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NACCHO actively supports local approaches to breastfeeding protection, promotion, and support. NACCHO is current 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, on-going 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

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August is National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month and this week is World Breastfeeding...

Aug 03, 2020 | Harumi Reis-Reilly

August is National Breastfeeding Month

  • Breastfeeding
  • Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health

Information about COVID-19 and Pregnancy and...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a new webpage...

Mar 24, 2020 | Kim Rodgers

Information about COVID-19 and Pregnancy and...

  • Breastfeeding
  • Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health

A Tale of Two Cities with One Common Goal: To Improve...

By Julie Patterson, PhD, MBA, RDN, LDN, Northern Illinois University; Lindsay...

Nov 11, 2019 | nacchovoice

A Tale of Two Cities with One Common Goal: To Improve...

  • Breastfeeding

Leveraging Partnerships and Strengthening Connections to...

By Erica Peterson, MD, MPH, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Bluestem Health;...

Oct 29, 2019 | nacchovoice

Leveraging Partnerships and Strengthening Connections to...

  • Breastfeeding
  • Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health

Streamlining Breastfeeding Support and Education in a...

By Lindsay DuBois, MPH, CLC, Associate Director; and Melissa Olson, RD,...

Oct 22, 2019 | nacchovoice

Streamlining Breastfeeding Support and Education in a...

  • Breastfeeding
  • Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health

Laying the Infrastructure for Breastfeeding Partnerships...

By Emily Bernard, IBCLC, NACCHO consultant in collaboration with Carol...

Nov 13, 2017 | nacchovoice

Laying the Infrastructure for Breastfeeding Partnerships...

New Project!

Establishing Breastfeeding Continuity of Care in REACH Communities

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is currently in the process of awarding three community-based organizations located within a CDC REACH recipient jurisdiction. The goal is that selected awardee and REACH recipient will work together to improve breastfeeding continuity of care in their communities and increase community capacity to provide consistent, coordinated and high-quality breastfeeding promotion and support services.

Breastfeeding & Community Health Centers webinar

Establishing Breastfeeding Continuity of Care in Community Health Centers, streamed live on November 12, 2019

NACCHO funded four health centers to implement a breastfeeding support model/internal continuity of care within their organizations. They all presented in this webinar. To View the recording: http://bit.ly/CHCRecording
To download the slides: http://bit.ly/CHCWebinarSlides
Presenters bios: http://bit.ly/CHCSpeakerBios

To learn more about the FQHCs grantees, click on their Success Story below:

Bluestem’s (AR) Breastfeeding Support Model. http://bit.ly/BluestemHealthSt...
Erie Family Health’s (IL) Breastfeeding Support Model. http://bit.ly/ErieFamilyStory
HealthNet (IN) and its the partnership with REACH recipient Marion County. http://bit.ly/HealthNetStory
Community HealthCare Network Breastfeeding Support Model. http://bit.ly/CHNStory

To obtain CERPS continuing education credit. Note that CERPs expires on November 12th, 2020. http://bit.ly/CHCPosttest

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.

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 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 to CDC CE Types CDC CEs expire two years from livestream date
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 Post Test for CERPs and CPEUs CERPS and CPEUS expire one year from live stream 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 expire two years from livestream date Posttest for CERPs and CPEUs CERPS and CPEUS expire one year from live stream date
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 Posttest for CERPs and CPE CERPS and CPEUS expire one year from live stream 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 Posttest for CERPs CERPS expire one year from live stream date
TITLE/TOPIC CONTENT LINKS CME, CNE, CECH, CEU Information
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
Title/Topic Content Links CE information
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

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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To contact us, please email breastfeeding@naccho.org.

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