Why 310 Connect Flint?
MIBFN 310 Connect projects are structured around state and local collaboration on the issues most central to breastfeeding success in each community. Integral to all 310 Connect projects are: cultivating local coalition infrastructure and sustainability, establishing consistency of messaging across partners, integrating process and outcome evaluations, and building and diversifying community networks of systemic breastfeeding support. In partnership with MIBFN, 310 Connect, local coalitions determine the issues they endeavor to address, and implement tangible, locally driven solutions.
In partnership project with the Genesee County Breastfeeding Coalition (GCBFC), MIBFN 310 Connect Flint has been active since late 2016. This project was borne of the Flint water crisis and aims to improve the maternity care system, with specific emphasis on training and building the community breastfeeding support infrastructure in Flint. Together with the GCBFC, MIBFN is working to increase the quantity and impact of diverse, multidisciplinary lactation supporters through the hospitals, outpatient clinics, local public health agencies, and grassroots support organizations.
This project is made possible through the generous support of The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Flint Kids Fund. View all of our 310 Connect Flint partners here.
MIBFN envisions a maternity landscape that prioritizes breastfeeding and establishes systemic infrastructure to support equitable outcomes. Here’s how Flint is making an impact.
- QI JumpStart to Baby Friendly Hospital Collaborative: Provide Hurley Medical Center and Ascension Genesys Hospital the opportunity to participate in QI JumpStart to Baby Friendly Hospital Collaborative, free of charge to their organizations
- Custom Maternity Care Training & Tools: Leverage partnerships to incorporate consistency in Maternity Care Campaign messaging, saturating partner organizations with Coffective Training & Tools
- Outpatient Medical Provider Engagement & Tools: Engage Outpatient Medical Providers in coordinated Maternity Care Campaign, using Coffective Training & Tools and Michigan Breastfeeding Friendly Medical Provider Awards as an effective solution to engage and create buy-in, while empowering and providing strategic guidance, education and support
Learn more about MIBFN’s Maternity Care campaign here.
Coalition building is an important step in harnessing the power of local communities to spur positive change and advance public health outcomes. Here’s how Flint is making an impact.
- Coalition infrastructure establishment with use of sustainability templates: Leverage lessons learned from other coalitions around the state and implement the use of a variety of tools in collaboration with the Genesee County Breastfeeding Coalition to help simplify and catalyze change in the community
- Meetings, celebrations and networking events: Align the community by hosting meetings and events that collectively bring hospital staff, leadership and systems-level partners together for an experience of networking, sharing and collaboration
- Community Engagement dashboard: Leverage use of the community engagement dashboard to identify and engage community stakeholders, expanding reach, increasing valuable consistency in messaging and identifying engagement, interest and completion within the Genesee County Breastfeeding Coalition
Learn more about MIBFN’s mission-drive Coalition Building here.
Consistent and evidence-based education is needed for all breastfeeding stakeholders. Here’s how Flint is making an impact.
- Certified Lactation Counselor Training: CLC community training will ensure that lactation support is available within Flint to the families that need it the most. Trained Lactation Counselors will be specifically recruited for participation in other programs, including; Baby Café and the Genesee Breastfeeding Coalition
- Participation in Webinar Series: Expand access to evidenced-based, equity-focused, and timely breastfeeding education the Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinars are FREE and provided monthly webinar offering a CERP, social work contact hour, nurses’ contact hour, and a certificate of attendance to attendees who can watch live and complete the post-webinar evaluation.
- Quarterly Networking Meetings: Expand and engage breastfeeding stakeholder networks by cultivating relationships among local leaders, sharing best practices, and providing technical assistance. The aim of the Quarterly Network Meetings is to bring breastfeeding stakeholders together, in person, four times per year in various regions of the state to create opportunities to learn, share, and connect with one another.