning activities for this year. Stay tuned by joining our emailing list. To subscribe, please log-in to your My NACCHO account. If you do not have a “My NACCHO” account you can sign up by clicking here.
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